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Employee Wellbeing has been a hot topic for many years now, but as we start to see it transition from a trend to a workplace staple it’s important to look at how we really look at employee wellbeing and make sure we’re doing it correctly.
Sometimes we need to ask the big questions, even when they sound odd at first. In this case: Will employee wellbeing ever rule the world? Or rather: Will it become a vital part of every organisation on a global scale? Here at Riddlebox, we have seen great changes to the industry especially over the last few years.
Nearly all organisations want a healthy, happy work force but the ability to accurately measure employee wellbeing is still lagging in most firms. So it begs the question, will employee wellbeing ever rule the world and will it be done properly?
There’s an almost infinite amount of benefits associated with positive and healthy employee wellbeing. An effective wellbeing initiative can result in improved mental health, increased productivity and employee retention and less sick days across the whole organisation. Long term it can greatly increase the health and success of a business and nurture a culture of ideas, loyalty and hard work.
We could write endless books and articles dissecting every benefit that comes with a firm that respects and cares about their employees. However, the benefits that come from a wellbeing programme only come when the whole firm is dedicated to making a change in its corporate culture for the long term.
As wellbeing initiatives pop up across the globe, it’s important to make sure the proper techniques are put in place so that human resources and management really know how it’s working and what changes are required.
Time and time again, the most common area where management and HR goes wrong is in the measurements. Yes, we agree it feels tedious. It feels as if getting clear results is intangible and unrealistic. It also feels too often that there is no sure place to begin. How do you measure feelings and outlooks?
How do you know if your employees genuinely believe in the new culture you are trying to develop for them? These are common beliefs we encounter that are misleading. Misconceptions such as these, can set your employee wellbeing programme up for almost certain failure.
To counter this common issue so that firms across the world can succeed in their employee wellbeing, we need to look at the measures that matter and more specially focus on measures that present a complete well-rounded picture.
For wellbeing to successfully become a part of all work environments on a global scale, appropriate measurements need to also come into play on a broad scale. Regular, reliable measurements are key in facilitating a successful wellbeing programme.
Giving HR the tools to dissect the results is vital in understanding where things are going right and where things are going wrong. An organisation whose management and HR do not have the correct measurement techniques ultimately leads to the blind leading the blind. It’s just guess work, and that guess work can lead to negative and unhelpful outcomes.
As we see employee wellbeing embraced the world over and organisations introducing mental health and wellbeing concepts into their core values globally, it’s important that correct measurements also spread with them. In order to take employee wellbeing initiatives seriously they must be measured correctly and effectively and by doing so your firm will certainly reap the long term benefits created by a healthy and positive workforce.
At Kaya we strive for clarity and accuracy. Seeing how much confusion and lack of consistency there is out there, we have dedicated enormous time and research into developing proper measurement techniques.
Produced from years of research and work in the field of wellbeing, we developed the KAYA wellbeing index to take the hassle and more importantly the confusion out of employee wellbeing measurements.
If you would like to know more about how KAYA can help why not give us a call? Alternately, you can click here to try it for free.