Your Wellbeing is as Valuable as Your Salary!

Published by Annie Barrett: 
June 17, 2024

Your Wellbeing is as Valuable as Your Salary!

This blog is a roundup on recent research on workplace wellness. 

Wellbeing is as important to workers as salary.

Increasingly, workers want workplaces that prioritize their wellbeing and view their wellbeing as important as their salary.

According to a State of Work-Life Wellness 2024 report by Gympass

  • 93% of workers consider their wellbeing to be as important as their salary
  • 87% percent of employees would consider resigning from a workplace that does not emphasize the wellbeing of its workers.
  • 96% of job seekers said they would only consider employment at workplaces that emphasize wellbeing.
  • Employees who are mandated to work in their non-preferred work environment were twice as likely to be “struggling” or “really struggling” as compared to those working in their preferred environment.
  • Employees who have resources and tools available to support their wellbeing tend to be more engaged and more productive at work and less likely to quit their jobs.

Workers are optimistic about workplace wellness initiatives.

According to data from the Bentley-Gallup Business in Society Report, workers are optimistic about workplace initiatives that they see as positively impacting their wellbeing. 

The top three most positively rated initiatives to improve wellbeing in the workplace are:

  • A four-day workweek option (77% responded positively)
  • Providing mental health days (74% responded positively )
  • Limiting the amount of work employees are expected to perform outside of work hours (73% responded positively ).

Take a break! Leisure activities in the workplace moderate workaholism.

According to a recent report in the Career Development Quarterly, leisure activities in the workplace help employees moderate stress and prevent workaholism.

  • Leisure activities including mindfulness, physical activity, and vacation all weaken the relationship between workaholism and work stress. 
  • Conversely, not participating in leisure activities worsens work stress for workaholics.
  • Workplaces should encourage participation in leisure activity and consider adopting policies that promote engagement in non work pursuits.

Holistic health is the new norm in workplaces.

Research from McKinsey Health Institute reveals insights into how organizations can build a workplace that promotes strong holistic health including prioritizing physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. 

This research found that employee holistic health can be boosted through organizational, team, job, and individual interventions including:

  • Flexible work policies
  • Digital programs on workplace health
  • Leadership trainings
  • Job crafting and redesign.

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