Our Stress Number is a picture of what is happening to us and how we are generally coping at a particular point in time. It encompasses our health, work and personal well-being. Each one of us should have a clear picture of where we are at and what we need to do to move this number into a healthier range. Take our Stress Test today to find out your stress number.
Do You Know Your Team’s Stress Number?
Employers need to be aware of their team’ stress numbers. Employers wanting to help employees find the right strategies need to first understand where their employees currently are.
A comprehensive workplace wellness program has to have these benchmarks. These benchmarks may be as complicated as bringing in someone to do a complete health risk assessment survey or as simple as having a one-on-one conversation around the sources of stress, the symptoms or reactions to these stressors and the current coping strategies used by your team.
Benchmarks can also include absenteeism rates, benefits usage and health and safety claims. The idea is to gather enough information to make it useful in determining what to do next, but not so overwhelming that you get paralyzed in making some practical decisions.
Though we have been hearing about stress for several decades now, we are still seeing stress as driving the implementation of wellness programs. According to Buck Consultants annual global wellness survey, stress is still seen as a prime threat to health and keeping employees healthy and productive is becoming the top business objective of more and more organizations. Finding ways to manage stress is still paramount and there is never enough education that can be done to assist our employees in this area.
Few companies will argue against the fact that wellness programs are essential to helping employees become successful and stay healthy. It is unfortunate though, that wellness programs are taking a hit because of the economy. This is where the benchmarks play such a critical role. Benchmarks help to prove that wellness programs are not just a ‘nice’ thing to offer. They help to show that they are making a positive impact on the financial bottom-line.
Note: The Buck survey found that only a quarter of organizations around the world are measuring the success of their wellness programs.
So what do your numbers tell you?
If you don’t know, start now to gather and find out what your numbers mean and what you can do about them. Soon, you will be able to tell what impact your wellness program is having on making your numbers more positive. Benchmarking is the key and measuring lets you see if you are impacting those benchmarked numbers.
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