How to Make the Good Stuff Stick: Optimism in the Public Service

Free Online Workshop | Exclusive for Public Servants & Policymakers


Research suggests that optimists earn more, have more satisfying relationships and even live longer. However when faced with unprecedented challenges and constant change, it’s all too easy to feel pessimistic. But the good news is that optimism can be learned.

In this workshop, you will hear from experienced public servants about how to maintain a spirit of optimism and resilience whilst working in government.

Hear insights on how to enhance productivity, improve workplace culture, and cultivate physical health. You will also learn how to develop essential skills that will help increase your effectiveness.

You’ll learn:

  • Strategies to keep you motivated and optimistic when obstacles arise
  • Techniques you can use to build resilience when you’re feeling overwhelmed
  • Mental and physical health exercises to integrate your daily routine

Who you’ll hear from:

Brian Day is a Wellbeing champion at HMRC. He is an active member of the HMRC Carers Network and the Civil Service Carers Network (CSCN). He was awarded a Network Excellence Award in the Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Awards and contributed to forming the Coventry Cares HMRC Carers Network. In addition, he is a vocal advocate for The Charity For Civil Servants.

Erica Lavecchia is a senior economist at the Ontario Treasury Board. Previously, she was a Senior Business Consultant at the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Director for Client Relations at The Public Good Initiative. She holds a BA from York University – Glendon College in International Studies (major) and Philosophy (minor), and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto.

Paula Vital is a Senior Government Advisor in Ontario, Canada. She also is a certified Yoga and mindfulness coach. As a lawyer and a public servant, she is very familiar with how challenging it can be to balance a stressful and wearying worklife with time for self-care and family. She leads a wellness program that teaches yoga and meditation to public servants and political workers in the Ontario Public Service. She is passionate about ensuring mental and physical wellness in her own life and sharing her skills with others so they can do the same.

Who should watch

Individuals who want to develop skills to strengthen resilience and foster optimism in the workplace.

Team members who want to support their colleagues.

Leaders who want to build a more resilient and cohesive team.

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