Gympass has produced it’s annual State of Work-Life Wellness Report, which sheds light on the growing significance of employee wellbeing worldwide . Here are some of the insights from a survey conducted across nine global markets.
In the UK, wellbeing is considered equally important as salary for 88% of employees, and a whopping 86% would consider leaving a company that neglects employee wellbeing.
Delving into wellbeing trends within the context of the ongoing return-to-office debate, reveals a compelling link between preferred work environments and personal wellness and productivity.
It highlights the predicament of “mismatched” employees – those who are compelled to work in a setting that is contrary to their preference, be it remote or in-office.
Shockingly, these employees experience significant negative effects on their well-being compared to their matched counterparts. It’s clear that flexibility is crucial as companies navigate the return-to-office landscape.
It impacts productivity too! Loneliness and a lack of connection with the workplace have a major detrimental effect on productivity for 67% of UK employees. Mismatched employees are twice as likely to struggle and report unhappiness compared to their matched counterparts.
Higher stress levels, lower emotional wellbeing, and sleep disturbances caused by work-related stress are all consequences of the “mismatch problem.” It’s time for companies to provide flexible, preventative benefits to ensure the happiness and health of their employees, leading to long-term cost savings.
Employee wellbeing is now a top priority for the global workforce, with 96% actively seeking employers who prioritise wellbeing.
Interestingly, company leaders seem to experience better wellbeing than others, but this creates a “blind spot” between them and their teams. It’s essential for leaders and managers to recognise that their teams may have different wellbeing experiences, especially junior employees. Comprehensive support is vital to keep employees healthy, productive, and engaged at work.
Wellness is not a one-size-fits-all concept. Leaders must actively encourage staff to engage in wellness solutions tailored to their individual needs and lifestyles. This ensures comprehensive support for all employees and boosts overall satisfaction and productivity.
If you need advice on a wellbeing strategy for your people, call the Breathing Space team, always happy to help!