Everyone wants to be a strong advocate for workplace wellbeing. We all want to say, ‘Yes, my staff are happy in their work and I support them as much as I can.’ But how do you measure it and do you have the data to support it? Workplace wellbeing can be determined through a number of different factors, but not often does it take into consideration the bigger picture.
An organisation could look at their low staff turnover and conclude that employees are satisfied in their work. Appraisal forms are another method of determining where issues lie. This is all well and good, but it is usually based on a traditional formality that rarely goes beyond the standard ‘Are there any aspects of your work you don’t enjoy?’ Many employees would consider these internal practices as ‘tick box’ exercises and may not see them as opportunities to really discuss and feedback on their wellbeing at work.
Considering the bigger picture
Measuring wellbeing is not easy, yet it’s an internal factor that is incredibly valuable. Those organisations that have the internal data to support their wellbeing claims are propelled immeasurably in reputation and ongoing peace of mind. To have a break-down of where the strengths and weaknesses lie is an insight that can ultimately drive future decisions and success.
Ask yourself the simple question: Do I provide enough opportunities for staff to feedback on their wellbeing?
Almost four in five (78%)believe employers should now prioritise health and wellbeing at work, with 47% saying they would consider leaving their current job if their employer did not make changes to help improve health and wellbeing.
Opening a dialogue may sound risky but if it makes you aware of an ongoing concern that is easy to resolve, you may have just saved yourself an employee. A business that is willing to listen is admirable and shows a level of support that is much needed for the current climate. Remote working brings a lot of uncertainty as to how individuals are coping with change. Allowing them to voice their concerns as well as note what they appreciate, will allow your business to reflect and adapt.
Bringing in the data
Part of our work to improve internal communication with Dashup is to create opportunities for staff to speak up and most importantly, for management to listen. A new and exciting feature will soon allow management to pose questions to their workforce which will gather essential data around workplace wellbeing.
Using this tool, businesses will be able to see where the issues lie. It will also allow their staff to feel they have a voice and are supported even more so than normal. With this new feature on the horizon, we would like to remind businesses of the importance of internal communication, especially during this transitional phase of returning back from remote working