A new report from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and Mercer offers fresh insights into the influence of leadership and organizational support on workplace well-being outcomes. Findings derived from the 2018 Progress Report show that well-being initiatives fare better when leaders are visibly supportive and involved. In particular, companies reported better outcomes when leaders recognize employees who have achieved success and when leaders actively participate in health and well-being initiatives themselves—two relatively simple and low-cost ways to boost performance.
Findings from the study, which includes responses from over 1,000 employers, include:
“These findings suggest organizations that want to improve employee well-being and impact spending should consider how they can bolster organizational support and leadership involvement in day-to-day well-being activities,” said Steven Noeldner, Senior Total Health Management Consultant, Mercer. “Even if you have an established, comprehensive program, a perceived lack of leadership support could prevent employees from participating and benefiting from these initiatives. Leadership support costs very little to implement and can be as simple as celebrating employee efforts or sharing personal well-being goals and practices.”
The HERO Scorecard also asks employers about other best practice areas, such as the use of incentives, strategic planning, comprehensive programs, and the breadth of programs offered. The 2018 Scorecard Progress Report highlights the following trends: