FM newsroom – office. Mindspace, a global flexible workspace provider, unveiled the results of a recent survey of employees from industries worldwide regarding shifting sentiment towards the workplace. The latest Employee Wellbeing Data Report reveals that 9 out of 10 employees consider wellbeing facilities and offerings to be critical when choosing a workplace, and 82% expect support from their employers in achieving a work-life balance.
Work-life balance is a competitive advantage
The survey involning 2000 office workers across the U.S., U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Israel suggests that attitudes towards the workplace and work-life balance continue to shift, with the majority of employees putting more emphasis on mental and physical health and overall wellbeing. Employee wellbeing has become a critical tool for empowering employee productivity and maintaining retention, which companies will need to take into account in order to remain competitive.
The Employee Wellbeing Dara Report also explores the most impactful ways in which employees feel their employers should support their overall wellbeing. 43% of participants said the greatest impact on employee wellbeing was flexible working hours. Other benefits mentioned include flexibility of work location (21%), free healthy meals (24%), more vacation days (33%), improved health insurance (16%) and physical amenities such as on-site gyms.
Built-in wellness amenities are not a luxury but a strategic necessity
When asked about the negative effects of workplaces where wellbeing was not prioritized, 25% said such environments adversely affected their desire to stay at the company – half of respondents (50%) said they believed workers’ motivation would be most affected, followed by productivity (48%) and creativity (28%).
“This latest survey suggests that employees are taking a more holistic approach to their workplace – with growing expectations for hybrid work models, amenities that support work-life balance, or enhanced healthcare coverage. Companies that believe in returning to the office and want to retain their top talent should be forward-thinking and must recognize that built-in wellness amenities are not a luxury but a strategic necessity to promote wellbeing, to boost retention and to drive organizational success” – Dan Zakai, Mindspace CEO and Co-Founder