Engagement and wellbeing should become a focal point for companies that aim for sustainable performance, both in individual and business terms. This is the key outtake from a new white paper published by Engage for Success (E4S).
Evidence collected through the organisation’s research indicates that employee engagement and wellbeing are connected and they have a significant effect not only on employee performance but also on business results.
Firstly, employees need to be shown clearly the big picture for the company they work for, including its purposes and how their everyday efforts contribute to the achievement of corporate goals and the employees’ sense of personal accomplishment. Secondly, in order for employers to contribute to their workers’ wellbeing, they need to promote initiatives that show the company cares about its staff. There is a dire need to demonstrate that: over half of British employees feel that their company does not care about their wellbeing as long as they do their job, research by Investors in People has shown.
E4S says that major employers have contributed case studies and there is clear evidence of a strong relationship between workers’ wellbeing and their engagement with the company. There is a link between high engagement levels and wellbeing and both are “mutually reinforced” and crucial for the optimal performance of both the organisation and the employees.
The study was conducted by the E4S Wellbeing subgroup, which was established last August in response to strong interest in the topic. The report was compiled over the course of six months, drawing on academic publications, consultancy research and corporate case studies.