January Lunch and Learn Bulletin

Each month Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment offer a number of one hour sessions devoted to the dimensions of health and well-being. In the new year, we will focus on setting up work stations for our health, calming our minds and forgiving and letting go.

All sessions will run from 12–1 p.m. unless noted otherwise and will be delivered online. Register through the LearnCentre by clicking register and then using the “enroll” button on the top right. New to LearnCentre? Access LearnCentre and scroll down to view this event under available sessions.

Ergonomics in the Workplace: Returning to the Office

Linda Miller, ewi works
Tuesday, January 11

Ensuring a comfortable and healthy work environment, wherever your workstation is located. With a return to the office, many individuals may need a re-introduction to setting up their workstation to promote both health and comfort. In this session, participants will be introduced to the importance of workstation set up to meet their size, stature and work needs; how to incorporate good work relief exercise and postural breaks to promote overall health, and strategies to promote health, especially in a time of transition moving from working from home to working in office. 


Calming your Mind in Challenging Times

Olivia Morson, EFAP
Wednesday, January 12

The COVID-19 pandemic brings unique challenges: social isolation, worry over family and friends, concern for our own well-being, and changes to work and home routines. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care, including taking the time to relax and decompress. This session will explore personal stress triggers and review some practical, easy techniques to equip participants with the brief relaxation moments that are such an important tool for coping during these challenging times.


Managing the Transition Back to the Workplace

Megan Hunter, EFAP
Tuesday, January 18

When the COVID-19 global pandemic first hit, we participated in a mass experiment as many of us moved to remote work. We are now engaging in another mass experiment as many of us return to the workplace, or begin to blend remote work with a partial return. This transition can be unsettling: your workplace may look different, there will be new rules to adjust to and tasks may have changed. You will need to adjust to functioning in a public environment and face increased social interactions after an extended period of pandemic restrictions and isolation. For many, there will be a sense of loss about leaving remote work. This session will examine the uncertainty and stress that can accompany the transition and equip employees with coping strategies. 


Forgiveness: Letting Go and Moving Forward

Lakshmi Sundaram, EFAP
Thursday, January 27

It can be difficult, or near impossible, to forgive someone who has hurt or wronged us. Holding on to these resentments can have negative effects on our health, our well-being, and our ability to experience joy and happiness. This session will explore what it means to forgive, how to move from a place of anger to a place of peace, and how this process can free us from our past hurts.


 For information about the Lunch & Learn program, contact our office at workplace.wellbeing@ualberta.ca.