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Why Employee Well-Being Should Matter at Your Business

Why Employee Well-Being Should Matter at Your Business
From Recruiter - October 24, 2016

Employees essentially have three options: They can love their jobs, be indifferent to their jobs, or hate their jobs. Employee satisfaction often gets ignored, but it shouldnt. Happy employees are more productive, while unhappy employees can have markedly negative impacts on your business and the bottom line.

Companies that want their employees to work harder need to focus on their corporate cultures and how they affect employee wellness.

One characteristic that we all share as humans is the desire to make a difference that others love, says Gary Beckstrand, vice president of The O.C. Tanner Institute, the research arm of O.C. Tanner, a company that helps businesses develop work environments that inspire employees to give their best. Employee engagement increases dramatically when employees are acknowledged for work that contributes to the well-being of another employee or customer, or that contributes to a team goal or company-wide objective. When an employee delivers work that makes a difference that others love, employee well-being in and outside of the workplace increases. High levels of well-being are correlated with increased employee satisfaction and performance results in the workplace.

The Impact of Unhappy Workers

There are risks to failing to engage employees. The last thing any company should want is to unintentionally foster an environment where a majority of the workforce is doing as little as possible to skate by.

The most common risk is indifferent work, Beckstrand says. Employees who dont feel appreciated or are not engaged merely put in their time to meet the minimal requirements to keep their jobs. They do whats always been done and dont look for opportunities to innovate or improve. They are content with the status quo and dont respond well to requests to improve or adapt to new ways of doing work. They have little, if any, sense of opportunity, well-being, trust, or pride in the organization.

Its no secret that happier employees are more productive, but what executives may not realize is that actively disengaged employees may actually hurt business and the bottom line.



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