When employers pay attention to their employees’ well-being, it increases productivity and helps employees perform their best, according to a new study by Horizons Workforce Consulting.
"It's clear that creating a culture that supports employee well-being can increase work force potential and drive organizations forward,” says Bright Horizons CEO David Lissy. “But understanding what motivates employees and keeps them engaged can be a difficult task, particularly when you take into account the various disruptions competing for mindshare and preventing employees from contributing fully. To cultivate a performance-driven environment, employers need to look within their workforces and understand their needs."
The survey defines well-being as several factors that increase employees’ satisfaction while considering health, wellness, finances, career gratification, home and family life, and daily routine. Eighty-nine percent of respondents with great levels of well-being say they have high job satisfaction, and nearly two-thirds of those respondents say they steadily put in extra effort at work.
Despite this, job satisfaction only accounts for 13 percent of the factors that contribute to employees’ overall well-being, but happiness in one’s personal life accounts for more than half.
"There will always be lines that should not be crossed when talking to employees about their personal lives," Lissy says. "But to draw those lines in too narrow a manner can prevent you from retaining and engaging the talent you need to succeed. Embracing this requires throwing out the old adage that when people arrive at work they leave their personal lives at the front door. Those days are over."