Employee Wellbeing – A New Benchmark for Retention

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Ryan Pendell of The Harvard Business Review recently published a thought-provoking piece that should capture the attention of business leaders across all market sectors. The article titled, Stressed, Sad, and Anxious: A Snapshot of the Global Workforce does an excellent job of summarizing how the emotional well-being of employees across the globe is not at satisfactory levels, causing companies to lose high-value talent to burnout and voluntary resignations. 

There’s a lesson to be learned; employees have needs that employers must meet to keep company-wide performance successful. Employees must not have reasons to quit or move on to another company because their mental health and wellbeing are unsustainably low. 

A Brief History of Wellbeing in the Workplace 

While promoting healthy lifestyles seems somewhat standardized with today’s larger corporations, it wasn’t always the case. Sure, now you’ll find a yoga studio, smoothie bar, or exercise equipment on-site at almost every tech corporate campus; however, it’s been decades of progress to get those amenities to where they are today.

Companies began understanding the benefits of having healthier, more productive employees as early as the 1910s when some businesses constructed gymnasiums and outdoor parks for their employees. In the 1970s, we saw the advent

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