Wellness – seemingly a precursor to employee engagement – is also connected to productivity.
A study by the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) found that more than 90% of business executives shared that they believe wellness can improve both employees’ performance (the quality their work) as well as productivity (the volume of work completed).
Further, the HERO study results showed that employee health affects organizational goals. Sixty-two percent of executives said that productivity is affected, with 60% saying performance is affected. Forty-one percent said employee engagement and morale is impacted by health issues.
The Employee Engagement, Wellbeing and Productivity Triad
There’s a growing body of evidence showing that when our employees’ well-being is addressed, organizations reap the rewards. Healthy employees, according to Gallup, are more engaged, and more engaged employees are the lynch pin to all kinds of company performance indicators, one of which is that they are simply able to get more done, produce work at a higher quality and be more efficient in their efforts.
“As organizations, we’re often very externally focused,” says Nataliia Karpenko, CEO of Livzo. “But as leaders, we often forget our internal customers: our employees.”
The best companies know that high performing employees are vital to the organization’s success because their employees are the cornerstone of their company’s innovation, cost-containment, market responsiveness and performance.
But this entails more than the standard “finding and keeping the best employees” approach (which, by the way, is still important), and goes even beyond finding ways to “improve” employee engagement.
What is Employee Engagement?
Employee engagement is the depth and degree employees are passionate about a firm, their role in the organization and their willingness to go the extra mile for the firm and its customers.
This about your best employee. Without falling into compulsion or workaholism, the best employees are the ones who truly care about what they do, the company they work for and the customers they serve. They find ways to do things better. They look for new opportunities. Rather than punching the clock and doing only what’s in their job description or what’s been asked, the engaged employee thinks beyond those things and sees the whole picture.
And more than just “liking” their job, they’re passionate.
So who wouldn’t want a whole company full of engaged, passionate employees?
Of course, the answer is no one. Every employer and manager hopes for and attempts to cultivate engaged workers. However, engagement doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Gallup shows that good health is correlated with employee engagement, and numerous studies link engaged employees with everything from retention to safety to, of course, sales and profitability.
What is Wellness?
In its broadest definition, wellness can simply be seen as the presence of good health. But what does that mean? In the context of the workplace, it’s a philosophy or program that promotes and improves the health of the organization’s employees.
The “old fashioned” response to promoting corporate wellness was simply to exchange answers to a Health Risk Assessment for a prize of some sort. Today’s approach is more holistic, particularly in light of recent findings and prevalence of the hazards of workplace stress.
“Many times senior business leaders turn to workforce initiatives in an effort to control health care costs. While there is research evidence to support this positioning, there is also evidence supporting a broader value proposition such as increased productivity and performance, higher engagement and morale, and lower turnover rates,” the HERO Report recommends.
“This is an opportunity for business to look at the big picture. Rather than just healthcare cost containment, we can look to strategies that can help and empower employees holistically. From social support to financial counseling, or mental-emotional well-being, the evidence is clear that when we serve the best interests of our employees, everyone wins.” – Nataliia Karpenko, CEO at Livzo