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How to Recharge Your Batteries in an Age of Relentless Demands

Dr. Jamie Gruman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph and a founding member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association.  Dr. Gruman spoke at a TedxGuelphU talk on, "How to Recharge your Batteries in an Age of Relentless Demands." 

For anyone who is feeling burned out and looking for ways to effectively gain more energy, listen to Dr. Gruman's tips on how to flip our downtime into "uptime." 

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-U7fzS06ns.

Managing Time Before and After Vacation

Taking vacation time is important for our health.  However, the time before and after a vacation can be stressful. Often, there are deadlines to meet before taking time off from work and prioritizing in a time crunch can be a challenge. Returning from time off can also be stressful if work has piled up. 

Looking for some strategies to help prevent or reduce the stress associated with vacation time?  

A green space on the University of Guelph campus.

University of Guelph's Top 20 Bucket List for Employees

The University of Guelph has many unique features and activities for employees to enjoy.  We have compiled many of these features into a Top 20 Bucket List. 

Work your way through with a colleague or on your own, and have fun appreciating our campus.

2019 Wellness@Work Recipe Booklet

During Nutrition Month, we asked employees to submit their favourite healthy recipe for a chance to win a prize.  View the top 3 recipes our panel selected, as well as all of the yummy recipes we received for the contest in the attached recipe booklet.

Try out a new breakfast, entree or dessert recipe and let us know what you think! Use the hashtag #WellnessatUofG.

Happy tasting! 

Retreat Day: Wellness for Peer Helper Supervisors

A Retreat Day was held for Peer Helper Supervisors in 2018 as part of a Wellness@Work grant received.  The retreat day was held at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, which is an inspiring and tranquil setting for a day of learning and building community among the 30+ Peer Helper Supervisors across campus.

Mental Health and Workplace Culture in Population Medicine

The Department of Population Medicine in OVC received a Wellness@Work grant in 2018 to provide a space with activities that encourage Population Medicine team members to see the department holistically. The program included a variety of activities to support physical, mental and social health and wellbeing.

A Quiet Moment to Pause, Reflect & Re-energize at the CCLC

The teachers at the Child Care Learning Centre (CCLC) work very hard to care for children all day long. The Parent Advisory Council wanted to show them some appreciation by improving their health and wellness at work. Through the grant program they received, opportunities were created for teachers to find calm, re-energize and reflect in the middle of their high-energy, demanding days.

Making Connections in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Human Health and Nutritional Sciences (HHNS) has nearly 50 staff and faculty employees, across 4 buildings on the University of Guelph main campus. The Wellness@Work grant they received in 2018 helped to further their existing workplace culture and provided the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships outside of work. The specific goals of the initiative were to:

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