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How Do You Measure Wellbeing in the Workplace?

How Do You Measure Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Workplace wellbeing refers to the physical and mental wellbeing of the employees and how they feel about their environment. It focuses on their surroundings which could include the safety aspects, the way they think regarding working there and the way they feel about themselves.

Employee wellbeing is really important for every organisation. If your company wants to succeed, we suggest you implement opportunities for its employees where they can. 

Only a few of the many benefits are listed below:

  • Increased employee satisfaction
  • Reduced medical costs 
  • Better reputation for the business as the employees working there are happy.
  • Improved employee performance

How Do You Measure It?

Before a wellness program can be pitched to an organisation, the employees’ wellbeing must be measured. This is needed so the program implemented is aligned with the needs of the employees. The following are seven ways you can use to measure the wellbeing of your workplace:

  1. Employee Satisfaction 

One of the easiest ways to measure workplace wellbeing is by simply asking employees. You can ask them through various surveys focused on how they feel about themselves and working at the workplace. Different varieties of questions can be asked. However, it is suggested to receive more precise data using the questions rated from 1 – 10. This could include the stress level they might be feeling at work or their workload. 

Example questions you may ask include:

  • On a scale of 1 – 10, how stressed do you feel in your workplace?
  • On a scale of 1 – 10, what is the size of your workload?

Be aware that the inquiry of the employees regarding their wellness is a continuous process conducted before, during and after the implementation of the wellness program. By making it a continuous process, you will be able to have data on the progress of the wellness program and you will also be able to see if the implementations are going towards the direction you were hoping for.

  1. Employee Retention

The last thing you want is for your employees to reach their breaking point and find employment elsewhere. By implementing a wellness program, employers can ensure employees are more likely to stay. To measure employee retention, brainstorming sessions can be conducted so the employees can openly communicate how they feel about their working environments.

It is also wise to conduct exit interviews for any employee who wishes to leave. Ask them about their time working for you and why they’re leaving. Be sure not to make them uncomfortable during this interview. It may be wise to have a member of HR, not directly connected to the former worker, conduct the interview. They may have had a conflict with a team member or even management, meaning they would not be comfortable if they were interviewing them. 

  1. Productivity Levels 

Productivity levels can be determined by analysing the total amount of work done by the employees. Though with the use of software, the time can be tracked and stored. By knowing if the employees are accomplishing their tasks on time and if they are achieving their goals or not, productivity levels can be measured. 

  1. Employee Engagement

There’s a strong correlation between employee wellbeing and employee engagement. The better employees feel within their workplace, the more they want to work. To ensure employees are happy, ask them using surveys. You can also measure their progress through the goals they achieve.

  1. Absenteeism

Similarly, there’s a correlation between the sick days employees take and an employee’s happiness and healthiness at work. It is required that the turnover rate of the company is analysed. 

  1. Workplace Incidents 

Reports on workplace incidents can also be another good source of data that can be useful in tracking injuries within the workplace. Keeping all these records, including the details on the root causes of the incident, can help in finding what changes need to be implemented within the workplace. This will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of employees or other stakeholders.

  1. Work Environment

Management needs to be aware of the aspects that should not be a part of the work environment. by identifying what the workplace is lacking and what appropriate actions can be taken. By gathering and observing the work environment, you can decide on what improvements should be made for the betterment of the employees and the organisation itself.