Department of Interior Architecture
Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying
MARA University of Technology
Shah Alam, Selangor
A Study on the facilities of Wellness Center
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Introduction of Wellness and Workplace stress
Background of Study
Of late, almost everyone is living in the cities. According to Kirdar (1997) urbanization can be beneficial for health. Urban areas can provide a healthy living environment; indeed, they can improve health via their various material, service-provision, cultural and aesthetic attributes. This means a healthy living can be achieved even when living in the city areas. Whereby city areas, for example in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is a place where the citizens mostly are working for long hours. In this difficult economy, many of them are finding it harder than ever to cope with stress in the workplace. Regardless of occupation, seniority, or salary level, they are spending more of their work days feeling frazzled and out of control, instead of alert and relaxed. The environment of the city and also workplaces, can contribute to many health consequences. “Work stress is a major issue in the occupational safety and health aspect as well as organizational wellbeing.” comments Williams and Cooper, (2002). This can also effects the productivity of an employee or employer. From what we know, health is the foremost fact that we should consider in our lives. As a human, the general condition of a person's mind, body and spiritually, means to be free from malady, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy”). In order to maintain our health, us humans must know how to find time to take the benefits of health and the consequences of not taking care of it in order to achieve good health. Working people, especially, are demanding for fast and full health cares for them to maintain their health. This study is to look into the facilities of the current Wellness Centre in related to cater the demands of working people in urbanized cities. Current wellness facilities provided does not include the fast healthy services that the working people are demanding for.
1.1 Definition of terms
Wellness / Health
According to Dictionary.com, wellness (noun) here means:
a) The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. b) An approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
Wikipedia (2011) states that generally, “the context in which an individual lives is of great importance on health status and quality of life. It is increasingly recognized that health is maintained and improved not only through the advancement and application of health science, but also through the efforts and intelligent lifestyle choices of the individual and society.”.
There are a few factors that contribute to the quality of health: Income and social status
Social support networks
Personal health practices and coping skills
Health care services
Workplace stress is the unsafe response that occurs when there is a lack of match between job demands, working environment and capabilities. Wikipedia states that a variety of factors contribute to workplace stress such as negative workload, isolation, extensive hours worked, toxic work environments, lack of autonomy, difficult relationships among coworkers and management, management bullying, harassment and lack of opportunities or motivation to advancement in one’s skill level.
Disorders that are stress-related includes psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety,...
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