“The whole person comes to work, not just the worker. So how you manage that person affects key outcomes like new disease burden, sick days, and obesity, which have direct implications on annual health-related costs. “ Jim Harter, Ph.D., Gallup’s chief scientist for workplace management and wellbeing
Companies that ignore their employees’ wellbeing are losing money. Here’s one big example: Employees with high wellbeing have 41% lower health-related costs compared with employees who have lower wellbeing. In a firm that has 10,000 employees, this difference amounts to nearly $30 million.
This Q and A with Harter and Tom Rath, who leads Gallup’s workplace research and leadership consulting practice, co-authors of the book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements presents some interesting data about the relationship of wellbeing to any organization’s bottom line.