24 Jan Wellbeing at Work Boosts Health, Productivity, and Job Satisfaction
As an employer, one of your top priorities should be the wellbeing of your employees. Wellbeing, after all, increases health, productivity, and job satisfaction. It reduces stress, burnout, and turnover. But according to Gallup, only a quarter of workers feel that their organization cares about their wellbeing. As unemployment remains historically low, and the US quits rate remains high, that means employees, particularly those experiencing high rates of burnout or even disillusionment with their current employment situation, and are still willing to find a new job when their overall health, work-life balance, and wellbeing needs aren’t being met.
Employee engagement surveys are one of the ways to measure workplace wellbeing, as it relates to their productivity and quality of work. Though, it is important to note, wellness is only one aspect of overall wellbeing. These include feeling socially connected, financially stable, challenged and developing in their career, and aligned to their overall community.
That can seem like a lot. So why is it so important? And what do community and social wellbeing have to do with your company? When one of these aspects of workplace wellbeing is out of whack, it can show up in the employee’s performance. If they don’t feel comfortable with peers or can’t connect to your company’s mission, they may be less productive, their performance may suffer, or generally be disengaged. When people are mentally burnt out, they won’t be as productive. When their job isn’t challenging, or they aren’t receiving the development and training they need to succeed, they may just give up entirely.
An employee who is engaged at work feels good, enjoys what they do, and does quality work, consistently. But oftentimes, managers aren’t sure how to even broach the topic of workplace satisfaction with their employees, especially if their relationship isn’t the closest. It can seem almost threatening when, out of nowhere, your boss asks you “Are you happy here?”
An anonymous engagement survey that provides actions to address engagement can be a great place to start. Business Results also provides software that uses behavioral data and automation to help managers best approach each person on their team to be successful. By investing the time and effort into developing meaningful relationships with your employees, and genuinely attending to their needs, your business will succeed.