Wellness Culture

Definition - What does Wellness Culture mean?

Wellness culture, within the context of occupational health and safety, refers to a series of policies, ideas, customs, beliefs, values, and peer support that guide a workforce and are implemented in a specific company or organization. The goal of having a wellness culture is to work towards a healthy or wellness oriented lifestyle and work environment.

WorkplaceTesting explains Wellness Culture

Wellness culture in organizations depend on five elements or dimensions.

  • Shared values - working towards making wellness one of the top values.
  • Cultural norms - Norms in work environment should promote wellness in the workforce behavior.
  • Touch points - social mechanisms and policies that influence norms. Touch points can be divided into the following:
    • Modeling
    • Rewards
    • Push-back
    • Training
    • Communication
    • Traditions
    • Relationships
    • Orientation
    • Recruitment/selection
    • Resource commitment
  • Peer support - Promoting employees to help other achieve wellness.
  • Climate - Workplace morale and teamwork.

This definition was written in the context of Occupational Health and Safety
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