Work/Life

  • 2018 Jan 16

    Flexwork Overview for All

    11:30am to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt Auburn Street, 4th floor, Conference room 406

    Bring your lunch to this one-hour overview of Harvard's updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. Nancy Costikyan, the director of Harvard’s Office of Work...

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  • 2018 Jan 22

    Introduction to Mindfulness: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance

    10:00am to 11:00am

    Location: 

    114 Mt Auburn Street, 4th floor, Conference room 406

    This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in all aspects of their lives. 

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  • 2018 Feb 05

    Managing Daily Stresses: A Mindful Approach to Work

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt Auburn Street, 4th floor, Conference room 406

    Everyone experiences stressful days at work, but how we respond to stress makes a significant difference in work performance, the quality of our interactions, and how we feel both physically and mentally. In this program, participants are taught to recognize the early signs of stress as well as the sources of stress. In addition, they will learn how regular mindfulness practice can enable them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner. 

    Audience: All, Pre-Requisite: None, Length: 90 minutes. To register, go ...

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  • 2018 Feb 12

    Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Awareness

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt Auburn Street, 4th floor, Conference room 406

    The conversations we engage in daily can become automatic, pressured, and careless. With the right mindset, however, even ordinary interactions can become rich territory for effectively expressing our deepest values. This program demonstrates how conversation provides an opportunity to practice a special kind of attentiveness, transforming our encounters with colleagues into meaningful moments of genuine exchange. 

    Audience: All, Pre-Requisite: None, Length: 90 minutes. To register, go ...

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  • 2018 Feb 27

    Mindfulness and Anxiety

    10:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    To feel occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering with everyday life. Many of our efforts to avoid anxiety may involve distracting ourselves from it, or pushing it away, but this provides only temporary relief. Mindfulness, on the other hand, offers a pathway to meet the experience of anxiety, and in doing so, restore valued activity, rather than allowing ourselves to be dominated by fear and avoidance. This workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness as a way to understand and respond to the...

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  • 2018 Feb 28

    WorkingMind (Eight Week Course)

    9:30am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    This is a unique training opportunity designed to teach techniques of mindfulness to managers (grade 56 and above) for use in their daily work. This eight-week, classroom-based program provides mobile tools, guided meditations, small group support and weekly reminders to participants as they learn to practice meditation and other techniques to enhance focus, collaboration, and effectiveness. Pre- and post- attentional assessments, app-generated metrics and personalized reports will demonstrate participants’ progress and the impact of the program as a whole...

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  • 2018 Mar 01

    Mindfulness and Compassion

    11:00am to 12:30pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

    Compassion is sometime described as the state of “suffering together”; but what does it mean to suffer productively, without becoming overwhelmed or burnt out in the face of the needs of others…and ourselves? Mindfulness practice is focused on observing internal and external experience with a heightened sense of clarity, and is an essential element in preparing the heart and intellect to navigate the demands of compassion in sincere and effective ways. In this workshop we will explore compassion as it is regarded in the mindfulness tradition, as a “quivering of the heart in the face of...

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  • 2018 Mar 08

    Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Member of the Sandwich Generation

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    114 Mt. Auburn Street, Room 406.

    Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job too? If so, you are probably in the caregiving sandwich and you’re not alone. Nearly half
    of adults ages 40-59 are caring for both an aging parent and child and most are also in the workforce. Is there a way for sandwich generation caregivers to manage it all without
    feeling guilty and depleted? This seminar will address:

    • Caregiving strategies to help manage daily challenges
    • Supports to help at both home and at work
    • Ways to take care of...
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