"By fostering an institutional commitment to accountability, diversity, inclusion and wellness, our workplace and learning environment promotes and supports individual well-being across the psychosocial, physical, organization, and cultural environment to enhance morale, and a sense of belonging and personal accomplishment."
The Wellness Project Team began its work by looking at how wellness is defined. They looked to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition about individual wellness, which is: A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.*
And workplace wellness: A healthy workplace promotes and protects:
- Health and safety in the physical work environment
- Health, safety and wellbeing in the psychosocial work environment, including organization of work and workplace culture
- Personal health resources in the workplace
- Ways of participating in the community.**
With approval from DEIST, the team then developed a definition for the Faculty of Medicine
The team also compiled a list of available resources at Memorial and from other sources available to the various FoM stakeholders related to health and overall wellness. Then they conducted a literature review of workplace wellness for best practices to develop a baseline survey to determine what’s working and identify areas of need for new programs/initiatives. The baseline survey was then disseminated to all faculty, staff and learners for input. Results of the survey are expected in the Fall.
*Citation: Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948. (The Definition has not been amended since 1948)
**Citation: World Health Organization & Burton, Joan. (2010). WHO healthy workplace framework and model: background and supporting literature and practices. World Health Organization.