Congratulations to Champlain College and Norwich University for being recognized with a 2020 Cigna Well-being Award. Champlain College is being awarded with the “Outstanding Culture of Well-Being” and Norwich University will be receiving “Honorable Culture of Well-Being”. These awards recognize organizations for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of their employees and for creating and enhancing a culture of well-being. Applicants are evaluated on five key components of their well-being: Leadership, foundations, program implementation, tools, and health promotion participation data. All applications are reviewed and judged by an internal, multi-departmental review committee from Cigna. This is a wonderful achievement and one that the leadership, faculty and staff of Champlain and Norwich can be proud of. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible.
With so much to think about in our new reality of working from home, one thing that we often fail to consider until it’s too late is the ergonomics of our home work space. Over time poor ergonomics can lead to musculoskeletal issues including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, back and neck pain as well as headache, fatigue and decreased productivity. By using the simple acronym NEW we can get our ergonomics in check and stay healthy and productive when working from home.Continue reading The ergonomics of working from home
What differentiates thriving organizations from organizations that languish are the people. To support employees’ well-being and engagement, managers and supervisors must move away from focusing so much on how employees spend and manage their time, and instead support employees to manage their energy. Energy, not time, is the most valuable of our human resources. It is “the fundamental currency of high performance” (Loehr, 2017). Check out our new resource, Employee well-being: A guide for managers and supervisors to find out more about how you can support your employees and sustain a culture of well-being on campus.
It’s no surprise that organizations who support their employees have happier, healthier, more engaged employees, In the academic setting, one of the many benefits of high levels of faculty and staff engagement is a better student experience. “Highly engaged faculty and staff members can make the difference between students who thrive and ones who fail to grow” (Gallup, n.d.).
While it is always essential to take action toward optimizing our personal well-being, during times of change and challenge it becomes even more essential. We’ve all heard the saying about putting on our own oxygen mask first. To weather the curveballs that life throws at us, we’ve got to be at our best and firing on all cylinders. Regular self-care enables us to be resilient and nimble. It ensures that we have the energy and mindset to tackle life’s challenges and have energy left for the things that are most important to us.
One way to support our well-being is to take advantage of all of the amazing resources available at our fingertips. Each of the GMHEC member colleges has an abundance of resources to support all five domains of well-being: physical, career, financial, social and community. These resources include everything from financial coaching and retirement planning to physical activity classes and fitness centers to volunteer opportunities to community gardens to Consortium-wide benefits and programs. To find out about what’s available at your school, check out the well-being resource guide for your college on the GMHEC Well-Being Resources page. Take action today to be well and to optimize your well-being. You can be the catalyst to transform the world around you into a world where everyone is thriving.