New Research by RAND Europe in Collaboration with Vitality on Hybrid Workplace Habits Highlights the Relationship between Mental Wellbeing and Job Performance
RAND Europe recently published new research conducted in collaboration with Vitality. The study, “Employee Wellbeing, Work Behaviours and Work Outcomes in a Hybrid Work Context” examined the relationship between modern workplace behaviors and employee health, wellbeing and performance.
The study was conducted with over 1,000 UK-based Vitality employees, with a novel assortment of rich and varied data sources ranging from Microsoft-powered workplace behavioral data (e.g. general high-level collaboration patterns via e-mail, instant messages, and calls) to self-reported survey responses and HR administrative data. This data allowed the researchers to cluster employees into different “types” based on similar work behaviors, job characteristics and other personal traits since work habits are so context dependent. With this nuanced lens in place, they were able to examine the relationship between workplace behaviors and employee wellbeing for these different employee types.
The study found that workplace behavioral patterns are associated with wellbeing, and that deviations from behaviors typical of specific clusters of people are associated with worse wellbeing, work, and performance outcomes. The study points to the central role that employers play in cultivating a healthy and productive work environment. Success necessitates a multi-pronged approach that incorporates organizational support and personalized interventions to ensure that people and their organizations can thrive.