Webinars This Week for Navigating through COVID 19

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Many of us may not be able to work from the office right now. It’s a new work environment, for sure. However, webinars are abound! ICSEW has pulled together a list of webinars anyone can access while they’re working at home this week. Most are free.

A Human Workplace: Working Alone Together

A Human Workplace is offering more sessions to build emotional well-being and lower stress from the impacts of remote work, isolation and pandemic overwhelm. These are not webinars or training. Instead, join for an experiential gathering to engage with people to boost your oxytocin through connection, conversations, and meaningful reflection. 

If you missed the other sessions or just want to attend again, join in April 23 at 8:30 am PDT for Working Alone Together: Register here 

If you are a leader, you face unique challenges right now. Join other leaders on Friday April 24 at 10:30 am PDT for Leading Alone Together: Register here.

Or find more sessions next week on the Gatherings page of A Human Workplace.

The Remote Boss, Communications Skills for Success 

The Remote Boss: Friday, May 1, join with Betty Lochner for a virtual workshop titled Surviving and Thriving as a Virtual Supervisor. You can learn more and get registered here. It’s $97 and includes the workshop and replay, Q & A, and lots of resources to help you thrive in our new normal. Communication Skills for Success (CSS) : This course includes skill building, expert coaching, personalized feedback and guidance to build your communication skills, confidence and ability that you can put to work right away at work and at home. You can get all the details and join us in the course here: Communication Skills for Success.  Register by April 30 and get The Remote Boss workshop for FREE! 

Employee Assistance Program

Washington State’s Employee Assistance Program has a wide selection of live and recorded  The Washington State Employee Assistance Program has a wide selection of live and recorded webinars. Selections have multiple sessions each week. T

Strategies to Support Each Other through COIVD-19

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Washington State Employee Assistance Program’s April 2020 Newsletter

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Here are a couple of strategies you can try right away to help all of us be our better selves and work together through the COVID-19 outbreak, adapted from the Greater Good in Action and Center for Healthy Minds websites:

Maintain a calm, stable presence

We know that maintaining a sense of calm presence is better for us, our families, our workplaces and our communities. And, we’re human, so sometimes without realizing it we suddenly find ourselves caught up in anxiety and fear – maybe we feel our racing heart, or hear our irritated voice while talking to our child or partner or colleague.

How can we regain our sense of calm? In addition to taking a walk or talking with a calm friend, another way to find a sense of calm is by shifting your breathing pattern so your out-breath extends longer than your in-breath. This activates the vagus nerve, the major channel of the parasympathetic nervous system that helps us to “rest and digest.” Following stimulation of the vagus nerve, your heart rate slows down, your blood pressure decreases, your muscles relax and your body calms. The vagus nerve communicates your body’s new sense of calm to your brain, so the brain relaxes as well, and you experience a sense of peacefulness. To try this practice, breathe in through your nose for 3 seconds and out through your mouth for 6 seconds. Start with 6 cycles, which will take about 1 minute.

Remember our common humanity: combat stigma and cultivate loving kindness

Throughout human history, marginalized groups have been scapegoated and blamed for disease outbreaks and other crises. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, news reports have continued to show people of Asian descent across the US being attacked, harassed, shunned or otherwise victimized because the virus appears to have originated in China. In addition, some political leaders and media influencers have referred to COVID-19 by names that encourage stigma and bias, such as “the Chinese virus” or “Kung flu.”

What can we do? We can speak up to combat racism and stigma, refer to the virus by its official names of “COVID-19” or “Coronavirus”, model acceptance and compassion to our children and take other anti-racist actions. In addition, we can consciously practice loving kindness. Studies show that a loving kindness practice is one of the most effective ways to increase empathy and compassion for others and potentially decrease bias towards stigmatized groups. And, when people feel more connected to others, they feel a greater sense of personal happiness. Try this 15 minute loving kindness practice.

For additional tools and resources, see EAP’s COVID-19 Resources page or contact the EAP for further support, at 1-877-313-4455.

Webinars: Successful Teleworking and Working through Family Challenges During COVID19

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The Washington State Employee Assistance Program has a series of upcoming webinars on successfully  working from home and coping with challenges during the current COVID-19 pandemic, which are open to all state employees. 

Upcoming Live Support Webinars

EAP is offering webinars on a variety of COVID-19 related topics to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Register for an upcoming live session or view a pre-recorded session on-demand below. More sessions will be added regularly.

EAP also has a website with links by topic to helpful resources from addiction to finances to parenting to support for marginalized communities.

Self Care with the WA State EAP (live)

This webinar addresses the emotional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and offers ideas for self-care and strategies for managing stress and fear.

Monday April 20  10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.  Register Today

Thursday April 23 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Register Today 

Leading Teams and Supporting Employees through COVID-19 (live)

Tuesday April 21 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   Register Today

Wednesday April 22  3:00 p.pm. – 4:30 p.m.  Register Today

Working from Home during COVID-19: Coping with the Challenges, Setting Yourself Up for Success (live)

Tuesday April 21  3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Register Today

Parenting and Family Challenges: Helping Yourself and Your Family through COVID-19

This webinar will offer insight into likely parenting and family challenges and tips and strategies to help support your family’s emotional health and wellbeing.

Monday, April 20, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm   Register Today

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  10:00am-11:30am  Register Today

Thursday, April 23, 2020  9:00am-10:30am  Register Today

See all COVID-19 Related Webnairs & Resources

Six Tips to Strengthen Your Immune System

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Washington State Employee Assistance Program’s April 2020 Newsletter

Strengthen Your Immune System

You and your family are working hard to limit your exposure to COVID-19 by social distancing, washing your hands, not touching your face, cleaning frequently-touched surfaces and more: all of the actions recommended by the CDC, Washington State Department of Health and World Health Organization (WHO). What else can you do? To support your immune system to function at its best, it’s more important than ever to take these commonly recommended self-care actions:

1) get adequate sleep (7-9 hours for most folks)

2) eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants

3) move your body regularly

4) avoid smoking and heavy alcohol/substance use

5) maintain a healthy weight

6) manage your stress. This advice is even more important for older adults because they are at greater risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as the immune system becomes less efficient with age.

Examine gaps in your immune system maintenance plan, and talk to your medical doctor, health/wellness adviser or an EAP counselor for support with healthier self-care actions and overcoming any roadblocks. You can also watch the EAP’s on-demand webinar on self-care during COVID-19 or visit our COVID-19 Resources page to sign up for an upcoming live webinar.

Upcoming Webinars

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As more and more employees begin teleworking as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, more companies are offering professional development webinars you can take from home online.

Here are some training and support offerings from Compass Consulting and The Athena Group:

For those of you who missed the last Compass Consulting webinar, here is the recording of the Manage Stress during Difficult Times webinar:

Manage Stress during Difficult Times

1-hour Webinar

Facilitated by Amy Leneker

The Athena Group is offering various types of support from expert coaches and consultants, including free online webinars, resources for managers, coaching consultations and more. Explore current support . This web page will be continuously updated as new challenges and needs arise.

Centering Sessions Live Online Guided Meditation

Thursdays 10:00 – 10:30am PDT Starting April 9 Donation-Based

“We know you are holding a lot, both personally and professionally, and we know proven tools that can help. Whether you’re new to meditation or are a seasoned practitioner, you are welcome to join us for live, online, guided meditation sessions. These short sessions are open to all, so you can regroup, center yourself and find the ground under your feet.” This training does not have a set fee, as it is donation based.  >>> Click here to learn more & reserve your seat.


Staying at Home and its Impact on Your Mental Health

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Washington State Employee Assistance Program’s April 2020 Newsletter

Is Staying Home Putting Your Safety or Mental Health at Risk?

Social distancing, working from home, self-quarantining, sheltering in place…we are all implementing some combination of these COVID-19 responses to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe. But actions that keep us at home and away from public spaces put some community members at risk in other ways. For example, those who are living with an abusive partner or a person with a substance use disorder are now more likely to be exposed to unsafe situations. And those who struggle with depression, anxiety or substance use may be feeling isolated and lonely, with worsening symptoms.

Sound familiar? Reach out for help now – call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know needs urgent help, call the EAP at 877-313-4455, or contact one of these resources:

·         Domestic Violence/Abuse

·         Suicide/Depression/Anxiety

Also see Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty and Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Upcoming COVID-19 Related Webinars

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The latest  State Employee Assistance Program newsletter has shared some upcoming webinars related to working through the COVID-19 epidemic.

Leading Teams and Supporting Employees through COVID-19 (live)

Wednesday, April 1 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Register today

Self Care with the WA State EAP (live)

Thursday April 2  9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

Register Today

Working from Home during COVID-19: Coping with the Challenges, Setting Yourself Up for Success (live)

Friday April 3, 2020  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Register Today

The Employee Assistance Program also has a recording of its

Self-care with the EAP webinar. You can view and listen to it here:

Virtual Workshop: Working Alone Together Tuesday, March 31

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ICSEW is partnering with Renee Smith, Founder of A Human Workplace, to bring you this timely opportunity for support. “A Human Workplace Virtual Gathering: Working Alone Together” takes place Tuesday, March 31 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon via Zoom.

We are all working in a time of unprecedented challenges. We know you’re trying to adapt to this very difficult time. Many of us are facing loneliness, stress, and overwhelm but perhaps also strangely some hope. We may be struggling to work with kids at home or with the isolation of being alone 24/7. We may be questioning our value and purpose. We may enjoy working from home and the short “commute.” But we may also be worried about the safety of vulnerable family and friends or our financial security.

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Renee Smith

We want you to know that we care about you and want to support you during this time of uncertainty.

We are partnering with Renee Smith, founder and CEO of A Human Workplace who is offering Virtual Gatherings via Zoom.  This Gathering will help us to…

• Connect with each other while we are in the middle of this experience.
• Discuss practical tactics for building our person to person connection while we are isolated.
• Discover hope for the future and resilience to sustain us while we get there.

Join us for a conversation about “working alone together” in the age of COVID-19.

There is no charge to register and attend this event. Register here today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-human-workplace-virtual-gathering-for-icsew-working-alone-together-tickets-101099051986

For information on A Human Workplace visit www.MakeWorkMoreHuman.com

Free Webinar: Maintaining Your Composure in the Face of COVID-19

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A webinar for state employees on how to maintain composure through the COVID-19 epidemic is set from 8-9 a.m. Friday, March 20.

The webinar is called: Keep Calm and Carry On: Maintaining Your Composure in the Face of COVID-19. You may register (no charge) at this link.

The webinar is presented by Workplace Options in partnership with the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a service of the Department of Enterprise Services. The EAP also offers a guide: Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak.

Here is a description of this Friday’s webinar:

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to widespread fear on a global scale. The pervasive impact of the outbreak on a humanitarian and economical scale has caused many of us to experience extreme levels of uncertainty and anxiety. As every person and every organization tries to quickly adapt to the constantly changing situation, societal stress levels remain high. Given that stress has an adverse impact on our immune system, it is more important than ever to maintain a healthy sense of perspective, focus on practical ways to adapt to the situation and respond to the outbreak with calm and composure.

The webinar will cover:

  • Strategies to tackle feelings of anxiety and stress.
  • Practical techniques for working from home.
  • Ways to address signs of panic in the workplace.
  • When to reach out for further help and support.

For more information about the EAP, visit their website or call 877-313-4455.