The Link Between Employee Well-being and Organisational Performance

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by Ashika Pillay

Organisations are increasingly recognising the importance of employee well-being as a critical factor in achieving sustainable success. Employee well-being encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health, job satisfaction, work-life balance, and overall happiness. Numerous studies have shown a strong correlation between employee well-being and organisational performance, highlighting the need for companies to prioritise the welfare of their workforce. This article explores the link between employee well-being and organisational performance and discusses the benefits of investing in employee well-being initiatives.

1. Enhanced Productivity and Engagement:

Employees who are physically and mentally healthy are more likely to be engaged and productive in their roles. When employees feel supported and valued by their organisation, they are motivated to perform at their best. A positive work environment that promotes well-being fosters higher levels of job satisfaction, leading to increased productivity and efficiency. Engaged employees are also more likely to go the extra mile, contributing to innovation, creativity, and overall organisational success.

2. Reduced Absenteeism and Turnover:

Investing in employee well-being initiatives can significantly reduce absenteeism and turnover rates. When employees feel stressed, overwhelmed, or burnt out, they are more likely to take sick leave or seek employment elsewhere. Conversely, organisations that prioritise employee well-being create a supportive culture that encourages employees to take care of their physical and mental health. This, in turn, reduces absenteeism and turnover, saving organisations the costs associated with recruitment, training, and lost productivity.

3. Improved Employee Morale and Satisfaction:

Organisations that prioritise employee well-being experience higher levels of employee morale and satisfaction. When employees feel valued and supported, they develop a sense of loyalty and commitment towards their organisation. This leads to a positive work culture, fostering teamwork, collaboration, and a sense of belonging. Employees who are satisfied with their work environment are more likely to stay with the company, resulting in a stable and motivated workforce.

4. Enhanced Employer Branding and Attraction of Talent:

Companies that prioritise employee well-being gain a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining top talent. In today’s job market, potential employees are increasingly seeking organisations that prioritise work-life balance, mental health support, and overall well-being. By investing in employee well-being initiatives, organisations can enhance their employer branding, positioning themselves as desirable employers. This, in turn, attracts high-quality candidates who are more likely to contribute to organisational success.

5. Positive Impact on Customer Satisfaction:

Employee well-being has a direct impact on customer satisfaction. Engaged and satisfied employees are more likely to provide excellent customer service, resulting in higher customer satisfaction levels. When employees feel supported and valued, they are more motivated to go above and beyond to meet customer needs. Satisfied customers, in turn, contribute to increased customer loyalty, repeat business, and positive word-of-mouth referrals, ultimately driving organisational performance.

The link between employee well-being and organisational performance is undeniable. Organisations that prioritise employee well-being experience numerous benefits, including enhanced productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover, improved employee morale and satisfaction, enhanced employer branding, and positive customer satisfaction. By investing in employee well-being initiatives, organisations can create a positive work environment that fosters engagement, loyalty, and overall organisational success. is essential for policymakers, farmers, and consumers to support and invest in sustainable agriculture to achieve food security and environmental sustainability in the country.


Ashika Pillay | Wellness Solutions Lead

Dr Ashika Pillay is a medical doctor with with 25 years of experience in the medical and allied medical fields, ten of these years were spent in the pharmaceutical industry in senior roles. She has an MBA from GIBS and is also an internationally certified coach, as well as trained mindfulness facilitator. She currently works as a leadership, wellbeing and performance coach and facilitator of wellbeing programs to various organisations. She is passionate about helping people understand the science of wellbeing, preventative medicine and longevity.

She loves working at the intersection of leadership, performance, mindfulness and neuroscience as well as women’s health, lifestyle and preventative medicine. Her corporate experience has given her deep insight, empathy and understanding not only for the challenges but also for the opportunities that exist to thrive as humans and organisations. Her mission is to help people and organisations be at their best to make an impact in the world.

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