Latest white paper from MAXIS GBN reveals an optimistic outlook could be the secret to better employee health and productivity...

The secret for better health and productivity

Looking on the bright side and seeing the glass as half-full rather than half-empty are more than just positive mantras. A new white paper published by MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBN) reveals an optimistic personality may represent a psychological health fix that enables workers to be more productive and live longer, healthier lives.

The paper entitled ‘Optimism: tapping its positive power’ examines why developing a positive mental outlook among employees should be a central component of any corporate health and wellbeing strategy.  Studies quoted in the paper highlight a happy and motivated workforce could improve employee productivity by as much as 12%1.  Separate research2 has highlighted positive employee behaviours and attitudes can influence business outcomes. Employee satisfaction, behaviour and turnover can predict the following year’s profitability and these aspects have an even stronger correlation with customer satisfaction.  

Here are some interesting facts to consider:

  • a stressful or pessimistic workplace can lead to an increase of almost 50% in voluntary turnover3
  • disengaged employees had 37% higher absenteeism, 49% more accidents and 60% more errors in the workplace4
  • studies show that compared to pessimists, optimists had a 55% lower risk of death from all causes and a 23% lower risk of heart-related death5.

Dr. Leena Johns, Head of Health & Wellness, MAXIS Global Benefits Network said: “This paper demonstrates that having a positive mental outlook is not only hugely beneficial for the individual, it has tangible organisational benefits for an employer. Corporate health and wellness plans should incorporate strategies to improve workplace optimism and employee benefits packages are a tool to help facilitate change. This paper offers some valuable proactive steps towards building an optimistic workplace, helping employees learn a new set of cognitive skills. These skills will help managers build happier and healthier employees, while improving productivity, resilience and reducing absenteeism.”

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5 Archives of General Psychiatry, November 2004


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MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBN), co-founded by MetLife and AXA in 1998 is one of the leading international employee benefits networks providing global service capabilities and delivering world-class employee benefits perspectives and solutions to clients in 115 markets around the world.  In February 2016, MetLife and AXA further strengthened their relationship by combining all of its MAXIS GBN existing operations under a joint venture company. This transformation helps leverage the existing strength of the network and its two parent companies while further enhancing the client experience, focusing on product innovation and providing data analytics. For more information, please visit


The MAXIS Global Benefits Network (“Network”) is a network of locally licensed MAXIS member insurance companies (“Members”) founded by AXA France Vie, Paris, France (AXA) and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY (MLIC). MAXIS GBN, registered with ORIAS under number 16000513, and with its registered office at 313, Terrasses de l’Arche – 92 727 Nanterre Cedex, France, is an insurance and reinsurance intermediary that promotes the Network. MAXIS GBN is jointly owned by affiliates of AXA and MLIC and does not issue policies or provide insurance; such activities are carried out by the Members. MAXIS GBN operates in the UK through UK establishment with its registered address at 1st Floor, The Monument Building, 11 Monument Street, London EC3R 8AF, Establishment Number BR018216 and in other European countries on a services basis. MAXIS GBN operates in the U.S. through MetLife Insurance Brokerage, Inc., with its address at 200 Park Avenue, NY, NY,10166, a NY licensed insurance broker. MLIC is the only Member licensed to transact insurance business in NY. The other Members are not licensed or authorised to do business in NY and the policies and contracts they issue have not been approved by the NY Superintendent of Financial Services, are not protected by the NY state guaranty fund, and are not subject to all of the laws of NY.