Events

WorkLife hosts numerous events and activities throughout the year focused on on your well-being and better integrating your work and life.

We are happy to provide opportunities including support groups, classes, recognitions, activities and more. Many faculty and staff look forward to our annual “Take our Children to Work Day”, a day for employees to bring their children to the workplace. We also highlight other national observances as an opportunity to provide support and resources. These activities and events are all designed to encourage your personal and professional wellness, and to optimize your work-life integration. 
 

Upcoming Virtual WorkLife Events:

Building Resilience Series

...in three parts...second Thursday of each summer month.

  • Thursday, June 10, 12:00-1:00 Overcoming Challenges
  • Thursday, July 8, 12:00-1:00 Burnout
  • Thursday, August 12, 12:00-1:00 Working Hard to Let Go

These are best received together as they are really three parts to the whole--the holistic view of how to overcome challenges in the new work environment, how to build resilience and prevent burnout and specific techniques on managing your work so it does not spill over into life. 

This series directly addresses the identified main area of concern/opportunity on the Resilience-Decompression scales in the Fall 2020 Staff surveys at both Health and Davis campuses. 

Overcoming Challenges: June 10

Whew!  It's been a challenging year...so we explore the collective human experience, its effect on our work and lives, and how to move forward. We start by exploring the particular stressors of the past year and then move on to coping skills such as self-compassion, boundaries, mindset shifts and gratitude. We then turn to the concept of resilience itself and specific exercises on how to build it and then keep adapting and evolving to protect our well-being and keep our inspiration on track.

Burnout: July 8

Burnout is not a personal failing, nor a badge of honor.  It is an "occupational phenomenon" recently (but actually before COVID) added to the World Health Organization classification of diseases.  It is defined as a syndrome of exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy. The tag-line for the presentation is Why are we so Exhausted? and this is because the presentation explores the neurobiology behind our demanding new ways of working and explains that sense of depletion, negative feelings about work and increased difficulty with motivation. We explore scientific data to see why video-conferencing is so draining, the effects of (normally helpful) brain short cuts called cognitive associations and some common feelings we are seeing across the workforce today.

Working Hard to Let Go: August 12

Sounds dry right,,, more productivity stuff?  However... one of the key factors in addressing letting go of work so you can decompress is optimizing your work so you can mentally and physically detach at the end of the day with a feeling of progress, accomplishment and contribution.  Imagine how refreshing it would be to be able to not have nagging work thoughts invading your personal time (or the other way around)--we will teach you how. By adopting a few specific tools and techniques (Most Important Tasks, Batching, Focus Springing, Digital Hygiene, Chronotypes)  we can help you work hard.....to let go.


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