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Review the heat maps the tool generates

At this stage of the evaluation process your spreadsheet should contain a comprehensive list of the mental health and well-being activities which your organisation is engaging in, across the three Pillars of the Thrive at Work Framework. The next step is to review the number and maturity of activities in your assessment so that you can begin to narrow down potential areas for action.

The assessment tool contains an automatically generated heat map, showing the number of activities you have documented within each pillar and their maturity. It provides a high level visual representation of your organisation’s progress across each pillar and building block of the Thrive at Work Framework.

Heat map components

The heat map assessment tool generates contain three main components, the number of implemented activities, the maturity of your activities, and a summary of the range of maturities.

Number of activities

This column of the heat map collates the number of activities you have entered as currently in place, planned or future under each building block of the Thrive at Work Framework.

  • Red – no activities in place.
  • Orange – some activities in place (defined as 1 to 5 activities).
  • Green – many activities in place (defined as over 5 activities).

This is intended to provide a summary of the number of activities you have in place under each building block of the Framework. The colour coding of the numbers for “Some” and “Many” activities have been defined to assist in the visual representation – if this does not work for your organisation, you do not need to focus on it. This representation is useful to demonstrate the area(s) of your current focus – by highlighting building blocks under which you may have not have any activities, or have a few/many relative to other building blocks.

Most mature activity

This column of the heat map draws out the most mature activity you have documented in each building block of the Thrive at Work Framework.

  • Red – no activities, ad hoc or non-recurrent activities, or activities in place but not specifically as a mental health initiative,
  • Orange – planned and established activities, in place specifically as a mental health initiative, and
  • Green – planned and established activities, in place specifically as mental health initiatives –  with metrics or metrics and evaluation mechanisms.

This column of the heat map provide a visual representation of the most mature activity your organisation is undertaking in each building block of the Thrive at Work Framework. This representation is useful, in that it clearly shows areas of the framework within which your organisation’s activities may be particularly mature, or need further maturation.

Maturity of activities

These columns of the heat map aggregate all of the activities you have entered into each building block of the Thrive at Work Framework. The columns then calculate the percentage of activities within each building block that are classified as:

  • Red / “immature” – no activities, ad hoc or non-recurrent activities, or activities in place but not specifically as a mental health initiative,
  • Orange / “established” – planned and established activities, in place specifically as a mental health initiative, and
  • Green / “mature” – planned and established activities, in place specifically as mental health initiatives –  with metrics or metrics and evaluation mechanisms.

These columns of the heat map provide a visual representation of the spread of maturity of activities your organisation is undertaking in each building block of the Thrive at Work Framework. This representation gives an indication of useful starting points – building blocks that may have no mature activities in them.

The combination of all of the information in the heat maps gives a starting point as you begin the process of deciding which future actions you will take as you mature your organisation’s well-being strategies. We provide further guidance in the ‘Plan’ section of the process.

Next step

Evaluation extension: Employee perceptions

To ensure the activities you focus on are having an impact, it is recommended that you monitor employee perceptions.