Mind health is a vital part of workplace wellbeing. This resource will help you put together questionnaires that’ll draw actionable insight and help you understand the impact of your health and wellbeing activities.
Why ask these questions?
Our survey – part of the AXA Study of Mind Health and Wellbeing in 2022 – showed that being resilient, having coping skills or showing kindness, for example, has a positive effect on mind health. The more of these skills a person has, the more likely they are to flourish. 'Flourishing' can be seen as the pinnacle of mental health, encompassing the presence of good social, psychological and emotional wellbeing, as discussed in episode 2 of our Feelgood Business videocast series.
Luckily, skills and beliefs can be developed. Understanding which ones your people have provides an exciting opportunity to help more people flourish and feel engaged in their roles at work.
The second part of our question set explores the workplace environment. Where we are has a huge impact on our wellbeing, helping us bring our best self to work. Helping to develop a supportive and inclusive environment will further help individuals and communities to flourish.
What to do with your results
The results will help you to decide where to focus your efforts. They'll help you develop a wellbeing approach that meets the needs of your employees. And, if you ask these questions regularly, the answers will allow you to see how people are progressing.
As well as this, the results will help your employees build self-awareness, explore what they think they can improve and encourage them to speak openly about what you can do to help them.
Ask your employees to fill out the survey, then fill it out yourself. Ensure the survey offers results and outcome measures they see, to ensure a value exchange that’ll aid stronger participation.
Consider survey fatigue and 'point in time' results. Consider how you might space and release the survey throughout the year.
Be open and transparent as to why you’re doing this and what you’ll do with the results. You'll encourage trust and show leadership. Make sure you emphasise data anonymity. You should collect and process all data according to the Market Research Society’s Code of Conduct and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Translate these questions into an online form or include them in an existing survey. Alternatively, the question set can be used as a self-reflection tool. Responses don't have to be collated.
You could use this wording for your email when you send the questions round: