October is Healthy workplace month in Canada and this week the focus is on Healthy minds needing a supportive workplace culture.
At PCL we strive to create a positive work culture. A positive work culture is one with clear vision and purpose, where employees are aware of their individual contribution and hence, engaged with the success of their organization.
Employees do not generally become truly involved with the aims and successes of their organization without being encouraged and supported to do so. When employees support each other and feel valued, this generates and maintains an atmosphere of confidence and mental well-being. The Core Competency initiative is a way of supporting and recognizing each others contributions and successes and helping each other feel valued. Therefore, this week i would encourage each and everyone of you to take a moment and remembering your core competencies take that time and thank someone you work with for their contribution to the team. Fill out a core competency post card and share it with your team mates. If you receive a post card, pay it forward and create one for someone else. If anyone needs some post cards or is not aware of what they are, send me an email or comment and i will get them to you. As a reminder the Core competencies that we value in our support providers are :
Advocating for Others
Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
Fostering Independence in Others
Holding people accountable
Interpersonal Relations and Respect and
Below are a couple of ideas for ensuring a positive workplace and home culture and keep ourselves emotionally healthy.
- Connect with others
- Arrange a coffee with colleagues you haven’t seen for a while.
- Speak to someone new today.
- Have lunch with a colleague.
- join the parade committee
- check out the PCL website and facebook page for upcoming events and training and sign up to particpate.
- Make time each day to spend with your family, i.e., “family time” that is fixed each day, or time that you find around other commitments.
- Switch off the TV tonight and play a game with the children, or just talk.
- Visit a friend or family member who needs support or company.
- Volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. This is also a way of giving your time.