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Stop Mowing! In January?

by Shandy McLean ASEBP | January 24 2019 | 1 Comment

As a people manager, I’m often inspired by articles and posts on LinkedIn. There’s no shortage of thought-provoking reads and memes to pore over! A few weeks ago, I read an article about avoiding micromanaging that really spoke to me. The risk of micromanaging is something I am very aware of because I LOVE to help—and know that sometimes I’m at risk of getting over-involved in my team’s…»

Brighten up Blue Monday

by The Sandbox Staff | January 17 2019

January marks the beginning of a new year, which means new goals, new things to look forward to and also new challenges to overcome—the first possibly being right around the corner. This upcoming Monday may seem like your run-of-the-mill start to the week but many consider the third Monday of January to be the unofficial gloomiest day of the year, Blue Monday. We know Mondays can already be tough,…»

The Great Resource Hunt

by Kristyn Berry ASEBP | January 10 2019

Wellness champions can’t possibly be experts in all things. Thankfully, the world (wide web) is full of useful resources and tools to help you create a healthy workplace for everyone. Searching for and assessing the quality of resources online can sometimes feel overwhelming amidst all of the links, guidebooks, videos—you name it!—available at your fingertips. Welcome to the irony of resource…»

Baking a Culture Cake

by The Sandbox Staff | January 3 2019

Workplace culture is a bit like baking a cake (chocolate, angel food, carrot—take your pick!). You add elements like inclusiveness, tolerance and empowerment, ice it with a bit of fun, and—BAM!—the next thing you know your culture “cake” is being featured on the Food Network. By using some of the following resources we’ve pulled together, you’ll be well on your way to mixing up an awesomely…»

Keeping it Simple

by Jenn Flynn APPLE Schools | December 20 2018

APPLE Schools recently had the benefit of working with two fantastic University of Alberta kinesiology practicum students. Their enthusiasm and fresh perspective in the office really energized the team! One student, Sarah DeChamplain, shared with me how her experience helped shape her understanding of the broad impact that workplace wellness has on the whole team. I asked Sarah to share her thoughts…»

Make your Move(ment)

by The Sandbox Staff | December 13 2018

While the winter weather may not inspire you to jump for joy, it’s important that we don’t let these chilly days put a damper on our daily physical activity. Luckily, The Sandbox is chock full of stellar resources to keep you and your team on the move all winter long!  While you Work Whether you find yourself sitting for long periods at work or your posture could use a pick-me-up, take a peek…»

Seek to Understand

by Lorna Muise Alberta Health Services | December 6 2018

Recently, I participated in a poverty simulation with over 100 staff members from Red Deer Public Schools. The purpose of this simulation was to gain awareness and understanding of what it’s like to live in poverty. More than one in six Alberta children live in poverty, according to a 2018 Alberta Child Poverty Report. They arrive at school with experiences and situations that many of us cannot…»

A Wellness Mosaic

by The Sandbox Staff | November 29 2018

Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported, no matter your workplace. Building a strong workplace culture that’s inclusive of all staff, regardless of their abilities, culture, age, etc., is crucial to enabling a team to grow and thrive. In light of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations-declared Human Rights Day (December 10), we thought we’d share some of The Sandbox’s resources and…»

Take a Hike

by Krista Sheehan ASEBP | November 22 2018 | 1 Comment

Picture this: a journey, a challenge and a revelation—of mountainous proportions! For a lot of people, a backpacking trip would sound like a dream but, for me, venturing out into unfamiliar territory with a group of professionals that I hadn’t yet met was equal parts exciting and terrifying. When all was said and done, I found that I’d not only survived (yay!), but that I’d learned a few new…»

Spicing up your Wellness Recipe

by The Sandbox Staff | November 15 2018

Fostering wellness in any workplace is a complicated mix, isn’t it? As a wellness champ, you’re likely to know this as well as anyone—workplace wellness requires a complex and, at times, confounding mix of ingredients, one that aims to accommodate a whole range of tastes and is ultimately something more than the sum of its parts. The good news is that every head chef needs a sous chef and we’ve…»