Individuals / Employees
How is your wellbeing?
Most people do not take the time to fully consider their wellbeing and what drives their happiness. However most people have a rough idea of how life is going, but more often than not, they don't have a thorough understanding, or really know what impacts their wellbeing, or which aspects they can actually improve. The first step is to obtain more accurate, reliable and relevant data - a wellbeing assessment.
Do I really need an assessment?
Everyone can benefit from a thorough wellbeing assessment. An assessment is not just relevant for people who have low wellbeing and who are struggling, but also for people who are doing well. Regardless of how you are doing, gaining access to valid and reliable wellbeing information can improve your life. Moreover, WoW assesses both what is going right, and what is going wrong, so you can also capitalise on what is going right.
How can I use my results?
WoW suggests empirically validated approaches to increasing wellbeing via ‘My Activities’ on Individual / Employees / Consultees dashboards. The last pages of your assessment report points to 'Ways to Wellbeing'. These are 3rd party online resources that have been vetted by our wellbeing experts and purported as the best online resources that include scientifically validated programmes and materials.
Why should an organisation measure wellbeing?
In many organisations staff are disengaged and morale is low, yet management do not know the full extent of this because it's not regularly or thoroughly assessed. Some employers are now looking to ascertain, measure, improve, and manage the wellbeing of their staff, and management consultants need tools for dealing with stressful organisational change or performance or wellbeing improvement initiatives. They are doing this because empirical research is confirming a strong link between employee wellbeing leading to engagement, and then productivity at work, and then to subsequent better business outcomes, profitability and success.
In particular it is the link between wellbeing leading to, and underpinning, engagement that has been largely unrealised up until now by most organisations and organisational specialists (e.g., HR managers, coaching and organisational psychologists). Instead some organisations have focused on 'wellness' and the link between physical health and engagement with Health Risk Assessments (e.g., heart checks) and various health provisions (e.g., yoga classes, discounted gym memberships). Investing in wellness is worthwhile as it increases wellbeing, and then engagement, however it is not as strong, or as comprehensive, as directly addressing wellbeing.
What can WoW offer?
WoW has produced an online assessment that assesses employee's wellbeing scientifically, quickly, practically and cheaply – our products enable and facilitate the work of those who work to improve others wellbeing in organisations. The first step is to obtain more accurate, reliable and relevant data - a WoW assessment. The Work Wellbeing module of the assessment assesses the situational requirements for wellbeing at work and employees' experience of the workplace in terms of what is hindering and enabling their engagement, productivity and performance.
Group level assessment results enable employers to embed wellbeing into the culture of their organisation in order to optimise employee engagement. The assessment assists in identifying aspects that affect performance levels and highlights key areas and workforce issues. We provide your organisation with group level aggregate data and a report of how you organisation is currently doing, and also how it is faring over time, and how effective its' intervention programmes are. Your employees are also provided with immediate feedback on their wellbeing, we suggest epirically validated wellbeing activities, and we point them to vetted online resources on how to improve their wellbeing based on empirically validated scientific research.
What are the likely outcomes?
Achieving a return on your investment (whether that be a wellbeing assessment, or a wellbeing programme) matters. WoW's solutions are focused on enabling organisational strategic outcomes, key performance indicators, and results which will drive organisations forward. For example, organisational value can be assessed via employee outcomes (i.e., engagement, productivity, performance, customer satisfaction ratings, sick days, retention/turnover, etc.) relative to the cost of investment in wellbeing assessment and wellbeing/wellness/clinical intervention programmes. Assessments and reports enable individuals to better understand how they are doing and what they can do to improve their psychological wellbeing. In addition, an organisation that focuses on wellbeing is attractive to new recruits.
Why choose WoW?
The current providers of wellbeing assessments are sparse, generally of low quality (with a few exceptions), and mostly provide unspecific and untailored assessments, with limited useful business functionality. In contrast, WoW combines rigorous research with practical application - we are research-led, results-driven, and customer-focused. The unique value that WoW provides is in:
- our assessment being based on science.
- a fully automated online system that saves organisations time.
- inexpensive price.
- few providers that track wellbeing over time.
- credibility via our team of eminent wellbeing and assessment scientists.
- smart analytics and reporting features (e.g., proactively identifying relapse, wellbeing warnings).
- a user-friendly assessment experience for employees.
But we already do an engagement survey?
Many organisations assess the levels of engagement of their staff. These assessments usually focus on answering the question "who's engaged in our workforce?, and at what level?", and depending on the particular assessment, provide limited information as to the root causes or drivers of engagement (the 'how' and 'why'). These assessments usually ask more practical and process orientated questions, for example around workload and resources (particularly barriers to engagement). Measuring levels of engagement is distinctly different to wellbeing, and provides different information to pull different organisational levers.
Can we try WoW?
Yes. We have created a test account with most of the functionality enabled. You can log in via the WoW home page using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org and password testaccount. Please note that all data and settings are deleted every 24 hours. The purpose of this test account is so that you can visit an organisation dashboard and see the full functionality that WoW provides (e.g., add questions and scales, add subgroups, manage users, upload a logo, add a wellbeing contact etc.) and also register fake employee accounts and see first-hand what the assessment experience is like for an employee / consultee.