MAP Workplace Benefits
How does MAP help with wellbeing?
MAP is a unique program due to its:
- Understanding of the importance of happiness and wellbeing in your personal life and how it influences your work life.
- Mechanisms identified in the scientific research as drivers of more happiness.
- Algorithmic analysis of the MAP questionnaires, which produces Wellbeing Reports.
Learn more about How MAP Works
How important is personal wellbeing for wellbeing in the workplace?
Extremely important. A person is like a building, where personal wellbeing is the foundation - and workplace wellbeing is constructed on top of this foundation. As a result, it's much easier to experience high wellbeing at work if you also have high wellbeing in your personal life.
Doesn't wellbeing just mean good health or mental health?
No, health in general or mental health in particular is just one of many objective factors that determine overall wellbeing for a person.
Others include safety, education, environment, governance and other quality of life factors; as well as income, jobs, housing and other factors of material living conditions.
In addition there is subjective wellbeing (or Happiness), defined as how you feel about life, and psychological wellbeing, defined as how you assess the meaning and purpose of life.
Isn't a wellbeing program just an expensive 'feel-good' exercise for employees?
No, wellbeing is an investment, not a cost. The science shows a wide range of benefits including:
- Workers who experience high wellbeing are 81% less likely to seek out a new employer in the next year.
- Employees with the highest wellbeing levels miss 41% less work due to poor health and are 65% less likely to be involved in a workplace accident.
- Wellbeing can actually be a more important contributor to on-the-job productivity than an employee's chronic disease status such as diabetes.
Read more about Business and Science, including personal and health benefits.
Is MAP an employee survey, psychological test, brain game or meditation?
These are, each in its own way, positive activities. For example, an employee survey can get useful quantitative data for a manger. Meditation can help with relaxation and have health benefits.
However MAP is much more. It is an approach that focuses on all factors for the individual and workplace as a whole entity.
Isn't happiness and wellbeing just some alternative lifestyle thing?
Over the past 20 years many fields of expertise have come to realise that happiness and wellbeing is real and important for individuals and nations. These experts include economists, psychologists, neuroscientists, doctors and more.
In fact it's now a rich field of interest and insight in its own right, with academic departments and published journals. Private companies and governments all around the world are also investing time and funds into measuring and understanding happiness and wellbeing.
How does wellbeing work?
Better wellbeing in a workplace is not a guarantee of success for a team, organisation or company. Outside circumstances such as a loss of funding or an economic recession are clearly crucial factors.
Yet the science shows that - all other things being equal - better wellbeing in a workplace improves the likelihood of work-related positive outcomes.
At the same time, happiness and wellbeing are not based on being cheerful, joyous and content all the time. They're about experiencing a wide range of emotions and experiences, and dealing with both the good and the bad. At MAP we see this as part of being balanced and centered in your life as an individual and a workplace, as a whole entity.
Read more about How it Works.
How can my team, organisation or company experience better wellbeing?
Of course things like revenue and profits are important. But the science shows the limits of focussing just on finances. Studies of nations show, for example, that on average people have grown no happier in the last 50 years, even as their average income has more than doubled. Organizations and companies who experience high wellbeing are more likely to achieve greater success.
Genes are responsible for an estimated 40% of wellbeing (for example, the tendency for your personality to express happiness). However non-genetic factors that determine wellbeing can be improved and lead to positive outcomes. For example:
- Increased autonomy, variety and growth at work can lead to more initiative.
- Greater vision, purpose and meaning in your personal life improves productivity at work.
- Increased support and openness to new ideas increases creativity
- More positive mood and optimism about life is associated with better health
MAP is a unique program that achieves more happiness and better wellbeing by influencing the many different non-genetic factors.
Read more about How it Works.
How does wellbeing make me a better manager or team leader?
Of course, when you have better wellbeing as an individual, you experience benefits in your personal and work life such as being twice as likely to adapt to change, improved health and increased longevity.
But in the workplace in particular you experience benefits through the contagion effect, where each individual influences the other. For instance, studies show that a supervisor's mood over a long period of time influences the mood of team members. The same applies to better wellbeing amongst managers being associated with higher levels of wellbeing for employees.
The workplace outcomes that come with better wellbeing are significant. For example, happiness can increase curiosity, creativity and motivation amongst workers. It also makes people more likely to engage cooperatively and collaboratively during negotiations at work.
Read more about the benefits in Business and Science.
MAP Workplace Details
How do I set up and use MAP Workplace?
It's quick and easy to set up and use MAP Workplace. A manager or team leader follows these simple steps:
- Invite individuals: Enter the email address of each participating person in your team, organization or company. MAP facilitates the rest.
- Questionnaires: Each person receives two 10-minute questionnaires - one each for personal wellbeing and workplace wellbeing.
- Instant, real-time results: After completing the questionnaires, each person receives their Wellbeing Reports inside their private dashboard.
The manager or team leader receives Wellbeing Reports for the workplace as a whole entity. For more details see How MAP Works.
What size of workplace can use MAP?
Any size from a minimum of five people up to the largest organizations, numbering in the multiple thousands.
Can MAP be used by a team - or does the whole organization have to sign up?
It can be used by a team, any other discrete unit (department, division and more) or a whole organization/company. A manager may start with a team and over time increase the number of participants in an organisation/company. Read Connector - Connect Accounts to learn about how this is facilitated.
How long does it take to see a Wellbeing Report?
It is made available instantly, in real-time as soon as the questionnaire is completed.
Can the individual and manager or team leader track progress?
Yes. MAP offers this through access to Wellbeing Reports on their own dashboard.
Are the Wellbeing Reports customized and personal for every individual in the workplace?
Yes. Because the questionnaire answers are specific for each individual, the feedback is customized and personal.
Are the Wellbeing Reports customized for each workplace?
Yes. The Wellbeing Reports for each workplace - as whole entity - is made up of the sum total of all the specific individuals participating in that team, organization or company. Because the questionnaire answers are specific for each individual, the feedback for the workplace is customized too.
If two different teams use MAP in a single organization, can those two accounts be connected?
Yes, one account can be connected to another using a tool called Connector - Connect Accounts that allows you to connect multiple MAP accounts across your workplace.
MAP Workplace Terms
How much does MAP cost?
You can find the exact cost for your team, department, organisation or company using MAP's Pricing calculator.
This cost is based on pay-as-you-go credits. The credits are priced to make wellbeing accessible in your workplace and the more you buy, the cheaper each credit becomes.
The use of this credit system and volume-based pricing by MAP makes the knowledge, and skills to change and improve wellbeing as accessible as possible, to as many people as possible.
Is my team, department, organization or company tied into a long contract?
No. MAP uses a pay-as-you-go credits system.
Can I license MAP?
Yes, please contact us if you're interested in a site or company license.
MAP Workplace Privacy & Security
How is information collected in the workplace?
Individuals are invited by a manager or team leader to complete 2 MAP questionnaires - one each for personal wellbeing and workplace wellbeing. Each questionnaire takes 10 minutes to complete.
What happens to the questionnaire answers?
The answers for each of the MAP questionnaires - personal wellbeing and workplace wellbeing - are taken into an algorithmic analysis that makes calculations based on different happiness and wellbeing factors. Each question/answer can have a different weight, making it more or less important.
MAP then utilises unique mathematical equations to measure how much balance, centeredness and wellbeing there is for each sphere and the whole person or entity.
When the calculations are completed, the algorithmic analysis produces Wellbeing Reports - one report for personal wellbeing and a second report for workplace wellbeing - for: 1) Each person; as an individual
2) The workplace; as a whole entity (accessible to managers and team leaders only)
Read more about How MAP Works.
Can the team, organization or company see the questionnaire answers provided by individuals or their individual Wellbeing reports?
Never. All questionnaire answers are anonymous. Only the individual sees their Wellbeing Reports, located in their own private dashboard. The manager or team leader can only access this information as encrypted and aggregated results in real-time. This ensures privacy and confidentiality for the indivudal.
How private is MAP?
MAP takes an assertive approach to privacy. It will never release the data of individuals to an organization or company. Nor will it release data to individuals under any circumstances.
This approach to privacy protects all MAP users and solidifies our commitment to both individual and organizational wellbeing. It also ensures that questions are answered honestly and all users embrace the experience.
How secure is MAP?
All MAP online services are encrypted and its servers are housed in the USA in an environment that is carrier neutral, has halon fire protection, constant camera surveillance, multi-level security, connectivity secured and earthquake proof.
In addition, the servers and also the network have around the clock maintenance, restricted access and high performance internet connectivity.
What Is . . .
What is Connector - Connect Accounts?
This is a tool that allows the manager or team leader to connect separate MAP Workplace accounts to help it get a broader view and deeper insight into the wellbeing of a workplace.
Connected Accounts provide the functionality required to manage the expansion of the experience across the entire workplace. The accounts stay aggregated no matter how broad the view becomes.
It means that your team, organization or company can deploy MAP at its own pace, rather than from the outset, which allows for organic uptake.
If two different teams use MAP in a single organization, can those two accounts be connected?
Yes, one account can be connected to another using the Connector tool that aggregates and expands the view across the organization. Read more about Connector - Connect Accounts.
What is a Quadrant?
Workplaces are hierarchical. How a member of your team, for example, sees the team and feels inside it will depend on where they fit in the hierarchy. In addition, how empowered a member of your team feels can be influenced by their role and responsibilities they have.
MAP uses Quadrants to identify and highlight hierarchy of your team or organization, without compromising the individual's privacy or the accuracy of the data.
MAP presets 4 quadrants: sales, middle management, upper management and stakeholder. You can change these names at any time.
Read more about Quadrants and the mechanisms underlying hierarchy at work.
What is a Wellbeing Report?
- Current wellbeing; measured and presented by MAP as;
- Score of how centered each Sphere is (0 - 100 %)
- Score of how centered this person is for all 5 Spheres (0 - 100 %)
- Insights, providing a description of workplace happiness and wellbeing in words
- Destination; Based on the above Scores, MAP provides:
- More Insights - that stimulate and provide thoughts, decisions and actions on what improved happiness and wellbeing looks like.
- Activities - that are helpful, practical tips on how to improve happiness and wellbeing.
- How to stay on track - On the dashboard, anytime, anywhere, each person can:
- Assess current wellbeing and produce a new Wellbeing Report.
- Refresh thoughts and actions by reading the insights and activities.
What is Happiness?
There's a difference between a happy feeling and happiness. You feel happy when you achieve a key performance indicator or the IT department finally fixes your computer.
Happiness is longer-lasting. It's how you feel about your life. It's more like a long term mood of contentment. It's also called Subjective wellbeing. Read more about Happiness and Wellbeing.
What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is about a whole entity - a person, organisation, company or even a whole nation. This concept is based on the science. Research has found that income, profits and GDP are important - but they're not everything. Life is also about engagement, empowerment, support, creativity, motivation, meaning, purpose and so much more.
All the different factors in life connect to every other factor to produce wellbeing. Wellbeing factors are divided into 3 categories:
- Subjective wellbeing, also called Happiness. It's made up of how you feel about life
- Psychological wellbeing. It's defined as how you assess the meaning and purpose of life
- Objective wellbeing. It includes income, jobs, housing and other factors of material living conditions; health, safety, education, environment, governance and other quality of life factors
Read more about Happiness and Wellbeing.
What is Wellbeing in the Workplace?
Wellbeing is experienced in every second of your life. Whether it's good or bad, it's always there. This is called personal wellbeing.
You can also drill down to understand wellbeing in specific areas of your life - such as at work, which is called workplace wellbeing.
However, both types of wellbeing don't exist in isolation from each other. What happens in your personal life and your life at work, interact and influence each other in a two-way flow.
The key feature of this two-way flow is the importance of personal wellbeing. If a person is like a building, personal wellbeing is the foundation - and workplace wellbeing is constructed on top of this foundation.
For example: when you're happier with your personal life, you're better able to contribute in a positive manner at work; when you have clear and defined values in your personal life that are the same as the values of your workplace, you experience better wellbeing; when you treat other people with care and kindness in both your personal and work life, you all experience higher wellbeing levels.
Read more about Happiness and Wellbeing.
Who's interested in happiness and wellbeing?
Some leading contributors include:
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Better Life Index
- United Nations - Human Development Index
- World Health Organization (WHO) - Health and Development Programme
- Gallup-Healthways, USA - Global Well-Being Index
- UK Government - Office for National Statistics - National Well-Being
- USA - States of Maryland and Vermont - Genuine Progress Indicator
- Australian Bureau of Statistics - Measures of Australia's Progress - Society
- Bhutan - Gross National Happiness
- National Australia Bank (NAB) - Wellbeing Index
- London School of Economics, London, UK - Wellbeing Programme
- Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia - Australian Unity Personal
- University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - Canadian Index of Wellbeing
What does 'MAP' stand for?
MAP is the acronym for Meta-Analysis Profile.
Meta = A level above and beyond
Analysis = Evaluation of individual factors and how they interconnect to make up a whole
Profile = Your happiness and wellbeing
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