Wellbeing Science

Empirical research supports a strong link between employee wellbeing, workplace engagement, and subsequent productivity, which in turn positively influences business outcomes and profitability. Research also suggests that wellbeing is contagious, that is people with higher wellbeing may positively influence the wellbeing of others. This rationale holds and is applicable for school communities, staff, parents and students - staff with high wellbeing are likely to influence student wellbeing and subsequent learning potential.

Wellbeing Engagement Productivity Success

For example, organisational wellbeing research has found:

  • Happier workers are more productive at work to the tune of about US$1000 per year.
  • Happier workers are generally healthier, so sick days are cut in half.
  • Wellbeing increases organisational citizenship behaviour (workers helping others at work).
  • Happier workers react more positively to workplace changes.
  • Happier workers are more positive about their workplace, so they are more likely to say good things to others and less likely to look for other work.

There is a lot of compelling evidence across industries, continents, and sectors that positive and virtuous practices pay off. Organisations are more productive, achieve higher quality, produce higher satisfaction ratings, and create higher employee engagement. Moreover, evidence suggests that these relationships are causal. When wellbeing and virtuous practices improve, organisational outcomes improve as well.

If you would like more information on the science, you can download a 'Business Case for Organisational Wellbeing'.

If you would like more information on positive education, you can download an overview: