Author Greg Anderson stated, “Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” In spirit of including the “whole person” in well-being, OEA Choice Trust developed the School Employee Well-being Model, pictured below.

The School Employee Well-being Model reflects the Trust’s holistic approach to well-being. By understanding and supporting different aspects of employee well-being, your organization can develop a plan that fits the unique needs of your employees.

The documents below can all add to your understanding of employee well-being. While past workplace wellness efforts often focused on physical health – disease prevention, exercise, and healthy eating – employee well-being encompasses “a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity”. Well-being acknowledges that a person’s relationships, emotions, sense of purpose, and finances can all affect their health.

By incorporating multiple elements of well-being into an employee wellness program, your organization can more strongly support employee well-being and resilience.

Defining the 5 Elements of Employee Well-being

Addressing Employee Well-being and Resilience

Fostering Healthy, Resilient Schools

Menu of Strategies for School Employee Well-being



This School Employee Well-being Model is rooted in research and best practice, drawing from sources such as Gallup’s “The Five Essential Elements of Well-being” and ASCD’s “Whole Child” framework.