COVID-19 has created a great deal of uncertainty for individuals and businesses. This page contains resources specific to these uncertain times, which complement our other Workplace Wellbeing and Mental Health services.

Uncertain times overview sessions

These 90-minute face-to-face or online sessions have been developed in response to Covid19. They’ve intentionally been designed to keep participants active and engaged and to provide people with practical wellbeing strategies for action in these uncertain times.

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Our world is evolving with experiences that are both planned change and those which are unexpected, and 2020 has asked us to process a change in our lives we didn’t foresee.  In this session we discuss common adjustment responses to help make sense of our recent experiences, and we draw on the science of post traumatic growth and positive psychology to explore how we can connect with what is personally meaningful and motivating to us as we navigate the challenges we now face.

Focusing on building our own wellbeing in this session we will:

  • Understand common reactions to uncertainty and adjustment
  • Reflect on important values from this time of disruption
  • Compare your priorities with how your time is being spent
  • Align your time and energy with what is important to you
  • Create an action plan to help you follow up on the session

As we recover from COVID-19, organisations and their people are anticipating an extended period of disruption, uncertainty and complexity.

This workshop is specifically designed for people leaders facing these challenges. It aims to get leaders to reflect on both their individual wellbeing, as well as the wellbeing of their teams.  Leaders can expect to learn practical strategies to apply as we transition from an initial sprint, to a long haul.

Leaders play a vital role in helping people recover from the COVID marathon. The way they lead will have a significant impact on their people as we move forward. Remaining flexible and balancing competing demands on attention, energy and time will be fundamental to sustaining leaders in their wellbeing and capacity to thrive.

Practical strategies will include:

  • A simple grounding technique 
  • A three step process to monitor your team’s wellbeing
  • A tool to help respond more intentionally and less reactively 
  • Ways to identify leadership skills, values and strengths
  • Easy to use relaxation and calming skills

Session objectives:

  1. Understand the impact that the current environment might be having on leaders and their teams
  2. Identify helpful leadership qualities for this time
  3. Introduce a model for balancing emotions right now
  4. Learn practical tools for:
    • managing stress 
    • sustaining motivation and drive
    • maintaining relaxation and recovery
  1. Develop an action plan to help put in place ideas from the session

Session time – 90 minutes.

Thinking about what comes next as we recover from COVID-19, people and organisations are anticipating an extended period of disruption, uncertainty and complexity. Remaining flexible and balancing competing demands on attention, energy and time will be fundamental to sustaining both your wellbeing and capacity to thrive. As our response to COVID transitions from an initial sprint, to a long haul, so too our mindset and responses need to evolve.

This workshop draws on the science of wellbeing, and provides participants with a framework to understand and manage mental health and wellbeing, as well as practical strategies to apply.

Practical strategies will include:

– A simple three step process to monitor your wellbeing.

– A quick tool for reflecting in difficult moments.

– Identifying what will sustain you, personally.

– Easy to use relaxation and calming skills.

Session objectives:

1. Understand the science and impacts of sustained stress, including burnout.

2. Learn about our key emotional and behavioural systems and how they may be affected by the current environment.

3. Recognise when your current response patterns are becoming unhelpful.

4. Learn practical tools for:

  • managing overwhelm and anxiety
  • sustaining motivation and drive
  • maintaining relaxation and recovery.

5. Develop an action plan to help put in place ideas from the session.

We also offer a version of this workshop specifically for people leaders, with a focus on  how to apply this knowledge and techniques to boost their own wellbeing and to best support their people.

Session time – 90 minutes.

Overwhelmed, Surviving, Adapting and Thriving.

Together these four descriptors help people reflect on their resilience during this uncertain time and highlights that our resilience is fluid.

Our aim is to raise understanding of people’s responses right now and to normalise these. Using a New Zealand model of wellbeing, get ready to identify the things you are doing well at already and pick up new helpful strategies.

  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Stop and Pause
  • Take control
  • Acknowledge your reactions right now
  • Boost positive emotions

Session objectives:

  1. Understanding and normalising people’s responses to this exceptional situation.
  2. Understanding the science of stress.
  3. Introduce Te Whare Tapa Whā as a model to help recognise signs of stress.
  4. Use the four walls of Te Whare Tapa Whā to promote healthy habits for wellbeing.
  5. Leave with practical strategies to strengthen your own resilience during this time.
  6. Create an action plan to help you follow up on the session.

New Zealand organisations have had to adapt at rapid speed in response to the Covid19 crisis. This session has been specifically designed with people leaders in mind to help gauge where they are at in terms of their own wellbeing, recognise and normalise their own reactions to this situation as well as understanding what their people might be experiencing right now.

We provide a New Zealand model of wellbeing to centre our conversations on. Leaders can expect to come away with practical strategies to boost their own wellbeing as well as actively reflecting on how they best support their people right now, ‘walking the talk’ and leading effectively.

We also cover these practical wellbeing strategies:

  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Stop and Pause
  • Take control
  • Acknowledge your reactions right now
  • Boost positive emotions – for yourself and your people

Session objectives:

  1. Understanding and normalising your people’s responses to this exceptional situation.
  2. Understanding the science of stress and how it is likely to impact your people.
  3. Introduce Te Whare Tapa Whā as a model to help spot signs of stress.
  4. Use the four walls of Te Whare Tapa Whā to promote healthy habits for wellbeing with your people.
  5. Leave with practical strategies to strengthen your own wellbeing during this time.
  6. Create an action plan to help you follow up on the session.

Participant feedback…

“Thanks so much for signing me up for this session, I really loved it. Just what I needed, or what we all needed.”
“Loved the fact that woven throughout the knowledge was the practical application e.g. breathing, write down who you’re going to connect with now (time and date). The takeaway tools to use are also very powerful, personally as well as with my team.”
“The session was perfect for what we are all going through right now in lockdown. I think it was an important session to have particularly in these COVID-19 times where life is so different. Thanks for the opportunity.”
“It was greatly appreciated. So pleased our organisation invested in this / our people at this time. A great story to share later if the organisation is asked about some of the things it did for the people during lock-down.”
“Will be referring to this material frequently to adopt throughout work and life experiences.”
“Engaging and to the point training made it go fast and not drag at all. Having it scheduled for 90 minutes made it accessible.”
“Really impressed by the quality of the workshop, and the robustness of advice provided. Felt very secure in taking this information away and being confident that it will make a real positive impact.”
“I got a lot out of this course. The info was down-to-earth and the activities are something I can easily incorporate into my day. Will recommend to my colleagues.”
“Really useful insight and guidance on how to cope, not only during a period of dramatic change, but with life in general.”
“One of the best webinars I have attended – on any topic. I felt understood and got practical tips to tweak my resilience building skills. The exercises during the session worked well – helped it feel a bit more interactive/engaging”

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Please give us a call or email to find out more about booking your session.

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