Study: Employees of today seek wellbeing amenities, work-life balance environment

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AS MORE employees transition from being fully remote to a post-pandemic future that includes a return to the office, a recent study by real estate research firm JLL has revealed that workers are increasingly seeking workplaces that support mental, social and physical health.

Employees also seek employers who endorse flexible company policies and an inclusive managerial mindset.

JLL said more than three-quarters of employees today are struggling to find the time or energy to adopt healthy habits, and employers who fail to address that may risk losing talent, impacting their organization’s overall performance.

This is according to JLL’s How Regenerative Workplaces Can Restore Employee Wellbeing report.

JLL surveyed 1,500 office workers across Asia Pacific to assess their state of mind, understand sentiment and identify their expectations of their workplace and employer.

“Encouraging employees back to offices is not only about supporting flexibility. It’s also about offering them inclusive work practices and wellbeing amenities that enable a healthy work-life balance,” said Anthony Couse, chief executive officer of JLL Asia Pacific.

“Employers have a new responsibility to actively support the evolving wellbeing needs of their people. By doing so, companies will be in a position to create a workplace where their employees can flourish and achieve sustainable performance in the long term,” he added.

With these shifting wellbeing expectations in mind, JLL, in partnership with applied anthropologist Chris Diming created a framework to guide companies on their journey towards a regenerative workplace.

This includes three main pillars — mental health, social health and physical health — and nine corresponding traits for companies to adopt to build a workplace that reconciles both employee wellbeing and their work performance.

For instance, JLL’s survey findings showed that healthy food services, relaxation spaces and fitness centers top the list of what employees want in their physical workplaces. Yet, only one in four employees currently has access to those amenities.

Also, the research showed that close to one-third of employees lack access to health and wellbeing amenities at the workplace, highlighting an opportunity for employers to endorse healthy working habits.

This includes holding wellbeing events, on-site clinics or fitness classes.

JLL pointed out it is key for health and wellbeing to become ingrained in the organization’s culture and employees’ daily routines.

“Providing easier access to health and wellbeing amenities won’t make an impact on employees’ overall wellbeing if they do not have the time or the energy to use them. Many employees are feeling held back by a lack of energy and time to adopt healthy routines, so shifting to a new managerial mindset is needed to ensure workloads are manageable,” said Couse.

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