There’s some good news ahead, as older employees experience greater workplace wellbeing…
One large-scale study – conducted on more than 10,000 people across 131 countries and over the course of three years! – shows that workplace wellbeing increases ‘progressively’ with age.
It’s the employees in the oldest category (workers aged over 65 years) who represent the greatest levels.
What’s contributing towards this?
Factors such as office culture and the participants’ gender appear to hold minimal influence on these findings.
Conversely, strong workplace relationships highly correlate with wellbeing outcomes. Individual personalities also make a difference.
Employers can benefit from these findings by introducing cross-generational mentorship programmes, according to the study’s authors at Myers-Briggs. It’s additionally argued such an approach could increase engagement and retention levels.
There’s still room for improvement:
Let’s not forget the rest of our workforce. As much as it’s great to hear that we could all grow increasingly happy and well at work over time, who wouldn’t like to feel better now?
Alongside considering introducing and/or participating in mentorship programmes, and building our relationships with our colleagues, we need to look at how else we can improve our wellbeing levels.
These 4 simple workplace wellbeing techniques taken from news reports offer a good starting point.
Returning to the Baby Boomers…
Alternative research finds that 49% of Baby Boomers (those with 1946 to 1965 birth dates) report ‘average to very poor’ work-life balance.
In this case, Gen Z workers (born post-1995) reflect the best levels with 63% selecting ‘good to very good’.
Respondents think flexible working options are the primary route towards increased work-life balance.
So, perhaps even the older employees’ wellbeing levels can receive a further boost through the promotion of such opportunities.
If your lack of job enjoyment is starting to impinge on your sense of workplace wellness, it’s an excellent time to review your options.