The aim of this project is to develop a diagnostic tool to evaluate an organization’s status with respect to an evidence-based suite of healthy workplace components. The diagnostic tool is designed to reveal the extent to which each component in the suite is present in the workplace and the extent to which it has the potential for promoting employee health and well-being. For example, it is well known that employee engagement in the organization’s goals and work processes is an important factor in maintaining employee interest in their work, developing a sense of purpose and meaningfulness as a function of an employee’s work, and mitigating factors that produce the sensation of job burnout and Presenteeism at work. The tool will be developed through a series of workshops with experts in each subject matter identified by the Center as a critical contributor to employee health and well-being. The areas identified at this time are nutrition, workspace design, physical activity, occupational and safety, occupational health, organizational policy, HR practices, technology tools, leadership engagement, psycho-social support, work design, health and wellness education and programming, ergonomic fit, building materials, and employee benefits. A trained team of evaluators will conduct on-site visits and interviews to collect in-depth information about the organization’s status and plans for the future, and then based on the information gathered, will provide a report to the organization identifying areas of strengths and weaknesses as well as a set of realistic recommendations for how to improve its health and well-being status. We fully expect that as more research is conducted and new research findings on employee health and well-being emerges, revisions will be made to the diagnostic tool to continuously upgrade our knowledge of the factors that drive employee health and well-being and then communicate these to the public at large.
Healthy Workplace Diagnostic Tool
October 21, 2014