Having an informed strategy to improve well-being is the single most powerful thing you can do to improve organizational and individual performance and lower costs.
What does well-being mean to you? Better health? Financial stability? Social connection? A sense of community and purpose?
At Gallup and Healthways we know that it’s all of these things and we’ve joined together to not only define the elements that make up well-being but also to determine how to scientifically measure it at the individual, organizational, community, national and international levels.
Together, Gallup and Healthways have developed the world’s most comprehensive, definitive source of well-being measurement, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being 5. This scientific survey instrument and reporting experience measures, tracks and reports on the well-being of individuals and organizations.
The five essential elements of well-being are:
» Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
» Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life
» Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
» Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
» Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
The Well-Being 5 survey measures these elements using a rigorous process developed by Healthways and Gallup scientists. The survey represents the combined expertise of both organizations as well as decades of well-being research and published peer-reviewed findings.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index provides an in-depth, real-time view of Americans' well-being, giving governments, communities, employers and health plans unmatched insight into the health of their populations. The Well-Being Index includes topics like physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare.
Gallup and Healthways have built the world’s largest data set on well-being, with 1.9 million completed surveys to date, to support their mutual goals of understanding and improving the well-being of individuals and populations.
In 2013, Gallup and Healthways extended the reach of the Well-Being Index beyond the United States. Now, Gallup and Healthways measure well-being in almost every major country in the world. With results to be released in 2014, global leaders will have an opportunity to benchmark the well-being of their country against the results of roughly 140 countries around the world.
Gallup and Healthways: A History of Innovation
In 2008, Gallup and Healthways initiated a 25-year partnership merging decades of clinical research and development expertise, health leadership, and behavioral economics research to track and understand the key factors that drive well-being. This historic partnership marked a transformation for American health by developing a new national measure of well-being that provides leaders with the information they need to create solutions for making Americans healthier.
In 2012, building upon the success of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Gallup and Healthways announced the creation of a global joint venture between the two firms to develop the next generation of Gallup-Healthways well-being assessment tools. This collaboration has already produced the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being 5, and research is continuing to further advance the science of well-being. Employers, health providers, insurers and other interested parties can leverage our well-being research and these validated tools to inform well-being improvement strategies for their populations, improve performance and lower healthcare cost.