The alarming decline of employee wellbeing by seven percentage points

by Time Doctor
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Concerns about employee wellbeing have grown since the Covid-19 outbreak. According to recent study, there has been a noticeable decline in employee health and wellbeing, and the result is a workplace where stress and health problems are more common than ever.

An overview of employee wellbeing

Numerous studies conducted since the pandemic’s start have revealed a concerning trend: a decline in employees’ wellbeing in a variety of industries. As per the employee engagement firm Inpulse’s Wellbeing Index, there has been a discernible decline of seven percentage points in employee wellbeing between 2020 and 2023. Five essential components are highlighted in this index, which assessed the well-being of 30,000 employees: work-life balance, support, workload, connection, and mental health. Sadly, a third of the employees who responded to the poll received low scores in these categories.

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The effects of illness and missing out

To exacerbate matters, a research conducted by insurance company Metlife found that more than half (52%) of the participants had taken time off work as a result of illness or injury. Strong workplace health and wellbeing policies are critically needed, as evidenced by the high rate of absences due to illness.

Examining the reasons for the drop

Even while it’s obvious that some absences due to illness or injuries cannot be avoided, it’s crucial to look into the underlying reasons for this fall in health. Could these absences be shorter or less frequent, for example, if health and wellness programs were changed or used more effectively? Finding these opportunities may result in better staff health management.

The function of engagement and support at work

The importance of support in the workplace is further highlighted by the Inpulse research. There was a threefold increase in employee engagement when they perceived their superiors to be supportive. Only 28% of individuals who did not feel supported, however, said they were actively involved. This striking disparity serves as an example of how crucial a positive work atmosphere is for promoting wellbeing and employee engagement.

The impact of location and work patterns

The pandemic-related changes to working hours and locations may potentially have an impact on employees’ well-being. As more businesses embrace flexible work schedules, concerns regarding the veracity of absence claims and their effects on employees’ health are raised. It is imperative that companies evaluate if the existing work environment promotes the welfare of their employees.

Prospects for employee wellbeing in the future

It will be critical to track long-term changes in employee wellbeing as we move past the epidemic era. Organizations can modify their strategy to better support their employees and increase overall productivity by having a better understanding of these dynamics.

Conclusion

A careful assessment of workplace rules, support systems, and work circumstances is necessary in light of the post-pandemic fall in employee wellbeing. To ensure a fit and motivated workforce in the years to come, employers need to be proactive in addressing these issues.

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