BY DAN WITTERS - GALLUP
Employee engagement has long been recognized as an important driver of employee retention and performance. And wellbeing -- most often manifested as a wellness program -- has been adopted by some organizations to drive down healthcare costs.
And yet Gallup has found a striking relationship between engagement and wellbeing, with major consequences for employee productivity and performance:
Engagement and wellbeing are highly reciprocal, with each influencing the future state of the other to a similar degree.
But they are also additive -- high wellbeing enhances the benefits of engagement, lifting employee performance to levels not reached through engagement alone.
It is critical for wellbeing to be conceptualized and addressed holistically across all five of its essential elements -- career, social, financial, community and physical. Physical wellness programs alone are not enough to support a thriving, high-performing workforce.
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