Oct 14, 2022
This study aims to build on the understanding of the links between employees' work behaviours and lifestyle, health, wellbeing and workplace outcomes. The researchers do this by analysing a proprietary employee dataset of 1,023 UK-based employees of Vitality, which incorporates Microsoft-collected workplace behaviour data and other administrative and self-reported survey data.
With an increasing amount of work being carried out through digital channels, new modern workplace telemetry affords us the opportunity to understand the relationships between workplace behaviours, wellbeing and work outcomes at an increasingly granular level.
This study aims to build on the understanding of the links between employees' work behaviours and lifestyle, health, wellbeing and workplace outcomes. Specifically, this study investigates the following:
To answer these research questions, the research team conducted a literature review to better understand the interlinkages between health and lifestyle factors, work behaviours and work outcomes, and analysed a proprietary employee dataset of 1,023 UK-based employees of Vitality, which incorporates Microsoft-collected workplace behaviour data and other administrative and self-reported survey data. The researchers used statistical methods including cluster analysis, regression analysis and the creation of an original composite wellbeing score to examine the relationship between workplace behaviours, employee wellbeing and work outcomes.
Evidence from the literature suggests that within an organisation there exist several employee types that can be characterised, at different levels of managerial functions, by their work behaviours. Cluster analysis revealed six cluster groupings, that varied by seniority and key workplace behaviours. Further, regression analysis revealed that these key workplace behaviours are associated with wellbeing and, on the whole, when employees have periods in which they work atypically in comparison to their 'norm' or usual behaviour, this is associated with worse wellbeing outcomes.
The findings suggest that workplace behaviours are associated with wellbeing, that employees can be clustered based on their work behaviours and that improving employee wellbeing is associated with better work and performance outcomes. This opens up the opportunity to provide individualised interventions with the goal of work behaviour change that could lead to better wellbeing outcomes for employees in terms of their mental health, work life balance and burnout risk.
The associations between workplace behaviours, wellbeing, and performance: what do we know from the literature?
A comprehensive dataset of workplace behaviours, employee wellbeing and performance
Can different employee types be identified based on their workplace behaviour?
The associations between workplace behaviours, employee wellbeing and work performance
Literature review methodology
Cluster analysis technical methodology
Regression analysis for workplace behaviours and wellbeing