May 15, 2023

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Wellness at Work: The Key to Preserving Mental Health and Wellness in the VUCA World of Work

Want to preserve your mental health and wellness in the current volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world of work?

Millions of hours are spent on wellness programs and activities at work each year, yet employees are not getting healthier, and workplaces are spending billions more on sick time. Mental illness continues to be a leading cause of disability in every country in the world, and in Canada it results in nearly 500,000 employed Canadians being away from work each week. Stress leave has increased, burnout rates have increased, and employees are dreading going to work each day.

Why Well-being Intelligence

We need to develop a new level of intelligence to face the complexities of our time. We need a heightened level of well-being intelligence. We must stop doing wellness activities and develop the wellness intelligence and consciousness that will serve us at a time like this. All of us know we should exercise but many of us lack the well-being intelligence for sustainable actions that will motivate the right healthful behaviours.

Intelligence means "The ability to perceive or infer information and to retain it as knowledge to be applied toward adaptive behaviors. It involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings—"catching on," "making sense" of things, or "figuring out" what to do”: Reading this, can agree that well-being intelligence is required to respond to the current health and wellness crisis.

Developing Well-being Intelligence

Specific learning must be employed to develop well-being intelligence if we are to address the current health and wellness crisis. Over the last fifteen years, I have been testing and teaching wellness competencies in my work with client organizations. I have recently completed the entire wellness competency curriculum. This wellness competency curriculum provides a framework to learn, develop and build not just skills, but the adoption of the necessary intelligence to sustain new wellness habits and behaviours. Competencies are the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors that contribute to individual or organizational performance. Competencies are learned by observation, coaching, teaching, practice, and mentoring. Competencies stick with you after your skills have been exhausted.

Building Wellness at Work

How to Build Wellness Competencies

Each month, we offer focused training in an area that promotes skills and wellness competencies for leaders and employees to build well-being intelligence, and professional success.

These wellness competencies are tailored to the corporate structure and the wellness competency framework. As an employer, you can choose which learning content and activity you want to reinforce each month, based on your employees' 
wellness assessment scores, current changes, social climate, business challenges, or current initiatives in the organization.

Systems Thinking

The wellness competency framework aligns with systems thinking, so each competency connects to the whole system as interconnected parts. Developing one wellness competency, causes behaviour changes in all other behaviours. Thus, we work closely with organizations to ensure that they are building well-being intelligence that will affect their ultimate business outcome, as well as their employees' health and performance.

Wellness Competency Curriculum Offerings

The wellness competency curriculum offers an opportunity to tailor training and development to specific needs or industries to maintain relevance and easy application. The wellness competencies are also interspersed with activities to reinforce learning. The twelve-month wellness competency calendar also plays a critical visual learning role towards competency reinforcement. The wellness competency training is also delivered as live wellness competency development conversations, activities, and micro-improvement strategy sessions that organizations can subscribe to, or license for in-house use. (Licensing requires training and certification of internal staff to build capacity in the organization).

The Wellness Competency Curriculum in Organizations

The wellness competency curriculum program offers ongoing training and development to develop well-being intelligence for leaders and employees at work based on the calendar year. The training is designed around twelve wellness competencies, one competency per month. Each month, training will focus on developing a specific wellness competency offering skills training, workshops, e-courses, activity plans, and leadership coaching, all geared towards the systematic development of well-being intelligence at work.

  • Monthly wellness competency curriculum topics for each month of the calendar year
  • Support and guidance to align the curriculum to your workplace system needs
  • Ready to employ wellness competency workshops, webinars, and live or virtual
  • Micro-learning e-courses and activity sheets that align with the curriculum training
  • Access to group coaching sessions that reinforce the wellness competency for each competency with separate streams for individuals and employees

To Your Wellness

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Coach, Mediator, Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, and Thought Leader of the groundbreaking Well-being Intelligence Curriculum. With a career spanning over 27 years as a Conflict Analyst, Professional Trainer, University Lecturer, and Master Certified Coach, Joyce helps organizations solve difficult challenges and transition into psychologically safe workspaces that promotes inclusiveness and well-being. As President and CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., she has designed transformative training sessions and curricula for her clients, as well as some offered exclusively through her company, such as the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and an ICF Approved Coach Training program. She can be reached at

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