Your Interpersonal Wellness Quotient (IWQ)

November 26, 2009

By Joyce Odidison

November 26, 2009

By Joyce Odidison

Have you ever measured the impact you are having on your Interpersonal Relationships? Your Interpersonal Wellness Quotient (IWQ) is one way to assess how much you are contributing to the Wellness of your interpersonal relationships. Over the month of December, we will show you how to assess your IWQ. As you plan for 2010 you will want to consider taking the following simple test to help you in measuring your IWQ.

Measuring Your Interpersonal IWQ

By measuring your wellness in each of the areas represented in the Interpersonal Wellness System Model (IWS) you will be able to get your IWQ. This will help you assess how much you are contributing to healthy interactions in your interpersonal network. You can easily measure this by tallying your score in each of the areas represented in the IWS model and dividing this total by the number of areas you’ve assessed. To calculate your final score, total all sections and divide this number by 9.

Here is how Jack found his score. Jack identified five areas of relevance to him under Spiritual and rated each of them. He gave himself a score based on a scale of 1 – 10 where 10 is excellent and 1 is poor. He chose self-esteem: 4, values: 4, balance: 3, trust: 2, personal style: 6. He then divided his score by 5 and realized that his score was 3.8.

This means that he was contributing 3.8 out of a possible 10 in the area of spiritual wellness. He did the same scoring for all the other sections in the model and resulted with the following scores: Social: 4, Emotional: 3.9, Occupational: 4, Intellectual: 5.3, Environmental: 6, Financial: 3.5, Physical: 4 and Interpersonal: 3.5. He then added these numbers up to get a total of 38, which he divided by 9 to get his IWQ which was 4.2.

This exercise can be very enlightening and helps you to come to grip with your personal contribution to your IWQ. This can also serve to motivate you to take steps to attain a level of IWQ that is satisfactory and fulfilling.

A healthy level of personal wellness is important and relevant to our success as individuals. We cannot take our ability to interact well with others for granted. In our homes, workplaces and communities, interpersonal wellness is a measure of healthy relationships that will result in the joint contribution by all individuals engaged in the relationship. It is the responsibility of all members of the group, the family and or the workplace to participate in creating a healthy level of interpersonal wellness.

We encourage you to embrace this opportunity as a time to reflect on your own personal development as you work with your coach to effect a new reality for yourself. This is your own special time to create whatever you desire.

Use the IWS model below to measure your own IWQ. Be prepared to gain a very revealing view of how you are contributing to the wellness of your relationships and plan to work with an IWC coach in the coming year to help you develop new skills and competencies to reach your optimum IWQ.


Take some time to measure your own IWQ below.

What is your IWQ?

What is your ideal IWQ?

What would you like to begin working on to improve your IWQ?

About the author

Joyce Odidison is a true pioneer in the world of workplace wellness and coaching. With over 26 years of experience as a Master Certified Coach, Conflict Analyst, and Professional Trainer, Joyce has dedicated her career to helping teams and organizations improve their interpersonal dynamics and achieve success. As the President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., host of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit, and What's Happening at Work podcast, she's a recognized community leader and mentor, committed to empowering people to develop their skills and reach their full potential. Whether you're looking to build a culture of well-being, improve team dynamics, or develop your leadership skills, or gain world-class coach training, Joyce has the knowledge, expertise, and passion to help you create positive change and achieve success.

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