It’s no secret that employee wellbeing, in a post-pandemic landscape, is suffering: Employees are struggling with stress, burnout, and loneliness like never before. In fact, four in 10 U.S. employees say their job is negatively impacting their mental health.
To make matters worse, fewer than one in four employees say their organization cares about their wellbeing – nearly half the number who said the same before COVID-19 rocked the workplace.
These data suggest the workforce is headed toward a tragic wellness crisis if things don’t change.
The good news?
There is – and has always been – an effective, research-backed wellbeing solution at leaders’ fingertips: employee recognition.
In previous research, Gallup and Workhuman established an extensive connection between employee recognition and wellbeing, finding employees who receive the right amount of recognition for their work experience lower burnout, improved daily emotions, and stronger relationships with their co-workers.
The data was so compelling we decided to dig a little deeper.
New research from Gallup and Workhuman finds that recognition and wellbeing, together, can pave the way for improved business outcomes. Specifically, when employees have thriving wellbeing and are experiencing the best recognition experiences possible, they’re more likely to be a top performer and to feel like they’re paid fairly, and are less likely to be actively looking or watching for job opportunities.
But there’s a catch: The research finds the business benefits of high wellbeing are greatly enhanced by optimum recognition and greatly damaged by poor recognition – making it all the more important to prioritize both.
Download the report to learn more about the relationship between recognition and wellbeing and how you can create positive change across your organization.
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