How to measure wellbeing

Steffi Maranan

Wellbeing has come at the forefront of organisational conversations particularly during (and because of) the last year where we faced global uncertainty and unprecedented events. Many organisations have made significant efforts when it comes to the awareness of employee wellbeing and providing guidance and support during these times.

However, measuring employee wellbeing has been a pain point and organisations have struggled to pinpoint what needs to be done to help improve and support employee wellbeing. Wellbeing can be extremely complex and personal – with most of us spending most of our days at work, our working environment naturally has an impact on our overall wellbeing. Qlearsite has come up with a framework that provides tangible measures of wellbeing to help you identify strength and focus areas – all by running an employee survey.

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When it comes to wellbeing the first thing that usually comes to mind is a person’s mental health – however, there are other important factors that contribute to a person’s overall wellbeing. At Qlearsite the 4 main components that measure wellbeing are:

  1. Physical Wellbeing
  2. Mental Wellbeing
  3. Emotional Wellbeing
  4. Connectedness

1. Physical Wellbeing

Our physical health underpins our overall health – if our physical health isn’t in great shape this can stop us from functioning altogether and can also impact our mental health. How people feel physically is extremely important – studies have shown that adults who are employed have found that people who are highly active often have lower stress rates compared to those who aren’t as active.

Ensuring you are encouraging employees to be active and choose healthier food options is key to looking out for their physical wellbeing. For example, you can host charity sports events (like running or football) to encourage people to participate in physical activities. You can also ensure that food available in the workplace includes options like fruits and vegetables to promote a healthier way of living for employees.

2. Mental Wellbeing

Mental health is often the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about wellbeing, and it’s something that all employees carry with them during their work day. In 2014 it was found that in England, one in six adults had a common mental health problem. While mental health may be a sensitive topic to discuss, it’s one that organisations are starting to acknowledge with more importance within the workplace.

Stress and anxiety are common negative descriptions of how some employees may feel in the workplace. Many factors can have an impact on a person’s mental health, however, it’s important for an organisation to provide a safe place and support for those who need any mental support. An example would be ensuring that employees take enough and regular breaks from work – to completely switch off when on holiday or outside of working hours. You can also provide managers with additional training on how to best support employees when they are struggling mentally.

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3. Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional health is often grouped together with mental health – but there’s a distinction between the two. Emotional health is about how a person can manage and express their emotions, whereas mental health is more about how a person processes information and experiences. Emotions are something that most people try to leave at the door once they enter the workplace, however, that’s not the case for everyone.

Employees should feel comfortable acknowledging how they feel and express themselves even in a workplace setting. Ensuring people feel as though they have support from their managers, colleagues and even an external counsellor is a great way to support your employee’s emotional wellbeing.

4. Connectedness

Humans are social by nature, therefore relationships are extremely significant to a person’s overall wellbeing. Research has shown that positive and healthy relationships can result in better cardiovascular function, enhanced immune function, and improved health behaviours and choices. Positive connections with others help to strengthen your immune system. Connectedness, therefore, is linked to a person’s overall mental, emotional, AND physical wellbeing so it’s important that it’s acknowledged and nurtured.

During a time where a social connection may be difficult, particularly for those who are working from home it’s essential to build and maintain connections now more than ever. Encouraging good connections within the workplace is important for employee wellbeing – setting up casual catch-ups with different team members and making time for social events as an organisation are great steps to take to keep people connected.

How is your organisation doing in these areas?

We’ve pinpointed the four key areas that make up wellbeing, but it’s also essential to consider what you are measuring and what actions you can take based on the results. At Qlearsite, our framework measures each of these areas through three different lenses:

  • How employees are doing overall
  • How well your organisation as a whole is doing at supporting employees
  • How well line managers are doing at supporting employees

To learn how you can measure wellbeing in your organisation get in touch.

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