January 2021 Meeting Recap: Survive, Revive and Thrive in the New Year

By Tanyah Williams, Washington State Patrol

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Stress and unexpected curveballs in our personal and professional lives were the norm of 2020 because of a pandemic with impacts not seen in similar proportions since the Spanish flu over a century ago. We all had to adapt to incredible changes last year, and it looks like they’ll continue throughout 2021.

January’s ICSEW meeting offered multiple presentations on how to take those challenges head on and be the best we can be. The following are some of the key takeaways from the sessions. Supporting documents are on our meeting minutes and materials page. A recording of the entire meeting can be viewed on our Facebook page on the ‘videos’ tab.

Survive, Revive and Thrive Ann Hiatt

Leadership consultant Ann Hiatt  gave a presentation on how Survive, Revive and Thrive professionally during and after a crisis. Three key points for any situation, according to Hiatt:

  1. Survive – The world is collectively in survival mode.  It’s difficult to make an informed decision and plan when no one knows where the finish line lies.  There are three things to help regain a sense of control during these very stressful and ambiguous early stages of adjustment.
  1. Get Clarity – It’s essential to understand the ways in which ways, deliverables and expectations have shifted.  You cannot assume previous job description or tasks have transference into this new situation.  Here are a few essential steps to get clarity.
    1. Set up meeting
    1. Build trust
    1. Don’t be afraid to manage up
  • Adapt– Without knowing when this will end it’s hard to budget our time, resources and energy accordingly leading to exhaustion.  Three things that help regain a sense of control are:
    • Accept that you cannot do it all
    • Remember Parato’s Principle – 80% or our results come from just 20% of our efforts.
    • Master the pivot
  • ResilienceSet a sustainable paceBe the sense maker and meaning finderPerform random acts of leadership
  • Revive – Eventually we will get out of survival mode and into the rhythm of the new normal.  Critical steps in the revive phrase are:
  1. AmbitionTake a look at your current role and set some goals beyond current responsibilitiesMake a goal list of ambitionsFocus on what give you hope for the future
  • TrustOut care everyoneBe  credible and reliableInvest in beneficial relationships
  • ReboundReorient yourself in a competitive environmentPredict and be proactiveOperationalize your dreams and vision
  • Thrive – Just a repeat of the cycles above even when times are more certain again.

Building Resilience to Manage Stress: Kari Uhlman, Employee Assistance Program

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Since the onset of the a pandemic, the Department of Enterprise Services Employee Assistance program has been hosting webinars on COIVD-19 stress-management and resiliency. For a complete list of upcoming webinars, or to listen to past webinars on demand, please visit https://des.wa.gov/services/hr-finance/washington-state-employee-assistance-program-eap/webinars

Key Points:

Building Resilience

Finding meaning – In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds meaning.

Optimism

  • Identify what you have control over
  • Seek the positives
  • Reframe & replace negative thoughts

Self-awareness – Try the Strength Assessment at www.marcusbuckngham.com

  • Increase you understanding of your own unique identity
  • Identify tools and practices you can use to increase your self-awareness
  • Identify triggers & create a plan

Self-care – Can include clearing clutter, to taking care of self financially, to unfollowing friends on social media. 

Find the Self-Care Wheel at www.olgaphoenix.com

Support

  • Use the buddy system – check in with each other
  • Seek & utilize support systems

The EAP offers support in so many areas. It’s free to you and your family.  Locate EAP at www.eap.wa.gov or call at 877-313-4455 for a list of all their free resources.

EAP Webinars on Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID Schedule for Sept/Oct

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.

(New) Leading the Human Side of Change

From the Washington State Employee Assistance Program:

Leading the Human Side of Change

We are currently experiencing a rapid transformation of the workplace. As a leader, you may find yourself struggling with how to navigate and lead your team through the challenges that can come with change. In this webinar you’ll learn about the human side of change, how change impacts you as a leader and your work group, strategies to support your team through change, and what resources are available to support both you and your employees.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm  Register

Navigating Change in Challenging Times

In our ever changing world, learning how to navigate change is an essential skill—one that can be developed. In this webinar we’ll talk about the impact of change, actions you can take to navigate change based on your unique response to stress, and resources available to support you.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020  8:30am-10:00am  Register
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020  1:00pm-2:30pm  Register
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:00pm-3:30pm  Register

How to Build Resilience When Your Job Involves Helping Others in Crisis

This webinar is intended for those who are supporting others in crisis e.g. customers, clients, students, employees/staff. During this webinar you will learn how your mind and body responds to stress, possible impacts on your emotional and physical well-being, strategies to build resilience, and supports and resources available to you.

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm  Register
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020  10:00am-11:30am  Register
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:30am-12:00pm  Register

For more resources and to view a list of recorded webinars, visit https://des.wa.gov/services/hr-finance/washington-state-employee-assistance-program-eap

EAP Self-Care and Resilience Building Webinars Schedule for August and September 2020

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The Washington State Employee Assistance Program, 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.

Navigating Change in Challenging Times

In our ever changing world, learning how to navigate change is an essential skill—one that can be developed. In this webinar we’ll talk about the impact of change, actions you can take to navigate change based on your unique response to stress, and resources available to support you.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020  9:30am-11:00am  Register
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020  1:00pm-2:30pm  Register
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020  8:30am-10:00am  Register
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020  1:00pm-2:30pm  Register

Navigating Change Handouts:

Self Care with the WA State EAP

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

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020  8:30am-10:00am  Register
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020   2:00pm-3:30pm Register

How to Build Resilience When Your Job Involves Helping Others in Crisis

This webinar is intended for those who are supporting others in crisis e.g. customers, clients, students, employees/staff. During this webinar you will learn how your mind and body responds to stress, possible impacts on your emotional and physical well-being, strategies to build resilience, and supports and resources available to you.

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020  8:30am-10:00am  Register
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020  8:30am-10:00am  Register
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm  Register
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020  10:00am-11:30am  Register

Washington State Employee Assistance Program

Phone: (360) 407-9490 or toll-free at (877) 313-4455

Visit the EAP website.

State Employee Assistance Program Webinars for the Month of June 2020

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The Washington State Employee Assistance Program is offering webinars on a variety of COVID-19 related topics to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Register today for these upcoming live webinars:

*New* Couples: Managing Your Way through COVID-19 (live)

  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 4:00-4:30 pm – Register
  • Friday, June 12, 2020 3:30-4:00 pm – Register

Self Care with the WA State EAP (live)

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:30-10:00 am – Register
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 3:00-4:30 pm – Register
  • Monday, June 15, 2020 1:30-3:00 pm – Register

Washington: Coming Together to Learn, Support, & Connect (live)

  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:00-12:30 pm – Register
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:00-12:30 pm – Register
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:00-12:30 pm – Register

How to Build Resilience When Your Job Involves Helping Others in Crisis (live)

  • Monday, June 1, 2020 3:00-4:30 pm   – Register
  • Monday, June 8, 2020 8:30-10:00 am – Register
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 9:30-11:00 am – Register
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:00-4:30 pm – Register
EAP also has a website with links by topic to helpful resources from addiction to finances to parenting to support for marginalized communities.