THE LINK BETWEEN EMPLOYEE WELLBEING & EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
The big issue on every company's agenda is staff engagement. Essentially creating a workforce where employees are fully committed to the organisation, where they actually want to get out of bed in the morning and go to work.
Many organisations are now seeing the link between a proactive employee wellbeing strategy and employee engagement.
Four interesting pieces of research
- Research from bestcompanies.co.uk shows wellbeing as being one of the key drivers in staff engagement. We know that organisations that look after their staff have more engaged and committed staff
- Bestcompanies.co.uk report that the top 100 best companies to work for frequently outperformed the FTSE100 norm.
- Engaged employees with high wellbeing were 35% more attached to their organisation than those with lower wellbeing.
- A CIPD (2012) report found that “engagement is important for performance but that it is unlikely to be sustainable unless it goes hand in hand with wellbeing”
One of the key reasons this link exists is that all good relationships are built on “harmony, balance and reciprocity” i.e. if I come to work and it’s a good healthy and positive place to be, where I feel the organisation really values me, I as an employee will be more committed and engaged to the organisation.
Equally if I feel work is negative, stressful, not good for my overall wellbeing and I feel the organisation doesn’t really value me, I’m not going to be committed and engaged.
Obviously there are other factors that have a big impact of people engagement; such as the team you work with, your manager and your overall feeling towards the mission of the organisation. However the impact employee wellbeing has on engagement can’t be underestimated.
When companies really value their employees and invest in them, the employees in turn really value their organisation and become highly committed and engaged.
The best companies and many of the great brands not only understand the logic of this but they also live it. It is only when organisations really live this that they create an energised and fully engaged workforce.
As a HR Director or HR Manager where do you feel your organisations is today?
- We don’t focus on employee wellbeing
- We understand the importance of employee wellbeing and how it links with engagement but we don’t really do much to achieve a healthy, energised workforce
- We have recently started to introduce a proactive employee wellbeing and engagement strategy
- We have a proactive employee wellbeing and engagement strategy and we have created a healthy, energised and engaged culture