October is Healthy Workplace Month
Healthy Workplace Month events include:
Mini massage (Oct 17 in TH277 1 -3 PM)
Blood Pressure Screenings (Oct 25 and 31 various locations around campus)
Health Check for U (Wed AM's in M2007 - please register in advance)
Antibiotic Awareness (Oct 31 in SU and Science Commons Atrium)
Annual Life Balance Fair! Oct 30 from 10 - 1:30 on the Indoor Track - massages, therapy dogs, Pound class, mini Escape from LA, prizes!
Get your flu shot!
29-Oct-2019 - Centre for the Arts Atrium - 0930-1430
30-Oct-2019 - Life Balance Fair 1000 - 1330
05-Nov-2019 - Sport & Rec Building 0930-1430
19-Nov-2019 - U Hall Residence 1000-1430
Fall Lunch and Learns/Workshops - 30 Minute Reboot with Dr. Aaron Bridge
November 12 - M1090 at noon with Dr. Aaron Bridge - Change Your Life in 30 Minutes - Register here.
6 Week workshop with Dr. Sienna Caspar - Mindfulness & Self-Compassion - Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 AM in AH137. Pre-registration required. Starts Oct 1.
Check out the new myWCB mobile app - Stay connected -if you have a claim, you can access the important claim information you need, when you need it. You can view your claim information, payment history and upcoming payments, submit expenses for repayment, and more! check it out here.
Interested in trying out a sit/stand workstation? Contact Suzanne for more info. Here is the process for purchasing sit/stand workstations.
New Policies - Sexual Violence; Harassment and Discrimination; Code of Conduct. Find more info here.
See supports and available resources here.
Watch for training on the Sexual Violence Policy itself and Respectful Workplace training this fall.
Sexual Violence Policy sessions:
- Contact Suzanne to schedule a session with your team!
Register for a Wellness Break with a free 15 minute mini massage!
Note - Mini-massages are scheduled at 15 minute intervals.
Oct 17 – 1 – 3 PM room TH277
Nov 27 – 1 – 3 room A780
Drop in or pre-register - please indicate preferred time (in 15 minute intervals) and session.
- Assistance for Managers, Supervisors, and Leaders
- The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace recently launched it's latest tool, Plan for Resilience.
Check out their website for an overview of the resource and more guides.
- Mental Health and Wellness presentation for Academic Leaders.
Feel free to take a look - you may find some new strategies to deal with your own mental wellness.
- Mindful Employer Sessions - Wellness will be contacting U of L departments to set up workshops in one of 4 areas: Accommodation, Resolving Conflict, Improving Workplace Relations, Responding to Mental Health Issues.
Watch for 1-hour sessions in your area, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Wellness in 10: Creative Ways to Reduce Stress.pdf
May 9, 2019 - Improving Workplace Mental Health Workshop: Mental Health in the Workplace Poster
- Assistance for Managers, Supervisors, and Leaders
The purpose of this program is to provide stretching and strengthening exercises that can be completed at your desk, out on the job, or even at home. The program is broken up into six sections. Use that break-down to manage your exercise time and target areas you want to develop. Remember the key here is balancing strength and flexibility in the important muscle groups and for the whole body. CLICK HERE to download the program.
Follow along to a video demonstration HERE!
Or HERE for demo 2
Want some quick ergonomic tips? Watch this short video clip Office Ergonomics
Ways to Stay Well
- Cross Country Skiing
- Happy Heart
- Family Play Day
- Office Ergonomics
For the full list with included resources and articles visit our Ways to Stay Well Page!
'Health Check for U' is Changing Lives!
Read an article by U of L's Kori-Lee Nicolle about how Health Check for U helped her achieve her health goals.
How do YOU Stay Well at the U of L? Do you have an interest you enjoy outside of work, something that helps stretch and maintain your physical and/or mental well-being?
If so, we'd love to display it in our rotating 'Staying Well at the U of L' feature on our website.
Take a photo of your talent, interest or yourself in action. You could display a quilt, or some wood-turning, a woven scarf, or a jar of jam. Use the online form to share your story and photo and we will display on a rotating basis on our website and other U of L wellness publications (monthly wellness newsletter, Wellness Facebook, Twitter).
The Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace recently launched it's latest tool, Plan for Resilience.website for an overview of the resource and more guides.
Homewood Health EFAP Vitality Newsletter
EFAP (Employee Family Assistance Program) 1-800-663-1142 http://www.homewoodhealth.com/
Here's great new perspective on stress - watch this 15 minute video to start to change your thinking Kelly McGonigal - Why stress is not our enemy
Some self care strategies and other tips from Great West Life Working Through It
Learn healthy ways to manage stress - physical activity, humour, creative self-expression, mediation using deep breathing, yoga, praying
Dealing with Stress at Work Stress Reduction.pdf
- See the following handouts to assist with Grieving or adjusting to a traumatic event - Someone close to you has passed away.pdf; CMS_Supporting Grieving Employees_EN.pdf; CMS_Experiencing a Traumatic Event_EN.pdf
•Mental Health Commission of Canada •Public Health Agency of Canada •Alzheimer Society of Canada •Check-Up From The Neck Up •Mental Health Website •Canadian Association of Social Workers •Canadian Institute for Health Information •Centre for Addictions and Mental Health •Canadian Medical Association •Canadian Mental Health Association • Workplace Strategies for Mental Health •Schizophrenia Society of Canada •Canadian Psychological Association •Health Canada Mental Health •Mood Disorders Society of Canada
With the help of an independent survey company (Metrics@Work), Wellness & Recognition is planning the third Employee Health and Wellness survey.
The goal is to capture trends, identify health and wellness programming and improve where possible.
Watch for an email from Metrics@Work the week of March 19 and the survey will be open from March 19 - 30.
Thank you to all who took the time to fill out the 2015 Employee Health & Wellness Survey. The goal was to capture trends, identify health and wellness programming and improve where possible. 574 employees (or 49.4%) responded and we have captured the results.
The results are available HERE.
The University of Lethbridge Employee Assistance Program is a confidential resource provided to help faculty, staff and family members (who are enrolled in the benefits plans) enhance their personal and workplace functioning.
You and your eligible dependents can each receive up to twelve hours of counselling services per benefit year provided through the EFAP. Counselling services are provided either in person, over the phone or through a secure Internet site.
Toll Free English 1 (800) 663 1142
Need more info? Click EFAP.
Are EFAP appointments confidential?
Yes. The EFAP carefully adheres to professional standards of ethics and confidentiality. Records maintained by the EFAP are not part of or accessible to any other University record system. Except for danger to self or others, child or elder abuse or neglect, or authorized legal access, no information is released without consent of the client.
What does it cost to use the EFAP?
There is no cost to you for up to twelve, 1-hour long appointments with the EFAP.
My supervisor (or spouse/co-worker) wants me to come for counselling. Do I have to?
Use of the EFAP is voluntary. This said, if someone is suggesting the EFAP, they must be worried about you and it may be a good idea to talk with a professional. When you think about it, an hour with a trained professional who listens carefully to your concerns is a supportive event.
Is it true that most people who come to the EFAP have alcohol or substance abuse issues?
No, this is not true. Most people who use the EFAP come to discuss relationship issues or personal development. People also come for help with managing anxiety or for assistance in adjusting to a new community.