How-To Conduct a Workplace Wellness Assessment
In the post-pandemic job market, 61% of job seekers prioritize their personal well-being when searching for job opportunities, with 58% of companies offering a wellness program to attract new talent. But are all wellness programs equally effective at supporting employee well-being?
While consistent data collection is critical in measuring program success, a workplace wellness assessment can capture the program impact’s on a multi-level approach. Organizations that take a holistic or an outcomes-based approach to their wellness programs will benefit from a workplace wellness assessment to understand how their program is serving the population.
Today we’re discussing how to conduct a workplace wellness assessment. By starting with a discussion with key stakeholders, an organization can define its wellness program’s metrics for success. Those specific metrics determine what data must be gathered for analysis to drive positive change in the wellness program.
The Complete Guide to Conduct a Workplace Wellness Assessment
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A workplace wellness assessment measures the current state of employee well-being and the effectiveness of the organization’s wellness initiatives. These assessments are conducted on an annual or biannual basis.
While the wellness assessment is not a step-by-step guide to creating a wellness program, all organizations can benefit from conducting a wellness assessment, regardless of having a developed wellness program.
A wellness assessment is also not a comparison tool. Each workforce is unique and requires strategies specifically designed to address the organization’s needs. Adopting another organization’s wellness program may not be feasible due to budget limitations, workforce-specific needs, and the organization’s prioritization of wellness initiatives.
- Employee outlook on organizational support across the eight pillars of wellness through wellness initiatives
- Employee satisfaction with employee benefits, policies, and wellness programming
- Wellness program participant demographics
- Focus Groups
- Direct Observation
- Documents & Records
- Health Assessments & Biometric Screenings
- Needs & Interest Survey – for determining the most important wellness offerings the wellness program should provide.
- Employee Engagement Survey – for gauging employee investment in the wellness offerings provided by the organization.
- Health Culture Audit – an annual survey for determining employee perception of wellness outside and within the workplace.
- Attendee Feedback Surveys – day-to-day feedback from attendees regarding specific wellness offerings.
The workplace wellness assessment aims to provide a foundation for future planning and execution of the wellness program. To interpret the assessment data effectively, it is crucial to use the organization’s mission, goals, and wellness needs as a lens for analyzing the data.
The data will reveal the current performance and impact of the organization’s wellness initiatives and its contribution to the wellness culture.
After navigating through the wellness assessment data, it can be tough to know what changes to make to the wellness program first. Wellness vendors can help guide organizations in prioritizing initiatives.
Strive can interpret the wellness assessment data and propose initiatives best suited for the organization. Every organization Strive works with is provided with an account manager that oversees timely program implementation and robust tracking of the program’s success metrics.
As your organization takes steps towards your workplace wellness goals, we can continue working with you to plan for ongoing success through rapid improvement projects, creating meaningful and manageable program objectives, promoting learning communities, and measuring and evaluating change.