In 2017, the Wellness@Work initiative was launched at the University of Guelph with a vision for a thriving workforce, organization and community. The initiative is an opportunity to comprehensively understand the University of Guelph's existing support and assistance to employees, to strengthen our supports, and to implement new initiatives to create a truly healthy workplace across all campuses and research stations. Our commitment is to the "whole" person, not just as an employer, but as a responsible workplace.
The initiative is led by the Vice-President of Finance, Administration and Risk, Don O’Leary, with the backing of President Franco Vaccarino and the support of the Wellness@Work Advisory Committee.
“Supporting a healthy workplace at the University of Guelph is a priority for senior leadership,” says O’Leary. “This initiative has far reaching benefits for all of our employees. It will help us go further in creating an environment where everyone can be their best selves.”
Workplace health is about more than just physical wellness. The University’s customized program for faculty and staff is based on Excellence Canada’s comprehensive approach, a standard that includes four pillars:
- healthy lifestyles
- mental health and workplace culture
- organizational social responsibility
- physical environment
Excellence Canada, 2015