There's a correlation between how workers are treated on the job and whether they believe their employer is concerned about their life beyond work. It's a tough one to pin down, but Virgin Pulse took at stab at it.

Virgin Pulse interviewed 500 employees, focusing on how engaged they felt at work, why they felt engaged, and whether an employer's concern for their welfare beyond work made them feel more engaged. This latter "feeling" was dubbed Total Quality of Life by Virgin — TQL.

Overall, Virgin found that engaged employees feel less stress at work and do a better job. No big surprise there. They also tend to report that they believe their employer does care about them as a whole person, not just as a worker bee.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.