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Americans Would Give up Facebook, Coffee and Sweets for Dream Job

WellPoint survey finds Americans consider their work a major part of their well-being

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2014-- How often do you hear friends, family and colleagues complain about how much they hate their job? Chances are it’s quite often. Then it may shock you to learn that WellPoint’s new survey finds a majority of Americans consider their job to be a high priority (79 percent) and many also would feel lost if they were unable to go to work every day (55 percent).

This survey, conducted to commemorate May as Disability Insurance Awareness Month, finds that consumers consider their work a major aspect of their overall well-being (84 percent). In fact, many Americans would give up every day indulgences such as checking Facebook (71 percent), eating sweets (65 percent), or even drinking their morning cup of Joe (59 percent) if it meant landing their dream job.

A fair amount of attention has been paid in the past few years to the concept of well-being, popularized by bestselling authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter. In their book Wellbeing, they highlight the importance of job satisfaction, saying, “People with high career well-being are more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall. If your career well-being is low, it’s easy to see how it can cause deterioration in other areas over time.”

Underscoring the importance of our careers to our overall well-being, the majority of consumers surveyed agreed that work-related accolades, such as getting promoted at work (81 percent) or receiving recognition from a boss or colleague (78 percent), provide a boost of self-confidence.

“At WellPoint, it’s our job to protect all aspects of our members’ well-being. And one important part of that is to help people get back to work quickly, should they experience a disabling illness or injury,” said Jeff Spahr, vice president of Specialty businesses.

To further explore how our identities are closely tied to career well-being, The Economic Journal published a study in 2008 that revealed losing one’s job might be the only major life event from which people do not fully recover from within five years.i

WellPoint’s new survey finds that in fact, consumers would go to great lengths to get back to work as soon as possible rather than let an injury or illness hold them back. In order to get back to their job, 89 percent of respondents would seek the help of specialists to get the right care. Three quarters of consumers say they would make arrangements to work from home (75 percent) or find ways to stay connected at work (75 percent) if faced with an injury or illness.

“We understand that disability leave can take a mental, emotional and financial toll on employees,” said Spahr. “Our team of experts, including case managers, medical directors, behavioral health specialists, nurses and vocational rehabilitation counselors, work together to get employees healthy and back to work sooner by conducting one-on-one check-ins, engaging employees in health improvement programs and more.”

More information about WellPoint’s Disability benefits can be found at www.wellpoint.com.

This report presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among 1,005 adults 502 men and 503 women 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this ORC International CARAVAN® Survey was completed on April 3-6, 2014. 605 interviews were from the landline sample and 400 interviews from the cell phone sample.

The margin of error for the total sample is ±3.0 percent at the 95% confidence level. This means that if we were to replicate the study, we would expect to get the same results within 3.0 percentage points 95 times out of 100.

About WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. We believe that our health connects us all. So we focus on being a valued health partner and delivering quality products and services that give members access to the care they need. With nearly 67 million people served by our affiliated companies including nearly 37 million enrolled in our family of health plans, we can make a real difference to meet the needs of our diverse customers. We’re an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. We serve members as the Blue Cross licensee for California; and as the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee for Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri (excluding 30 counties in the Kansas City area), Nevada, New Hampshire, New York (as the Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 10 New York City metropolitan and surrounding counties and as the Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in selected upstate counties only), Ohio, Virginia (excluding the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.), and Wisconsin. In most of these service areas, our plans do business as Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or Empire Blue Cross (in the New York service areas). We also serve customers in other states through our Amerigroup and CareMore subsidiaries. To find out more about us, go to wellpoint.com.

i References
Clark, A.E., Diener, E., Georgellis, Y., & Lucas, R.E. (2008). Lags and leads in life satisfaction: A test of the baseline hypothesis. The Economic Journal, 118(529), F222-F243.

Source: WellPoint, Inc.

WellPoint, Inc.
Donna Page, 404-842-8105
donna.page@wellpoint.com

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