Five Things You Must Know When Evaluating Worksite Wellbeing Providers

The Essential Guide for Construction Industry Managers

In the construction industry, 90 percent of the population is male, two-thirds of the workforce has moderate- or high-risk health factors, healthcare spending is 65% greater for high-risk than low-risk workers, and job-site safety is directly related to employee wellbeing. That means the management of an effective employee wellbeing program offers a unique set of challenges and opportunities.

Construction workers should not be treated as office workers. Instead, they must be supported as “industrial athletes,” and not controlled as risks from a safety perspective. These differences make selecting an employee wellbeing provider a more difficult task. Many firms do not embody the core competencies that translate to success in the construction environment.

This management brief explains the critical factors that must be considered in choosing an effective employee wellbeing partner, including:

  • Understanding the real business value generated by a wellbeing program
  • Employing goals, metrics, and measurement to track and evaluate progress
  • The importance of customized, comprehensive strategies and integrated planning
  • The need for personal, one-to-one wellbeing support

Selecting a wellbeing provider for a construction job site can be as complex as implementing a safety program or new employee benefit. By following these guidelines, companies can evaluate and choose wellbeing partners that optimize workforce performance and achieve greater employee health and retention.