Stress and energy assessment for employees

Get a detailed report on your employees: stress & energy levels, risk group, trends within the company and comparisons between departments

Introduction

The ideal employee

The formula is the same for every company:

A great employee = They know what to do + they can do it (their competencies + physical health *mental health) + they are motivated.

We have learned how to assess skills, competencies and motivation, but we don’t know how to assess physical abilities and stress.

With Welltory, the assessment formula is finally complete.

An employee’s ability to accomplish goals depends on their physical and mental health:

  • If an employee is stressed, they can’t concentrate
  • If they have chronic fatigue, they can’t think clearly, have no energy to work and lack motivation
  • If chronic fatigue and stress last for a long time, the employee experiences burnout and quits the job
  • As the great Dr. House once said, “Everybody lies.”

A stress and energy assessment from Welltory is an ideal and precise solution that requires minimal effort. The only thing your employees need to take measurements is an iOS or Android phone.

Assessment steps and what you need to do:

  1. Register for the program
  2. Receive an email with instructions, which you can forward to your employees
  3. Employees download the Welltory app from the AppStore or Google Play
  4. Employees take 5 measurements: 5 days, in the morning, 2 minutes per measurement
  5. In 2 days, you receive information on how many people registered with the program and send your employees a reminder if needed
  6. In 7 days, you get a report on key indicators

All your employees need to complete the assessment is an Android or iOS phone

Report example

Science & methodology

The method we use for the assessment is called сardiointervalography.
We borrowed this method from professional sports and space medicine.

Cardiointervalography is an analysis of the autonomic nervous system based on heart rate variability (HRV) – the amount of time lapsed between heart beats.

In the middle of the 18th century, scientists discovered that our heart rate varies, which means that a for a person with a pulse of 60 beats per minute, heart beats will not be spread out evenly.

Instead the intervals will look something like this: 0.958 s., 1.12 s., 0.892 s., etc.

The interval between beats is called the RR interval.

Physiologically, the more a body changes under the influence of different factors, the more adaptable and fit for survival it is.

The way our heart works directly depends on the autonomic nervous system or, more precisely, on its two divisions – the sympathetic (which is activated during exercise, tension and stress) and parasympathetic (which is active during recovery, sleep, rest and relaxation) nervous systems.

When the systems are balanced, it means that the body experiences sufficient stress and recovery. One of the most efficient ways to find out how well our autonomic nervous system is functioning is to measure heart rate variability.

Because the technique is so precise and sensitive to changes in the body, cardiointervalography was initially used to assess astronauts. The method was then used in medicine. In 1996, the European Society of Cardiology and The North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology published a standard of measurement, interpretation, and clinical use of heart rate variability. HRV is now used in professional sports.

Hundreds of scientific studies have been conducted that indicate the method is useful for analyzing people’s health.

Many scientists and researchers confirm that the method is reliable:

Whenever you want to nurture innovation, you need to have metrics… The reason HRV was chosen was… for one, we have decades worth of heart rate variability data. There is good cohort data, population level data, that suggests that declining HRV is also due to a chronologic age [and] unlike most biomarkers in health, HRV can be measured continuously, contextually. You can measure it for 24 hours.

Joon Yun, Palo Alto Longevity Prize sponsor, President of Palo Alto Investors, LLC, certified radiology specialist. He received his B.A. from Harvard, M.D. from Duke Medical School, and clinical training at Stanford.

How to use the assesment

 

A stress and energy assessment is an important part of a wellness program that will enable you to:

  • Make management decisions: who needs to be promoted, sent to training, or hired for the job
  • Measure the efficiency of corporate programs
  • Assign difficult tasks to employees who have the energy to take them on

Cost

For new clients, we offer an assessment of 10 employees free of charge

If you want to assess more than 10 employees, purchase one of our plans

50 employees – 149$

100 employees – 299$

200 employees – 499$

Research and numbers

 

  1. Researchers from the US have discovered that prolonged stress influences the number of neurons in the hippocampus, which impacts our cognitive abilities
  2. Researchers from the Netherlands have noted, that the impact of stress-induced cortisol on memory increases during and after a brief acute stressor, which makes our memory worse. That is, activating the sympathetic nervous system together with an increase in cortisol levels decreased memory, whereas cortisol by itself has no particular impact on memory.
  3. British scientists have confirmed, that stress impacts how quickly we are able to make decisions
  4. French scientists have discovered an enzyme that is activated as the result of chronic stress. It affects the brain cells and people’s memory, ability to comprehend things and willingness to socialize.

Examples

  1. According to Harvard Business Review: One of the biggest banks in the US, Wachovia analyzed employee productivity and energy levels in 2006. Everybody, from top managers to regular employees, took a course that was made up of four modules and was intended to increase employee energy levels. Each module focused on a different source of energy: body, emotions, mind and spirit. At the end of the program, the researchers compared employee productivity levels with a control group that did not go through the program. There was a considerable increase (about 13-20%). Additionally, about 70% of participants agreed that the course helped them work more efficiently and communicate with clients better. The course also helped employees from Ernst & Young, Sony, Deutsche Bank, Nokia, ING Direct and Ford
  2. Cardiff & Vale University has a program called Employee Wellbeing programme, which aims to decrease employee stress levels. The program targeted departments where employees took the most sick days, where there were high employee turnover rates and other problems. Professional psychologists assisted the staff with the project. In 12-18 months, absenteeism decreased by 2-6% and monthly expenses dropped by 8,000 pounds. Time spent on collaborative work and discussions between managers and regular employees also increased, and there was greater awareness of the importance of employee support.
  3. The multimedia company QVC held a five-step stress management program: seminars for managers on the difference between stress and pressure, about the importance of having a good diet, research on risk areas and weak points in different departments, meetings between employees and managers, analysis of the information and regular monitoring. After the program, mid-level managers started reporting that they can spot stress and decrease it, absenteeism due to illnesses decreased by 5% and the number of employees absent from work for long periods of time decreased by 20%.
  4. New Balance collaborated with Wellness & Prevention, Inc for the Organizations in MOTION™ program, which aimed to find out how much physical activity impacts employee energy levels. The program included emails to employees that included tips & advice, as well as physical exercises at work. After completing the three-month program, 37% of employees reported having increased energy during the day, and 42% claimed they were more involved and focused at work.
  5. Antistress courses and training sessions help employees at companies like IBM, COMPsych and Aetna decrease stress by almost 30%.

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