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3. Work out what you need

Your workplace health and wellbeing program will only succeed if it meets the requirements of your employees.

To find out what your employees want:

1. Ask employees what they would like to see happen

Your employees might have a broad range of ideas covering many aspects of health and wellbeing. It’s likely that themes will begin to emerge, such as stress, extended sitting time, or access to good quality food.

2. Conduct a survey 

In a larger organisation, you may need to conduct a more formal needs assessment using a survey of employees for example.

  • Use your survey to collect
    • baseline data about your employees (for example, information about their fruit and vegetable intake at the present time, or their current level of physical activity), and 
    • information about what they would like to see in a health and wellbeing program.
  • Repeat the survey at a later date and then compare the information you have collected. This will help you see if your program is reaching its goals.

Things to remember if you do use surveys:

  • Remove any personal or identifying information in your forms to protect the privacy of your employees.
  • Make sure your survey reaches all of your employees. This may involve using either electronic or paper-based surveys, or a mix of these approaches. 
  • Report the results of these surveys back to both managers and employees, so everyone knows they have been heard.
  • Conduct a review of your workplace environment to see what facilities you currently have. You’ll probably find there are facilities that you can work into your program (like stairs, showers or a bike rack), and others that need updating or reviewing (such as kitchen facilities or the office layout). 

Try this free online health and wellbeing survey to find out more about the health of your employees in general. This confidential survey provides the individual employee with immediate feedback on their health, and also provides the workplace with a summary of the survey’s findings (if more than 30 employees have completed the survey).