Since assuming leadership of the World Economic Forum’s Work Place Wellness Alliance in 2013, IHPM has focused the Alliance’s activities on the mission of “advancing health and performance globally.”
In discussions among members of the Alliance’s Steering Group and its Business Council of multinational companies, the question has arisen of how to distinguish the more established concept of “wellness” from the newer idea of “wellbeing” – in a meaningful way that will make both concepts useful at the practical level of their impact on work performance.
Health, Wellness and Wellbeing
Health – An individual's “state of health” – good or poor – can be defined as the absence or presence of illness. There are acute and non-communicable conditions - and, in general, illnesses can be characterized as....... (READ MORE).
Wellness as differentiated from health is determined by: (1) levels of biometrically measured clinical risk factors likely to result in future illness if uncontrolled (e.g., blood-pressure and blood-glucose); (2) risky lifestyle behaviors such as sedentariness and smoking. A state of wellness is achieved chiefly through......(READ MORE)
Wellbeing is the newest term in use, and essentially is “psychological fitness” characterized by the ability to perform at a high level because of intrinsic qualities, regardless of external circumstances. It includes feelings of inner satisfaction with one’s life, and a sense of functioning well – even thriving or flourishing – in both work and personal life roles, rather than just “getting by” or languishing. People with a sense of wellbeing show more interest and engagement, possess more energy and confidence, and display more persistence and creativity; in short, they perform at a higher level than people who lack wellbeing and evidence psychological distress.
Measurement: Just as health professionals have accurate ways to assess health status and underlying clinical risk factors that determine wellness, psychologists have developed valid and reliable measures of wellbeing. These measures actually can assess “psychological vitality” and its impact on performance – rather than just reporting how people view different aspects of their lives, e.g., social and financial.
IHPM and its Work Place Wellness Alliance now can offer an instrument – the validated 21-item Wellbeing Questionnaire – to provide a practical measure of wellbeing at the work place level, including its impact on productivity........ (READ MORE)
BULLETIN: May 27-28, 2015 | World Trade Center, Dubai | IHPM Work Place Wellness Alliance 15th Annual Global Health & Productivity Conference in Dubai, UAE: [READ MORE]
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