Workscapes Keeping Spirit Alive at Work
A two day workshop developed and delivered by Cathy Fenwick
Effective communication requires, at its foundation, minds that are open to possibilities and hearts that are willing to trust.
Landscapes: the scenery in our outer world
Soulscapes: the scenery in our inner world
Workscapes: the inner and outer scenery in our work world
Workscapes are places where we live for many hours every week. Like soul music and soul food, soul in the workplace is about passion. It's about the joy and excitement of doing something worth while.
Our workscapes have taken a beating in the last several years. It's time to find our balance and do some rebuilding. We know that change is inevitable and it is constant. There will be other changes. Things will get better. We are strong enough to get through this and help create the kind of workscapes we need in our organization.
The secret to survival is to embrace change and to adapt. How we handle change affects our physical, mental, psychological and spiritual well being. It will affect how we relate to others and how we feel about ourselves. All things fall and are built again. We can use failures as stepping stones to success. When we look at the big picture, its a question of balance and perspective.
Workscapes helps leaders and workers manage change and make work fun again. People who enjoy their work are more effective, efficient and productive. When our spirits are up we create, we share, we produce. When our spirits are down, no amount of number crunching, quality improvement, re-engineering, or hype is going to improve the bottom line.
This workshop will help people to:
What workplace survivors are saying:
* "I'll find ways to get through this."
* "It was good in our organization. When they knew something they told us and when they didn't they told us."
* "OK, I've still got a job and I'm making lots of money, but so what! How can I have a balanced life when I'm doing three people's jobs?"
* "I made it through the last round of cuts. I won't worry about it until I have to."
* "How will the work get done?"
* "I heard, `Relax, you're not being affected at all. Things will be the same for you.' - Not affected? Half the department is gone!"
* "If you talk to the people who work here, trust is the number one issue. I think that's what has suffered the most."
* "My best friend was laid off, I have a hard time facing him."
* "We have listening lunches in my department. Once a month we all get together for lunch and our manager just listens."
* "It's a fine balance for managers, a walk across a raging river on a tightrope. We must move the company successfully ahead without letting our own uncertain futures interfere."
This workshop addresses these issues and asks the following questions. Does my workplace provide:
Suggested agenda for two day workshop
AM Review of day one
Important: each participant is asked to bring 4 small containers with lids.
And, to bring SOMETHING WONDERFUL (whatever that means to them).
Dress: casual, comfortable