A few years ago, Patrik Borg was frustrated. A research and health professional, he had been conducting lifestyle studies for years and had done clinical health promotional work through appointments and coaching groups, even for the most challenging target groups. Additionally, he worked as a designer for public health projects, written several books on health and well-being, published lifestyle recommendations, and has had numerous public engagements.
Although there was some progress, lifestyle interventions were often only scratching the surface and focusing on physical exercise, sleeping and eating. People were rarely seen as a whole person. Another challenge was that one was only able to help individuals via appointments and a maximum of some hundreds of people via well-being coaching groups. To solve the well-being challenge for a larger audience, better tools were needed.
Patrik realized that this is not just a question of mindset, but a tool-level problem. Tools and metrics must be created to identify the background factors in well-being and thus target improvement measures to an individual level. An effective lifestyle change recognizes and focuses on improving background factors behind well-being. Once the right areas of change have been identified, these actions must be executed in a scalable manner. Patrik initiated the Virta Index research project, which involved doctors, psychologists, nutritionists, sports scientists, and other well-being experts, and validated in several companies.
Aisti Health's service is based on a comprehensive and versatile well-being assessment in which the individual assesses the current situation in nine different areas of their life. In addition to traditional well-being themes such as exercise, nutrition and sleep, the survey examines the individual's life situation in terms of work, economy, sense of relevance and relationships. Smart data analytics is used to identify individual well-being, and workplace-oriented challenges behind employees' coping, enjoyment, and motivation.
At a company level, an employees' Aisti results can be presented throughout the organization, as well as on the departmental and individual team level. Many of Aisti's customers have managed to find well-being risk areas before they have become visible at an individual level or developed into work-community problems.
Discussing the assessment results within the company is essential in establishing suitable follow-up measures for the company. For example, the assessment can identify departments that need more well-being support; managers can be trained in a targeted manner when the strengths and challenges of each team or professional group are known.
"There are always surprises for the HR and management teams on employee well-being, even though it has been thought that there is already enough visibility. Once the key challenges have been identified, it is easy to choose effective solutions and make changes based on the accumulated data," - Patrik Borg.