Why Wellbeing?

In its simplest form, wellbeing is the ability of people to feel good and function effectively. It is what enables your employees, teams and workplace to thrive.

Why does this matter? Researchers have found that people who are thriving at work experience an energized sense of growth and momentum that helps them to be more innovative and proactive, create better connections with others, and persist amid daily challenges without burning themselves out.

In fact studies have found that when workplaces implement evidence-based wellbeing programs effectively their people are likely to be more:


Employees who are up to six times more engaged. Lower staff turnover by up to 50%


Improved resilience, wellbeing. Less burnout and fewer sick days taken.


Heightened creativity + better performing teams.


Happier customers by up to 44%.


Increased productivity by up to 36%.

How? Because evidence-based wellbeing programs are designed to create a common language, a practical toolbox, and the support that people need 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 thrive.

But the key to making your wellbeing program work is to … measure it. Which is why the PERMAH Workplace Survey was created.


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 the right balance of heartfelt positivity to boost our resilience
ENGAGEMENT the regular development of our strengths – those things we’re good at and enjoy doing
RELATIONSHIPS the creation of authentic, energizing connections
MEANING a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves
ACCOMPLISHMENT the belief and ability to do the things that matter most to us
HEALTH eating well, moving regularly, sleeping deeply

As we began teaching thousands of leaders how to improve their 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?In less than five minutes the PERMAH Workplace Survey gives your people:

An easy way to measure their wellbeing and see how they are doing whenever they choose.

Set realistic wellbeing improvement goals for themselves

Choose from more than 200 tested, practical, busy-proof wellbeing strategies to help them thrive at work.

Improving wellbeing across the PERMAH pillars will also help employees:

Boost their resilience
by more flexibly navigating
positive and negative emotion.

Feel more confident, energized and engaged in what they’re doing as they develop their strengths.

Build psychological safety and compassion so they can create genuine and generous connections with others.

Increase their motivation and impact by cultivating service mindsets that make a positive difference for others.

Improve learning, innovation and bottom-line outcomes by embracing a growth mindset and building their levels of grit.

Maximize their energy by discovering
the small changes that can have a big impact on their health by eating, moving and sleeping well.

How Can This Tool Help Your
Workplace To Thrive?

Improve employee wellbeing is a great place to star. Unfortunately, the reality is that while your people can be do everything right if your workplace is struggling then it will become harder and harder for them to continue to thrive.

When it comes to measuring wellbeing, it’s not enough to just measure your people. You also need to measure your teams and your organization as a whole.

So the PERMAH Workplace Survey also gives you:

Real-time data about how your people, teams and organization are doing on each of the PERMAH pillars.

Insights into how your culture and environment are impacting your people’s wellbeing with data the levels of psychological safety, physical safety, autonomy,

The ability to quickly, easily and visually breakdown your survey results demographically and to track changes in any of the measures over time.

Evidence-based recommendations on how wellbeing can be improved in your workplace.

And at the end of your chosen survey period all of this data is packaged into an easy-to-read PDF report that you can download and share with anyone.

You can also have as many people as you like take the survey, as many as times as you wish for one low license price.

If you need to tailor the survey, it’s not a problem. At the click of a button you can add extra demographic fields and general questions to meet the specific needs of your organization.

Best of all, any data you gather is yours to keep and download at any time in a de-identified data file.

Why You Can Trust Us

The PERMAH Workplace Survey was created by Dr Peggy Kern and Michelle McQuaid, two of the world’s leading experts in the research and application of positive psychology and wellbeing.


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 that help people and workplaces to thrive.

A senior fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, 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 Professor David Cooperrider.

The host of the top-rated Making Positive Psychology Work podcast, Michelle interviews the world’s leading researchers from Martin Seligman to Carol Dweck, Amy Edmondson, Angela Duckworth, Adam Grant, Kim Cameron and many more to gather the latest evidence and practices on human and systemic flourishing.

“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 Buy Your PERMAH Survey

  • An easy, effective, affordable way to measure wellbeing in your workplace – have as many people as you need take the survey.
  • Flexible licensing periods to suit your needs – have people take the survey as often as you want during the license period.
  • Customizable demongraphic and general questions for your workplace.
  • Real-time results on your screen, as people take the survey.
  • Downloadable pdf reports and de-identified data files.
  • 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 improve it in your workplace – otherwise you’ll never really understand if 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, your leaders and your organization should be taking.

With this survey, you can also incorporate additional questions, which means you can measure other 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 they 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.