The Wellness Audit

In any given work situation, trouble may be brewing. You may have a worker at the beginning stages of diabetes, another one dealing with full-blown depression, and still another whose workstation or load-lifting technique is primed to promote back injury.

How do you monitor these potential risks to productivity? How do you keep workers healthy and engaged so that staff turnover doesn’t add to your costs? And how do you check for these conditions without invading your employees’ privacy? It takes expertise and foresight to recognize health problems that compromise employee well-being before productivity takes a downturn. The wellness audit is becoming increasingly common for organizations striving to anticipate and combat rising disability and insurance costs and employee absenteeism.

The wellness audit usually is conducted by an outside team of experts who assess employees’ health and sense of well-being in a standardized, confidential manner. Steps are taken to ensure cooperation with the process by engaging workers and building their confidence in the security of disclosure. Though a wellness audit may not pinpoint which individuals in a workplace have a particular condition, it will enable an organization to get a clear picture of the well-being of groups and to make plans for accommodating the needs of its employees.

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