The Sandblog

Sweet Summer Dreaming

by The Sandbox Staff | July 26 2018

You’re by a lake. Or is that a patio you’re on? No, you’re trekking to your favourite campsite, right?  Alright. We give up. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, we hope you’re spending these long summer days relaxing and unwinding after a busy school year. Isn’t that what the summer slow-down is all about? Championing workplace wellness can be a hectic gig, so the time you spend…»

Beyond Programs: Mentally Healthy Workplace Practices

by Jocelyn Plakas-Lock ASEBP | July 19 2018

I recently had the opportunity to speak on ASEBP’s approach to mental health in the workplace at the Conference Board of Canada’s Mentally Healthy Workplace workshop. While preparing for this talk, I realized that mental health in the workplace is really about moving beyond isolated programs so that it’s integrated with everything we do. Leading by Example For a workplace to be mentally healthy,…»

The Connecting Power of Food

by The Sandbox Staff | July 12 2018

School may officially be out for the summer but that doesn’t mean healthy eating and staying connected are as well! July and August are great opportunities to incorporate fresh, local ingredients—hello, farmers’ market season—and plan summer picnics or potlucks with your colleagues. One of food’s great powers is its ability to connect us through shared, nutritious meals. Build or strengthen…»

Work-Life Balance: Real or Fiction?

by Kylie McLean ASEBP | July 5 2018

At some point, we’ve all said it or heard it from others, “I need to improve my work-life balance.” The question on my mind is not how to achieve work-life balance, but rather, is work-life balance an achievable goal or a mythical fable, only dreamed about but never achieved? Work-life balance (WLB) is often spoken about as a coveted state of being—a dream of working adults that have both…»

Not Talking is Not Helping

by The Sandbox Staff | June 28 2018

Mental health has been in the media—news and social—a lot over the past month. It seems to be a hard topic to avoid lately but that’s a good thing. As we’re discovering, keeping quiet about mental health isn’t doing anyone any favours, so it’s time for these discussions to take centre stage. If you’re finding it difficult to broach the subject of mental health in your workplace—or…»

Be Like You

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | June 21 2018

I was in the shower the other day (where I do my best thinking and worst singing) and reflecting on some of the professional successes my work team has recently enjoyed. These were great projects that we were all intensely proud of but I wanted to know what exactly made them successful. Why did the series of choices we made work in one instance but not in others? For me, unwrapping this is the best…»

It's the Little Things

by The Sandbox Staff | June 14 2018

We know that putting together a plan for a workplace wellness initiative can be challenging and knowing where to start is sometimes the hardest part. To help you put your best foot forward, we’ve come up with little steps you and your colleagues can take to set yourselves on the path to big results. Buddy up. Whether you’re swapping recipes with your teammates or simply having someone hold you…»

Five Simple Strategies to Boost your Happiness and Health

by Matthew Mitschke Alberta Health Services | June 7 2018

I have the privilege of working with some amazing school employees—those who go above and beyond to make a positive difference in the lives of their students every day. However, I also sometimes see when the tireless dedication of school employees comes at the expense of their own health and happiness. All school employees require time for self-care to achieve balance, prevent burnout and preserve…»

Leaders are Like a Box of Chocolate

by The Sandbox Staff | May 31 2018

To mis-quote Forrest Gump, “Leaders are like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re gonna get.” It’s true that no two leaders are exactly alike. I mean, we’re all human, right? Despite all leaders being different, there are some characteristics that good ones share—like advocating for their team, empowering others or delegating effectively. As wellness champions, we can all use…»

Whistle While you Work: Tips for Mental Health in the Workplace

by The PLACE Research Lab Team The PLACE Research Lab | May 24 2018

We’ve all experienced how the workplace affects our mental health: the ups that come with feeling useful and productive and the tension that follows conflict or frustration. There are many little things we can do while we’re at work to boost and maintain mental health—and none of them require contorting yourself into a cross-legged position and levitating above your desk! Here are some tips…»