Employees Deeply Value Health and Well-Being, Finds IWBI's 2023 State of Workforce Well-Being Poll
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the global authority for driving market transformation through healthy buildings, organizations and communities, released findings today from IWBI's 2023 State of Workforce Well-Being Poll, showing almost everyone (96%) agrees that a healthy work environment is necessary for employee productivity. According to findings, most of the American workforce also say health and well-being is a "must have" for organizations and something employers should be "ethically obligated" to support.
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IWBI's 2023 State of Workforce Well-Being Poll, conducted by The Harris Poll, sought to better understand how U.S. workers prioritize and experience the investment by their employers to promote health, well-being and equity in their work environments. The Harris Poll surveyed over 1,000 full-time employed U.S. adults 25 years old and older during a two-week period in January 2023, providing an important look into the current state of the workforce, including a timely perspective on many trends initiated and magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past three years. Throughout the findings, employees consistently showed a strong, positive view of health-first practices, an organization's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and workplace flexibility. The key findings report of the poll can be found here.
"What these poll findings make clear is that employees deeply value their well-being and they expect their employers to as well," said Rachel Hodgdon, President and CEO, IWBI. "Employers who invest in the health of their employees have a distinct advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining the talent they need to be successful in today's economy."
The poll found that the vast majority of employees place a high value on a healthy work environment and how an organization invests in their health, safety and well-being. Specifically, the poll found:
The poll also showed that employees view organizational DEI efforts as a vital part of a company's commitment to health. Further, a company's DEI efforts strongly aligned with employee job satisfaction and comfort in the workplace. Specifically, the poll found:
"This poll, both timely and important, gives us nationally representative data on how today's workforce is grappling with a staggering amount of change over the past few years," said Dr. Matthew Trowbridge, Chief Medical Officer, IWBI. "We can glean a wealth of information from this poll about the state of our workforce here in the United States. But one message is deafeningly clear: employees want to work for companies that prioritize and invest in their health and well-being, helping support equity, a welcoming culture, flexibility and other health-first strategies."
Most of the national workforce agrees that healthy employees are critical to a company's bottom line. In fact, 95% agree (62% strongly agree) that a healthy workforce is essential to a company's financial success. Further, according to the poll, employees view a company commitment to health and well-being as key to other critical company performance factors, including employee engagement, company reputation and employee recruitment and retention. Specifically, the poll found:
Finally, the poll found many workers are taking part in flexible work arrangements, and those that do are worried about potential return-to-office mandates.
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