Helping employees become better versions of themselves, isn’t that just the happy people version of ‘green washing’? Shouldn’t work be about work and achieving business results? Yes, it should and as investing in workplace wellbeing might sound soft and fluffy, the empirical research shows that wellbeing is a prerequisite for sustaining success in people and their workplaces, and not simply a benefit or byproduct . Greater employee wellbeing leads to workplace engagement, which increases productivity, resulting in better business outcomes and profit .
Want to see the data? let’s share a few actual examples.
So while often seen as an expense, an investment in your people’s health and wellbeing is actually a real asset with an interesting ROI. Some welcome the byproducts like engagement, happiness, and employer branding. As a guide, every dollar spent on promoting wellbeing in individuals and the organization as whole yields a return of approximately 1-3 dollars. So when you are thinking of investing in wellbeing and you want to make sure you get your money back, please do look further than solely health prevention and physical fitness, a piece of fruit next to the coffee machine, or free yoga on Friday afternoons. Go for the evidence-based interventions with measured results that are out there.
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 “Its Official: At Work Health Promotion Programmes Work”, by Peter Mills, E-HPM newsletter, December 2005
 Alec Munc, PhD, Adam Myer, PhD (2016) Energy for Performance®: Evaluation of Course Impact with Johnson & Johnson Employees.
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