Productivity, Engagement and Sleep

Wellbeing has a strong impact on productivity at work, increasing an individual’s engagement and productivity levels. In many industries improved wellbeing is paramount in reducing health and safety risks.

Organisations are therefore recognising the importance of employee wellbeing in and out of the workplace. Sleep, for example, has clear implications for positive mental health as well as productivity.

As technology increasingly supports remote working, the links between personal and working lives are blurring. In response to this, approaches are developing that support staff holistically.

Featured Research

Selected Research

  • Man sits on a bed at night, photo by cliplab.pro/Adobe Stock

    How nightly bathroom trips affect health and productivity

    12 Mar 2019

    Nocturia —waking two or more times per night to void — is a common condition associated with lower life satisfaction, work engagement and productivity. An economic analysis also finds it costs up to $79 billion lost economic output per year across six countries.

  • Yoga mat, mobile phone, dumbbells, bottle of water and measuring tape

    Evaluating the Wellbeing Premium Programme

    29 Oct 2019

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often find it hard to invest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, or do not invest at all. Researchers are evaluating a randomised controlled trial of a financial incentive programme to improve employee health and wellbeing in SMEs in the West Midlands.

  • Young nursing staff in an NHS hospital corridor

    Measuring employee engagement in the NHS

    11 Oct 2018

    Analysis of the NHS Healthy Workforce Survey and VitalityHealth’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey found that staff engagement in the NHS is similar to other large UK employers with a similar demographic composition, and that demographic factors such as gender and age are associated with different levels of engagement.

  • Group of business people at the office making an active break and stretching ther bodies

    Research identifies promising practices in health and wellbeing at work

    25 Jul 2018

    Many health and wellbeing interventions are available to UK employers. Researchers graded them against Nesta standards and developed case studies of the most promising practices that support policy and organisational decision making.

  • Businesswoman suffering from neck pain at the office

    Evaluation of the Innovation Fund Health-led Trials

    10 Jul 2017

    Innovation Fund Health-led Trials test new ways to address sickness absence and the disability employment gap due to two main conditions: mental health and musculoskeletal disorders. RAND Europe, together with partners, is evaluating the effectiveness of these innovative interventions.

  • Charts showing ROI

    Companies Should Measure the ROI for Preventive Healthcare Programmes

    30 May 2017

    Only a small amount of pharmaceutical companies measure the return on investment of their workplace health promotion programmes in a systematic manner, but data from GSK clearly demonstrates the potential business case for companies to invest in the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

  • Workplace Wellbeing Charter logo

    Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    18 Apr 2017

    Public Health England commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product includes a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

  • Woman with insomnia, and alarm clock on night table showing 3 a.m.

    The Costs of Insufficient Sleep

    30 Nov 2016

    Sleep deprivation is associated with economic losses to five of the world’s largest economies, due to higher mortality risk and productivity losses at work. Economic modelling showed nations can lose up to 3 per cent of their GDP from insufficient sleep.