Measuring Wellbeing is a 'Must' For Workplaces

They say you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Business leaders track a plethora of metrics, but could you be overlooking a key barometer? That’s right, employee wellbeing.

If you’re already implementing programs and activities to support employee wellbeing, we applaud you. You’re likely aware of the many benefits of having a healthy workforce including better financial performance, improved productivity and attracting the best talent.

But Towers Watson’s research indicates activities aren’t enough. The most effective way to reap the rewards of a healthy workforce is through a healthy wellbeing culture where employee wellness aligns company-wide goals. In other words, you need more than a program. You need a plan.

The first step to a solid plan? Evaluate the state of play. Alarmingly, only 38 per cent of Australian companies uses a structured measurement framework when it comes to assessing employee health.

So, how do can you effectively measure employee wellbeing and set the right foundation for a comprehensive workplace wellness culture? Here are three secrets to success:

Evaluate the current state and identify gaps:

Wellbeing programs should be built around the needs of your employees. Understanding their unique challenges and addressing them with solutions will result in a great return on investment and higher participation from employees.

Begin with a needs assessment, such as WorkScore, to identify the priorities in your workplace and provide actionable insights. It will also provide a baseline measurement and allow for tracking of improvements over time.

Build a robust plan:

Use the results from your needs assessment to establish a 12-month plan. Build your program to focus on:

  • Educating employees – For employees an awareness of their own wellbeing strengths and areas for focus is a must. Employees can then begin to learn ways to improve.

  • Providing opportunities to get active and try new things – The luxury of a workplace wellbeing program is that there are a variety of solutions from chair yoga to flu jabs. Giving employees access to activities they wouldn’t normally try.

  • Mixing human and digital solutions - Digital health platforms including wellness portals and mobiles are a great option for your program. Intertwine this with workshops, key notes and webinars from experts for a robust program.

  • Establishing a healthy environment – Review the workplace environment and make changes where needed – from food in the vending machines, to filtered water access, sit – stand desks or stairs that can be used rather than lifts.

  • Involving senior managers – Role modelling is an effective way to gain employees trust and participation. Ensure senior managers are present at events, adopting healthier habits such as standing meetings, replying to comments and relaying the wellbeing improvement.

Launch loud and proud:

Effective communication is key to gaining maximum participation.

  • Give it an identity: Name you program, and clearly state the goals and vision.
  • Communicate creatively: Use bulletin boards, social media, emails, webinars and the intranet to ensure your message is received.

  • Monitor employee participation and feedback - Gaining feedback and insights from employees will keep your well-being program relevant. Using a tool such as WorkScore with weekly check-ins and opportunities for employees to give feedback will ensure smooth management of your well-being program.

Don’t throw your well-being program blows aimlessly. Measure and manage employee health and with expert help, watch your wellness culture grow and produce results!

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