Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type

Consultancy Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Dale Lamb


Since the onset of COVID-19 during the early part of 2020, business owners and leaders have mostly focused on keeping their doors open amidst lockdowns and social distancing mandates. After over a year into the pandemic, the world is slowly opening up, despite the imminent threat of the virus. As we continue to adjust to this “new norm,” business leaders now must look at how these changes have and will affect their employees. The continuation of this process includes finding ways to provide the much-needed support to employees by way of improving wellness programs. Despite the availability of vaccinations, businesses reopening, and people returning to work, the pandemic has left many scars in all aspects of the health arena. According research conducted by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence, 2020 was the most stressful year for employees (Laker & Roulet, 2021). Of those surveyed, 78% stated that the pandemic had negative impacts on their mental health, 76% said companies should be more involved in protecting employees’ mental health, and 85% indicated that their work-related stress was affecting their home lives (Laker & Roulet, 2021). The goals and projected outcome of this project are to implement a holistic well-being program in Mauldin City Government, which will demonstrate concern for the employees as well as benefit the organization by retaining and recruiting talent, decreasing health costs, and increasing productivity