To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. It’s really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself.
Corporate wellness programmes are fast becoming standard components of company policies. These programmes aim at ensuring that employees live as healthy a life as possible and that the workplace contributes to overall physical and psychological health and not the opposite. A well-designed and well-implemented corporate wellness programme can reduce health risks, lower health care costs and improve performance and productivity. It also delivers a strong message from the organization that people’s well-being is valued and that people are really the most important resource for the business to thrive and be successful.
Wellbeing at Work
Corporate Wellness Programme
Conceptual Framework and Purpose
Wellbeing at Work is based on research data that suggests that every year millions of dollars are lost or wasted on lost productivity, absenteeism, and the cost of treating illness and conditions that are preventable through better lifestyle management. This situation has a significant negative impact not only on the organisation concerned but on society at large which includes families, communities, healthcare organisations and the general wellbeing of the population.
Dr. Ron Goetzel, a leading expert in the field of health and productivity management states that “Companies are a microcosm of society and an important unleveraged setting for health improvement and risk reduction”. This perspective on health extends the benefits of effective corporate wellness programmes beyond the parameters of the business.
Research suggests that the best and most effective corporate wellness programmes are those that integrate the physical work environment, company policies and leadership and management practices under a single mission of wellness. With this knowledge at its core, PsyPotential’s Well-Being at Work Corporate Wellness Programme is a comprehensive programme that is dedicated to enhance the physical and psychological wellbeing of employees so that they may enjoy healthier and happier lives and also be more effective and productive in their work performance.
The Well-Being at Work Corporate Wellness Programme is designed around a holistic model of wellness that addresses the four fundamental areas of human wellbeing: The Physical; The Cognitive/Intellectual; The Emotional; The Spiritual. The programme revolves around these four domains of wellbeing and provides learning and support for each of them individually and collectively.
The Four Domains of Well-Being
Wellbeing at Work is based on the four domains of wellbeing and uses them as the foundation structure for all the activities and interventions that make up the programme. The following is a very brief description of each domain.
The Physical Domain: This is the physical aspect of wellbeing and addresses all aspects of physical wellbeing including the physical environment, ergonomics, nutrition, lifestyle habits, exercise and rest. These have direct effect on how we think, feel, and consequently behave and perform.
The Emotional Domain: This is the emotional aspect of wellbeing. It addresses the importance of self-awareness and emotional intelligence, good relational support systems, psychologically safe non-toxic environments, and a lifestyle balance that allows for leisure and enjoyment.
The Cognitive Domain: This is the area that deals with the way we process information and think about our physical and social world. It is also the area of intellectual development. It also emphasizes the importance of life-long learning as an integral aspect of wellbeing.
The Spiritual Domain: In this context spirituality is taken in its widest sense – a value and belief system that helps us find meaning and purpose in life and embrace a clear personal mission. It addresses the importance of having a workplace that respects the value of every individual and makes work as meaningful as possible.
The four domains of wellbeing, while separate, need to be regarded as interlinked and highly interdependent in the impact they have on each other and consequently on the individual. The Wellbeing at Work Programme takes this fact into consideration in the way the four domains are addressed.
Wellbeing at Work – Programme Outline
Wellbeing at Work consists of ten interactive half-day sessions spread over a one-year period. The sessions are delivered by a number of highly experienced and qualified professionals in the field of wellbeing. The following is a very brief description what is covered in each area. There are seven areas in all with some areas requiring more than one session.
⌘ Aligning Oneself for Maximising Personal Potential
Understanding the importance of life meaning and purpose in personal well-being; Defining a personal mission statement; clarifying one’s core values and aligning them with purpose; identifying personal goals; skills and actions; measuring impact on self and others and developing an alignment/development plan to foster personal growth and wellbeing.
⌘ Healthy Lifestyle Management
Group and/or Individual sessions in areas such as healthy lifestyle management; smoking cessation; exercise programmes; weight management. These areas are approached from a holistic perspective and include a strong emphasis on the psychological support required for the successful implementation of healthy lifestyle practices.
⌘ Ergonomics at the Workplace & Safety Awareness
Understanding how to organise work areas and adopt a proper postural practices, reducing the risk and incidence of repetitive strain injuries and other related health condition in conjunction with compter use, understanding physical, cognitive and organisational ergonomics.
Provision of the basic knowledge to assess work, identify hazards and risks and improve awareness to safeguard personal and others’ well-being at the workplace. Includes legal aspects; duty of care; creating a safety culture; avoiding accidents and injuries; reporting of incidents and near misses.
⌘ Mindfulness for Higher Functioning and a Healthier Life
Understanding the concept of mindfulness; how to be able to practice and become more mindful; how mindfulness can be used to increase positive emotions and wellbeing; how mindfulness can prevent stress; how mindfulness can help improve focus, concentration and cognitive performance; how to be mindful of oneself and others in social interactions.
⌘ Nutrition for Wellbeing
Food and health in Malta; a healthy weight for life – the importance of a healthy balanced diet; the main food groups and daily serving requirements; calories and requirements for the day; how to translate calories into a daily lifestyle meal plan; calculating personal weight for height requirements; making practical targets, short term and long term goals, keeping a food diary; planning a healthy diet around your work schedule: planning for busy people, people who work on different shifts and frequent diners; the diet, weight and chronic disease connection; Type II diabetes and heart disease prevention; practical tips for weight maintenance, and weight loss; physical activity requirements
⌘ Working with Emotional & Social Intelligence
Emotional and social intelligence as core skills for success and personal wellbeing; understanding the nature of emotional and social intelligence; applying emotional and social intelligence to self management, working relationships, personal relationships and social interactions; managing negative emotions and resultant behaviour; triggering the feel-good-factor; maintaining focus under stress and pressure; managing moods; understanding and managing the relationship between thinking and feeling.
⌘ Stress Management and Burnout Prevention
Managing short and long-term stress, building stress resilience for burnout prevention; understanding the causes and effects of stress, assessing personal stress levels and identifying strategies for managing stress and pressure effectively; understanding and managing stress from a psychological point of view by identifying and managing stress conducive thinking habits and behaviours; developing a personal stress management plan.
⌘ Individual Support Sessions
People who attend the Wellbeing at Work Corporate Wellness Programme will also have the option of accessing personal support from the various professionals contributing to the programme. This can be integrated into the package acquired by the organization as part of the service it provides its employees. Alternatively, employees may seek assistance independently. The individual sessions also include counselling and psychotherapy sessions that employees may need to support them with any psychological personal or work related issues they are dealing with.
⌘ Wellness Culture Consultancy
As part of the corporate wellness programme PsyPotential professionals also provide consultancy on formulating, introducing and implementing policies and practices that promote a culture of wellness amongst employees. It also provides consultancy and training in the area of best management and leadership practices that promote wellbeing at work. This includes promoting a culture where people (especially leaders) are looking out for each other and support each other when employees are facing difficulties related to health, relationships or work.
Wellbeing at Work – Programme Structure
Wellbeing at Work consists mainly of group educational interactive sessions that can be followed up by personal one to one interventions either as part of the package or as a service that employees can access independently. Normally the organization implements the corporate wellness programme package in the form of group sessions. Individuals who require further sessions can then take these up independently. Alternatively, the organization may opt for a bigger package that includes a number of personal sessions for employees. This can be done in conjuction with an arrangement for counselling services provided by PsyPotential Malta in collaboration with other providers of employee support services.
Every organization is encouraged to customize their own Corporate Wellness Programme according to its specific needs and requirements. PsyPotential supports this approach through initial meetings that are aimed at determining the best form of corporate wellness programme for the individual organization.
The Wellbeing at Work Team
Patrick J. Psaila – Registered Psychologist & Training Consultant
Patrick is a registered psychologist and training consultant. He is the founder and director of PsyPotential Malta. Patrick has been working with people in organisations for the past seventeen years in the area of training, coaching and consultancy. He trained and studied to become a psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver specializing in individual and group adult psychology. Patrick also carries out counseling and psychotherapy and lectures at the University of Malta and other local educational institutions. His main area of expertise is emotional intelligence and its application to leadership and has delivered various workshops and keynote speeches during conferences locally and abroad.
Elaine Dutton – Registered Health Psychologist
Elaine Dutton is a licensed Health Psychologist and is currently reading for her PhD in Health psychology at the University of Brunel (UK). She specialised in Health psychology at UCL, London. Her main areas of expertise include; coaching people to manage obesity/ overweight, implementing life-style changes, finding work-life balance and helping people cope with stress and chronic health conditions. In addition to her work as a psychologist and life coach, Elaine also borrows from her experience as a trainer and HR professional. For the past ten years she has helped various companies in different employment sectors develop new policies, and foster a work environment that supports employee well-being and that is conducive to company performance and growth.
Ivan Pulis – Occupational Health and Safety Advisor
Ivan Pulis is the Director of Armor Consultants, is an Occupational Health and Safety advisor with a vast experience of more than 20 years in the aviation Safety, Fire and Rescue, and management of Occupational Health & Safety in several operations such as maintenance, office, construction, refurbishment, ground handling etc. Ivan Pulis is also a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the UK. Ivan Pulis started his consultancy firm to provide services to different Companies and Organisations. Armor Consultants is an independent consultancy firm which provides high quality services in Occupational Health and Safety and Safety Management Systems to a wide variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, retail, office, hospitality, leisure, aviation and Governmental institutions.
Claire Copperstone – Registered Nutritionist and University Lecturer
Claire is a registered nutritionist both locally as well as with the UK . She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Aberdeen and has been involved in the academia, research and lecturing of nutrition for over twenty years both at an undergraduate and post graduate level. She has also coordinated and planned nutrition seminars and other nutrition related activities locally and has authored articles, and appeared on local TV and radio. Throughout the years she has also worked actively in the field of Human Nutrition on a community level and worked in areas related to overall wellness and the role of diet in disease prevention. Other interests include obesity prevention and intervention, dietary assessment and also dietary recommendations in children.
Anne Hamarsnes – Registered Clinical Psychologist
Anne Hamarsnes is a warranted clinical psychologist. She is originally from Norway and currently based in Malta where she runs a private clinical practice. Anne works with companies, schools, and individuals. She provides group training courses as well as individual coaching and psychotherapy. One of her main interest areas is mindfulness meditation, a very effective stress reduction tool that has become increasingly popular with companies over the last decade. Over the past two years she has run various courses on mindful meditation and can be considered a pioneer in this area of psychology and wellness. Other areas of interest are cognitive behavioural therapy and neuropsychology.
For more information about the Wellbeing at Work kindly contact Patrick Psaila at email@example.com or through the Contact page, or on mobile number 7988 7982. We will be happy to set up an appointment where we can explore the specific wellbeing needs of your organization.