Wellbeing in the Workplace
We all encounter challenges in our work roles -- from everyday issues like balancing multiple deadlines to supporting clients who are in distress. Explore this collection to learn strategies to manage workplace challenges and support your wellbeing in the professional environment.
Spring is a time of fresh blooms, nourishment, sunshine, and awakening. This year in particular, spending time planting in my garden, I feel a sense of restored energy.
I was running late to a Zoom call. Zoom fatigue is real and I had not taken any active steps to prevent the negative impacts of attending back-to-back calls. This seems to be how remote workers are feeling since the safer at home orders. I jumped on my next call just in time for introductions to end and the “check-in” to begin. The meeting leader instructed each person to state how they were doing, something they were working on, something they were proud of, and ...
Assess, Recover, Mitigate, Strengthen (ARMS): A Wellbeing Regimen for Professionals was developed by Dr. Bill Nash, a pioneer and expert in the prevention, recognition, and treatment of moral injury and leading researcher, educator, and clinician in psychological health. This course covers concepts and tools to prevent and recover from occupational moral distress, moral injury, and burnout. It is appropriate for all human service professionals, including those in health care, social services, education, crisis response, and any other role requiring compassionate service to others. The framework ...
The Enhancing Professional Wellbeing course is designed to explore ways to maintain personal wellbeing, support a positive working environment, and reduce feelings of burnout. Learn about wellbeing from fellow LA County employees and explore fictional situations to gain strategies for supporting professional wellbeing.
Boundary management supports the wellbeing of individuals and colleagues. Learn what boundaries are, their importance, and practical strategies to establish and reinforce them in the workplace.
Self-awareness and emotion regulation are helpful in supporting effective communication. Learn strategies to assist in communicating effectively in the workplace, especially in stressful situations.
Setting and communicating professional boundaries helps to maintain a good work-life balance, manage expectations of colleagues and supervisors, and prevent feelings of burnout. Watch this video demonstration to learn how to manage professional boundaries.
Communication challenges arise when interacting with others. The CALM strategy is a simple reminder of how to respond during a difficult or even combative situation. The strategy focuses on calming down and staying aware of non-verbal communication to help ease tension and reactions. Watch this video to learn the CALM strategy.
Practicing deep breathing helps reduce stress and promote a sense of calm. Use this script to practice abdominal breathing during times of stress.
Communication challenges arise when interacting with others. The CALM strategy is a simple reminder of how to respond during difficult or even combative situations. The strategy focuses on calming down and staying aware of non-verbal communication to help ease tension and reactions. Use the printable with students to help them navigate their responses to challenging interactions.
Stress has a detrimental effects on the body. Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool that provides information about the impact of stress on the body, instruction in deep breathing, and relaxation exercises.
Breathwrk is a simple yet powerful way to alleviate stress and anxiety, fall asleep faster, improve energy, or improve endurance. Learn and feel the power of breathing with guided exercises that are backed by science and research.
While there is substantial attention paid to the safety and security of humanitarian staff, its focus has tended towards physical safety, neglecting the psychological and mental health of aid workers. Such inattention runs contrary to the evidence, which unsurprisingly (given the nature of crisis response) shows that aid workers suffer from high-levels of anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression, and burnout. This website provides trainings and courses to improve wellbeing and self-care, especially in times of COVID-19.