Total Worker Health
In 2011, NIOSH launched the Total Worker Health program to support research toward improving and sustaining worker safety, health, and wellbeing.
As an affiliate, the City of Eugene fosters an integrated approach to protecting and promoting worker well-being through collaboration with NIOSH. We take a holistic view of total worker health by encouraging a healthy work, home, and community life. Since life extends beyond the work day, so do many City wellbeing offerings.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Now and Later
This week’s competency highlight is Now and Later: Developing and cultivating a Now and Later perspective means that we as a team, and you as an individual, are acting today in anticipation of tomorrow. Working on our now and later skills means we are looking beyond our day-to-day challenges of the work to better anticipate the future (next week or five years from now) and adjust to change. This can include developing a better understanding of the “why” of your work, venturing to the “balcony” occasionally to observe the trends and patterns in your work and the work of your teams, and understanding how your work fits into the larger context of the organization and opportunities that may arise from collaboration. More information: Now and Later and TED Talk: 8 Secrets of Success.
I am grateful to be able to write about this subject because I’m passionate about career development and career well-being. As a long-term city employee, I have had the privilege to attend valuable training like the City Leadership Academy, have professional city mentors, and to work with some incredible leaders who have influenced me in profound ways. Brave leaders have been willing to give me feedback. I try hard to be open to hearing feedback and do my best to improve. All these opportunities speak to the value and the support the City has for growth and development for employees. To give back, I enjoy mentoring others.
I’ve been the Acting IT Director for about three months. ISD serves the entire city, and we have the opportunity to put resources together to make important objectives happen. Having worked in several divisions in the city, I love being able to connect the operational needs of the city with our IT solutions. The staff at ISD are highly skilled and want to help! Sometimes we are resource challenged. Part of my job is to help figure out how to use the breadth of my experience to coordinate services departments need. For me, this challenge and adventure is part of achieving my career goals.
For over 20 years, I have had a formal career development plan and I check off items as I achieve them. I enjoy this subject so much that I’ve been helping teach the course to employees and supervisors. My best career development advice: everyone should have a written career development plan. Share this plan with your supervisor, mentor or a colleague, keep it up to date, and always be refreshing it and working on it. HR has an outstanding Ceshare site with career development resources; City Career Development Site.
I also really value the six competencies as a career wellness strategy. Career development falls into the “now and later” category. Another one of the competencies is self-awareness and emotional intelligence. In an effort to be more self-aware, I have begun meditating more. Stealing the idea from when I worked at PDD, I started a Monday morning group 10-minute meditation session for ISD staff. Meditation is becoming widely accepted as a practice that anyone can do. There are all kinds of website and phone apps to help make it a reality. In the context of career wellbeing, meditation practices keep you calm when stressful situation arise, help you recover from stress, lower your blood pressure, promote better relaxation and bring a sense of peacefulness.
Career development for me, has meant strategically and specifically planning my career adventure and then being open and flexible to wherever opportunities take me. It has also meant being open to feedback from others and being willing to change and improve as I learn new concepts. Meditation is my latest adventure in figuring out how to be my best self. Give me a call if you want to talk more about this subject or take one of the classes offered by HR!
COE Career Development Assistance Program
Did you know the City has a Career Development Assistance Program that is available to assist regular employees in developing their knowledge, skills, and abilities? There are a variety of career development tools, resources, and opportunities available to regular employees who have passed their probationary period. In addition to this, AFSCME offers an Education Incentive program and the City has an Education Aid program available.
- City Career Development Site
- AFSCME Education Incentive Compensation
- Education Aid Procedure
- Education Aid Request Form
Don’t forget! Engage through the rest of the month by sharing what brings you joy and purpose with your colleagues! Please add one of these templates to your email signature (instructions included) as a prompt to share what you love about your work, your values, how you find purpose, or resources that inspire you. It’s easy to identify yourself as part of the wellbeing movement, and share purpose and inspiration with others!
If you want to engage and email is not a regular part of your work (or if you do but just love buttons), check out these button templates (attached), pick one and let us know what you’d like on it! We’ll send you one to wear. (Send your button request to Erin Finot, x. 5632)
Feel free to use these graphics to engage with colleagues around career wellbeing in any other way you think of!
If you like cheering, we have an opportunity for you. Join your fellow COE employees for a night out with the Ems on Tuesday, August 13th. Follow this link to purchase tickets from the comfort of where ever you happen to be: https://groupmatics.events/event/cityofeugene19
The game starts at 7:05, and gates open an hour before that...We hope to see you there!
Employees can participate in multiple free community and professional development classes, use a City-sponsored bike, or access resources to improve physical and mental wellbeing. Whether accessing affordable health benefits, preparing for potential emergency situations, or practicing safety at home and work, City employees have many ways to maximize total worker health.
Please note: Links with an * indicate an internal website and can only be accessed on a City computer.
- Risk Services Division*
- Safety/Loss Control*
- Liability/Property Program*
- Workers’ Compensation*
- Emergency Management
- Direction Employee Assistance Program (EAP)