Wellbeing: Strategic Priorities

Therapy goats 2016At the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, we understand that the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of our employees and students are essential to our success and sustainability. We commit to examining our practices and to develop programs aimed at supporting the wellbeing of our faculty, house officers, staff and students in creative and meaningful ways. These initiatives will be complementary to current resources available to our DVM students.

A healthy and nurturing environment: There is no more important investment than that we make in cultivating a healthy working and learning environment for everyone. To this end, we will form a team to coordinate a comprehensive wellbeing program for both our college and our hospital. The team will work with stakeholders to generate wellbeing strategies from within the College of Veterinary Medicine, which will be combined with benchmark methodologies from peer wellbeing programs to create a comprehensive approach to health and fulfillment that will permeate every aspect of our College. We will identify robust metrics that we will evaluate annually to gauge our progress.

Programs: Communications and leadership training are key aspects of equipping our people for workplace satisfaction. We will be creating communications tools customized to UFCVM for addressing conflict, fostering leadership and enhancing personal wellbeing across our enterprise.

Organizational changes: Among the organizational changes we have identified to enhance wellbeing are improving promotion and tenure guidelines, reducing faculty committee workload and piloting Listeners On Call, a platform that promotes mental health and well-being by connecting callers to trained listeners while providing anonymity to callers to create a safe space for sharing.

We will measure progress in our initiatives in a variety of ways that include examining turnover rates, use of vacation/sick leave, hours worked/overtime, medical errors, results from wellbeing surveys, exit interviews and participation in wellbeing activities.