Corporate newsletter: Jo Fisher Executive

First published September 2012
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Workplace Wellness

The health and wellbeing of employees is crucial to the success of any organisation, with proven benefits in increasing productivity, attracting and retaining staff, and encouraging overall collegiality and engagement. But while initiatives focused on obvious health issues – such as weight-loss, smoking and exercise – have become increasingly common, a simultaneous investment in wellness programs is still in its infancy.

At Jo Fisher Executive, we recognise the importance of a well-rounded approach to health and wellbeing in the workplace. So, when applications for our annual Higher Education HR Scholarship began to arrive, Diana McDonald’s focus on this hot-button issue immediately caught our attention.

A Senior Advisor in Organisational Development (OD) at RMIT, Diana’s growing interest in the complementary field of health and wellbeing saw her commence a Master of Wellness in 2011. ‘Strategies and interventions that build and maintain health and wellness – both collectively and individually – will play an increasingly important role in both driving the achievement of our organisational goals, as well as differentiating RMIT as an employer of choice for both academics and professional staff,’ she says.

As the winner of JFE’s $8,000 scholarship, Diana attended the world’s premier wellness conference in Minneapolis, USA, and has embarked on a period of academic research and workplace visits to further her understanding of this vital developing area. We look forward to sharing the results of her research with you, and the broader professional and academic community, upon its completion.