A Guide to Healthy Work Environments

Sep. 23, 2019

We’ve all been there: hunched over our computers, attending a meeting in a room with no natural light or sitting at our desks for far too long. What if we told you there are simple ways you can use design to encourage health-promoting environments in your workplace? Take a peek at one of our gems in The Sandbox, a blog by Dr. Candace Nykiforuk, associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta—a definite health promotion superhero. Without giving away the farm, think about incorporating healthy changes by analyzing your social and physical settings.

Post It for Wellness

Aug. 26, 2019

Another school year and another customizable Wellness Poster Series for you to use to promote all of your workplace health and well-being initiatives! Whether shared electronically or in print, this resource will help you put your ideas in the forefront of your colleagues’ minds as a helpful tool to keep you celebrating and implementing healthy workplaces year-round.

One Step at a Time

Jul. 29, 2019

It’s important to recognize that health and well-being are critical parts of the workplace, too. In order to help you on your workplace wellness journey, we have a few ideas and resources that can support psychologically safe work environments for the school year ahead. 

Celebrate Every Step

Jun. 24, 2019

With the dog days of summer in plain sight, it’s easy to let your mind wander to those long summer nights and adventures outdoors. But wait! You have some celebrating to do at work first! Think back to the start of the school year and those workplace wellness goals you set for your team. What milestones did you set in your strategy? What changes did you make along the way? Any fun learnings to share? 

The Learning Journey

May. 27, 2019

Learning is the backbone of this industry. It’s what helps us grow individually and collectively to better ourselves and those around us. It opens up our mindsets and helps us work with change in positive ways. Through her blog, Lorna Muise encourages you to consider this open mindset in the realm of workplace wellness. She reminds us: 

Road Trips: A Metaphor for Wellness

Apr. 29, 2019

Employee wellness is a lot like going on a road trip: you shouldn’t move forward if you can’t see where you’re going. Creating a shared vision of what that road trip looks like—with all of your colleagues in the metaphorical car—will help you all enjoy the ride, no matter the destination. It takes collaboration, active listening to each other’s needs and that of your entire organization and a sprinkle of creativity.

Attitude of Gratitude

Mar. 25, 2019

The more authentically we acknowledge and appreciate the people we work with, the stronger the ties between us become. And who among us doesn’t want great relationships with our co-workers? Chesa Corsiatto, part of Ever Active Schools, shares some wonderful ways to do just that with your team. It’s no secret that the more people feel recognized and appreciated for their effort and contributions, the more pride and commitment they bring to their work.

Taking Stock on Wellness

Feb. 25, 2019

First aid kits are found in all workplaces and you better believe you’ll find them in schools, your gym, local grocery store and a lot of other spaces too. But what about attending to those injuries or ailments in our schools that are less visible? How might we respond to an injury related to one’s own mental health? Is there an onsite first-aid kit for that, and if so, what’s on the inventory list? Peggy, an ASEBP workplace wellness liaison, recently talked about creating just that—a mental health first aid kit!

Whistle while you Work

Jan. 25, 2019

The focus on mental health is picking up more steam than ever before and, just as we know it’s important to foster good mental health practices for ourselves, the same goes for our workplace, too. It’s helpful to think of mental health like a community garden. Whether you tend to it or not, things will sprout up and grow—it could be weeds or beautifully colourful flowers, depending on the work everyone puts in.

Gather Round

Dec. 31, 2018

‘Tis the season to be merry—but what if we took on this mentality throughout the year, too? Think about the many ways that holiday traditions could work their magic into your everyday life at work and your connections with your colleagues. As Jocelyn points out in her latest Sandbox blog, there are many ways to engage your teammates and celebrate each other.

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