infographic: improving employee wellbeing

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provided by: octanner.com

Over the past few years, companies have been scrambling to put corporate wellness programs in place. Most of these programs aim at only physical wellness or scratch the surface of employee happiness and typically include:

  • On-site gyms or gym memberships
  • Free meals
  • Game rooms/fun work environments
  • Unlimited vacation policies
  • Concierge services

However, a recent study by the O.C. Tanner Institute found the 3 strongest dimensions to overall employee wellbeing:

  1. Physical Wellness – healthy lifestyle
  2. Social Wellness – work-life balance with quality, positive interactions
  3. Emotional Wellness – not feeling overstressed, having purpose, aligning personal and organizational goals

In fact, employees experience 24% higher than average overall wellbeing when they feel positively about these 3 wellness dimensions compared to only 10% higher than average overall wellbeing with just 1.

When companies practice these 3 dimensions of wellness and promote positive employee wellbeing, they see big returns:

Engagement at work (90% with excellent wellbeing vs 35% with poor wellbeing)

Output/Productivity (83% with excellent wellbeing vs 64% with poor wellbeing)

Active innovation (53% with excellent wellbeing vs 24% with poor wellbeing)

Plan to stay longer (88% with excellent wellbeing vs 44% with poor wellbeing)

Employees who have high levels of wellbeing plan to stay at their organization for an additional 2 years compared to those with low levels of wellbeing

Unfortunately, current employee wellbeing is not very high:

How would you rate your life inside and outside of work, now and 5 years from now?

  • Inside work today – 5.24 out of 10
  • Inside work in 5 years – 5.84 out of 10
  • Outside work today – 6.36 out of 10
  • Outside work in 5 years – 7.27 out of 10

Among 26 benefits/perks companies invest in to try and improve employee wellbeing, only 7 impacted overall wellbeing the most:

  1. Fair salary
  2. Family care leave
  3. Paid vacation time
  4. Maternity leave
  5. Open work spaces where teams can collaborate
  6. Paid sick leave
  7. Recognition for above and beyond work

When employees feel their companies care about them and recognize their great work, they feel:

Able to take on anything (76% who feel appreciated vs 50% who feel they are not appreciated)

More satisfied with their jobs (44% increase)

More satisfied with life (85% who feel appreciated vs 61% who don’t)

Employees who experience high sense of wellbeing in all 3 areas (physical, social, emotional) are more engaged, stay longer, and are more productive and innovative. Companies that provide a sense of work/life balance, great culture, and appreciation for their employees’ work see long lasting results in employee wellbeing and more great work happening across the organization.

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