BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwired - September 28, 2016) - According to the 2016 Well-Being & Engagement Report, great workplaces are fueled by employees with high well-being -- and who feel their employers value them as people. The joint report issued today by the Limeade Institute and Quantum Workplace is based on survey responses from more than 1,200 U.S. employees across 45 markets who answered questions on well-being and engagement.
The report reveals that 88 percent of employees with high well-being are highly engaged in their work. Highly engaged employees also intend to stay longer, are more likely to enjoy their work and are more likely to recommend their organization as a great place to work.
"The connection between well-being and engagement may seem intuitive, but there has been little research that statistically relates the two," said Dr. Laura Hamill, Limeade chief people officer and managing director of the Limeade Institute. "These findings confirm the relationship and can serve as the foundation of taking companies from good to great."
"Employee engagement is the holy grail for many companies aiming to attract and retain top talent," said Jason Lauritsen, director of customer success at Quantum Workplace. "The 2016 Well-Being & Engagement Report validates this goal and provides evidence-based strategies for getting there."
The missing link: organizational support
According to the report, 99 percent of employees with high well-being and high organizational support (for their well-being) recommend their employer as a great place to work. Organizational support describes the support, resources and tools an organization intentionally provides to encourage well-being improvement.
Employees with higher well-being are also more likely to feel their organization supports them, which is critical to well-being improvement. In fact, 72 percent of employees with high well-being say they receive organizational support, compared to only 8 percent of those with low well-being. This research builds on the 2015 Workplace Well-Being Report, which found that when employees feel their employer cares about their well-being, they're 38 percent more engaged at work.
The report also uncovered the three most important aspects of organizational support:
- Manager support
- Well-being tools and resources
- Leadership support
"Most people assume that C-suite executives are the most important drivers -- and they do matter -- but we found that managers have the most profound impact on employee well-being, more than leaders and the six others factors we studied," Dr. Hamill said.
The role of culture and trust
The report also explored the role of culture in organizational support. Culture is defined as the underlying norms, values and beliefs of an organization that drive employee behavior. Findings uncovered the four most important cultural attributes that support well-being. The organization must:
- Value the whole person
- Be trustworthy
- Invest in their employees with well-being tools and resources
- Trust their employees
Limeade is a corporate wellness technology company that drives real employee engagement. Limeade takes a whole-person approach to well-being, amplifies an organization's commitment to its employees and delivers smart technology that fits how people work today. Employees earn points and rewards for taking steps to improve, while employers experience better business results. Recognized for its own award-winning culture, Limeade helps the world's best companies develop happier, healthier and more productive employees. Learn more at www.limeade.com.
The Limeade Institute
The Limeade Institute, led by managing director Laura Hamill, Ph.D., conducts evidence-based research to help employers create a better employee experience and improve well-being in the world.
About Quantum Workplace
Quantum Workplace is an employee feedback software company that helps organizations retain top talent, motivate performance, understand turnover, and build magnetic cultures. Serving 8,700+ organizations, the company's all-in-one platform powers employee surveys, peer-to-peer recognition, goal management, 360 feedback, and performance conversations. As the survey partner for America's Best Places to Work, Quantum Workplace has honored top workplaces for more than a decade. For more information, visit www.quantumworkplace.com.