Total Wellbeing: A Global View: Xerox Services survey examines global wellbeing programs. (Graphic: Business Wire)
"Directly linking wellbeing to productivity has been an evolution," said Xerox Services client, Philia Swam, manager of Health, Wellness and Group Benefits at LafargeHolcim. "Early in our wellbeing initiative, we looked at ensuring improvement from a purely health perspective and watched participation in our preventive care program steadily increase. Now we're experiencing improvements in productivity statistics. One example is our reduction in days people are out on disability leave." Wellbeing goes beyond the health of an individual and includes physical, mental/emotional, and financial aspects, any of which can have a negative impact on an employee's productivity. Companies are in turn rounding out their wellbeing offerings and are particularly recognizing the negative effects of poor financial wellbeing, with two-thirds seeing lowered productivity as a direct impact, and half citing increased absence from work due to financial distractions. "Healthy, productive employees are the lifeblood of a company," said John Gentry, president, Xerox HR Services. "In the past, the thought that healthy workers meant productive workers was somewhat of a theory. Today with aggregate data and analytics, there is a much stronger case for return on investment." Creating a Culture of Wellbeing While only 33 percent of respondents report a strong culture of wellbeing, 83 percent aspire to it in the future. Seventy-four percent of participants view their wellbeing program as an important element of their employee value proposition, aiding in recruitment and retention.