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The 11 key factors for improving wellbeing

Acas has published new information on how individual wellbeing at work can be improved, identifying 11 'key factors' for doing so.

Government analysis has shown that improvements to employee wellbeing is associated with improved workplace performance, including profitability, labour productivity, and the quality of outputs or services.


11 key factors

  • autonomy in doing work, involvement in decision-making, and effective employee voice

  • variety of work

  • perception that work is worthwhile

  • effective appraisal and feedback

  • supportive supervision

  • positive interpersonal contact with colleagues (and public if appropriate)

  • skill development and training

  • physical safety

  • job prospects and security

  • fair workplaces with adequate disciplinary and grievance procedures

  • higher pay, particularly in comparison to other workers

A major negative factor that diminishes wellbeing is overwork and high job demands. Overwork is not just about the amount of work an employee is given, but how the work fits in with their life outside work. This is something that may be addressed with effective flexible working arrangements.

The Wellbeing and workplace performance page features a host of useful resources, and a feedback area so that you can have your say about the content.


Acas publications and services

Acas has published the pdf icon Advisory booklet - Health Work and Wellbeing [647kb], which sets out practical measures to improve wellbeing, and to build supportive working environments.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and review your health and wellbeing arrangements, improve employee engagement, and find ways to reduce organisational stress. See Health, wellbeing and managing attendance, or contact the Acas customer services team on 0300 123 1150 for more information.

Practical Acas training is also available on Health, work and wellbeing, Flexible working, Stress, Staff retention and essential Skills for supervisors

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

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