What is a Workplace Health Needs Assessment?
A Workplace Health Needs Assessment is a systematic review of the health and wellbeing issues facing the business. It will help in the following ways
- Recognize areas in which the organisation already has positive wellbeing interventions
- Allow identification of areas where health improvements might be beneficial
- Identify priorities and available resources
- Plan workforce wellness strategy while taking account of the business culture
- Establish polices that are in place and those that need creation or alteration
- Helps to consider needs of minority groups (e.g. those with underlying health issues)
- Establishes that legislative surveillance is in place where exposures to work hazards require
- Allows development of relevant training and communication strategies
- Establish monitoring and review requirements
The aim is to improve overall workforce wellbeing. This in turn will assist morale, attendance and productivity as well as potentially reduce staff turnover and associated costs.
What is involved in a needs assessment?
This will involve a number of steps:
- Establishing the business profile (identifying the nature of the business and employee demographics)
- Assessing current wellness strategy within the organisation
- Analysing absence trends and reasons for absence
- Identifying what polices currently exist and how effective they are
- Reviewing risk assessments and risk reduction measures, where exposures to work hazards exist
- Assessing current surveillance measures and outcomes
- Creating and communicating out an appropriate report
- Communication between all relevant stakeholders
The outcomes of a workforce health needs assessment should then involve strategic level meetings and communication to develop an action/implementation plan to benefit the business.
Occua Ltd would be pleased to assist this process for your business.
Public Health England tool
Workplace Wellbeing Charter: Workplace Health assessment
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