A Collaborative Approach to Staff Wellbeing – From ‘I’llness to ‘We’llness

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If schools and centres can have a collaborative approach and a shared responsibility for staff wellbeing, outcomes for students are going to be better. It’s the relationships we have with our colleagues that can help buffer us from the stresses we encounter in the course of our work as educators.

Ways you might want to consider shifting the focus from ‘I’ to ‘We’ include:

– supporting others to keep things in perspective

– listen to others, responding in an active constructive way

– be transparent and honest in your interactions with others

– share resources, time and responsibilities (which will reduce your load – “a problem shared is a problem halved”)

– be professional

– ask questions

– seek support when you need it (see number 2 in ’10 Habits of Remarkably Giving People’)

– show empathy and compassion

– be kind (to yourself and others)

– find out other people’s interests and passions – they might be the same as yours!

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