2016 Indicators of a Thriving Workplace

SuperFriend’s 2016 Indicators of a Thriving Workplace Report

Formerly known as the ‘Work in Progress’ survey and first conducted in 2015, the second edition was completed online by 1,051 business owners, managers and frontline staff in small, medium and large organisations.

The Work in Progress report aimed to help business leaders identify what a mentally healthy workplace looks like, what they could more effectively, and how they can move their organisation to support their workers to thrive at work.

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Key finding from 2016’s Report include:

  • Despite increased awareness of the importance of mental health at work, the study found that the ‘most recognised’ positive wellbeing factors declined throughout the year by 5–7%
  • Most significantly, fewer employees in 2016 thought their managers gave clear guidance and direction on what is expected of them and their priorities, a decline of 10% from the previous year’s survey
  • Employees also felt less able to contribute to the mental health and wellbeing discussions in their workplace (22% of workers, down 9% from 2015), less confident in suggesting ways to improve their workplace (13%, down 8%) and felt their workplace provided less purpose and meaning in their work (15%, down 6%).

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