Some 64 percent of employees – three out of five – say they lack the time or motivation to persist with their New Year’s resolutions, according to Tell It Now SM survey results released from ComPsych. Another 15 percent say invitations to dinner and drinks are a major obstacle to reaching health goals in the new year.

Employees were asked:What’s the hardest part about sticking to New Year’s health resolutions?

35 percent said “Finding time to go to the gym / prep healthy meals, etc.”

29 percent said “Lack of motivation in general”

15 percent said “Distractions such as dinner / drinks invitations”

9 percent said “Unhealthy food at work and at home”

7 percent said “Being influenced by friends’ / family’s / coworkers’ unhealthy habits”

5 percent said “Other”

“January is an ideal time for employers to promote wellness, which helps workers adopt healthier behaviors while New Year’s resolutions are top of mind,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “One-on-one health coaching is also a critical component of wellness programs, as health coaches can help employees plan ahead, overcome obstacles and stay accountable to their goals, which helps ensure lasting behavior change.”