Taking steps to look after your own mental and physical wellbeing, as well as that of your staff if you have them, IS NOT just some fluffy nice to have.
The health benefits are enormous and we believe that there is an obligation to do right by yourself and your staff. But there are significant tangible and intangible upsides on the business side too. It can lead to:
- Greater levels of engagement from employees.
- Increased productivity.
- More happy staff members which also cultivates a better company culture.
- Decreased absenteeism.
- Improved employee satisfaction.
- Lower staff turnover, lower recruitment and retraining costs, improved talent attraction, increased operational stability.
- Increased innovation and creativity.
- Improved employee sentiment towards company and co-workers.
- Increased profitability.
There is a high degree of interconnectivity. What do I mean by this?
Well, physical wellbeing impacts mental wellbeing, and vice-versa.
Having good mental and physical wellbeing leads to happier individuals.
Happier people are more productive and also have a higher level of loyalty and commitment to their company. The chain goes on and on. Ultimately it leads to better company performance and higher profitability levels.
Does the research support these claims? Yes it does!
Having greater levels of engagement from employees is a highly impactful asset for a company to have. A Gallup 2017 / 2018 Training Industry Report showed that engaged staff lead to:
A joint study from Refinitiv and MarketPsych found that the share price of S&P500 companies who invested in their workplace sentiment (a.k.a. increasing staff happiness) and therefore had the highest happiness levels, significantly and consistently outperformed those with low workplace sentiment scores.
Another study, this one by KPMG, confirms some of the earlier claims in this article. It found that:
- Engaged employees are more loyal and committed to their company.
- They often become strong performers.
- It leads to lower staff turnover and therefore lower related expenses.
- It increased innovation and creativity.
- All leading to higher profitability.
Here is a slide from one of our presentations that puts some figures on the cost of poor mental wellbeing.
We strongly believe that it is the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals that underpins all of this as one of the main drivers. As you can see from the data and research – it is not solely a good-hearted area to invest in…it also makes great business sense too.
Written by: Dan Gayle – Peak Vantage CEO.