The Canadian Medical Association is now saying 1 in 4 Canadians is suffering from mental health issues. This doesn’t surprise me any longer, considering the number of times I hear requests to treat employees with respect and to refrain from making disrespectful comments while being put on hold on the phone.
This post-pandemic era we now live in, makes me think of the quote: “No man is an island.” What does this mean?
The focus of my book, Conscious Culture – How to Build a High Performing Workplace through Values, Ethics and Leadership, surmises that whatever is happening out in society, will eventually make its way into the workplace, where we all live and breathe for most of our working lives.
It stands to reason then, the stress and disrespectful behaviour we are experiencing out in the world is having a negative impact in the workplace and on organizational health. Take a moment to think about how the values of respect for people and integrity are showing up or not, in your workplace? How are the contributors to a toxic work environment being treated? What examples of toxic behaviour are being modeled by senior leaders? Is there a double-standard with leaders being treated one way, and staff another? What kind of havoc are the 4 different generations working together and their differing sets of values causing?
This is why reducing stress, and increasing wellbeing and safety for improved organizational health is so important. Individual mental health has a corresponding impact on the workplace culture and organizational health, because simply put, the culture is made up of its’s people and how they work together.
Did you know prolonged stress is the super-highway to 60-80% of disease. That’s why it’s called dis-ease! How many people do you know have become sick from working in a toxic work environment? I know one. My sister got breast cancer after working in a hotel environment she hated for 16 years. She often complained about her workplace being toxic. I used to wonder why she stayed there. And yet, many of us prefer the devil we know rather than search for greener pastures. In Ottawa where I live, it’s a government town, and many public servants remain in their jobs because of the golden handcuffs tying them to a secure retirement pension.
My favourite quote these days is “The purpose in life is a life of purpose.” This is why I’m organizing two Art of Living Part 1 courses to reduce stress and increase wellbeing for Public Servants in Ottawa. These course are being held during working hours at a large government complex, Promenade du Portage, where thousands of government employees work.
Reducing workplace stress and increasing wellbeing have a very positive impact on individual performance, productivity, workplace culture, and organizational health. Hence, these courses are being offered during working hours for staff to attend, given the desire and financial support.
I believe these courses will make a significant difference for those who want holistic tools and techniques such as breathing and meditation for personal transformation. Who doesn’t want feel happy and stress-free, more energized, focused, and high performing, naturally, without drugs? Imagine what it would be like if your boss or colleagues came into work each day with a smile on their face and a happy demeanour. What kind of impact would it have on your workday and productivity? 😊
Many leaders and managers are looking for ways to “lead with heart” and want to show their staff how much they care. They want to do it in a way that empowers and supports the personal and professional development of their people, along with benefits of improving organizational health. If you’re a leader or manager, and you want to develop a great workplace culture, show you care about your people by offering them this course.
Below are the course details. Keep in mind, this course is also available online anywhere in the world by visiting ArtofLiving.org.
Name of Program: Art of Living Part 1 Course Location: Place du Centre, Local 730 in the Food Court,200 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, J8X 4B7
Date and Time: Feb. 13 -15, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Date and Time: March 12 – 14, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Space is limited, please register early.
Refer all questions to:
Joanna Barclay, Art of Living Teacher
Mobile: (613) 327-1801