Wellbeing Checks Are Now A 'Need' 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 check employee wellbeing and set the right foundation for a comprehensive workplace wellness culture? Here are three secrets to success:

Evaluate the current state:

Look at existing metrics. Could you gain clues on the state of employee wellness through the rates of sick leave, other leave and voluntary turnover? Is poor wellbeing keeping your people away from work?

Analyse and identify gaps:

It also helps to detect blind spots. Remember, the metrics mentioned above indicate the effects of an unhealthy workforce. To take a proactive stance requires getting a snapshot of how your employees feel at present so can act before serious problems arise.

Surveys focused on wellbeing, such as WorkScore, provide significant insights on issues you can address before they cost you. Not only does it paint a picture of how you’re people are feeling, but it also lets you compare how other companies are doing in those areas. WorkScore also provides personalised dashboards for all staff members and a company dashboard with real-time feedback and instant results. It’s an excellent basis for creating your strategy on improving employee wellness at your workplace.

Implement improvements:

Grand plans don’t end with data but with actions and results. Once you know what you’re dealing with, it’s time to focus on solutions. Do you need to educate employees on improving wellbeing? Is more training required? Would fun activities like team challenges motivate them?

Although a proactive approach is excellent, be careful not to provide solutions if you’re not qualified to do so. As with anything health-related, advice from the untrained can do more harm than good. Our team of professionals provide wellbeing solutions that can be tailored to meet your business needs.

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

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