Linking Wellness Programs to Innovation

Saturday, May 1, 2010
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A recent study by Right Management found organizations that promote employee health and well-being are 3.5 times more likely to encourage creativity and innovation.

"We found fewer than half of the more than 28,000 employees who participated in our worldwide study reported that their organizations actively promote health and wellness," says Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, senior vice president for global solutions at Right Management.

"Yet we now have persuasive evidence linking health and well-being to greater employee engagement, organizational productivity, talent retention and -- of utmost importance in today's post-recession economy -- creativity and innovation."

The study was released at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Seventy-two percent of respondents who rated their organization highly for actively promoting health and well-being also rated it highly for encouraging creativity and innovation. Among those who did not rate their organization's health and well-being efforts highly, only 20 percent took a favorable view of their organization's encouragement of creativity and innovation.

Schroeder-Saulnier cites the top drivers for promoting health and well-being at work:

* "I work in a safe and healthy environment."

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* "My organization allows me to maintain a reasonable balance between my family and work life."

* "You can balance work and personal interests at my organization and still progress."

* "I have an appropriate workload."

* "The amount of pressure I experience in my role is reasonable."

"Of all the individual actions an organization could take, these five would do the most to improve the well-being of employees," said Schroeder-Saulnier.

Right Management, the talent and career management unit of Manpower, surveyed 28,810 employees across 10 industries in 15 countries.

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