High impact Well 1-2-1 plan

Research on productivity and workplace wellbeing

Organisational productivity refers to achieving optimum results with minimum expenditure (Scott-Jackson and Mayo, 2018). Employee productivity is closely related to an individual’s capability to function effectively and competently at work on a day-to-day basis in order to help produce positive organisational outcomes (Qaisar, Mariam and Farooq 2018). It is argued by Saha (2013) that a fundamental base for organisational productivity is that of individual productivity from those employees who lead healthy and well lifestyles.

Numerous studies have associated employee productivity with the individual’s wellbeing. There is a strong correlation between employee wellbeing and employee engagement (MacLeod and Clarke, 2014) and in turn employee engagement is linked to a higher level of productive task performance within the workplace. Numerous studies have shown that workplace health and wellbeing programmes have a positive effect on workplace productivity. Healthier employees are not only absent less, and so less expensive to an organisation, they are also more productive than unhealthy employees (McLennan, 2017). Productivity however is extremely hard to measure and there is therefore a gap in current literature that links objective health data produced from wellbeing programmes with an increase in productivity levels (Gubler, Larkin and Pierce, 2018). This may be a reason as to why some organisations find it difficult to justify introducing a wellbeing programme and to spend substantial money on its implementation. Despite the costs of implementing workplace wellbeing programmes, the literature discussed above from Saha (2013) as well as Qaisar, Mariam and Farooq (2018) and a plethora of other studies, do make a strong case for investing in them as the expected improvements in employee motivation, engagement and productivity levels will ultimately benefit organisational performance.

WELL 1-2-1 improves productivity – Business Support Centre

The majority of participants said they thought they had noticed an increase in their expected productivity levels since taking part in the health and wellbeing programme, however the question of productivity did bring about the most divided answers compared to the questions on how the programme influenced motivation and engagement levels. Those that reported an increase in their productivity levels also noticed that they had an increased ability to deal with day to day issues at work; as well as remarking that the programme did help to change their mindset of wanting to do better at work, and to be more productive, as well as encouraging a “winning mindset”:

“Getting out for a break made me feel more productive on a day to day basis, and being able to remember that I can take this time to go for a walk and have some time away from my desk was a nice feeling” 

“I think the healthy competition really got people in the mindset of wanting to do better than the other teams, it encouraged a winning mindset. I feel the energy I use to help the team win has also been transferred onto my work and I feel more productive” 

Almost 2/3 of the respondents reported that they did notice an increase in their productivity levels as a result of participating in the programme.