Survey: Companies Struggling to Meet Workers’ Wellbeing Needs

A new survey finds workers wondering if their organizations really care for them.
By: | July 13, 2018 • 3 min read
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It’s been said a lot lately: Employee wellbeing should be a critical HR and business-strategy objective. Yet, according to a recent survey of thousands of global workers, it is getting short shrift.

The O.C. Tanner Institute, part of the employee recognition and culture consulting firm, surveyed 3,600 employees from the U.S., Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and Singapore and found that a majority of workers are unhappy with what the workplace is doing to them.


Fifty-two percent of employees surveyed, in fact, believe that their employer cares more about productivity and the bottom line than their workforce.  In addition, 38 percent say their situation at work is hurting their happiness in other aspects of their life, and are being negatively affected by their work environment.

When it comes to a negative impact on their physical health, 36 percent say that their heath was at issue due to their workplace. In terms of who is concerned the most, employees were more likely to report negative effects on their physical health if they worked in customer service, at the executive level or self-identified as a millennial.

According to Gary Beckstrand, vice president at O.C. Tanner, it’s not just unhappy employees who are claiming negative physical effects—many of those who are satisfied with their current job and company are claiming they’re “victims” as well. Beckstrand explains that the survey results suggest that an important consideration in a person’s decision to join, engage with and stay with an employer is “Does the organization care about its people?”