Five-Star Wellbeing Audit
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The audit process forms an integral part of the British Safety Council’s overall wellbeing programme of audit, training and digital learning services within the Being Well Together programme.
The audit structure and model are aligned with the structure of British Safety Council’s suite of best practice audit products, which include health and safety management, environmental management and sustainability, process safety management and fire safety management.
Utilising relevant expertise, experience and acknowledging aspects of internationally recognised wellbeing performance standards (including PAS 3002, CIPD model, etc) the British Safety Council has developed a unique Five-Star Wellbeing Audit model that objectively evaluates wellbeing policies, protocols and arrangements against current best practice techniques. The audit model is reflective of the recognised PLAN – DO – CHECK – ACT management cycle.
The audit focuses on the key aspects of an organisation’s wellbeing performance and offers a structured path for continual improvement towards best practice status. The audit examines key aspects of health, safety and wellbeing and provides evidence-based outcomes for organisations to develop their overall approach to wellbeing across the business.
What does the Wellbeing Audit include and how is it carried out?
The Five-Star Wellbeing Audit is undertaken using the following process of objective verification:
The auditor will review all aspects of the organisation’s wellbeing management processes and supportive arrangements against the requirements of the British Safety Council’s Five-Star Wellbeing Audit specification. The auditor will also assess the effectiveness of implementation of these arrangements through observation of relevant agreed site(s) and sampling of operational activities.
During the audit process, discussions with management, staff and relevant stakeholders will be carried out (informally and formally), to discuss aspects of wellbeing management performance relevant to their roles and responsibilities. A subsequent report is produced identifying the strengths and areas for improvement within the organisation’s wellbeing management arrangements, focusing on key outcomes, observations and recommendations for continual improvement.
Wellbeing Audit 2020: Audit delivery process steps
The audit model is based upon the recognised Plan – Do – Check – Act (PDCA) management cycle and is aligned with the British Safety Council five-star suite of best practice audit products. It also incorporates the Being Well Together Online Assessment Tool outcomes (should this have been undertaken by the audited organisation) offering a clear development route toward best practice status within wellbeing management.
The four sections of the audit (leadership, commitment and planning / implementation / performance monitoring / evaluation and continual improvement) are based upon the PDCA component elements and are also inclusive of the recognised five domains of wellbeing, namely:
- Personal Growth
- Collective / Social
Each section is made up of a number of individual component elements relative to the overall theme of the section.
As the audit is essentially a consultative based process it is preferred to develop a structured improvement plan unique to each audited organisation rather than an evaluated graded outcome. However, the recommendations arising from the audit against the criteria requirements of the Five-Star Wellbeing Audit, are presented within the audit report in a prioritised tabular format for each section, based upon a straightforward three-level threshold (RAG system).
What are the outcomes of the audit and is further support available?
Upon completion of the audit process, a comprehensive report is prepared by the auditor and will be issued within twenty-eight (28) days. The report content will include:
- Executive summary - top-level summary of findings, providing an executive overview of strengths and areas for improvement moving forward)
- Observations - detailed auditor findings relevant to each section and elements within them
- Recommendations for improvement - auditor recommendations for consideration within each section and elements within them
- Action planning tables - recommendation tables for each section which can be used for structured improvement planning or incorporated into an organisation’s own overall planning format.
Optional further support is available from British Safety Council in relation to development and implementation of individual recommendations or the overall improvement plan.
Why should organisations consider the Five-Star Wellbeing Audit?
It is becoming increasingly recognised that poor employee wellbeing not only results directly in increased costs to an organisation, through increased working days lost, having a less engaged and therefore a less productive workforce, and having increased levels of presenteeism, but also increases the risk of accident or injury. The business benefits of implementing wellbeing programmes is also becoming clearer. Deloitte’s research suggests an average Return on Investment (ROI) of 4:1 from such programmes and Anglian Water recently reported an ROI of 8:1 from their wellbeing programme.
The issue of employee wellbeing has quickly moved from being an internal HR function to a priority issue for top management within organisations.
The British Safety Council Five-Star Wellbeing Audit offers organisations an independent benchmark analysis of their current status relating to wellbeing management and associated arrangements. The audit will provide a structured route toward best practice in this aspect of management and will enable an organisation to prioritise resources accordingly.
The audit outcome will also provide stakeholders (both internal and external) with confirmation of the organisation’s commitment toward employee wellbeing and business improvement overall.
Why choose the British Safety Council
Our audit and consultancy services are internationally recognised and are the best way to ensure your wellbeing systems (and associated arrangements) are suitable for your business requirements, promote continual improvement and are effectively implemented.
As part of our own quality control processes, we ensure:
- Our audit and consultancy products are regularly reviewed to meet customer needs, expectations and sector best practice
- Consistently high standards of service are achieved through a robust quality assurance process including auditor standardisation, training and performance monitoring
- Our technical specialists serve on strategic committees for occupational health, safety, environmental and wellbeing standards
- We have a unique internationally recognised best practice (five-star) audit process
- Industry recognition from awards such as the prestigious Shield, Sword or Globe of Honour.