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Social Connectedness

Social connectedness, which encompasses supportive positive relationships and social belonging, is not only necessary for well-being, but it is also one of the strongest predictors. Evidence indicates that as people spend more time socializing, their life satisfaction and overall happiness increase.

Social connectedness is important to employers because friendships among employees can promote positive business outcomes. According to research, people who have a best friend at work:

  • Have higher overall well-being;
  • Are seven times more likely to be engaged in their jobs;
  • Are better at engaging customers;
  • Produce higher quality work; and
  • Are less likely to get injured on the job.

Data indicate that promoting relationships among colleagues is an area for improvement among employers; just 30% of employees report that they have a best friend at work, and only 5% of surveyed employees strongly agree that their organization helps them build stronger personal relationships. Employers can help employees develop better social connections through program and job design, workplace modifications and organized activities.

 

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Social and Community Health Initiatives Social and Community Health Initiatives
Details how employers are partnering with employees to help the community and improve those same employees’ overall well-being.

Seeing the Bigger Picture: Beyond Wellness to Well-being Seeing the Bigger Picture: Beyond Wellness to Well-being
Presents employers with the business case for developing a broader well-being strategy. It also provides an overview of five factors that contribute to well-being and that large employers can influence within their own organizations.

Importance of Various Attributes for Employees’ Well-being Importance of Various Attributes for Employees’ Well-being
Outlines what dimensions of well-being employees value the most.

 

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Workforce Strategy 2018
Our annual conference is the best source of leading-edge content, high powered networking and up-to-the-minute sharing of new ideas and best practices for large employers focused on well-being, productivity and workforce strategy.

Blog Post: What can employers do to help their employees take a break?
Outlines why encouraging employees to take all of their allotted time-off (PTO) each year is a cost effective way to improve overall employee well-being.

Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being
The Institute work focuses on increasing employee engagement in their health and reducing lifestyle-related risk factors and costs.

Blog Post: Americans Really ARE Workaholics
Shares data showing that Americans’ work habits and the ways employers are helping employees take a break.

 

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