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Five Essential Elements: On-Boarding New Staff By Maximizing Wellbeing

University of Utah Student Affairs Retreat, 2015

Rachel Aho

on 5 November 2016

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Transcript of Five Essential Elements: On-Boarding New Staff By Maximizing Wellbeing

Rachel Aho
Associate Director of Administrative Services
Housing & Residential Education
University of Utah
Five Essential Elements:
On-Boarding New Staff By Maximizing Wellbeing

1.Understand Rath & Harter’s (2010) five essential elements of wellbeing

2.Articulate the general findings of research surrounding employee transition and wellbeing

3.Learn how to apply principles of wellbeing at work and within their own life, particularly as they may interface in the first year of a new position

4.Explore the five essential elements assessment tool and understand how they can implement this on-line survey as a training tool and on-boarding resource
Rath & Harter's Wellbeing Finder
Research can be traced back to Gallup's work in the 1930s

Metrics development led up to pilot testing taking place from 2007-2009

Research resulted in five essential elements surfacing: career, social, physical, financial and community

Final instrument includes 10 items per wellbeing dimension (50 total)

66% of those surveyed reported to be doing well in at least one category, however,
only 7%
are thriving in all five (Rath & Harter, 2010, p.6)
Wellbeing + Student Affairs
-Best practices call us to attend to wellbeing (Cotner-Klinger, A., 2012; Wiggers, T. T., Forney, D. S., Wallace-Schutzman, F., 1982; Winston, R. B. Jr. & Creamer, D. G., 1997)

Employee Satisfaction:
-Greater job satisfaction=greater physical health, lower turnover and stress (Anderson, Guido-Dibrito & Morrell, 2000)

-Should be part of our human resources framework; if unattended, concerns can “intrude into all domains affecting employee performance” (Dalton, 2003, p.399)
How do you occupy your time?

How do you feel about your career trajectory?

Do you like what you do every day?
(Only 20% of people answer “yes” to this)
Career Wellbeing
People with high Career Wellbeing wake up every morning with something to look forward to doing that day. They also have the opportunity to do things that fit their strengths and interests. They have a deep purpose in life and a plan to attain their goals.
Unemployment vs.
Death of a Spouse
Do you have strong relationships in your life?

Do you have people who support and affirm you?

Do you feel connected to others?
Social Wellbeing
People with high Social Wellbeing have several close relationships that help them achieve, enjoy life, and be healthy. They are surrounded by people who encourage their development and growth, accept them for who they are, and treat them with respect. They deliberately spend time investing in the networks that surround them.
Do you effectively manage your economic life?

Do you feel comfortable with your current financial position?

Do you create and work towards achieving your financial goals?
Financial Wellbeing
People with high Financial Wellbeing manage their personal finances well and spend their money wisely. They buy experiences instead of material possessions, and they give to others instead of always spending on themselves.
Do you have good health?

Do you have enough energy to get things done on a daily basis?

Do you feel good about your overall wellness?
Physical Wellbeing
People with high Physical Wellbeing manage their health well. They exercise regularly, and as a result, they feel better. They make good dietary choices, which keeps their energy high and sharpens their thinking. They get enough sleep to process what they have learned the day before and to get a good start on the next day.
Do you feel connected and engaged with the area where you live?

Do you know your neighbors?

Do you feel a sense of pride and investment in your community?
Community Wellbeing
When we get involved in our community and give back to society, it benefits us as well as the recipients and our entire community. This “well-doing” promotes deeper social interaction, enhanced meaning and purpose, and a more active lifestyle.
Short Term Vs. Long Term
Without even giving it much thought, we allow our short-term decisions to override what's best for our long-term wellbeing thereby working against our own best interests.
The Wellbeing Finder
Your Overall Wellbeing Score:
THRIVING: Strong, consistent and progressing
STRUGGLING: Moderate or inconsistent
SUFFERING: High risk
At a basic level, they are satisfied with their overall standard of living. Their successful strategies result in financial security, which eliminates daily stress and worry caused by debt.
Because of their healthy lifestyle, they are usually able to do all the things people their age would normally do. When they wake up well-rested each day, they look better, feel better, and have more energy.
Community Wellbeing is about the sense of engagement. People with high Community Wellbeing feel safe and secure where they live. They take pride in their community and feel that it's headed in the right direction.
“I like the word vocation. It’s not used so much anymore; I think the word got hijacked. Having a vocation at one time was a noble calling. Somewhere the word lost a bit of luster, and vocation or Vo-Tech became a synonym for a job not a career, much less a calling. Vocational education reverberated with ideas of “shop” and “home economics” in high school. The word career resonates with seriousness of purpose and longevity. A watch and chair might be involved, and at the end of a career you retire.

I don’t think you can retire from a vocation.”
-Dr. Cissy Petty, Vice President of Student Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans
On Career Wellbeing...
“As you reflect on your own social wellbeing, think about how much time you spend being “social” each day, how strong your mutual connections are in your network, and how much time you spend combining physical activities with friends (e.g. taking a walk, riding bikes, playing sports.) Focus your energy on little changes in each of these areas and you may just find yourself being more productive at work, a little more focused, and a lot more happy.”
On Social Wellbeing...
-Dr. Ed Cabellon, Assistant to the Vice President at Bridgewater State University
“To say that you understand your own Financial Wellbeing is to say that you understand your own satisfaction level. It is in our nature as humans and certainly Americans to always want more, but can we want more and still be satisfied with what we have? I contend that this is possible. This is why I think we all must have both a short term and long term outlook on life. This is in our jobs, our families and certainly our finances. We must plan for the future, while taking care of the responsibilities of today.”
-Matt Bierman, University Budget Director at Western Illinois University
On Financial Wellbeing...
“My journey to a fit life has made me a better father, husband, son, professional, and colleague. It has made me a better person. I believe I have many more stages to come, and the journey to a fit life has just begun.”
-Dan Larson, Executive Director of University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University
On Physical Wellbeing...
“My father died last week. It was the hardest week of my life. But living in Maywood helped. [...] Neighbors baked, sent cards, dropped off food or just slowed their cars or walks to check on us. The librarians (where I still go every week) called to make sure I was okay. Nothing is going to really make me okay, but to walk outside of my home, and know by name all of the neighbors on 4 square blocks certainly helps. We all give back to one another. We are committed to the community, but more importantly we are committed to the people in the community. I cannot imagine living anywhere else.”
-Deb Schmidt-Rogers, Assistant Vice President and Director of Residence Life at Loyola University, Chicago
On Community Wellbeing...
137 Professionals Say...
Tips for On-Boarding
Career Wellbeing
Social Wellbeing
Physical Wellbeing
Community Wellbeing
Financial Wellbeing
Anderson, J.E., Guido-Dibrito F. & Morrell, J. S. (2000) Factors that Influence Satisfaction for Student Affairs Administrators New Directions for Institutional Research. 105, 99-110

Cotner-Klinger, A. (2012) Student Affairs New Professionals Employee Orientation Programs’ Relationship With Organizational Socialization. (Doctoral dissertation)

Dalton, J. C. (2003) Managing Human Resources. In Komives, S. R., Woodward, D. B (Eds) Student Services: A Handbook for the Profession. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Magolda, P. M., Carnaghi, J. E. (2004) Job One. Lanham, MD: University Press of America

Rath, T., & Harter, J. (2010) Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. New York, NY: Gallup Press

Reisser, L. (2002) Self-renewal and Personal Development in Professional Life. In J.C. Dalton & M. McClenton (Eds) The Art and Practical Wisdom of Student Affairs Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Trepka, J. L. (2006) Wellness in student affairs: An exploration of the profession and its practitioners. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5262/.

Wiggers, T. T., Forney, D. S., Wallace-Schutzman, F. (1982) Burnout is Not Necessary: Prevention and Recovery NASPA Journal 20 (2) p.13-21 Fall

Winston, R. B., Jr. & Creamer, D. G. (1997). Improving staffing practices in student affairs. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
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