Values, boundaries and self-care = workplace wellness

Workplace wellness was the topic discussed during two recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheons. Presenter Brittany Pope discussed what …

Workplace wellness was the topic discussed during two recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheons. Presenter Brittany Pope discussed what is needed to promote wellness in the workplace, and how employers need to lead by example.

Brittany Pope is a licensed professional counselor in Ketchikan. Throughout her presentations, she repeated her favorite mantra.

“I love ‘Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!’ So in order to have wellness in the workplace you have to have these three things – values and boundaries and self-care, oh my!  Right?  We have to have those three things.”

She says values are beliefs that are important to us and guide us in our daily lives.

“My values at my work may be different from my values at home, but work I do on myself at home or at work can boil over into the other.”

She says boundaries are what is okay and what is not okay, what makes a person feel safe. When boundaries are violated, people can feel different emotions, such as fear, anger or annoyance.

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