How to Measure Wellbeing

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 27 January 2022
Becky Thoseby
Ministry of Justice
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Wellbeing was originally introduced to reduce absence costs. It's now there as an enabler of employee productivity, innovation and engagement. The UK’s Ministry of Justice measures employee wellbeing through a strictly person-centred approach. They believe this method encourages:

  • Individuals to take responsibility for their own wellbeing
  • Line managers to support their team members based on a holistic picture of their needs
  • Senior leaders to encourage a culture of wellbeing through their behaviour
  • The organisation to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

In this case study, Becky Thoseby, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Ministry of Justice UK explains how they measure the wellbeing of their 80,000 employees and implement their individually tailored programmes to achieve the benefits set out above - and how their methods could have universal application.


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This article is correct at 27/01/2022

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Becky Thoseby
Ministry of Justice

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