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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 overload: the more resources you have at your fingertips, the more it can cause decision paralysis!

Hop on the Good Foot

In the spirit of starting the New Year off on the right foot, here are a few helpful tips to consider as you start your search for workplace wellness resources:

  1. Start with Why. We’ve all experienced a time when we enthusiastically start a project without a clear direction or idea of what we’re trying to accomplish. We get so caught up in the excitement and opportunity to take action that we don’t take the time to define what we are hoping to achieve. This can lead to other assumptions—that finding or developing a resource is the key to our success. This is a dangerous road that, if left unchecked, can lead us down the rabbit hole of picking and choosing different resources and ideas that may not align with the important reason(s) we started down this path at the outset. If you or your team lose sight of the ‘why’ you’re searching for a resource, consider taking a few steps back and revisit the SMARTY goals worksheet to get you re-grounded.
  2. Dig into The Sandbox. With your goal now freshly in mind, get good bang (quality resources) for your buck (precious time spent). Good news! The Sandbox already has a tried and tested resource section loaded with evidence-based resources to support workplace wellness. When we originally worked with our provincial partners to develop The Sandbox, we took our collective job of finding relevant, credible resources very seriously. We wanted to make sure any resource or tool posted online would be relevant to our audience (aligning to the important work wellness champions are trying to do) and, where possible, relevant to us (resources or tools developed in Alberta or Canada, or those we were confident offered ideas that were transferable to the environments we’re working in). Make The Sandbox your first stop—try searching for key terms like ‘activity’ or ‘posters’ for resources. You can also sign up for our free e-newsletter and each month you’ll get a good dose of sparkling, new resources and tools to support your work!
  3. Think Broadly. Not all resources are found online. In fact, some of the most valuable resources to support your work might be sitting down the hall from you or on the other end of your phone. Effective workplace wellness champions are skilled at developing relationships with others who have skills, knowledge and experience that can be shared and re-applied. Don’t recreate the wheel. Bounce ideas around with a colleague, friend or someone who is knowledgeable in this area. Try The Sandbox forum to find these subject matter experts. Here, you’ll find a ton of like-minded individuals asking similar questions and offering support, just like Gillian who asked about useful evaluation tools or Leanne who was looking for wellness initiatives with no budget.

As workplace wellness champions, you have an important job to do. Finding the right resources and tools can make this job infinitely easier and your efforts more effective. Just remember, amidst all of the excitement, keep your eye on your (well-defined) long-term project goal and focus your energy on finding and using credible online spaces and knowledgeable, passionate people to help you! 

Kristyn Berry

A former ASEBP workplace wellness liaison, 'Berry,' as she is fondly named, relishes the opportunity to promote health and wellness within the Comprehensive School Health community. With experience in health stewardship at the international, national and local levels, Berry has never balked at a challenge—including, but not limited to, backpacking adventures where the best description of the accommodation is 'floor.'