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Employee well-being lifted by engagement

Employee reward and recognition programs can help organizations to create environments conducive to building healthy and actively engaged workforces.

Between work and family obligations, most employees live very busy lives. Fortunately, in the last few years, the rise of mobile devices and cloud servers has made it easier for organizations to provide a flexible working environment for their staff members.

A recent trend among businesses seeking to boost employee engagement is to take advantage of this flexibility by rewarding workers with additional time off. However, a recent study shows that engaged employees who take less vacation time may have higher levels of well-being than those who take four or more weeks of vacation. This means that companies trying to boost both employee engagement and well-being may see the best results by creating a supportive environment.

"The nature of the work environment may have more of an effect than workplace policies on overall well-being," said study co-author Jim Harter of Gallup.

Building the right environment
Employee reward and recognition programs can help organizations to create environments conducive to building healthy and actively engaged workforces. One of the main benefits of this type of culture is the reduction of stress among staff members, which mitigates stress-related health problems, but there are many additional benefits as well.

1 to 1 Media reports that organizations with cultures that foster high levels of engagement see more movements started at the ground level. This is because employees feel invested in their companies' success and often go the extra mile to help customers and co-workers. This type of environment allows businesses to adjust faster and more accurately to changing market conditions, which encourages firms to develop into industry leaders.

The source notes that often, the missing element for achieving this cohesive office culture is entanglement. When staff members feel a strong commitment to each person and component in a company, they want to see it succeed. Businesses can create more entanglement by using public recognition. This can be done on an individual or team basis, but whichever approach firms choose to take, they should be aware that holding up a few examples of outstanding performance increases the pride all team members have in their accomplishments.

Employee reward programs are extremely useful in creating a strong centralized identity for staff members. Companies may reward specific behavior to encourage communication, cooperation or friendly customer service, sending a clear message about expectations. The use of peer-to-peer recognition can also help build the entanglement necessary to lift engagement and well-being.

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