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:

  • Getting the right work-life balance is an effective way of avoiding stress at work.
  • It is possible to maximise overall organisational wellbeing through a re-evaluation of how salaries are distributed among employees.
  • Organisations can adopt certain approaches towards job security that help their staff achieve higher levels of job satisfaction.
  • Working with employees to ensure they have a sense that their job is achievable can lead to greater job satisfaction, as well as higher levels of morale.
  • Management behaviour seems to be highly important, with some management styles more successful than others at strengthening wellbeing at work.
  • Creating a safe working environment and a sense of the social value of the work of the organisation, may increase employees’ feelings of job satisfaction.
  • Good levels of job-fit and skill-use, and opportunities to develop new skills, can create high levels of employee satisfaction.
  • Helping employees to take greater control over their work can lead to better performance and greater job satisfaction.
  • Taking steps to improve relationships at work – with a particular focus on relationships between staff and managers – and encouraging positive feelings can improve both job and life satisfaction.

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.