OpenWork Increases Job Satisfaction

In 2008, the Families & Work Institute (FWI) examined the state of health, both physical and mental, in the U.S. workforce.


As part of their ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce, FWI queried workers across the U.S. about their health and well-being in 2002 and 2008. The 2008 report (revised in 2011), “The State of Health in the American Workforce: Does Having an Effective Workplace Matter,”  found deteriorating physical health statuses between the two time periods, with less than a third (29%) of employees categorizing their overall health as excellent. Mental health issues including depression, trouble sleeping and stress were also prevalent.

Across the board, the study found that poor physical and mental health among respondents was related to poor scores for engagement, job satisfaction and likelihood of leaving one’s job.

The study probed further to determine what impact effective workplace practices had on health and well-being. Effectiveness was scored by several measures, including the cultivation of a climate of respect and trust.  Overall, the study found that 88 percent of employees at highly effective workplaces report high job satisfaction (compared to 54% at moderately effective companies and 11% at companies with low effectiveness). Eighty percent of employees at effective workplaces expected to stay on at their current firm (compared to 63% and 36% for companies with moderate and low effectiveness, respectively). High engagement was seen in 60 percent of employees at effective workplaces (24% and 4% for companies with moderate and low effectiveness, respectively).

To read more, read the full study available from the Families & Work Institute.