Few employers systematically track the health status of their employees. But without that data, we can’t set priorities or know if our efforts are effective. You can now systematically assess the health status of your employees and evaluate the effectiveness of your programs in addressing their needs. This article provides his four-part framework for doing just that.
When it comes to employee health, companies typically track areas where the organization is exposed to direct costs and liability, such as short-term and long-term disability, work-related injuries, and employee assistance program utilization. However, these measures only begin to account for the physical and mental health status of employees. Most organizations know nothing about the general health status of their employees, making it nearly impossible to develop an effective large-scale health strategy or assess its impact. They need to measure happiness in a systematic way. Without that data, you won’t be able to design a program that best fits your specific employee’s needs.