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The Wellbeing Indicator

Horizons Workforce Consulting has created the Wellbeing Indicator, the first of its kind, identifying where employees are doing well and where they need help.

Customised to each client’s workforce, the Indicator serves as a clear roadmap illustrating where the organisation is succeeding in its wellbeing initiatives and where there is room for improvement. Down the road, the Indicator provides
a benchmark for comparative reassessments, enabling clear views of both how response programmes are impacting employees, and which supports are — or aren’t — working.

What Is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing refers to the sum total of things that make people feel grounded and capable of successfully managing life; the elements that together make them feel fully capable of putting in their best performances.

These elements include all areas of life: family, community, work, and financial, as well as physical and mental health. Depending on the particular pressure points of the employee, factors affecting wellbeing might include caring for an elderly parent, saving for retirement, paying bills, pursuing a child’s higher education, losing weight, career direction, or having the time to be active in one’s community.

The Business Case for Wellbeing

Why invest the time and resources required to study wellbeing? Why engage experts to identify organisational goals and objectives aimed at improving employee wellbeing in the workplace?

Challenges impede performances; wellbeing supports them. Understanding the unique wellbeing model for a given workforce enables us to complete a customised analysis and then develop a response strategy that illuminates what’s challenging a workforce and provides pathways for relevant responses. This type of progressive, proactive approach allows employers of choice to succeed and thrive for the long haul. It also enables high-performing workforces to deliver sustainable results and a measurable competitive advantage.

A Direct Approach to Measuring Employees’ Wellbeing

The best way to know what’s challenging our employees is to ask them. A comprehensive evaluation is unlike a typical employee opinion survey in that it is investigating, “How are you, our employee, doing?” rather than, “How are we, as your employer, doing?”

Our evaluation takes into account leadership initiatives and goals as well as all critical areas affecting overall wellbeing including: resilience, personal life, health, financial wellness, and job satisfaction.

Workforce Wellbeing Strategy

The culmination of the Wellbeing Assessment is the strategy session. Our consultants meet with client leadership to thoroughly vet the study findings, the implications on strategic organisational goals, and then define priorities to inform an action plan. Resources are identified to make the action plan real and serves as a road map for not only positively impacting employee wellbeing but the wellbeing of the organisation itself.

Such information is critical. Nightmarish commutes, for example, are more than just the stuff of break room chats; they can have measurable impact on employee wellbeing and on key factors such as productivity and culture.

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