How Mental Wellbeing Boosts Work Performance

Employee wellbeing is no longer ‘optional’ for organisations or secondary to other business needs.

There’s now strong evidence showing the contribution of employee wellbeing, particularly mental wellbeing,  to work performance and productivity.

Here are the results of just a few research studies…

1.    A study of 16,000 employees, published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology in 2005, found that 23% of the variance in employee productivity is explained by: psychological wellbeing, perceived commitment of the organisation to the employee, and resources and communications. (Donald et al, 2005)

2.   In a two-year study, published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science in 2002, it was found that psychological wellbeing reliably predicts job performance. (Wright, Cropanzano et al, 2002)

3.    A five year study of psychological wellbeing and performance, published in the Consulting Psychology Journal:Practice and Research in 2001, showed a strong correlation between wellbeing and work performance. (Cropanzano & Wright, 2001)

4.   A study of nearly 8000 separate business units in 36 companies showed employee engagement and wellbeing correlated with business unit performance –sickness absence, customer satisfaction, productivity, and employee turnover.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 2002. (Harter, Schmidt & Hayes, 2002)

Are the people in your organisation working well? Are you?