Four top findings about the benefits and impact of employee well-being
A commitment to healthy behaviors is more important than choosing “the right" habits.
Inclusive leadership and teamwork enable well-being to thrive.
Corporate priority + healthy habits = business benefits.
Technology boosts well-being.
Be Well, Work Well is PwC’s investment in well-being, helping our people feel empowered and supported to put their well-being first — so they can be their best selves, at home, at work and everywhere in between.
Being well and working well means more than eating better and exercising. It’s about everyday behaviors and intentional habit-forming that help fuel our six dimensions of well-being — physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial and social — which are proven drivers of performance, fulfillment and engagement.
The ongoing pandemic has blurred the lines between our personal and professional commitments. To be our best selves at work, home and everywhere in between, we encourage our people to speak up for what’s important to them and incorporate healthy habits into their routine, simple things like scheduling “me” time, stepping away from their computer for fresh air, checking in with a colleague or friend, reducing meeting times by 25%, taking deep breaths between calls,... you get the idea!
Our Habit Bank is where our people go to withdraw these practical ideas and other healthy habits to help them make changes in their everyday lives to renew, recharge and fuel their well-being. Try it out! Withdraw a few and start fostering a better you!
Mental health is an important societal issue. During Mental Health Awareness Month (May 2020), we launched a series of learning simulations to help equip our people with tools to better navigate conversations around mental health and ways to identify when they or those around them may benefit from additional support. And, we’ve continued to add episodes to the series. Watch the series of short videos and read the companion guides below, then then share them with your colleagues, family and friends to give them the “green light” to talk.
These videos are designed to help you better understand and navigate through mental health-related workplace issues, which includes learning possible signs and signals of someone struggling. They also explore the importance of understanding your own mental health and encourage connecting with others and reaching out for support.
These videos are designed to help you understand the challenges associated with balancing caregiving and working, as well as how to approach conversations. They also explore how to better support colleagues who are caregivers.
These videos are designed to help you recognize signs that may suggest depression in yourself and others and how being an active listener is vital when managing through such interactions.
We’ve led the marketplace in innovative benefits packages for our people that include flexible work arrangements and unprescribed sick time. We are providing our people with enhanced benefits during this difficult time, including up to $2,200 in emergency child care, $1,000 of which can be applied to elder care reimbursement; new tools for families working with kids at home and new mental health resources and coaching.
We’ve been on a multi-year journey to enhance our People experience, which includes the importance of well-being. Throughout the pandemic, we increased our support for our people, reinforcing protected time for everyday flexibility and promoted a variety of options to fit individual needs. We expanded mental health support resources for our people, including access to free mental health coaching, therapy sessions, group well-being sessions, apps and meditation resources.
Check out our mental health learning simulation and companion guide to share with your colleagues, family and friends. More resources will be available in the future, so stop by often.
January 2020, we conducted a Well-being Learning Project with the Center for Effective Organizations at University of Southern California to assess the impact of corporate well-being efforts. The primary conclusion from this study is that there is a new workplace equation when corporate well-being practices are combined with individual employee commitments to embrace healthy behaviors and attitudes. There is a measurable positive impact not only on the individual but on their teams, client relationships and overall organizational success.
In October 2019, we empowered our people to create Be well, work well team plans, using the power of teams to further embed well-being into the experience at PwC. We now have almost 30,000 people in team plans (and counting) that include personal and team commitments to well-being practices.
In April 2019, we did what we believe to be the world’s largest corporate group meditation with the help of Calm co-CEO, Alex Tew, with over 10,000+ participants.
In December 2018, we launched a kindness campaign, generating at least 3,000+ random acts of kindness. It isn’t too late to participate. Extend an act of kindness and share with us what you did. Afterall, kindness is contagious!
Our firmwide “On the Move” event on Oct. 2, 2018 drew 20,000+ participants. Thousands of our people stepped away from work for 15 minutes — many in teams — to stretch, walk, run and dance their way to physical energy renewal. For every participant, PwC donated a pair of Bombas socks to homeless veterans across the country, plus participants got a free pair themselves.
“There’s so much power in bringing people together and having a culture that supports well-being.”
“We can’t express the overwhelming support by our clients. They truly believe that if we take care of ourselves we will be able to take care of them and provide a better experience.”
“It helps with team morale, which increases employee retention and better work products.”
“There is power behind the entire team focusing on habits together! We hold each other accountable which drives behavior change on the ground.”
“We shared our Be Well, Work Well goals with our client, which empowered our team to embrace them even more!”
Leadership Development & Well-being Leader, PwC US
Director, Well-being Strategy Leader, PwC US