Building Resilience Series...three or four parts
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. Each Power Point is about 45 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion/questions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule. Look for upcoming dates through Organizational Excellence and SDPS if you would just like to attend the sessions.
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 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
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.
Presentation for Managers and Supervisors at Health: Burnout in the Hospital Setting
Realizing that Burnout is a two-way street, this presentation specifically addresses burnout at the organizational/leadership level rather than the personal skills to manage. This presentation is based on the experiences and lessons from Massachusetts General that was presented in Harvard Business Review (Fighting Burnout from Boston's Biggest Hospital). It identifies and explores solutions for the six dimensions behind burnout where leadership can focus attention to ease the pain points. Burnout cannot be solely defined as an individual failing of self-discipline or mental toughness to be put upon employees to figure out for themselves...this presentation explores what hospital leadership can address to do their part to prevent burnout in their teams.
WorkLife on the Road--The Original
Invite WorkLife to your next unit meeting to learn about programs and policies designed to assist the employee and discuss work-life integration strategies to reduce stress and optimize you and your team's work experience.
Our speaker visits your workplace and presents work-life strategies designed to encourage an environment of knowledge and support enabling employees to bring their best selves to work each day.
Evidence tells us that this support translates to greater employee productivity, satisfaction, engagement and retention. In the 2014 Deloitte Millennial Survey, “good work/life balance” is listed as the number one issue of importance in a career after salary.
"WorkLife on the Road" explores the myth of "work-life balance," and offers an integrated perspective and pragmatic approach to addressing the oft-competing responsibilities of work and life. We offer organizational, managerial, and personal strategies to address challenges and then embrace a holistic approach to address individual well-being setting the foundation for success. We give an overview of policy, programs and resources that enable people to be effective, engaged and satisfied at work and home.
Participants gain a perspective shift necessary for addressing work-life "imbalance," and finding meaning in, and motivation around, their work. Participants will engage in a narrative exercise and be encouraged to make the most of their break-time to enhance creativity, well-being and resulting productivity. Participants will identify "just one thing" that they can incorporate into each day improve their well-being and work-life integration.
Email us at email@example.com to schedule any of these informative mini-workshops for your group.
- Mindful Breathing Exercise from The Greater Good Science Center
- All Practices menu from the Greater Good Science Center
- UCLA Health Mindful Awareness Research Center Free Guided Meditations (in Spanish & English)
- FreeMindfulness.org Guided practices include body scans, breathing, meditations, guided imagery, and self-guided audio tracks.
- Nature Therapy: Relaxing Full Motion Forestry with Natural Sounds (you tube, run time 30 minutes)--nice background for computer work
- Sound Baths to listen to at work.
- UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness, with a public meditation room with guided meditations and other practice-oriented resources.