Employee wellbeing surveys – why are they a key tool for your business?

Regardless of sector or size, any organisation knows that listening to its customers and responding accordingly is vital for its ongoing growth and success. The same should be true when it comes to your staff and whilst many employers carry out engagement surveys, how many actually undertake surveys specifically to find out about their employees’ wellbeing? Do you? It is widely recognised that there is a direct link between levels of employee engagement and wellbeing so it would make sense to look at both, right?

With employee mental health and wellbeing an increasingly important business issue, if you want your business to be successful, you need to know your staff and look after them too.

The benefits of having an employee wellbeing survey.

Using an employee wellbeing survey could:

  1. Provide an important baseline to gauge the wellbeing of your staff and their experiences and perceptions of your organisation’s approach to mental health and wellbeing.
  2. Highlight what aspects of your employee wellbeing approach are good and areas that need improving, or that you need to develop a wellbeing approach if you don’t have one already.
  3. Strengthen engagement with your employees by showing you care about their wellbeing.

All of the above can help lay the foundations for an effective wellbeing plan which in turn could result in healthier and happier employees, lower sickness absence rates and staff turnover and increased productivity.  That’s why we believe better wellbeing means better business.

Our online survey focuses on the mental health aspects of wellbeing which includes stress and has been designed to reflect the HSE’s Stress Management Standards. It is also anonymous which helps to ensure both a higher response rate and more honest responses which ultimately mean you get far better quality data to work with and base decisions on.

What do you do with the feedback?

It’s likely any survey will generate a mixture of positive and negative responses depending on the particular statements or questions being asked.  And that’s a good thing because it’s giving you a really accurate insight.

So if you’ve had some positive responses, great! Recognise the achievement but don’t get complacent and make sure you continue to build on the good work you’re doing as an employer to support the wellbeing of your staff.

Any negative or ‘room for improvement’ feedback?  Don’t ignore it! Ask yourself – What can you can do differently? How can you improve the ways you support the mental health and wellbeing of your staff? Not sure? Get in touch, we can help you generate some ideas.

Either way, it’s really important that you’re open and share the findings of the survey with your employees and emphasize how you intend to put in place measures to support better mental health and wellbeing at work.

We believe wellbeing surveys are a key element of any successful and meaningful employee wellbeing plan. If you want to your organisation to succeed, you need to know your staffs as well as you do your customers. Our employee wellbeing survey can help you do this.

Our core employee wellbeing survey is suitable for any organisation or we can develop a bespoke survey tailored to your specific business needs if required.  We can also analyse the responses for you and provide recommendations.

To encourage employers to focus on employee wellbeing in 2018, we’re offering a 20% discount to any employer that signs up for our employee wellbeing survey by the end of January 2018.

For further details, please call Mark Evans on 01384 442938 or email mark.evans@dudleymind.org.uk

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