One of The Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) assessment goals was to increase the reach of the employee wellness initiative which aims to enhance employee’s relationship with the eight dimensions of wellness and support employees in developing an awareness of and understanding of health-promoting skills. In order to do this, a community assessment was needed in order to identify the strengths, assets, needs, and challenges of employee health and wellness initiatives at the University of Tennessee.
The National Faculty and Staff Health Assessment is the first benchmarked survey of its kind aimed to identify the most common health and behavior risks affecting employees’ performance and productivity. CHEW distributed the National Faculty and Staff Health Assessment to 6,000 employees at the beginning of December 2019 and approximately 1,300 employees responded to the survey! The survey results will also provide UT the opportunity to compare results using reference group reports with other institutions. and we are currently awaiting the final results from the American College Health Association.
CHEW plans to share the final results at the annual Be Well luncheon in May during the Employee Health and Fitness Week and will plan to use the results to inform programming for the fiscal year beginning in 2020.