Workplace Wellness Links for Libraries 1.2, January 13, 2023

""When I first thought about writing a weekly post with links related to health and wellness I envisioned sort of an annotated biography where I shared some thoughts on how and why the links were important to wellness at work. And maybe selecting a theme for each week. Perfect is the enemy of the good. Those of you connected with me on Facebook or Twitter know I have struggled with brain fog from COVID since July 2022. Part of how that looks for me is prioritizing how I will spend my energy each day. In so many ways I am ready and willing to continue sharing information on wellness at work, but the reality is I would have to give up something else to write blog posts. Right now I’m prioritizing my physical and mental health over that. But I am still reading news about wellness and find so many noteworthy things. I’ve decide to share the links in a format I used several years ago for curating the top 10 links I shared on Twitter during the week. Just the link with a quote. I hope you find these useful. Take care yourselves. 

Don’t leave fat people out of your DEI goals

“With talks of weight loss challenges popular at the start of the year, creating a space for plus-size workers to feel welcome has just as much to do with inclusion as any other group.”

I don’t love the title of this article, but the content is solid and links to some great studies. 

We Need to Talk About How We Treat Library Workers Who Are Neurodivergent – Part One

“How does your library encourage and accommodate patrons who have dyslexia or other learning differences? What about patrons who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other neurobehavioral differences? And how about patrons who have dyspraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or other developmental differences? What these diagnoses have in common is that they all fall under the umbrella of neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is a relatively recent term (coined in the 1990s) that recasts the notion that there is only one “normal” or “right” way that the human brain perceives, processes, and interacts with information, but rather that there are many different ways, i.e. a natural diversity of neurologically-based processes and behaviors. Now, consider the same questions as above, but with respect to library workers instead of library patrons.”

As someone how has learned about my own neurodiversity late in life, this is so important. 

Library Workers Who Are Neurodivergent – Part Two

“In part one of this article, the author discussed the issue of unemployment/underemployment of adults who are neurodivergent in the context of libraries and used the Autism @ Work Playbook to provide concrete strategies for helping libraries become part of the solution to the problem. In this second part, we hear directly from a library worker who is neurodivergent. In Question & Answer format, they describe their experience trying to establish a career in libraries.”

Beyond Self-Care for Library Staffers

“The World Health Organization  defines self-care as the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider (World Health Organization 2019).”

Boost Equity and Inclusion to Mitigate Burnout

“Story Highlights:

    • Three in 10 U.S. employees report feeling frequently or always burned out

    • Employees who feel respected are 50% less likely to experience burnout

    • Managers are in a unique position to be able to improve employees’ wellbeing”

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