Factors of Engagement: 14. Vitality

Vitality is a determining factor for employee engagement and job satisfaction. It is the state in which employees are prepared to work under high work pressure and in stressful situations. Vitality and other personal energy sources can be positively influenced, among other things, by a healthy lifestyle and support from personal or collegial relationships.

it is one of the 15 drivers in the scientific Employee Happiness Model®.

Improve employee engagement through drivers

It is important to gain insight into what makes your employees enthusiastic, happy and productive. What are their motives? You can find this out by scanning the 15 factors of engagement. But you can’t do everything at once. So first focus on the theme where you think the most impact can be achieved, simply or quickly!

57% of employees with a low vitality experience a high workload and report sick 3.5 times as often

(Schouten & Nelissen, 2015)

Employee Happiness Model > theme wellbeing > vitality

Together with Workplace Conditions and Work-Life Balance, Vitality helps form the theme ‘Wellbeing’ in the Employee Happiness Model and 2DAYSMOOD measuring method.

This theme concerns the physical and mental health of employees. Wellbeing can be supported by: elements that make the workplace stress-free and comfortable, stimulating a healthy lifestyle, focus, flow and a healthy work-life balance. By finding out how employees feel about the drivers in this theme, you will discover how you can increase positive energy, productivity and happiness.

The EHM consists of four themes: Organization, People, Work and Wellbeing. Curious about the other themes and motives? Download the whitepaper


Checklist: how does vitality influence engagement?

Positive influences on employee engagement

  • Flexible office hours
  • Spaces where employees can take a rest
  • Workplaces to change positions (e.g. standing desks)
  • An organization that offers healthy resources (e.g. gym membership, healthy eating in the kitchen)
  • Coaching for employees who feel insecure and / or stressed

Negative influences on employee engagement

  • No healthy snack options
  • A stressful office environment
  • No space for breaks

How do your employees think about this? Ask them! Or do an online satisfaction measurement on vitality and other drivers.


Why (HR) directors investigate the 15 drivers

You can see the 15 drivers in the Employee Happiness Model as measurable factors that have a negative or positive impact on employee happiness and involvement. By increasing satisfaction with these factors, you can improve stress, vitality, productivity and employee turnover!

In your own organization or team you can monitor the status of the drivers, quickly and easily, by using our realtime measuring method and 15 second survey. In this way, you will discover through a smart analysis of satisfaction and importance, where you can take specific and data-driven action.

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