1. Public Run: Approved Work-Life Course for Project Leaders (WoW! fund)
Achieving Work-Life Excellence for Your Orgnization and Staff
(i) The Business Case for Work-Life Strategy and Employee Needs Assessment
(ii) Implementing Work-Life Strategy
(iii) Evaluating Work-Life Strategy
(iv) Manager/ Supervisor Training
To make the training session more value-added for our clients, we will conduct pre-workshop customization (analyze company's work-life programmes, ascertain needs by interviewing HR officer overseeing the Work-Life functions as well as a focus group session with small group of the target audience: the managers/ supervisors).
Organisations can apply for grants to defray up to 70% of the cost incurred for approved PWLE programmes, subject to a cap of $3,000 per organisation. See terms and conditions of WoW! fund. PWLE workplace programmes are designed to help employees stay effective at work and at home. Through awareness talks and in-depth workshops, employees will be equipped with life skills to manage their multitude of responsibilities from work, personal and family life, and empowered to make informed work-life decisions. This can help lower stress and burnout and make for happier, more engaged and productive employees.
PWLE programmes generally cover the following:
a) The realities in the new economy, which employees are faced with challenging demands from work, personal and family life
c) Worksite and personal strategies to integrating work and personal/family demands:
Topics for a ½ Day or Full Day Session
1. Basic Counselling Skills for Staff Empowerment
Managing staff today has become extremely challenging. Employees today, particularly the younger generation, are more autonomous and outspoken and want to have a say not only in how they carry out their tasks but in determining their own career path within the company. They are ambitious, even impatient to get ahead and no longer believe in seniority and waiting their turn. They are less satisfied with material gain and demand higher levels of job satisfaction and status. An increasing number are no longer manifesting the vitally necessary interpersonal skills, consideration for others or willingness to co-operate that could be assumed previously.
The recent spate of retrenchments has convinced many that staff loyalty does not pay. High staff turnover presents a major challenge and proactive strategies for staff retention have become crucial. In addition, linking increments and bonuses directly to performance has given rise to a more intensely competitive work environment and increasing levels of resultant resentment and frustration. In addition, it is true that as long as you are dealing with people, you are bound to encounter a range of human problems - from serious family issues which interfere with work, to questions of psychological and emotional fragility, as well as reactive behaviour.
In such an environment, those in leadership positions need to be willing and able to listen actively and dialogue with their staff to promote mutual understanding and the willingness to co-operate. This workshop will help them develop the basic skill competencies of attending, clarifying, empathizing and problem-solving to empower their staff and to promote Work-Life Balance policies. Such skills are also crucial for effective handling of staff grievances, the aftermath of retrenchments and dismissals as well as exit interviews of those who resign. The workshop is targeted at managers, supervisors and section heads as well as Human Resource personnel.
2. Managing Stress
Stress is part and parcel of life and cannot be abolished totally. Instead stress needs to be managed so that it works for us rather than against us. This workshop will examine the stress response in the human body to understand how it can disrupt our thoughts, emotions and behaviour and thus interfere both with family like and our work performance. It will also teach strategies for managing stress creatively and effectively. These include making stress-reducing lifestyle choices as well as acquiring effective stress-busting skills. It is targeted at all staff members who want to optimize their career prospects as well as their Work-Life Balance by learning how to rise above their daily challenges and frustrations by managing their own stress levels more effectively.
3. Managing Conflicts
People are very different in their temperaments, priorities, ambitions and work habits. As such, when people are thrown together, interpersonal conflicts are bound to occur. Hence believing that conflicts are not normal and thus undesirable is part of the problem. It is a fact that we all have our own typical styles for responding to these conflicts most of which were acquired in childhood and which may be ineffective in the workplace. This workshop will first help change mindsets so that conflicts are seen as a normal part of interpersonal dynamics. It will also enable staff to identify, evaluate as well as correct their own conflict resolution styles in order to enhance their work performance, boost their career prospects as well as achieve higher levels of Work-Life Balance.
4. Manage Time to Manage Life!
With increments and bonuses now being tied directly to work performance, the need to manifest higher levels of productivity has become vital for all levels of staff. Those who excel are essentially the ones who get maximum done in minimum time while maintaining accuracy and reliability. Also achieving Work-Life Balance involves ensuring we are able to give sufficient time to all aspects of our lives, including time for family members as well as a healthy social life. We need to recognize that not having enough time for the things that matter to us is the cause of interpersonal conflicts, personal frustration as well as stress. We need to acknowledge therefore that managing time is a fundamental life skill, and appreciate that it revolves around identifying and honouring our priorities. This workshop will enable participants to name the priorities in their own lives, examine how they are presently managing their time, identify their main time-wasters and then to make new resolutions which will result in time management that matches their priorities.
5. Anger Management
With increasing affluence and sophistication of society, employees in Singapore now have much higher expectations in their career. The younger generation in particular are outspoken and feel the need to have a say in the decisions that affect them and their career as well as how they perform their tasks. They are ambitious, even impatient to get ahead and no longer believe in seniority and waiting their turn. In addition, linking increments and bonuses directly to performance has given rise to a more intensely-competitive work environment and increasing levels of resentment and frustration. The result is more frequent angry outbursts and other forms of reactive behaviour. This workshop will explore the functional role anger plays in day-to-day interpersonal relationships, particularly as a means of defining our boundaries. It will also examine the stages of the anger response and identify strategies which can help curtail its build-up in intensity thus resulting in its effective management. It is targeted both at staff who have a problem managing anger in themselves, as well as those who need to deal with anger in their staff.
6. Managing Emotions: EQ in the Workplace
Daniel Goleman's book "Emotional Intelligence" published in 1995 highlighted the importance of paying attention to the emotional climate in the office. This involves cultivating the capacity for managing negative emotions with person-centred empathy rather than task-oriented dismissiveness. This workshop will explore how EQ can help companies cultivate a harmonious work environment in which staff can attain high levels of work performance while maintaining their own Work-Life Balance. It will also highlight the extent to which an EQ work environment is cost-effective in the long run. It is targeted at all staff members who want to develop strategies for transforming the frustrations and negative emotions that emerge at work into positive energy that can be harnessed to advantage. It will include a video of a live presentation by Daniel Goleman himself.
7. Peak Performance with EFT (Energy Field Techniques)
All ancient philosophies talk about a fundamental life force or energy which is the source of human vitality - "chi" for the Chinese, and "prana" for the Indians. Traditional healing methods in fact arise from the belief that all forms of illness - whether physical, mental, psychological or emotional - arise when this life force or energy has been trapped or blocked within the human body. In the workplace, underachievers finding it hard to achieve their full potential are likely to be people who have acquired (perhaps by necessity) unconscious personal habits which result in such blocked energy flow. EFT is a technique which unblocks such trapped energy thus releasing a new sense of vitality which can result in enhanced motivation and self-efficacy, higher work performance as well as peak performance. This workshop is targeted first at staff members who feel they have yet to achieve their full potential. It is also meant for managers, supervisors, and section heads who want to learn how to motivate their staff to give of their very best.
8. Emotional Intelligence and Holistic Health
Our health, vitality, as well as our work performance are directly affected by our emotional state. When we are angry and upset, we become irritable and our relationships suffer both at work and in the family. We also lose our mental clarity, our attention becomes fragmented, we are unable to focus and we start making uncharacteristic mistakes. When negative emotional states are prolonged indefinitely, we develop a whole range of illnesses from minor headaches, backaches, colds, and stomach upsets to more serious medical conditions like ulcers, gastritis, even cancer. All these can interfere with our careers as well as our family life. Learning to manage emotions, particularly toxic emotions like anger, grief, deep-seated resentment, and jealousy, will therefore greatly enhance our holistic health as well as our Work-Life Balance. This workshop therefore is targeted at staff members who need to enhance their career prospects by achieving higher levels of Holistic Health. It should also prove beneficial to all those who want to adopt a more proactive approach to Holistic Health and Work-Life Balance.
9. Work-Life Balance and Stress Management
As the economic climate gets increasingly competitive, companies can keep ahead only by maintaining increasingly high levels of productivity. Often this is achieved by keeping full-time staff to a minimum and relying on outsourcing to keep costs down. This means that full-time staff in any company needs to be flexible and willing to undertake multitasking. In such a situation the outcome is that their overall workload increases significantly. In addition, with increments and bonuses now being tied directly to work performance, the need to excel and stand out has become vital for all levels of staff. Those who succeed in doing so are essentially the ones who get maximum done in minimum time while maintaining accuracy and reliability. They are also people who have excellent social and emotional intelligence. At the same time, with the two-income family now the norm, working adults also have to cope with family responsibilities. Hence, achieving Work-Life Balance in order to ensure that there is adequate time and energy to honour both work and family responsibilities has become an increasingly challenging task. This workshop will examine the main issues that need to be considered in order to achieve a healthy level of Work-Life Balance as well as teach some necessary stress management skills which can facilitate such Balance.
10. Balancing MIND-BODY
Are you juggling too much? Are you able to adapt to life's misfortunes and setbacks – or do you feel overloaded by the demands of work and family? The demands of our intense mental culture have created culturally chronic imbalances between the mind and body. This has led to stress and diminished coping skills. People with resilience harness inner strengths and rebound more quickly from a setback or challenge. Learn the key to developing inner strength and build the resilience to restore abundance in your life through restoring balancing between your mind and body. We think of intelligence as taking place exclusively in our brains, but intelligence must permeate the body as well to create depth and balance within. When two parties do not cooperate, it leads to disruption and disintegration. Just so, when the body and mind are out of balance with each other it creates fragmentation and "dis-ease". Without a strong inner foundation, relationships with co-workers and family, as well as success and health all become strained. Sensitive awareness of the intelligence between the body and the brain must be cultivated to gain the harmony for creating a strong inner foundation to support a life of resiliency and abundance.
Workshop: Each person is guided through an experiential awakening of the body by using a unique sequential approach and interactive application. The ½ day workshop brings participants to a unique and profound place of self-awareness with the tools to cultivate permanent transformation of the inner self.
Topics For a Two-Hour Session / Lunch-Time Talk
1. EQ and Career Success
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is more crucial to career success than IQ or technical competence. People with high EQ scores are more likely to manage their own negative emotions effectively so that they remain motivated and optimistic regardless of challenging circumstances. They are also more likely to possess humanizing competencies such as empathy, care and concern which enable them to work harmoniously with others. Fortunately, unlike IQ, EQ is a life skill which everyone can cultivate. Come and find out how you can cultivate EQ and thus enhance your career success.
2. Emotions and Holistic Health
Emotions play a crucial role in maintaining our overall health and well-being. Positive emotions like enthusiasm and passion release endorphins, the "happy hormones" that keep us happy and and our bodies healthy. Negative emotions like anger and resentment on the other hand relase toxins which dampen the immune system and cause illness. Medical research confirms that negative emotions like anger, hostility, frustration and sadness which are suppressed are associated with serious illnesses, even cancer. Come and find out how to enhance your heath and vigor using EQ.
3. Communicate for Results!
We spend a significant proportion of our time and energy communicating with others. We are constantly sending out verbal and non-verbal messages which help to determine the way others respond to us. If our messages are positive, welcoming signals, people will feel comfortable and are more likely to co-operate with us. If our signals are negative, people will feel offended will co-operate with us. The way we communicate, therefore, determines our personal effectiveness both in getting on with people or getting a job done. Come and learn how to communicate more effectively so that we can optimize our interpersonal skills and be able to motivate others to perform optimally.
4. Managing Stress
Stress is part and parcel of life and cannot be abolished totally. This workshop will examine the stress response in the human body to understand how it can disrupt our thoughts, emotions and behaviour and thus interfere both with family life and our work performance. Managing stress involves rising above daily challenges and frustrations so that it works for us rather than against us. Come and learn how to make stress-reducing lifestyle choices as well as effective stress-busting skills.
5. Work-Life Balance
The highly competitive economic climate forces companies to maintain high levels of productivity which is achieved by keeping full-time staff to a minimum and expecting them to multitask. The result is an overall increase in workload. In addition, increments and bonuses are now tied directly to work performance. To excel in such an atmosphere it is necessary to get maximum done in minimum time while maintaining accuracy and reliability. Meanwhile, with the two-income family now the norm, working adults also have to cope with family responsibilities. Hence, achieving Work-Life Balance to ensure adequate time and energy for both work and family responsibilities has become increasingly challenging. Come and learn how juggle your time and energy to achieve a healthy level of Work-Life Balance.
6. Managing Anger
With increasing affluence Singaporeans now have much higher expectations of life. The younger are ambitious, even impatient to get ahead sooner rather than later. The practice of linking increments and bonuses directly to performance has given rise to a more intensely-competitive work environment and increasing levels of resentment and frustration. The result is more frequent angry outbursts and other forms of reactive behaviour. This workshop will explore the nature of anger and the role it can play in interpersonal relationships at home and at work if its energy is harnessed effectively. It will also identify effective strategies for managing anger. Come and learn how to manage your own anger as well as how to manage anger in others.
7. Manage Time to Manage Your Life!
With increments and bonuses tied directly to work performance, the need to manifest higher levels of productivity has become vital. Those who excel are the ones who get maximum done in minimum time while maintaining accuracy and reliability. Also achieving Work-Life Balance involves ensuring we have sufficient time for work responsibilities, for family members as well as for a healthy social life. Not having enough time for the things that matter to us is the cause of interpersonal conflicts and the resultant personal frustration and stress. Managing time is a fundamental life skill which revolves around identifying as well as honouring our own priorities. Come and discover how you are presently managing your time and then make resolutions to develop time management strategies which match your priorities.
8. Managing Conflicts
People are very different in their temperaments, priorities, ambitions and work habits. Hence when people are thrown together, interpersonal conflicts are bound to occur. Believing that conflicts are not normal and thus undesirable is part of the problem. We all have our own typical styles of responding to these conflicts most of which were acquired in childhood and which may be ineffective in adult life. This workshop will first help change mindsets so that conflicts are seen as a normal part of interpersonal dynamics. Come and learn how to identify, evaluate as well as correct your own conflict resolution styles to ensure more harmonious relationships both at home and at work.
1. Managing Your Child's Exam Anxiety
With increasing affluence, Singaporeans now have higher expectations of life. Parents are convinced that the only way to ensure a successful lifestyle for their children in the future is to ensure high academic achievement in school. More than ever before, children are now feeling the pressure to excel in school and many experience unhealthy levels of exam anxiety. Come and learn how you as parents can help soothe your children’s exam anxiety so that they can perform optimally and fulfill your hopes and dreams for them.
2. Motivating Your Child to Study
In the affluent society we live in today, many children do not grow up with a natural desire to strive for academic excellence. They already have some much given to them on a platter, and some have become self-indulgent as a result. Parents need to work much harder to motivate their children to study and to perform their best at school. Parents come and discover that motivating your children involves influencing them. Influencing them is not an automatic right that comes from your role as parents. It is a privilege that is won which is the result of a solid parent-child relationship bond. Motivating your children to study well involves the art of communicating with them to build such a bond. The art of motivating also involves the use of positive self-talk as well as the effective use of incentives to shape desirable behaviour.
3. Emotionally Intelligent Parenting
Parenting involves nurturing children into responsible adults. Parenting involves much more than providing the basics: shelter, nutrition, clothing and education. Children need parents to help them feel safe in a complicated world, and who can soothe their fears, anxieties, frustrations and their growing pains. Children need parents who can communicate care, concern and empathy, i.e. parents who have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Only high EQ parents can teach their children how to harness their own emotions, both positive and negative, and thus grow up emotionally stable and well-adjusted. Parents, come and learn how to develop your EQ so you can unleash your child's full potential.
4. Communicating to Empower Your Child
Parenting involves ensuring that children grow up with positive self-esteem, self-confidence and the self-belief that they can cope with whatever life hurls at them (self-efficacy). This can be achieved only when a solid parent-child relationship has been established. The quality of any relationship relies totally on the quality of communication that exists in that relationship. Effective communication that forges solid bonds of relationship is essentially a two-way dialogue in which both parties talk as well as listen to each other both verbally and non-verbally. Such dialogue needs to be personal rather than functional or superficial. More importantly, it needs to involve honest but appropriate communication of feelings, both positive and negative, and the ability to empathize. Parents come and learn how to communicate with your children in a way that empowers them and to unleash their full potential.
5. Personality and Parenting
Each child in a family has a unique personality. So has each parent. A family therefore is made up of parents and children each of whom has unique preferences, styles of operation and patterns of communication so that personality clashes are likely to occur. The natural tendency is for people to assume that their way is the right way, and expect others to change. If they don’t we conclude that they are being difficult and conflicts result. Understanding the nature of individual personality will help us change our perspective of family members. We can then see them as people with unique personalities which are different from ours and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses. Then we can adapt to them so that more harmonious family relationships become possible. Parents come and learn about personality profiling to improve interpersonal dynamics within your family.
6. Positive Discipline and Shaping Behaviour
Discipline is a misunderstood concept. Too many parents today tend to believe that discipline is the same as punishment and dismiss it too readily as something undesirable. Actually discipline involves ensuring that behaviour is followed by the appropriate outcome. Appropriate behaviour is rewarded by praise, affirmation or rewards. Similarly inappropriate behaviour needs to be followed up by some kind of negative outcome, either loss of privileges or punishment which has been agreed upon in advance. Discipline therefore is something positive which allows parents to shape desirable behaviour in their children. Parents come and learn how to use positive discipline to ensure that your children grow up into responsible and well adjusted adults.
7. Dealing With Teenagers
Many parents have difficulty dealing with their teenage children. They blame themselves when their darling children suddenly change into “monsters”. Parents also expect their teenage children to continue to behave the way they did when they were age six! Too many parents are unaware that teenage is a necessary stage of development in which children begin to detach from their parents and learn to think and act independently. Children need to go through this phase to develop into independent adults capable of making their own way in the world. Parents need to recognize that their teenage children are “trainee adults” going through a very confusing in-between period between childhood and adulthood. As such, it is the parents who need to change the way they talk to and interact with their teenage children. Parents come and learn about adolescence how you can support your teenage children as they steer through this challenging stage of development.
8. Basic Counselling Skills for Parents
Children are now growing up in a very complex and confusing world in which the usual moral guidelines are eroding and they are bombarded by a variety of electronic gadgets and computer games. Their parents also have higher expectations in terms of lifestyle choices and want the same for their children. Parents believe that academic qualifications are the key to a comfortable lifestyle and they push their children to perform well in school. This adds to the pressure that children face today and many suffer low-self esteem and unhealthy levels of anxiety, depression and stress which can interfere with their school work. Parents need to learn how to help their children process their frustrations, fears and self-doubts and empower them to rise above their daily challenges rather then succumb to them. Parents come and learn basic counselling skills which will empower them to help their children effectively.
We have an interesting array of Wellness workshops and activities that can be tailored to each organization’s needs. At the request of our clients, these programmes can be conducted in-house (client’s premises or a room booked through a third party) or at outdoors (e.g. Park, Beach). Due to an interesting array of workshops available, one should note that the duration, costs and contents for each programme differs.
A sample list of programmes available:
1. Self and Buddy Massage Workshop
2. Indian Head Massage Workshop
3. Foot/Hand Reflexology Workshop
4. Referral Areas Workshop
What happens when one is interested in reflexology but the feet itself is injured? What if one wanted to help heal a fall on one’s knee and it’s too tender to be massaged? This two hour workshop shows the lesser known referral areas massage and how it can benefit one from quick recovery from injuries and pain. This is a lesser known therapy and it’s suitable for everyone, including a spa therapist who wants to further enhance their knowledge of this lesser known referral massage.
5. Fun with Acupressure Workshop
A two hour workshop that teaches one the theories and logic behind acupressure as well as a practical demo and fun hands on section that teaches one the basic skills to alleviate certain conditions for oneself and one’s loved ones through simple finger pressure techniques on various parts of the body.
6. Isomassage preview and Introduction Workshop (Only workshop in Singapore)
A 1-day workshop (9am till 3pm) that enlightens one on the very unique therapy of Isomassage. It’s the only type of therapy that incorporates both massage techniques as well as general Isometric principles developed in Russia. Topics covered include general principles of Isometric contractions, simple massage techniques, Incorporating Isomassage for lower limb and incorporating Isomassage for torso. Suitable for all those interested to enhance their repertoire of massage skills or just curious health care enthusiasts.
7. Isomassage Workshop (Only Workshop in Singapore)
2 full day workshop (9am-5pm) on the unique Isomassage therapy. Participants would be taught theory lessons such as basic principles of Isometric contractions, Isometric contractions for various muscle groups, massage techniques, stages of adding Isometric stretches, client movement and specific problem based Isomassage.
8. Household Items Workshop
A 1 hour workshop that explains the basis different types of massages available, how they are different as well as a how to use various household or everyday items such as combs, towels, pencils, golf balls to create a therapeutic effect on oneself and love ones.
(Note: All workshops includes free demo of around 10-15 minutes by the Trainer)
CORPORATE MASSAGE THERAPHY SERVICES (Home/Office/Outdoors):
1. Foot Reflexology
2. Hand ReflexologyThe above two are an acupressure type technique performed on the hands and feet and is based on the ancient Oriental theory that meridian lines or pathways carry energy throughout the body. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ.
3. Shoulder, neck and back massage (Indian Head Massage)
A combination of Swedish and deep tissue massage (fully clothed massage). Deep Tissue Massage is designed to reach the deep portions of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibers. Using deep muscle compression and friction along the grain of the muscle, its purpose is to unstick the fibers of the muscles and release both toxins and deeply held patterns of tension.
Japanese “finger pressure’ therapy where the hands, feet, elbows and knuckles are used to break ‘blockages’ in the entire body to relieve pain and improve overall well being.
5. Sports Massage
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. The best type of massage for all sports athletes.
6. Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are performed together.
Acupressure is an ancient Chinese technique based on the principles of acupuncture, and involves the use of finger pressure (without the needles) on specific points along the body. It is a way of accessing and releasing blocked or congested energy centers in the body.
8. Iwe’ology Therapy
An African style massage that incorporates the use of natural herbs, spices, roots and oils to cleanse the body and hence improve one’s overall well being, both physically and spiritually. Slow and measured stretching technique would also be included to reduce pain and increase mobility. A very uncommon and underrated therapy, it is useful for people of all ages and a variety of ailments, from shoulder strain to depression.
Reiki is one of the more widely known forms of energy healing. Energy Healing involves direct application of Chi for the purpose of strengthening the client’s energy system (aura). A Reiki treatment consists of the practitioner placing his or her hands on the client’s body having only the intent for the energy to flow. This is specially useful for people who would like to speed up the healing process from surgery or when vertain parts are impossible to massage due to tremendous pain.
NON MASSAGE PROGRAMMES
1. Stress Management and Relaxation Therapy Workshop
A two and a half hour workshop that demonstrates simple techniques that one could use to reduce stress. Techniques that would be covered include, visualization, positive reinforcement, breathing techniques as well as a very eye opening and fun self hypnotherapy hands on activity.
2. Anger Management Workshop
A two hour workshop that teaches one simple methods and theories (such as breathing technique and visualization) to help one manage one’s anger.
3. Body Language Workshop (students)
Do you know that we communicate over 60% of information not by what we say but rather our body language? It is often said that our bodies don’t lie. We might say something but our body might be saying something else. In this fun and interactive 1 hour workshop, students would be able to learn the different ways in which we communicate non- verbally. Topics that would be covered includes how to read people’s gestures in a group setting, how to tell if someone is lying, body language to use for effective communication and tips on better presentation skills.
4. Name of programme: Teambuilding Dynamics (half-day)
Venue: Either at the clients’ premises or various other locations we select such as Punggol Park, Changi Beach Park, Labrador Park etc.
Sample breakdown of programme: