June 25, 2024

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Unleashing the Power of Wellness Competencies: Build an Inclusive Work Culture

Are you ready to ignite a transformative change in your workplace culture with a wellness competency strategy?

Wellness competencies have become essential for individuals and organizations in our busy and stressful world of work. Wellness competencies encompass emotional intelligence, resilience, self-care, and interpersonal skills, vital for maintaining mental, emotional, and physical health.

At Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., we emphasize the importance of these competencies through our comprehensive wellness system programs, designed to foster a healthier, more productive, and engaged workforce. This blog will expand on what they are and how they benefit your organization.

What are Wellness Competencies?

Wellness competencies refer to measurable skills, abilities, and attributes that individuals and organizations can develop to enhance overall well-being. These competencies help individuals maintain mental, emotional, and physical health and support organizations in creating a positive, healthy work environment.

Wellness competencies are practical skills that can enhance resilience, productivity, and satisfaction in both personal and professional spheres. The best part is that they can be measured, improved and tracked, giving you the power to assess their effectiveness in helping you thrive in both your personal and professional life. We teach twelve wellness competencies and 200 micro skills to build well-being. They include:

Wellness Competencies
  1. Attending- Being present, attentive, and fully engaged in interactions and activities.
  2. Belonging: Fostering a sense of community and inclusion, making everyone feel valued.
  3. Vision: Setting clear, inspiring goals and aligning actions to achieve them.
  4. Resilience: Adapting to change and bouncing back from adversity.
  5. Self-Mastery: Cultivating self-awareness and self-regulation to manage thoughts and emotions effectively.
  6. Responsible Communication: Expressing thoughts and feelings clearly and constructively.
  7. Integrity: Acting with honesty, transparency, and strong moral principles.
  8. Capacity-Building: Developing skills and abilities to enhance personal and professional growth.
  9. Interdependence: Recognizing the value of collaboration and mutual support.
  10. Innovation: Encouraging creativity and exploring new ideas and solutions.
  11. Vibrancy: Bringing energy, enthusiasm, and positivity to all endeavours.
  12. Engagement: Being actively involved and committed to personal and organizational goals.

Gain Control with Wellness Competencies 

Wellness competencies offer organizations and individuals control and predictability on the path to well-being. Organizations and individuals can set KPIs to measure and track well-being competencies. They can be

  • Assessed
  • Tracked
  • Monitored
  • Improved

Benefits of Applying Wellness Competencies

There are many benefits to developing wellness competencies. They include providing structure and a path to well-being. They also allow for:

  • Enhanced Mental Health: Developing emotional intelligence and resilience helps individuals manage stress, avoid burnout, and maintain a positive outlook, leading to better mental health and overall life satisfaction.
  • Improved Relationships: Strong interpersonal skills, effective communication, empathy, and conflict resolution are essential to build healthy relationships that contribute to a harmonious and collaborative environment.
  • Increased Productivity: Employees who practice self-care and maintain work-life balance are more focused, energized, and motivated, with higher productivity and job satisfaction.
  • Greater Adaptability: Resilient people with a growth mindset can more easily adapt to change, evolve and overcome challenges to persist in the face of adversity.
  • Purpose and Fulfillment: Employees who know their values and align their actions accordingly bring a sense of purpose and meaning to work that drives motivation and engagement and build a more fulfilling life.
Benefits of Applying Wellness Competencies

How to Implement Wellness Competencies

If you’re interested in applying wellness competencies, here are some steps you should take:

  • Understand your organization's well-being risks
  • Learn what competencies are most likely to address those risks
  • Learn how to create well-being KPIs to track their progress
  • Develop the competency related learning outcomes
  • Execute the competency-based learning activities for yourself, your team or your organization.

If you want to shorten your process, we can help you apply over 12 wellness competencies and 200 micro skills to develop well-being and build a culture of wellness. Remember, getting help from an expert is always faster, more efficient and cost-effective.

Things to Ponder

  1.  Do you want to have more control over how quickly your organization adopts well-being competencies?
  2. Would you like to realize the benefits of wellness competencies quickly?

Action Steps

Book a consultation with an expert to learn how wellness competencies can maximize your organization's success and improve your employees' or members' health and performance.

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a pioneer and Thought Leader of the groundbreaking Wellness Improvement System and Well-being Intelligence Curriculum. With a career spanning over two decades as a Conflict Analyst, Professional Trainer, University Lecturer, and Master Certified Coach, Joyce remains dedicated to learning and development. As President and CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., she has designed and created many life changing programs such as the first ICF Approved Wellness Coach Training program, the Global Workplace Wellness Summit, and the Wellness Competency Academy that provides well-being training and coaching for professionals and their families. She continues to provide well-being training solutions and support for EAP plans, HR, Benefit Plans, Health care professionals, Coaches, Consultants and individuals looking to identify and mitigate their well-being risks.

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