Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff, faculty and students.
How do you Thrive at Work?
I thrive at work in many ways. One is moving between different energies. If I’m having a physically heavy day, I will make it a point to block off part of the day for seat work at my desk. Alternatively, if I’m stacked with work that requires me to be in front of a computer or in meetings all day, I take a moment to go for a quick walk around the facility. When possible, I book meetings off-site so that I may walk to and from them. It gives me the chance to stretch my legs and organize my thoughts as I travel to and from meetings.
What also helps me thrive is working with a great group of people. The staff in my unit are very supportive of each other. Over time, we have grown to know each other personally and take moments to share a story and have a laugh. Beyond that, I’ve been fortunate to connect with many professionals from whom I can always seek advice and assistance. This reciprocal professional network serves to remind me that the stressors I experience are not uncommon and can always be solved with some creative thinking or collaboration.
Another opportunity to thrive that I try to seize as much as possible are learning opportunities. As a facilities manager, I liaise with a number of maintenance trades. Asking questions about how various systems work and what’s required to fix them not only helps me makes informed management decisions, but also stimulates my curiosity for understanding. I also actively seek professional development opportunities related to my field of work. Attending workshops or off-site conferences allows me to learn and network both within UBC and externally. This term, I’ve enrolled in a beginner French course through UBC Continuing Studies.
In addition to working at UBC, I am also a member of the Canadian Forces Army Reserve. This work allows me to switch into a completely different mindset that is very different from my civilian life. Participating in training exercises is both physically and mentally challenging, but it gives my mind and body a break from the daily stressors of my civilian career.
How do you Thrive at Home?
At home, thriving comes naturally. My wife and I recently moved into our new place and now that we’re settled in, relaxing becomes part of our daily routine. I enjoy cooking with my wife as we experiment with new recipes. I also take time to work on home improvement projects. I am currently trying my hand at carpentry, crafting a breakfast table and benches for the nook. Being alone working in the shop puts me at peace and the outcome of a tangible product is something I can be proud to share with others.
Living in Vancouver provides ample opportunities to thrive. With the mountains and water nearby, I take full advantage of seasonal activities throughout the year. Although I’m not competitive in sport, I am recreationally active and that keeps my mind and spirit in a good place. Being in nature is very refreshing and reminds me why it is so important to live sustainably. I also indulge in new experiences, such as viewing an exhibit in town or participating in a community event. I find this brings me new energy and ideas, broadening my outlook beyond the daily routines work and life. This city also has some amazing restaurants and my wife and I do treat ourselves once in a while.
Work hard, play hard.