The pillars supporting Asante’s Wellbeing Program
Some days we spend more awake time with co-workers than family. This is all the more reason to create a work environment that promotes personal and professional wellbeing. That is the stated goal of Asante’s Wellbeing Program.
Last month we introduced the program, which is now systemwide. This issue describes its philosophy.
The program is based on four pillars:
- Personal resilience. Reconnect to why you went into health care. This domain builds employees’ capacity to work in the stressful environment of health care. Examples would be programs that explore the meaning of the work we do and mindfulness training. Many of us were drawn to health care because improving the health of our patients feels like a worthy goal.
Wellbeing programs that focus solely on resilience, however, have been justifiably criticized: “You want to make me more resilient so you can make me more productive.” Indeed, initiatives aimed at individual workers are half as effective as those that also address systemic causes of burnout. This is where the other three pillars come in.
- Efficiency of practice. Make your workday more satisfying. We all can point to structures or policies in our immediate work environment that actually make it harder to achieve the work goal. These are different in every work unit, which is why the program will ask employees in each work unit to identify and address roadblocks to achieving their work goal. Examples might be adjusting schedules or eliminating duplicative tasks.
- Organizational culture. Help shape an environment that supports mental, physical and spiritual health. The environment in which we work needs to promote our wellbeing. We will measure employee wellbeing with standardized surveys. Leaders will assess wellbeing in their rounding and consider how new policies and procedures affect employee wellbeing.
- Professionalism. Improve your professional relationships. How we interact with others has a profound impact on our mood and how we feel about coming to work. This pillar focuses on building safe and respectful communications between staff and patients and among co-workers.
Next month we’ll describe the plan to implement the wellbeing program and ask you to help! But if you can’t wait, email we******@as****.org.
Find tips, tools and resources on the Asante Wellbeing page.
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