Wellbeing at work

Key findings
  • A good work-life balance reduces employee stress levels
  • Job security and greater personal control helps motivate workers
  • Companies benefit from promoting well-being through increased staff loyalty, creativity and productivity

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March 26, 2014 // Written by:

Karen Jeffrey, Researcher, Wellbeing
Saamah Abdallah, Senior Researcher and Programme Manager, Wellbeing
Juliet Michaelson, Associate Director, Wellbeing
Sorcha Mahony

Wellbeing at work: The benefits

Wellbeing plays a central role in creating flourishing societies. Focussing on wellbeing at work can benefit societies by helping working individuals to feel happy, competent and satisfied in their roles. The evidence shows that people who achieve good standards of wellbeing at work are likely to be more creative, more loyal, more productive and provide better customer satisfaction than those with poor levels of wellbeing at work.

For decades, organisations have tried to foster these qualities through employee engagement strategies but engaging employees is just one part of the story. Improving wellbeing at work requires a more rounded approach that focusses on helping employees to:

Wellbeing at work: The evidence

The Wellbeing at work report summarises the strongest evidence on the factors that influence wellbeing at work, along with possible implications for employers. It presents examples of how organisations leading the way in terms of fostering wellbeing at work are addressing these factors.

It outlines how certain features of individuals’ working lives have varying degrees of influence over the various aspects of wellbeing – from increasing a sense of purpose, to promoting positive emotions, morale, motivation, overall job satisfaction and even life satisfaction.

Based on statistical evidence, the report concludes that:

The evidence behind each of these conclusions is detailed in the report, along with possible implications for organisations seeking to maximise the wellbeing of their staff.

Nuffield Health ensures it has an environment that supports wellbeing at work. Their new support centre includes an on-site fitness and wellbeing centre, dedicated clinical and relaxation rooms, a bespoke learning and development academy, and a modern wellbeing café with a series of breakout points encouraging employees to share initiatives and ideas on a regular basis.

How well is your organisation doing?

Find out how well your organisation is doing with the Happiness at Work survey, an interactive tool to measure the strengths and weaknesses of teams and organisations with regard to their wellbeing at work. It places people, and the elements known to support happy and rewarding work lives, at its centre. The survey was co-developed by a team of wellbeing experts, and draws upon the research and expertise of the Centre for Wellbeing at NEF.


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