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93 Percent of Executives Say a Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent Burnout, Virgin Pulse Survey Finds

Survey of Over 300 U.S. Senior-Level Executives at $1 Billion+ Companies Highlights Appreciation and Demand for Employee Well-Being Programs

Framingham, Mass. - (April 8, 2015)

According to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Virgin Pulse, the market leader in the rapidly-growing employee health engagement category, 93 percent of senior-level executives say that living a healthy lifestyle can prevent employees from feeling burnt out.

How can executives and managers help their staffs avoid running on empty? Eighty-three percent of executives say that employee wellness programs can prevent employees from feeling burnt out. Additionally, 89 percent of executives say that it’s important to ensure their employees have the best available well-being programs.

“Employee burnout is a major concern for U.S. companies, but an overwhelming majority of executives understand that healthy living is key to combating this issue, which is encouraging,” said Chris Boyce, CEO of Virgin Pulse. “As managers, we have to commit to helping our employees live healthy, less stressful lifestyles. Employee well-being isn’t just about lowering blood pressure or quitting smoking. It’s about helping employees find balance and replenish what life’s hectic pace depletes on a daily basis.”

As part of the survey, executives were asked about the correlation between healthy living and productivity. Ninety-seven percent of executives say that healthier employees are more productive than non-healthy employees. This dedication to employee health and well-being creates a domino effect that’s great for business. Employees are happier, more engaged and productive, and more likely to be loyal to their companies.

Do all major organizations practice what they preach? Not necessarily. While nearly 9 in 10 (89 percent) executives recognize the importance of having the best available well-being programs for their employees, only 74 percent say that their company currently offers employees the best available options. By no means are effective well-being programs ubiquitous yet – there’s still some heavy lifting to do – but the survey results are encouraging.

To learn more about how executives are viewing this issue and what leading employers are doing about it, attend Thrive Summit, April 27-29, 2015 in Boston. The largest conference on employee well-being, Thrive Summit brings together industry experts, HR leaders, and fantastic keynote speakers for three days of education, networking, and inspiration. Attendees will discover how to engage employees, create a thriving environment, and build a business that performs at its peak. To register, visit:

About Virgin Pulse

Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s famed Virgin Group, replenishes employees with tools that help them build better habits. With its award-winning, online platform, the company cultivates daily habits and sustainable behavior change that help people thrive at work and across all aspects of life. Unlike narrowly-focused employee health and engagement solutions, Virgin Pulse creates more meaningful habits and drives greater utilization across HR investments, delivering a better quality of life for employees and better health, increased productivity, and improved culture for employers. More than 250 industry leaders representing more than 2 million employees have selected Virgin Pulse’s programs to replenish their people and ignite their business. Learn more at

Survey Methodology

Harris Poll® conducted the survey online on behalf of Virgin Pulse within the United States from February 6-25, 2015, among a total of 301 corporate executives at companies with revenue of $1 billion or more. Figures for company revenue and number of employees were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the larger universe of companies with revenue of $1 billion or more. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Nicole Cornwell at 617-986-5014.