According to MetLife's 14th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study, 74% of employers understand the value of non-medical options while only 47% of employees do.
That’s pretty surprising considering employees desire to work for companies that meet their values and in jobs that bring them personal satisfaction.
So where does that leave businesses when thinking about the people that make them up?
Insurance and employee benefits leader MetLife produces a great deal of information about what is important to people in the workplace. Their research and explanation of trends surrounding multigenerational workplace and work-life balance are important topics for the ever-changing workforce. Particularly notable are their findings on workplace culture which directly align with using arts-based initiatives to strengthen employee engagement.
Why Developing a Workplace Culture Matters
The simple answer: increased output. A key observation in developing corporate culture is the trifecta of company value, employee morale, and productivity. MetLife describes culture as “a key competitive advantage for companies to meet challenges and power a business forward”.
Enhancing Workplace Culture with Arts-Based Initiatives
When a company seeks to strengthen their workplace culture, they can look to include the arts. By doing so they have increased their opportunities to strengthen employee engagement by encouraging personal growth, providing opportunities to develop new leadership skills, and by inspiring employees to innovate and collaborate. There are a variety of ways to bring arts into the workplace:
- Team Trainings with artistic elements (improv, movement, visual creation)
- Workplace Art Programs
- Corporate Art Collections
- Match Programs for Employees’ Arts Nonprofit Giving
- Business Volunteer for the Arts
More suggestions can be found in our For Partners section.
Outcomes From Using the Arts to Grow Culture
In the pARTnership Movement essay "Engage Your Employees", it is mentioned that “organizations in the top quartile on employee engagement achieved two and a half times the revenue growth of organizations in the bottom quartile”. The essay goes on to share that engaged employees display two key traits:"High levels of attachment to an organization and a desire to remain part of that organization and a willingness to go above and beyond the formal requirements of the job by being good corporate citizens, pouring extra effort into their work and delivering superior performance."
As employers continue to think about engagement strategies, bringing the arts into company culture will allow your people to shine and your shared values to align.