Workplace wellbeing is on everyone’s lips and most organisations are concentrating their response on the symptoms by providing Tertiary care through awareness courses. Commendable interventions, but that can be a bit like plastering a never-ending number of broken limbs instead of removing the hazard that caused the problem.
There is however an alternative view gaining ground. ‘What you can’t measure you can’t change’
Psychologist, Francis McGinty, with the help of Anglia Ruskin University designed an on line tool that collects and through a complex data analysis, extracts the relative strengths of the psychosocial pressures that have an affect on performance.
By using a complex factor analysis process this tool identifies which grouping is affected by which pressures and the strength of the identified pressures.
Armed with this vital information organisations know which grouping of employees performance is being inhibited by which pressure so can target efficient remedial programs to give them the best return on investment; by deciding on which targets are short, medium and long-term gains.
Using the same logic that psychometric testing measures individuals suitability for performance psychosocial testing measures an organisations robustness in providing an environment where excellence of performance can thrive.
Psychosocial risks are present in working environments, and where poor social values, communication channels, work design and management skills exist, they have the strongest negative affect on profits and staff wellbeing. The effects can be seen in combinations of negative psychological, physical and social outcomes such as work-related stress, burnout or depression, staff churn, accident rates, poor productivity.
By embedding a cyclical process of measuring and designing actions to manage the pressures organisations become more productive, less wasteful, and gain a competitive edge; factors that are needed in today’s Global economy.
The outcome of poor psychosocial risk management affects the wellbeing of all.
Estimates of the cost to businesses and society are significant at £104 billion per year.
To compare how your organisation is performing against the national UK average visit www.workingforwellbeing.co.uk and use their free calculator.
Author – Francis McGinty Bsc Hons
Working for Wellbeing Ltd .24th October 2017