News & Insights

October 31, 2016

New Psychosocial Health Assessment and Resources Released

 

Organizations asked for it, and Prevention Partners listened!  On November 1, WorkHealthy America launched its newest topic areas, focused on psychosocial health.  This module provides guidance to organizations seeking to support employees’ mental, social and emotional health – a perfect complement to the tool’s existing focus on physical health.

We want to support employers in creating environments and policies that support all aspects of employees’ health.  We know that stress is the number one cause of workforce health issues across the world, and psychosocial health has a strong interaction with physical health.  The new psychosocial module focuses on the impact behavioral and emotional health has on job satisfaction, productivity, and employee morale.  It will complement the existing WorkHealthy America modules covering nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and an overall culture of wellness.

The new psychosocial health assessment includes questions about:

  • Stress and energy management
  • Work-life balance
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Compliance with federal legislation supporting mental health in the workplace
  • Manager training in identifying and supporting employees in distress
  • Communication of resources and benefits

After organizations complete the assessment, they receive a grade, A – F, for their employee wellness and prevention efforts related to these issues.  Then, each organization gets a customized recommendations report and action plan to guide short- and long-term steps to improve policies and practices that support employees’ mental wellbeing, increase engagement, and lead to a more productive workforce.  These tools, along with an array of resources that help employers implement recommended supports have been added to all existing WorkHealthy America accounts at no additional cost. Our next WorkHealthy America webinar will also focus on psychosocial health and will be open to all license holders.

We are excited to launch this new focus area and look forward to working with our partner organizations to create psychologically healthy workplaces.  If you are a current WorkHealthy America license holder, log in to your account today to see what grade your organization gets on the new psychosocial health module and access resources to improve the offerings your organizations provides to support employees’ mental, social and emotional health.  If you would like to learn more about WorkHealthy America and how it can help organizations create a culture of wellness that supports employee health, and addresses tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and stress, contact partnerships@forprevention.org.