Wellness Office proves to be right on time

September 16, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

At Michigan Medicine, workplace well-being is essential as faculty, staff and learners are tasked with carrying out the organization’s mission, vision and values.

“Only by protecting the well-being of our colleagues can we be assured that they are in the best position to serve patients, families and one another,” said Kirk Brower, M.D., chief wellness officer at Michigan Medicine. 

Brower leads the Michigan Medicine Wellness Office, which was established in 2019. It immediately began studying the needs of the organization to determine how to best improve well-being for faculty, staff and learners. 

As COVID-19 arrived the following year, the Wellness Office prioritized the pandemic’s immediate and sustained impact on how we work and manage the challenges to our personal and professional lives. 

Giving employees a voice

Headlines is excited to share the Wellness Office’s inaugural report with the Michigan Medicine community! This report demonstrates an ongoing commitment to bringing voice and visibility of well-being to our workforce. 

“Our team is very proud to share this report with our colleagues across the organization,” said Brower. “During the pandemic, we focused on emphasizing faculty, staff, and learner well-being throughout Michigan Medicine and continue to serve as a coordinated, centralized resource hub for those seeking support for burnout and coping with COVID-19. There is still much work to be done.”

Throughout this report, you will find dozens of examples of well-being efforts and initiatives over the past two years. 

Looking forward, Michigan Medicine’s engagement survey data will inform the goals and strategies that promote a positive and inclusive well-being culture and contribute to the Michigan Medicine values of caring, innovation, inclusion, integrity, and teamwork. 

“We are grateful to our Michigan Medicine leadership, key partners, wellness advocates and all faculty, staff and learners for their dedication during this time and as we move forward together to discover our collective well-being,” said Sandy Goel, Pharm.D., the Wellness Office’s senior administrative manager.

To view the full report and other important resources, please visit the Wellness Office website