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Research on Workplace Well-Being

Well-Being, Leadership, Performance and Sustainability

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A basic well-being goal is that employees would be present and productive at work. Canadians, Americans, Britain’, and most people around the world spend more than half of their time at work, and many are either at risk for or dealing with illness, mental health – is one of the most common and costly of all health problems. Best Companies has long cited employee well-being as a key element of a successful, happy workplace, that’s why well-being is an essential factor of engagement.


This definition is structured in a logical way:


1. Employee Well-Being


2. Employee Engagement


3. Performance & Success


4. Individual & Organizational Outcomes & Success

  The dimensions of well-being are interrelated, and by solving for the whole rather than a part, employers can maximize performance and make their organizations great places to work. Research shows consistently that employee well-being includes advancement, managerial and physical workplace considerations, as well as people’s physical and psychological health. 

Conservative estimates show that the burden of impaired health equates to 15% of payroll.

Fewer than 10% of organizations actual know their 'cost to benefit ratio' on health.