So it is that time...again. As we go into the winter months with tighter COVID- 19 restrictions, it is getting harder for us to engage in activities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle. As you probably know, studies have shown there are many health benefits of getting regular exercise [1,2]. As recommended by the Canadian Public Health Service, we should aim to get roughly 2.5 hours of physical exercise per week which has shown to lower the risks of heart disease, diabetes, premature death, stroke and more . However, did you know regular exercise can also improve your performance at work too?
If it's tough for you to define what boundaries are exactly, don’t worry! You are not the only one, and hopefully this post can give you a quick rundown on what they are and how they can help you excel at work. We are often introduced to boundaries before we can even fully understand the complexities of them. A huge part of parenting is boundary setting, which you often don't realize until you are a parent yourself! That being said, boundaries can be extremely important for a variety of things, from our mental health, to our identity, relationships and working life. Since they are so widespread across our lives, let's learn a bit more about them and how we can use them for our benefit!
These are only a few ways to help reduce the waste, and help protect the environment and combat the very many natural disasters we are facing such as the wildfires, hurricanes, monsoons and rising temperatures. As the seasons change, and we start to rethink our routines and lifestyles, what changes (big or small!) can you make to lessen your impact on the environment?
In our last post we talked about 3 tips on how to run virtual meetings. As many organizations are still working remotely, and will either stay remote for at least a few more months or permanently, we talked about 3 ways we can keep our virtual meetings engaging and productive. In case that wasn't enough... so here are 3 more!
Prior to working from home, there once was a stigma that video conferencing meetings weren't quite as effective as face to face meetings, it seemed as though many valued face to face time with one another. Since remote work has become our reality for the majority of 2020, how can we make the most out of our virtual meetings in order to make them as close to face to face as we can? How can making these changes serve us?
As a company, starting in July, we decided to allow our Tjeners to take Friday afternoons off to recharge and get an early start to their weekend, rather than be glued to their desks all afternoon. Some other factors in this decision were that given many children will be finishing school, and are unable to go to summer camps or other forms of activity and care, we wanted to give our parents at Tjene some time to care for their families in times of need. Even if our Tjeners don't have family obligations, we wanted to ensure our Tjeners were getting sufficient work-life balance and were able to spend some time doing the things they love.
On April 28th, our Managing Partner, Calvin Yoa and our Business Development and Partnerships Director, Calvin Hariman hosted an IoT webinar on "Smart Buildings and IoT: How to Leverage IoT and IBM TRIRIGA". The webinar is now available online to watch on-demand.
As we mentioned in our last post there are plenty of negative effects of burning out and not having a balance between your "work life" and your "home life" (i.e. your life outside of work). In our WFH Series post no. 3 we talked about how staying busy can improve your mental health, specifically in the context of the mandated lockdown for COVID-19. Some people stay busy by working more, but our WFH Series post no. 4 aimed to make it clear that keeping busy all the time with work isn't healthy. So how can we stay busy with something in a healthy way? You guessed it, hobbies!
This coming month on June 1, 2021, marks Holland Bloorview's third Breakfast with the Board event with their guest speaker, Jason Rowe, the Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Canada. Rowe will be sharing his advice on topics around ignoring the noise, doing the work, and learning to believe in yourself - all while figuring out what you want to do with your life. Join our Tjene Team in attending this event for an opportunity to learn, network, and fundraise for the children, families and staff at Holland Bloorview.