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Empress Insights Releases Latest Study on the Ingredients of Workplace Wellbeing

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Our team at Empress Insights, the insights studio of coworking operator The Coven, just released findings from our latest workplace study on human flourishing. Each year employers invest millions in efforts to promote employee wellbeing, yet most struggle to answer growing calls for a more modern approach.

We explore wellbeing at work through eight dimensions: emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and financial. We found that flourishing is not possible without wellbeing. Of those surveyed, few express high degrees of satisfaction among measures of wellbeing.

We surveyed 2,000 working-age Americans with participation from all 50 states. Twenty-plus industries were represented, with employer sizes ranging from 6 to 5,000+. With this sample, we learned that the concept of employee wellbeing is fluid and rapidly evolving. Generational shifts in attitude towards work and growing career longevity are driving forces in the discussion.

On top of this, the seismic events of 2020 continue to reverberate, spurring increasing calls to re-evaluate and modernize employee wellbeing efforts beyond benefit programs and physical health incentives. Large U.S. organizations spend an average of $6 – $10.5 million annually on wellbeing efforts that fail to capture the priorities of workers. Employees express a desire for more flexibility in their schedules, better mental health support, and professional development opportunities. 

What remains constant is how crucial healthy workplace cultures are to business success, which means designing for human flourishing. Employees who feel a sense of belonging at work are more likely to stay with their employer and recommend them to others.

Areas of opportunity for improving wellness are clear:

  • Just 16% of workers report a sense of financial security with compensation and benefits
  • Just one-third of workers have access to professional development and learning opportunities at work 
  • Less than one-quarter of workers have connection opportunities with other employees 

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Liz Giel is an entrepreneur, human-centered design expert, Co-Founder and Partner at The Coven, where she oversees all marketing functions with laser-sharp precision and communications talent.

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