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The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit by Vu Le, Aliza Sherman, Beth Kanter

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Chapter 5 The Workflow: Changing the Way You Work

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Bringing It to the Office

Because more than one-third of our lives are spent at work, our workplace and how we work are often blamed for causing many of our stresses and woes. An ideal work situation is one where your organization is attentive to the well-being of all staff and stakeholders. A bad working environment is one where stress and turnover are high and morale and energy are low. If you are doing good work in a bad environment and leaving isn’t an immediate option for you, you can still make efforts to inoculate yourself against the contagion of chronic stress with your self-care regimen.

Your workplace encompasses all Five Spheres of Happy Healthy Living. We just covered self in the previous chapter. Now we’ll look at others, environment, work, and technology, all areas where you can practice self-care. Bringing self-care into your place of work is critical for sustaining your optimum energy levels and helping stave off stress and burnout.

Relationships in the Workplace

Your relationships with your coworkers, your boss, your board, and other organization stakeholders can either help you combat stress or can cause it. Stressful work relationships can affect the quality of your time at work and the quality of your work and even your relationships at home. Caring for the relationships you have with others, including ...

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