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Inaugural Wellbeing Day Supports Employee Health

| Kyran Hamill

UW-Eau Claire hosted its inaugural 'Thank Goodness It's Summer' event on Wednesday, May 24, bringing together faculty and staff for a day of rejuvenation and engagement, and highlighting the university's commitment to the wellbeing of its employees.

Organized by the Chancellor's Advisory Council on Wellbeing, the day aimed to promote physical, mental and emotional health. Employees were encouraged to pause their regular job duties from 11am-3pm and spend time participating in a wide variety of activities that foster joy and relaxation, or simply relax in their own way. Through a series of games, activities and wellness practices, attendees prioritized self-care and discovered strategies for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Activities were held throughout the Eau Claire campus and included yard games, chair massages, a rubber ducky race in the Little Niagara Creek, Makerspace crafts in McIntyre Library, guided meditation, a water balloon toss, esports, a group bike ride, an open mic share, and much more. Lunch was also provided for all employees.

UW-Eau Claire believes that investing in the wellbeing of its employees is crucial for creating a positive and productive work environment. By organizing Thanks Goodness Its Summer, the university is supporting its bold vision of achieving national distinction for programmatic leadership in health and wellbeing.

"We recognize the importance of employee wellbeing and understand that the success of UW-Eau Claire is built upon the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff," said Grace Crickette, vice chancellor for finance & administration. "We are proud to provide opportunities like Thank Goodness Its Summer to support their personal and professional growth, ultimately fostering a more engaged, resilient and joyful university community."

Feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive, with many feeling inspired, informed and motivated to prioritize their wellbeing both inside and outside the workplace. UW-Eau Claire remains committed to continuing these initiatives and looks forward to further promoting the holistic health of its valued faculty and staff.

More information about the Chancellor's Advisory Council on Wellbeing is available on the Employee Wellbeing website and by emailing