SmartHealth (Washington State Health Care Authority) is "Washington State's voluntary wellness
On the SmartHealth home page you can find information on:
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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars
EAP is offering webinars on a variety of COVID-19 related topics to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Register for an upcoming live session or view a pre-recorded session on-demand below. More sessions will be added regularly.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Orientation
This is a link to a14-minute video from the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP helps Washington State public employees find solutions to personal and work-related problems".This video is about how to get "the most out of your free, confidential EAP benefit. "
Comprehensive, step-by-step instruction on how to effectively understand, use, and master tasks such as how to use computer apps (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.) as well as manual skills (e.g. how to use a fire extinguisher, lift a box, etc.).
Taking care of customer needs by providing professional, helpful, high-quality service and assistance before, during, and after customer requirements are met.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
The DEI competencies and definitions are already being used to support workforce and workplace success. This training pathway provides more foundational DEI learning and growth opportunities that are a part of successful workplace culture where inclusion and belonging are centered. These learning resources support the importance and value of DEI in all state work.
Online Safety Training Materials
The Washington State Dept. of Labor and Industries (L&I) has produced a variety of online safety training materials related to the safety and the workplace. Below are some selected areas from L&I.
Violence on the Job
Depression & Anxiety: Relations to Stress
From the National Alliance on Mental Health. This video will help you "become more familiar with the impact of depression and anxiety, and the relationship to stress • Gain a deeper understanding for the vast number of individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety • Learn self-care best practices • Learn about available help and resources." (57 minutes)
The Stress Management workshop will give participants a three-option method for addressing any stressful situation, as well as a toolbox of personal skills, including using routines, relaxation techniques, and a stress log system. They will also understand what lifestyle elements they can change to reduce stress. Brought to you by the Washington State Employee Assistance Program, part of the Department of Enterprise Services. (33 minutes)
"Anger can be an incredibly damaging force, costing people their jobs, personal relationships, and even their lives when it gets out of hand. However, since everyone experiences anger, it is important to have constructive approaches to manage it effectively. The Anger Management workshop will help teach participants how to identify their anger triggers and what to do when they get angry. Brought to you by the Washington State Employee Assistance Program, part of the Department of Enterprise Services." (43 minutes)
Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills: emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions; the ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same. (From Psychology Today)
Articles from Psychology Today
Emotional Intelligence (video)
Emotional intelligence describes the ability to understand one's own feelings, and that of groups, and how these emotions can influence motivation and behavior. The concepts of Emotional Intelligence have been around since at least the 1900's, but the term was first introduced by Wayne Payne in 1985. As a result of the growing acknowledgement by professionals of the importance and relevance of emotions to work outcomes, the research on the topic continued to gain momentum, but it wasn't until the publication of Daniel Goleman's best seller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ that the term became widely accepted by mainstream media. Brought to you by the Washington State Employee Assistance Program, part of the Department of Enterprise Services. (37 minutes)
"This webpage, focused on suicide and suicide prevention, is geared toward health, behavioral health, and integrated care leadership, providers, and patients/consumers." From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Suicide in America: Frequently Asked Questions
a 6-page document from the Florida Center of Child Welfare. It includes sections on Who is at Risk, the Warning Signs, and "What Should I Do if I Am in Crisis or Someone I Know Is Considering Suicide?"
Suicide Prevention - What You Need to Know (video)
Presented by: David Luxton, Ph.D., M.S. – a nationally recognized expert and trainer in suicide prevention, telehealth, and innovative technologies in behavioral healthcare. Learning Objectives: Become familiar with suicide risk factors and national statistics regarding risk Become familiar with the risks factors and warning signs Learn best practices for helping others who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. From WA State. (63 minutes)
In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a 112-page report focusing on financial well-being defined as “a state of being wherein you:
TIAA Training Topics
articles from TIAA (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America) on “Personal Finance 101”, offering “resources to answer your questions on budgeting, saving, investing and buying a home.”
Small Steps Can Make a Big Difference in Financial Well-Being
a short compilation of advice From Rutgers University
Afford Anything with Paula Pant (podcast)
"On Afford Anything, Paula Pant interviews experts and answers listeners questions on finance, real estate, entrepreneurship, personal development and more. She wants you to know that you can do anything you want with money, but not everything. You’ll finish every episode ready to start making progress on your goals."
Listen, Money Matters with Andrew Fiebert & Thomas Frank
"Andrew and Thomas offer uncensored, straight shooter advice every week over a cold beer. Listen, Money Matters covers tough topics without all the lecturing and while making room for real life."
Text, video, and webinar information on retirement planning from the WA State Dept. of Retirement Systems.
Consumer Reports articles
Workplace Essentials (video series)
(from the Highline Library Films on Demand database - Highline login necessary)
This Workplace Essentials series is designed to help every employee. In these short and sharp videos, Good Manager and Bad Manager guide the learner through the essential skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
The 10 Vital Skills You Will Need For the Future Of Work
from Forbes Magazine - includes skills such as creativity, emotional intelligence, analytical thinking, Diversity and cultural intelligence, technology, and more.
47 Habits of Highly Successful Employees
From the website - "The Muse is the go-to destination for the next gen workforce to research companies and careers."
WorkLife with Adam Grant: A TED original podcast
“Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to explore the science of making work not suck. From learning how to love criticism to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.”
Finding Mastery with Dr. Michael Gervais
Finding Mastery explores how the best in the world master their craft. Host and high performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais, interviews people excelling in the most hostile environments to discover the mental skills used to push the boundaries
Lead to Win by Michael Hyatt
“On Lead to Win join New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt and discover how current research combines with timeless wisdom for lasting success.”
The Tim Ferriss Show
“Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.”
Safe For Work
“From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, Safe For Work is helpful career advice that's lively and fun, just like your work life should be. In every episode, Liz and Rico talks with callers, business leaders and noted know-it-alls who share their hard-earned wisdom from the trenches.”
In addition to short case studies of workplaces, this 20 page document has sections on :
From Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media.
How to Overcome Our Biases: Walk Boldly Towards Them (TED Talks video)
"Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.." (18 min.)
Generational Difference in the Workplace (Purdue Global University)
This site presents an infographic addressing such questions as "What kinds of challenges does this present for today’s employers?" "How do generational workforce differences affect our ability to manage people effectively?" "And what are the traits, beliefs, and life experiences that mark each generation, influencing how they work, communicate, and respond to change?"
Managing People from Five Generations (Harvard Business Review)
First paragraph - "For the first time in history, five generations will soon be working side by side. But whether this multi-generational workplace feels happy and productive or challenging and stressful is, in large part, up to you: the boss. How should you relate to employees of different age groups? How do you motivate someone much older or much younger than you? And finally: what can you do to encourage employees of different generations to share their knowledge?"
The Washington State Ethics Board has prepared handouts to be used for ethics training. While these were prepared for "supervisors, leads and ethics advisors to provide mini training sessions during agency staff meetings on the Ethics in Public Service Act," any state employee can view them. According to the Board, "each handout discusses one main aspect of the Ethics in Public Service Act and provides scenarios to help state employees understand the issues in a work context."
You can also test your knowledge of Washington State's ethics laws by taking the Online Ethics Quiz