Well At Work
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The Well at Work podcast is a conversation with Canadian K-12 educators and researchers about workplace mental health and well-being.
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Building a genuinely accepting and inclusive school culture is a shared responsibility.

In part two of this two-part episode, Dr. André P. Grace discusses the importance of taking an SGM-inclusive approach to education and how school leaders, staff,…

In part one of this two-part episode, Dr. André P. Grace discusses the work that remains to be done in providing teachers with the knowledge and resources to address SGM- inclusion and accommodation in schools. Equally important to consider is how…

Effective school leaders are key to creating healthy schools. Yet, work intensification continues to threaten principal recruitment and retention – and ultimately staff and student performance.

In this episode, Dr. Fei Wang shares key findings from…

Think about some of the best schools you’ve ever worked at. What made these workplaces stand out?

In this episode, Dr. Ilene Winokur discusses the power of belonging in the workplace and the positive impacts it can have on K-12 staff well-being.

School is a learning environment for students – but it’s also a workplace for adults where far too many K-12 staff are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and burnout.

In this episode, educator and union leader Grant Frost discusses the…

In part two of this episode, Elizabeth Tingle discusses ways we can begin creating a more positive narrative around teacher well-being and how doing so can transform school culture.

When we talk about teacher well-being, we often talk about stress and burnout. But what if we were to flip the script so that we talk not only about the challenges of the teaching profession, but also the rewarding aspects?

In part one of this…

Historically, student well-being has been the primary focus within K-12 education. However, there’s growing evidence that an approach is required that supports the well-being of both students and staff.

In this episode, Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew…

Schools aren’t immune to public discourses about weight loss and body image.

In this episode, Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew debunks common practices part of “weight-loss culture” and discusses the need for shifting the narrative to one that focuses on…

The pandemic has left many questions around what learning could and should look like as schools reopen.

In this episode, Jody Nolf discusses what she’s calling “ANCHOR learning.” ANCHOR could be vital to creating a safe and structured environment for…

When we experience a stressful situation, it can launch us into a spiral of negative thoughts and reactions, impacting our overall well-being. How then do we address this and focus on turning a problem into a solution?

According to Dr. Lisa Lucas,…

Tamara Lechner, Director of the Center for Positive Education, discusses the benefits of positive psychology in the work of K-12 school leaders and staff. Find out how incorporating the tenets of positive psychology into school team practices can lead…

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a rise in a little understood phenomenon among K-12 educators called “demoralization.”

COVID-19 has brought educators and their families together in the same space almost all day, every day. Homes are now living spaces, working spaces, and learning spaces, where educators are constantly switching between different tasks and wearing…

Stress and burnout led Patrice Palmer to leave the teaching profession after a 20 year-long career. Although she had attempted to return to part-time teaching, Patrice never regained her passion.

Why does teacher self-sacrifice appear to be the norm…

Heather Ross shares what it’s like to open up to your colleagues about your personal struggles with mental health.

In this episode, Ora Goldin shares the power of group drumming circles and how rhythm can teach both educators and students about well-being, mindfulness, and accepting ourselves right here, right now.

For the first ten years of her career, Laura De Simone was one of the most motivated and inspired teachers who simply wanted to change kids’ lives. Somewhere along the way, though, she started to feel tired and reached a point of resentment from…

What happens when the dynamics of working with a colleague in the classroom aren’t all what you expected it to be?

In this episode, Christine Hanna and Laura De Simone talk about having to navigate each other’s different teaching styles and trying to…

What processes could help a school figure out what’s standing in the way of a healthy working environment? What if we simply don’t know what the problem is?

The Action-Driven Change Framework can be helpful in identifying solutions that meet your…

How is racism a workplace wellness issue? Most workplace wellness programs are focused on the individual – helping people deal with stress, workload, and enhancing their communication skills. Often, the solution is to provide tools such as webinars,…

Alexandra Fortier discute de l’importance d’exercer au quotidien des stratégies de bien-être pour bâtir notre résilience. Elle dit que de prendre une approche systémique (familles + institutions + gouvernement) afin de mettre en place des mesures de…

What are the earliest signs of burnout? What are the daily practices of educators who have positive mental health and are able to handle stress well? How would you support a teacher’s happiness at school, and how important do you think happiness is to…

What are the earliest signs of burnout? What are the daily practices of educators who have positive mental health and are able to handle stress well? How would you support a teacher’s happiness at school, and how important do you think happiness is to…

One of the best predictors of teachers leaving their school and the profession altogether is the quality of their principal. A high quality principal has the ability to develop strong relationships with teachers, to be a good listener, and to set…

While there are strategies that can help them become more resilient and better manage job stress – like yoga programs, nutrition lessons, and initiatives that encourage physical activity – these strategies often don’t target the root causes of stress….

In a previous podcast, we spoke with Kimberly Cooper, a special education resource teacher in Saskatchewan, who lost her voice due to chronic stress.

In this episode, we catch-up with Kimberly’s principal, Diana Jemieff, to dive deeper into how she…

As a teacher, your voice is one of your most powerful tools in the classroom. But what happens if you were to lose it?

Kimberly Cooper, a special education resource teacher in Saskatchewan, recounts how losing her voice due to chronic stress set her…

Dans cet épisode, Robert Laurie, Ph. D., nous explique ce qu’est le Cadre du milieu de travail positif (CMTP), et comment il peut s’appliquer comme ressource dans nos écoles.

À part de sondages habituels qui ne mesurent que le qualitatif, les écoles cherchent à répondre à la question suivante: quel est réellement l’impact de nos efforts déployés sur le bien-être ? Dans cet épisode, Robert Laurie, Ph. D. nous parle d’un…

Lors de cet épisode, Monique, Julie et Marie-Ève affirment que croire dans les autres et la capacité du système nous aide à accompagner le personnel scolaire ainsi qu’à répondre aux besoins des élèves ayant des besoins particuliers. De plus, elles…

As educators, we often think that work time and leisure time don’t really mix. We tend not to view spending time in the outdoors as “productive.” In reality, stress levels decrease when we go outside, and an effective break is necessary if you’re…

Have you checked-in with yourself today? Self-regulation can’t be effectively taught to students unless the adults teaching them how to self-regulate can do it for themselves first. As an educator, it’s important to check-in with how you’re feeling as…

Lors de ce épisode, Lysanne nous parle de sa transition comme opératrice des systèmes de communication chez la Police Provinciale de l’Ontario, à la secrétaire de l’école élémentaire catholique Sainte-Anne. Elle nous explique comment elle contribue à…

Lors ce cet épisode, Annick, leader du bien-être et de la santé mentale, nous explique pourquoi il est important de fournir aux enfants dès un jeune âge des outils sociaux-émotionnels. Elle nous explique les différences entre les trois paliers…

featuring Kristen Brock, Rosetta Doolan, Amanda LaBoucane, Gail Markin, Byron Robbie, Theresa Verdiel & Jackie Brown

When you’re constantly encountering negative situations in the workplace, your mental health can take a hit. How do we look after…

featuring Gail Markin, Charlie Naylor & Theresa Verdiel

Three B.C. school districts held a series of focus groups that asked staff these four questions: “What does well-being mean to you?” “What in your personal life helps or hinders your…

featuring Cindy Andrew, Tawnie Gaudreau, Byron Robbie & David Strange

If we want to change the system, then we need to first understand it. The research is clear – staff who have a positive sense of well-being can better support the well-being and…

ft. Gail Markin, Theresa Verdiel, Kristen Brock, Cindy Andrew & Charlie Naylor

Beginning the conversation isn’t difficult. To engage staff in conversations about well-being, we need to listen to their stories and lived experiences. We also need to…

Featuring Dr. Shirley Giroux

Being both a teacher and a parent means being a full-time caregiver – both at work and at home. With the piled up demands of the workplace and family life, how can teachers better care for themselves? More importantly,…

Featuring Lisa Baylis

There’s an enormous amount of pressure that’s put on educators – both from the workplace and from their own inner critic. This comes at a cost as educators are really good at putting others first yet often don’t look after their…

Featuring Dr. Katina Pollock

With higher workloads, long hours, and increasing demands, principals’ work is intensifying, threatening recruitment, retention, and job performance.

Featuring Gail Markin

Educators strive to foster a sense of belonging among students in their classroom. We know the benefits that strong relationships can have on student development and learning. Why not flip the script? Educators also need to feel…

Featuring Dr. Astrid Kendrick

There’s a cone of silence around what you can admit to in the workplace – how you’re feeling, behaving, and how things are genuinely going for you. Sound familiar? There’s actually a term for this – “emotional labour.”

Featuring Dr. Lisa Lucas

Teacher candidates are prepared to care for students in the classroom, but often they’re less prepared to take care of themselves. Why does educator self-care matter in the workplace?

Featuring Dr. Susan Rodger

Stress can be good – there’s a healthy level at which we all need to have some stress to respond in appropriate ways. But when the stress gets so big that it overwhelms our ability to cope, then there’s a problem.