Mindspace, a flexible workspace provider, has published the findings from their recent study on global employees’ shifting views about the workplace. The study, titled Employee Wellbeing Data Report, indicates that a significant 90% of employees regard wellbeing facilities and services as essential factors in selecting a workplace. Furthermore, 82% believe that it’s their employers’ responsibility to aid them in maintaining a balanced work-life.
Despite the decreasing trend of “quiet quitting” and the growing return-to-office directives, the data suggests a continuous evolution in perceptions of the workplace and work-life balance. Notably, most workers are prioritising mental and physical health along with their general wellbeing. With this shift, companies should recognise the importance of employee wellbeing as a crucial component for boosting productivity and retention to stay competitive in the market.
The report delves deeper into ways employees believe their employers can enhance their overall wellbeing. Flexible working hours stood out, with 43% of respondents highlighting this as the most influential benefit. Other mentioned perks encompass flexible work locations (21%), complimentary healthy meals (24%), additional vacation days (33%), enhanced health insurance (16%), and physical provisions such as in-house gyms.
When the survey participants were questioned about the drawbacks of a workplace that didn’t prioritise wellbeing, 25% opined that such an environment negatively impacted their inclination to remain with the company. Moreover, half (50%) believed that such workplaces would most likely affect worker motivation, while 48% felt it would diminish productivity and 28% considered it would hinder creativity.
The study aimed to shed light on the global workforce’s present feelings regarding the wellness offerings of employers. It also intended to highlight the value of wellness-oriented employers when deciding on a new job or opting to remain in the current position, along with tangible measures by which employers can boost employee wellbeing.
Commenting on the findings, Dan Zakai, CEO and Co-Founder of Mindspace, shared, “As many companies are gradually instructing their employees to return to the office, it’s pivotal for employers to reimagine a future work paradigm. This should integrate flexible work arrangements concerning hours and location and should accentuate benefits that augment employee wellbeing.” He added, “This fresh data implies that workers are adopting a more comprehensive view of their workplace, expecting more from hybrid work patterns, amenities that facilitate a work-life balance, and superior healthcare benefits. For companies considering a return to the office and aiming to retain their elite workforce, incorporating wellness amenities is not merely a luxury but a strategic imperative to foster wellbeing, enhance retention, and ensure organisational prosperity.”
For the study, Mindspace interviewed 2,000 office professionals from various nations including the U.S., U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Israel.