New data reveals a ‘mismatch problem’ threatening employee wellbeing
A new report analysing wellbeing trends – within the context of the return-to-office debate reveals that working in a preferred environment significantly boosts personal wellness and productivity.
Gympass, the corporate wellness platform, has released its second annual (2024) State of Work-Life Wellness Report, based on a survey of more than 5,000 employees across nine global markets, including the UK, uncovers valuable insights about demands for wellness support in the workforce.
Among the 616 UK respondents, 91% said their emotional wellness impacts their productivity, 88% of workers consider their wellbeing at work to be equally important as their salary and 86% of workers would consider leaving a company that does not focus on employee wellbeing.
Other key findings include; 86% of UK workers indicate their productivity is impacted by their physical wellbeing. They lead the pack as the workforce most likely to say their productivity at work is lower when they feel lonely (67%), When asked to rate their wellbeing, ‘mismatched’ employees were twice as likely to report that they were ‘struggling’ or ‘really struggling’ compared to matched employees.
‘Mismatched’ employees are those who work remotely but prefer in-office, or work in-office but prefer remote–reported significant negative effects on their overall wellbeing, compared to ‘matched’ employees.
‘Mismatched employees’ were more likely to have higher stress levels, lower emotional wellbeing and more sleep loss from work stress. They were also twice as likely to report being unhappy working at their current company. The vast majority of employees–96%–seek employers who prioritise wellbeing.
Cesar Carvalho, co-founder and CEO of Gympass said: “The workplace ‘mismatch problem’ underscores a larger issue: that wellbeing is unique to each individual. Flexibility is a crucial consideration as companies navigate the return-to-office landscape. Everyone is different. Companies can take better care of their employees by offering flexible, preventative benefits that not only make employees happy and healthy but save your company money in the long term.”
The full 2024 State of Work-Life Wellness Report can be found here