Employee wellbeing and employee engagement go hand-in-hand, meaning that engaged employees tend to have a higher level of wellbeing, and in turn healthy employees are more likely to feel a sense of engagement in the workplace, and therefore employers should do everything they can to capitalise on this (Kholl, 2018). Work engagement is described as
contentment within the workplace which is shown by a “positive and affective-cognitive state”. This can be used as an indicator of an individual’s overall health and wellbeing (Ouweneel, Le Blanc and Schaufeli, 2014). When individuals feel engaged in the workplace, they experience the highest level of wellbeing as well as satisfaction with their work (Rigby and Ryan, 2018), whereas a poor level of employee engagement can lead to a detrimental impact on an employee’s performance and wellbeing (Shuck and Reio Jr, 2014). This relates to MacLeod and Clarke’s research in 2014, which further shows the importance of employee engagement, and the positive effect that employee engagement has on an individual’s psychological health, as well as in producing positive organisational outcomes (MacLeod and Clarke, 2014). It is known that employees feel more engaged when their workplace has a community feel rather than a factory feel, and employee wellness programmes could be one way to help foster a sense of community within the workplace.
WELL 1-2-1 Results – Heathrow Business Support Centre 201911
In terms of engagement levels after participating in the programme, numerous participants had noticed an increase in passion for their work as well as feeling more aware of, and taking more of an interest in, what was going on in the workplace. A number of those interviewed said that they felt more engaged with their work due to the teamwork aspect of the challenge and their connection with their team members had made them feel more engaged at work in general:
“During the programme I felt more passionate about my work. I was drinking more water and getting out from my desk to take a walk. I think because the company encouraged the programme so much it did raise my awareness of how to become healthier” .
“The programme definitely opened up communication more and I felt more engaged with other members of staff as well as with the company after”
“I feel more connected and engaged with the work I am doing. For my 1-hour lunch break I use this to go for a walk and when I come back, I do feel more engaged at my desk with what is going on. I feel more aware”