Workplace Wellness: Culture and Leadership

    EXOS 4642 is offered this winter:

Lead­er­ship and orga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture great­ly influ­ence the suc­cess of health and well­ness ini­tia­tives and pro­grams. Explore rel­e­vant char­ac­ter­is­tics of work­place cul­ture and learn strate­gies to assess orga­ni­za­tion­al recep­tiv­i­ty to health and well­ness. Review the main lead­er­ship styles in the work­place, with a focus on how health and well­ness pro­fes­sion­als can apply to lead well­ness ini­tia­tives and pro­grams. You will also be intro­duced to top­ics such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion and facil­i­ta­tion strate­gies, resource tools, indus­try bench­mark­ing, and employ­ee engagement.
Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online learning - synchronous format.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of organizational culture and leadership in relation to health and wellness in the workplace.
  • Identify different types of cultures and how they impact health and wellness receptivity in the workplace.
  • Apply knowledge of a leadership model and describe how the styles impact the opportunity for leaders to support employee health and wellness needs in the workplace.
  • Assess and analyze organizational culture and leadership factors relevant to workplace wellness strategy and implementation design.
  • Utilize evidence based practices to advocate for a wellness-focused culture through transformational leadership strategies.
  • Describe the process to develop and facilitate an effective wellness behavioural change campaign.

Offered:

Take note:
  • Students admitted into the OHS Certificate program prior to July 1, 2019 should contact the OHS Program Office at 780.492.3037 prior to enrolling into this course.
  • Pre-and post-course activities may be required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials will be available on eClass.
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Important Note: Students do not need to purchase the textbook for this course. If you do not already own this textbook, PDFs of required reading material will be provided in eClass. Dyck, Dianne E. G. (2020). Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice (4th Edition). LexisNexis Canada. ISBN/ISSN: 9780433502074
Overall Schedule
Feb 22 — pre-class information opens

Students in this course section may have pre-class readings or assessments to complete.

Lecture/Class Schedule
Feb 27Mar 1
Mondays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Tuesdays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Wednesdays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Mar 15 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

21 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Shelly BischoffID: shelly-bischoff

Shelly Bischoff is the Founder and Director of Ptolemy & Associates, an Occupational Health Consulting firm based in Calgary. She is an occupational health nurse, a psychological health advisor and a health and safety consultant with over 25 years of experience in the areas of occupational health, wellness, disability management, and workplace training. Shelly specializes in developing addiction and recovery programs. She consults with both public and private sector organizations, providing workplace training in her areas of expertise.

Class info
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Students admitted into the OHS Certificate program prior to July 1, 2019 should contact the OHS Program Office at 780.492.3037 prior to enrolling into this course.
  • Pre-and post-course activities may be required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials will be available on eClass.
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Important Note: Students do not need to purchase the textbook for this course. If you do not already own this textbook, PDFs of required reading material will be provided in eClass. Dyck, Dianne E. G. (2020). Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice (4th Edition). LexisNexis Canada. ISBN/ISSN: 9780433502074
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXOS 4642 is offered this winter: