How to Increase Employee Engagement

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 16th, 2015

employee engagement“Employee engagement is higher when workforces are satisfied with the health and well-being benefits their employer provides,” researchers reported. Two workplace solutions firms—Quantum Workplace and Limeade—teamed up to find out what employees would like to see in their benefits packages..

But the study also highlights a wide-ranging discrepancy between the benefits that employees want and the benefits they actually receive.

The survey gathered input from almost 2,000 participants in Quantum’s Best Places to Work program. The research compared the desired benefits to what was actually offered, and these results were reported:

– Stress management: Only 28% of employers provide stress-relief breaks, such as meditation, massages, or required breaks, yet more than 71% desire it.

– Nutrition: More than 73 percent of employees want healthy cafeteria or vending options at work, but fewer than half of employers provide it.

– Work-life balance: Nearly three-fourths of employees want flexible work hours, and those who do are nearly 20% more engaged. However, fewer than half of employers provide flexible work hours.

“Twelve years of conducting workplace research has shown that employee perceptions of benefits is the single lowest scoring survey category across virtually all companies,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of Quantum Workplace. “But the needle can be moved. When employers use employee feedback to help drive the decisions they make, including the health and well-being benefits they provide, they can improve employee health, engagement, and performance.”

To learn how to increase employee engagement, work-life balance and SelfCare, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today to talk about this healthcare wellness program for your staff.

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