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Why Wellbeing?

In its simplest form, wellbeing is your ability to feel good and function effectively.

Wellbeing gives your people the resources to navigate the highs and lows we all experience in our work and in our lives, while enabling them to intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically flourish.

Studies are finding that workplaces that implement wellness programs in their organizations can see benefits like:

Reductions in sick days and absences from work

Lower staff turnover

Fewer accidents and injuries

Higher employee satisfaction

Increased employee productivity

But improving wellbeing in the workplace can be challenging, because it’s difficult to know whether your efforts are working or not.

The solution to this problem: Measure the wellbeing of your people, so you can understand how to impact it.

The PERMAH Workplace Survey provides a wellbeing feedback loop for your workers, your team, and your organization so you know exactly what’s working, what’s not, and whether or not you’re on track.

Why PERMAH?

Professor Martin Seligman, one of the world’s leading researchers in positive psychology and human flourishing, suggests that wellbeing is cultivated by the presence in our lives of positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment. This framework is often referred to as “PERMA.”

Other researchers – ourselves included – also believe that the cultivation of your Health by eating well, moving regularly, and sleeping deeply is one of the hygiene factors of wellbeing. Everything just gets easier when we take care of our health.

So, in this tool, we’ve added Health to Martin’s framework, making it ‘PERMAH’.

POSITIVE EMOTION boost resilience by more flexibly navigating positive and negative emotions
ENGAGEMENT feel more confident, energized, and engaged by developing strengths
RELATIONSHIPS build psychological safety and compassion to create genuine and generous connections with others
MEANING increase motivation and impact by cultivating service mindsets that make a positive difference for others
ACCOMPLISHMENT improve learning, innovation, and bottom-line outcomes by embracing a growth mindset and building grit
HEALTH maximize energy by discovering the small changes that can have a big impact on health by eating, moving, and sleeping well

When we began teaching thousands of leaders how to improve the wellbeing of their people, we asked Martin, “What would be the best way to improve wellbeing in workplaces?”

He said, “Measure it.”

Why This Tool?

How Can This Tool Can Help Your Employees Thrive?You may be wondering, “What’s in it for my people?”

Tailored
wellbeing
plans.

Over 200 tested, practical, busy-proof wellbeing strategies for improving their wellbeing.

Free wellbeing resources from the world’s leading positive psychology researchers.

The opportunity to step on the “PERMAH scale” at any time.

How We Support Healthy Workplaces

There are other tools that will help you measure the wellbeing of your employees. Why choose this one?

The PERMAH Workplace Survey will:

Give you clear, practical data about how your people are doing within the PERMAH pillars.

Provide a fast, easy wellbeing survey that will only take five minutes to complete.

Let you customize your survey questions.

Give you real-time results on your screen, as people take the survey.

Allow you to view the data many different ways. Want to see the results for the women in your company, or for a particular department? It’s easy to do.

Let you administer the survey as many times as you wish during your licensed period.

Provide all your de-identified data in downloadable format, so you can view it beyond your licensed period and work with it in detailed statistics tools.

Why You Can Trust Us

The PERMAH Workplace Survey combines leading research in the science of wellbeing and effective and practical ways to apply this research. It was created by Michelle McQuaid and Dr. Peggy Kern, leading experts in the study and application of Positive Psychology.

 

Dr Peggy Kern is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Peggy received her masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training from the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research examines the question of who flourishes in life (physically, mentally, and socially), and she is the world’s leading researcher on the subject of measuring wellbeing using the PERMAH pillars.

 

Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher, and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.

She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and recently completed her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of David Cooperrider.

When it comes to practical ways to apply PERMAH, Michelle is the world’s leading practitioner.

“It sounds dramatic to say Michelle’s sessions on strengths have changed my life, but they really have.”

Tessa Cason

“It sounds dramatic to say Michelle’s sessions on strengths have changed my life, but they really have.”

Tessa Cason

“Michelle is one of the world’s leaders in designing and implementing positive psychology interventions to workplaces.”

Martin Seligman

“Michelle is one of the world’s leaders in designing and implementing positive psychology interventions to workplaces.”

Martin Seligman

“Michelle made it easy who our whole team to start seeing what their strengths are & how they can be applied at work.”

Caroline Dillistone

“Michelle made it easy who our whole team to start seeing what their strengths are & how they can be applied at work.”

Caroline Dillistone

Here’s Everything You’ll Get When You Sign Up Today

  • An easy, effective, affordable way to measure wellbeing in your workplace.
  • Flexible licensing periods to suit your needs.
  • Customizable questions for your specific survey.
  • Real-time results on your screen, as people take the survey.
  • Ability to view your results in multiple ways.
  • Downloadable de-identified data.
  • Ability to administer the survey as many times as you wish during your licensed period.
  • Tailored wellbeing plans and over 200 tested, practical, busy-proof wellbeing strategies for your employees.
  • Free wellbeing resources from the world’s leading positive psychology researchers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should we ask our people to complete another survey?

The short answer is that you need to measure wellbeing if you’re going to understand how to impact it in your workplace.

If improving wellbeing is a focus for your organization, then you need this detailed level of information to understand what you’re going to do on a practical level (and whether your efforts are working).

Other employee surveys might include a few questions about wellbeing, but they don’t give you the depth of data you need to figure out what actions your people should take.

With this survey, you can also incorporate additional questions meaning you can measure multiple things within your organization with just one survey.

What are the licensing options?

You can purchase a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month license for the PERMAH Workplace Survey.

You can administer the survey as many times as you like during your licensing period, and renew your license as needed.

Is there a limit to how many people can take the survey (or a per-person fee for this tool)?

No. You sign up for your flat-rate license for a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month period, then you can have an unlimited amount of people take the survey during that time period.

Can we have people re-take the survey?

Yes. You can have your employees take the survey as many times as you want during your licensing period.

How long will it take people to fill out the survey?

The PERMAH Workplace Wellbeing Survey is quick and easy to fill out – it only takes five minutes.

After people have completed the survey, they will get their personal results and see how they’re doing in each of the PERMAH pillars that contribute to our wellbeing. Each participant will also receive practical suggestions for improving their wellbeing, including over 200 evidence-based, busy-proof suggestions they can easily work into their day-to-day lives.

They can set goals, find support, and get the resources they need to have a real impact on their own wellbeing.