February: Contagious Kindness
It's no surprise that fostering kindness can positively impact both individuals and workplace cultures. It makes us feel happier and improves our overall well-being.
How can you foster kindness?
- Let someone know you're grateful for them. Expressing gratitude can increase the happiness of both the person expressing and the person receiving it. When we practice gratitude, it's easier to show appreciation for others.
- Offer to support someone by lighting their load. Here, the offer to help usually means more to the recipient than the act itself.
- Let others shine by encouraging them to take the lead. This is a great way to demonstrate how much you value their input and leadership.
- Acknowledge your peers' unique perspectives and knowledge. Let them know how much you've learned from them.
January: Investing in Your Future
While we can never be sure what life has in store for us, consider what you want your future to look like. Explore how you can grow and develop both personally and professionally to achieve that vision.
Try these simple tips to help you on this journey:
- Find a mentor. Connect with someone you admire personally or professionally. What advice do they have to share? Or why not try job shadowing others within your own workplace or elsewhere?
- Sharing learnings with your colleagues. If you've learned something new, why not gather together and share it with your colleagues? You can also add learning from professional development opportunities as a standing agenda item for staff meetings.
- Participate in events. Looking for other professional growth and development opportunities but aren't sure where to start? Head over to the event page on thewellnesssandbox.ca for ideas!
December: Engagement at Work
Engagement is an essential part of staying motivated and connected to your work. When you're engaged, you're fully invested in both your work and the people you support and you're significantly more likely to be productive and feel satisfied by the work you do.
Take this opportunity to explore your own personal engagement by asking yourself the following questions:
- How do you engage emotionally at work? How much passion do you bring to your job?
- Are you physically engaged in the work you do? What kind of energy do you bring to your day?
- How absorbed do you feel throughout your workday? Does this differ from your experience outside of work?
- Are you socially engaged with colleagues? Do you participate in work-related social activities?
November: The Leader in All of Us
According to research, leadership competencies can be grouped into five main themes. Reflect on the themes below and explore how you've demonstrated leadership in each of these areas. After considering your past and present, think about how you can model these behaviours in your workplace going forward.
- Create a safe and trusting environment. How have you contributed to creating an environment where others can flourish?
- Empower others. Recognizing that no one person can do it all, how have you empowered others to reach their potential?
- Foster a sense of belonging. Communication both verbal and non-verbal is foundational for leaders - how have you used communication to create connections?
- Be open to new ideas. How have you approached bringing forward new ideas? What has the response been when you've brought these ideas forward?
- Nurture growth. How have you demonstrated a commitment to ongoing development? What are some creative ways of promoting it in the workplace that doesn't require additional time or funding?
October: The Ripple Effect
Appreciation and recognition help improve your school/home/work culture by fostering trust, social connection, motivation and engagement.
The science between recognition is pretty clear: the cost of giving it has little to do with its impact on the recipient. Even small gestures can go a long way! Some things to keep in mind:
- Be sincere and honest
- Think free (no financial pressure)
- Be timely
- Personalize the message
- Keep it clear and concise
- Be specific and relevant
- Just do it! Express your gratitude
Explore just how far the ripple from small acts of appreciation and recognition can go.
September: Take the Time for Wellness
September is a great time to create a plan for balance with all the excitement and challenges that come with a new school year. Think about where you are on your health journey, where you'd like to be and how you might get there. Use the eight key dimensions of wellness in your life:
- Emotional - You're aware of your feelings and express them in beneficial ways.
- Environmental - Where you live, work and play are safe and leave you inspired, calm and creative.
- Financial - Your current situation isn't a source of stress. You're knowledgable about personal finances and actively planning your future.
- Occupational - You're engaged and fulfilled at work. You find it interesting, meaningful and personally enriching.
- Physical - You keep your body well cared for by eating healthy, moving often, practicing proper sleep, hygiene and attending medical appointments.
- Social - Your communication skills are strong and you have a supportive social and professional network. Your interactions help you foster a sense of connection and belonging.
- Spiritual - You spend time reflecting on and appreciating your life and purpose. Your actions are aligned with your beliefs and values, and you're comfortable with who you are.