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Wrocław Region and Teacher - Training SIG Workshop Day Photos

by Anna Gałucka
Categories: Wrocław Region.

IATEFL Wrocław Region and Teacher Training SIG workshop – 18 November 2017

This event was a great success, with the session led by Ewa Tarczyńska, a psychologist, therapist, and mediator. The title was: ‘Co robić aby nie zgredziec’  - Don’t be a fuddy-duddy – secrets to staying young at work.

”The biggest mistake you can make is to think you work for anyone else other than yourself.” Brian Tracy

The workshop was devoted to maintaining a desired level of engagement and appropriate energy expenditure during the academic/school year. Factors helping us to maintain self-motivation were discussed. There was ample advice on how to cope with occupational burnout, which results not so much from long-term job stress, as from inadequate coping strategies.
- frustration stemming from making a work/life/relationship investment which did not bring an expected reward
- a discrepancy between the effort made and the expected results
- exhaustion of mental and emotional resources .
Also, ideas were presented on how important it is to secure an optimum support system at work.
According to a Gallup Poll, one of the key determinants of productivity is having at least one friend at work. Relationships based on co-operation, trust and mutual inspiration constitute a source of positive energy, which may determine (job/life) satisfaction. A feeling of being fairly judged, recognition and praise from both the leader and colleagues (positive feedback) constitute important factors.
The workshop was primarily aimed at taking care of one’s well-being and feeling responsible for it in one’s work.
Some factors that influence our feeling accomplished and fulfilled:

- FoMO (fear of missing out)
- Multitasking
- Sprint, not a marathon
- Energy management
- Assertiveness
- Rest and relaxation
- Healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise)
- Enjoment and satisfaction
- Emotions under control
- Aims and involvement

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