According to a mental health study, employees are more likely to flourish (experience optimum mental health) and be in-flow (at the peak of efficiency), and thus be less likely to quit if their skills match the work they are assigned to do. They are also likely to be efficient and less likely to move on if they are given at least some decision-making power over how they do their job or work. This is also the case if they have managers who help develop their career and set clear goals and expectations.
Interestingly, in terms of flexibility, flourishing and in-flow employees preferred the hybrid work model. This is because, being able to divide their time between home and the office allows them to work productively, while also giving them a sense of belonging and inclusion. A whopping 82 per cent of hybrid workers said they agreed with the statement, “I can be relied upon to do my best at work” – compared with just about four per cent who disagreed with the statement.
Another interesting revelation was that more than the workload itself employees find it important to have control of the workload. Those who admitted to having adequate control over their workload were almost four times more likely to be flourishing than those who didn’t.
The report by AXA states that employees working for organisations that offer mental-health support are more likely to be flourishing. Naturally, these employees will also be more likely to be more productive. In recent years, employers have been more focussed on mental health issues in the workplace because there is a strong correlation between organisational/employer support, productivity and sound mind health.
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