n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Views and experiences of employees regarding wellness facilitation in nursing colleges in Gauteng and North West Provinces, South Africa - : health

Volume 21 Number 1.2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


There have been on-going debates regarding employee wellness and management roles. Conventionally, employees are expected to report for duty, do their work and leave their personal problems at home (Armstrong, 2008). However this debate has lost support as most of the prominent challenges in the workplace is deterioration of work ethics, work performance and availability due to poor physical health habits, a limited pool of talent and rising costs in the provision of health-related benefits. The purpose of the study was to explore and describe experiences and views of employees with regard to wellness. The study was qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual in nature. Data was collected by means of individual and focus group interviews conducted by the moderator. The data analysis procedure from Henning, Van Rensburg and Smit's (2008) writing was adopted as the bases for data analysis of the study. Ethical considerations were observed throughout the study as well as trustworthiness. Seven themes emerged from the focus group interviews' results namely: concept of wellness, supportive environment, communication, team building, staff development; employee coaching and change management. The concept wellness includes taking care of individuals (employees) holistically, which means taking care of them emotionally, physically, socially, spiritually and professionally. Accordingly, managers are responsible for supporting employees in facilitating all aspects of their wellness. A well-constructed comprehensive programme is a vehicle for employees' wellness facilitation. The programme should address employees' needs such as; a supportive environment, communication, team work and staff development.

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