The evidence for making wellbeing a part of everyday behaviours and activities is compelling.
There has been limited research into school staff wellbeing and its impact on outcomes. The only major report was written 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.
A 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.
- It increases financial profitability.
- It raises labour productivity and the quality of outputs and services.
Job satisfaction has a statistically significant impact on all the outcomes shown in the three bullet points above, and there is a strong link between wellbeing and job satisfaction.
This satisfaction, included 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.
In a review of the health of Britain's working age population, ‘Working for a healthier tomorrow’, Dame Carol Black found considerable evidence that wellbeing programmes produced economic benefits across all sectors and all sizes of organisation: in other words, that good wellbeing is good business.
She also concluded that the benefits of wellbeing go beyond the quality of life of employees and extend to increasing an organisations productivity and profitability.
While there is more research to do in the education sector, there has been greater research in the public sector and particularly the Health Service.
This showed a clear link between staff reported wellbeing and patient satisfaction and mortality (the better the wellbeing the less likely patients will die). If you want to see more about this research then please click here »
We will be happy to share these and other reports with you. They (and many others) demonstrate that a focus on staff wellbeing is one of the fastest ways to improve long term performance and results.
If like us, you are convinced by the extensive research, and are ready to take action, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org