Supports can come from other sources, such as:
Professional Association Memberships and Activities
You may be in a role that requires licensure – such as being an educator, nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, or other. If so, your professional association or college may have supports in place for its members. Check out their website or newsletter to find out what resources might be available to you.
Support Through Education and Professional Development
Organizations and employers often offer professional development events, whether they’re a speaker at a staff meeting, or a half or full day of education on timely topics or new policies. Attending these events offers an opportunity to network and share information with colleagues, and support and learn about new developments.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
Many employers offer EAP free of charge to staff, to assist with a broad range of stressors. Most workplaces advise employees of these programs upon their employment, but if you’ve been in your role for a while, you might not be aware of them. If interested, ask your supervisor or Human Resources office if there are any available EAPs.
Workplace Wellness Activities
Many workplaces have included a “staff wellness program” in an effort to boost job satisfaction and recruit and retain employees. If your workplace has such a program, consider joining some of the events. Many of these are intended to promote teamwork and be fun at the same time. Some have perks such as nutrition breaks, reduced fees on sports equipment or memberships, and some can involve ongoing classes, such as yoga in the workplace.