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The Wellness/Leadership Link

by Brian Andjelic College of Alberta School Superintendents | March 21 2019

Any continuous improvement process depends a great deal on leadership for direction and support. The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) and the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan have been involved, at the direction of the CASS Board of Directors, in leading positive change for members related to mental well-being within the context of wellness. The early stages of the Resiliency in…»

Let’s Snack on It

by The Sandbox Staff | March 14 2019

In honour of Nutrition Month, we’d like to share some bite-sized tips for including food—and some snack-related metaphors—in your workplace. We hope these help get the creative juices flowing as you’re hard at work planning and promoting wellness throughout your workplace. Utensils for wellness. To kick off your nutrition-based wellness journeys, make sure you check out the plethora of resources…»

Aha! Learning about Learning: Tips for Wellness Champs

by Kylie McLean ASEBP | March 7 2019

One of the highlights of my role is being able to connect face-to-face with wellness champs at their meetings. It’s so great to meet these passionate people, be there to ‘watch the magic happen’ in person and witness just how significant a role wellness champions play in creating positive, healthy workplace cultures. Often in these meetings, wellness champions are looking to me to share tools…»

Not to Be Too Short

by The Sandbox Staff | February 28 2019

Ah, February, our shortest month. You just got here, yet we’re already saying goodbye. And while we could gripe about why Mr. Caesar laid out the calendar the way he did, we mostly just want to make sure that February doesn’t get even shorter shrift. Because more than being just the teeniest, tiniest month of all, it’s also Psychology Month—and that’s no small thing. Psychology Month looks…»

Uniting Superheroes, Near and Far

by Kristyn Berry ASEBP | February 21 2019

If you’re lucky, you’ve experienced what it feels like when unexpected sparks of inspiration hit you like little lightning bolts. Luckier still are those who were able to attend the 10th anniversary of Shaping the Future, where inspiration came down like a good rain shower…or an epic snow-mageddon, as was the case this year. Regardless, we all put on an extra layer, played in the snow and were…»

The Heart of the Matter

by The Sandbox Staff | February 14 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! Since you’ll likely be surrounded by hearts of all shapes, sizes and colours today, we figured this was the perfect opportunity to revisit some of the ways we’ve talked about heart health—literal and figurative—here on The Sandbox. We Got the Beat Promote heart health in your workplace by sharing practical resources like the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health eTools…»

There’s Nothing You-er Than You

by Gillian Woroniuk ASEBP | February 7 2019

Honesty. Authenticity. Your true self. Being real. These days, there’s so many ways to describe what really comes down to the act of doing what you say you’re going to do, and that what you do is a meaningful reflection of who you are as a person. As Dr. Seuss aptly put it, “there’s no one alive that is Youer than You.” This certainly does (and should) extend into our work lives and, even…»

Rekindle your Wellness Fire

by The Sandbox Staff | January 31 2019

Did you know there’s actually a Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day? If you’re wondering, it was on January 17. Apparently this demotivating day marks the moment when the excitement and fervour with which we created our goals for the new year fizzle out for a lot of people. While we’re all about celebrating on The Sandbox, this is one holiday we really hope everyone ignored this year, especially…»

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,…»