The evidence for making wellbeing a part of everyday behaviours and activities is compelling.
There has been limited research into school staff wellbeing and it’s impact on outcomes. The only major report was written in 2007 by Birkbeck College, University of London, in partnership with Worklife Support. This found that:
- There was a statistically significant impact on the SATs results of English primary schools.
- Teacher enjoyment was linked with a higher value added measure of pupil performance.
- There was an increased performance in 5+ GCSEs A to C.
- There was improved value added progress through key stages 2 to 4.
While the education research is limited there has been research in business and significant research in the health sector. In business, a 2014 report for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, titled ‘Does Worker Wellbeing Affect Workplace Performance’, found that wellbeing shows a strong and positive link with improved workplace performance for both profitability (financial); and labour productivity and the quality of outputs and services.
It also showed a strong link between wellbeing and job satisfaction, including aspects such as training, skills development opportunities, how much autonomy employees have in their role, and how much scope they have to use their own initiative and influence decisions.
Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of Britain’s working age population, in her 2008 report, ‘Working for a healthier tomorrow’ found considerable evidence that health and wellbeing programmes produced economic benefits across all sectors and all sizes of business: in other words, that good health is good business. She also concluded that the benefits of wellbeing go beyond the quality of life of staff and extend to increasing an organisations productivity and profitability.
While there is more research to do in the commercial sector, there has been greater research in the public sector and particularly the Health Service.
Research in the Health Service
Independent research undertaken within the Health Service, has consistently shown employee wellbeing to be linked with performance, patient care, welfare and mortality.
Among the highlights from findings are:
- Evidence of a causal link between employee wellbeing and performance outcomes.
- That there is a relationship between employee wellbeing and employee reported patient care and patient reported patient care.
- Employee wellbeing is a driver of patient care performance and seeking to systematically enhance employee wellbeing is not only important in its own right but also for the quality of patient experiences.
- Local climate is important, even for high performing employees in demanding jobs.
- It is important to monitor employee wellbeing and target resources to areas known to be problematic.
- Management practices are significantly linked to NHS employee health and wellbeing. This is linked to multiple outcomes, including employee absenteeism, turnover, agency spend, patient satisfaction, infection rates, and annual health check performance. The associated financial costs of these can be significant.
There are more reports and if you review those we have highlighted you can be confident that a focus on employee wellbeing is the fastest way to improve long term, performance and results.
If like us, you are convinced by the extensive research, and are ready to take action to improve your staff’s wellbeing, together with other schools who are working in partnership, then please get in touch »