We collected data from 1,000 full-time U.S. workers and 500 U.S. managers to capture insights about the modern work experience. What we discovered around employee wellness was unexpected... 

The Next Generation Workplace provides insight into the links between the support requirements of employees, their relationships with management, and their professional and personal development. According to the study, the majority (90%) of employees admit to performing better when their company supports their emotional wellness. Additionally, 94% of managers feel that the emotional wellness of their direct reports is just as important as their direct reports’ job performance.

Key Insights:

  • Gen Z craves work-life synergy 15Five found that the newest class of workers expects a synergy to exist between their work and personal lives. In fact, 75% of Gen Zers have asked for personal advice during a 1-on-1 with their manager, while only 23% of baby boomers have done the same.

  • Lack of regular check-ins affects employees’ mental well-being Employees who don’t have scheduled weekly 1-on-1s with their managers experience a lack of trust, communication, and overall mental well-being. When well-being suffers, the top words they use when thinking about work are “money,” “stress,” and “busy.” Meanwhile, employees who have at least weekly check-ins with their managers list “money” and “fun” as the top words they associate with work. 

  • Weekly check-ins increase employee retention — Of employees who have at least weekly check-ins with their manager, 84% are always honest with their managers, nearly three-fourths are extremely confident in their managers’ ability as leaders, and more than half have asked for personal advice during a 1-on-1. Further, half of the employees who have a very productive and useful 1-on-1s plan to stay at their organizations for five or more years. 

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15Five's 2019 Survey Results

The Next Generation Workplace

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This is a very exciting time, when research in psychology and human development is proving what we already know. Employees are indeed human beings who are driven to grow, develop, and fulfill a greater purpose. They have complex internal worlds and when managers and leaders address the hidden aspects of their experience, like values, beliefs, mindsets, and emotional well-being, we will see a major leap forward in how people achieve their potential at work, and the levels of success that businesses achieve as a result.

Shane Metcalf
Co-Founder & Chief Culture Officer, 15Five