white paper: the impact of excellent employee well-being
By o.c. tanner
Insights | April 12, 2016
One of the biggest challenges associated with a corporate wellness program is understanding what employee wellness is. For many, the term ‘employee wellness program’ equates to weight loss challenges, smoking cessation classes, and on-site gyms. But do these initiatives alone truly impact employee well-being?
New research from the O.C. Tanner Institute shows that improved well-being does in fact have a large impact on employees, the way they work, and ultimately on the company’s bottom-line. The 2015 Health and Well-Being Study shows that employees who are holistically well deliver a difference for their teams and departments. In fact, as employee well-being increases, its positive effects resonate throughout the organization and teams become more productive, more collaborative, and prepared to innovate.
However, the research also shows that there are three core components to successful wellness programs: physical, social, and mental.
Physical Wellness: Defined by being in good health, practicing a healthy lifestyle, and being physically able do what you need and want to do each day. The O.C. Tanner Institute’s physical wellness index takes into consideration doctor visits and health habits.
Social Wellness: Grounded in work-life balance and the presence of quality, positive interactions with others both at work and at home. Our Institute’s social wellness index takes into consideration how well a person interacts with others, how others interact with them, and how their company interacts with them on a social level.
Mental Wellness: Having good mental wellness is defined by feeling positive, liking what you do, not being overwhelmed or overstressed, having purpose in your life, and aligning to personal and organizational values. The mental wellness index takes into consideration how well talents are utilized, feeling of belonging, level of stress, liking work beyond just a paycheck, and feeling like you have control in your life.
As organizations better understand each component of employee well-being they will be better equipped to implement wellness programs that truly impact employee well-being. Companies stand to gain large benefits if they can successfully improve employee well-being. Employees who are holistically well work harder, work smarter, and stay at organizations longer.
To fully explore the different components of employee well-being and what your organization can do to foster improved employee well-being, download the O.C. Tanner Institute’s latest health and well-being white paper. Download the full report today for more insights into each of the aspects of well-being, ideas on how to improve as a company, and more information on how to take your wellness solution to the next level and truly impact employee well-being.