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Measure and Evaluate

The following provide some simple ideas on how workplace wellness might be assessed:

Wellness Programmes – Cost of Recruitment: the cost of recruiting new staff because existing staff have left for health-related reasons. This measure monitors the effectiveness of wellness initiatives.

Wellness Programmes – Cost of Retention: cost per employee to maintain a wellness programme versus the cost of recruitment of a new employee. This measures the cost of retaining staff against having them leave due to ill health.

Wellness Programmes – Liability Costs: total costs related to issues that lead to death or critical illness. This measure underscores the risks associated with not having an adequate wellness programme.

Wellness Programmes – Medicine and Medical Costs: total medicinal and medical costs faced by an organisation in providing a wellness programme. This measure records the total costs of medicinal and medical costs related to the provision of an organisation’s wellness programmes.

Wellness Programmes – Wellness Activity-Based Costs: total costs associated with administrating an organisation’s wellness programme. This measures the costs related to administrating a wellness programme such as monitoring health, policies towards wellness, oversight, reporting, and rectification.

Wellness Programmes – Remediation Costs: total of all remediation costs awarded to employees. This measures the costs associated with remediation to employees, as well as any related internal costs, and those associated with disciplinary action, e.g. fines paid for health and safety violations.

Wellness Programmes – Business Review Costs: all costs associated with documenting and assessing the effectiveness of an organisation’s wellness programmes. This measures the cost of assessing organisational issues related to wellness – including root cause analysis.

Health Risk Assessments – Key Measures:

  • modifiable health risks (i.e. tobacco use, alcohol consumption, automobile safety, and sleeping habits)
  • biometric measures (i.e. height, weight, blood pressure, and total cholesterol level)
  • medical conditions (i.e. allergies, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, and depression)
  • individual readiness to change questionnaire, along with the personal perception of ability to change
  • health status and quality of life questionnaire, including questions about life satisfaction (personal and professional), job satisfaction, social support and personal health perception.

The key areas measured in association with Health Risk Assessments will enable personalised health profiles to be developed for each person tested, along with targeted suggested improvements.


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