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August 2018

Eldercare Webinar: Caught in the Middle – How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver

August 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar
Students smile and talk with each other

Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job, too? If so, you are probably in the caregiving sandwich, and you’re not alone. Nearly half of adults ages 40-59 are caring for both an aging parent and child, and most are also in the workforce. Don’t miss this lively and dynamic webinar in which you will learn important caregiving strategies and find ways to take care of yourself, too.

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Introduction to Mindfulness: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Shadows on building and blue sky in background

This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in all aspects of their lives.

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Flexwork Overview for All Staff

August 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Harvard Square at dusk

In this overview of Harvard’s updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines, you will learn about how to develop a well-thought out flexwork proposal and discuss it with your boss, why you don’t need to state your reason for submitting a proposal, potential business advantages of flexwork, the criteria managers will use to decide to approve or deny your proposal, and what is meant by an “equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals”.

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Flexwork Overview for Managers

August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406

In this overview for managers of Harvard’s updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines, you will learn about proposing, discussing, evaluating and managing flexwork; the business advantages of flexwork; the wisdom of trial periods; how to renew, tweak and end existing arrangements; how to ensure an “equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals”; flex and the HUCTW agreement; and special considerations for managing telework.

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September 2018

Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Awareness

September 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Two students sit and talk at a table outside

The conversations we engage in daily can become automatic, pressured, and careless. With the right mindset, however, even ordinary interactions can become rich territory for effectively expressing our deepest values. This program demonstrates how conversation provides an opportunity to practice a special kind of attentiveness, transforming our encounters with colleagues into meaningful moments of genuine exchange.

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WorkingMind (Eight Week Course)

September 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Student and Faculty in an HLS Clinic

This eight-week, classroom-based program provides mobile tools, guided meditations, small group support and weekly reminders to participants as they learn to practice meditation and other techniques to enhance focus, collaboration, and effectiveness.

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Developing a Flex Proposal (University-Wide)

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Austin Hall

Bring your lunch to this in-depth look at how to develop a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard’s University-wide flexible work guidelines.

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Mindfulness and Anxiety

September 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
HLS student reading outside

To feel occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering with everyday life. Many of our efforts to avoid anxiety may involve distracting ourselves from it, or pushing it away, but this provides only temporary relief. Mindfulness, on the other hand, offers a pathway to meet the experience of anxiety, and in doing so, restore valued activity, rather than allowing ourselves to be dominated by fear and avoidance. This workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness as a way to understand and respond to the experience of anxiety.

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October 2018

Mindfulness and Compassion

October 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Students smile and talk with each other

In this workshop we will explore compassion as it is regarded in the mindfulness tradition, as a “quivering of the heart in the face of suffering,” and furthermore study how this prepares us to lend support to ourselves and those around us. 

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Managing Daily Stresses: A Mindful Approach to Work

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
124 Mt Auburn Street, Room 3314
People write on notepads

In this program, participants are taught to recognize the early signs of stress as well as the sources of stress. In addition, they will learn how regular mindfulness practice can enable them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner. 

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10% Happier (Three Week Course)

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
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This multi-session course will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about mindfulness and build their own personal practices using a combination of live and app-based supports.

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Exploring the Practice of Mindfulness (Six Week Course)

October 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
124 Mt Auburn Street, Room 3314
Blue sky above shadows on buildings

This multi-week course offers close study in a variety of mindfulness-based topics, including basic practices like the body scan and sitting meditation, as well as walking meditation, gentle stretching, and mindful communication. By the time the course ends, participants will feel prepared to practically integrate a variety of mindfulness practices into their daily lives, thanks to both in-class instruction and resources for continuing study to which they will be directed.

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Flexwork Overview for All Staff

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Harvard Square at dusk

In this overview of Harvard’s updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines, you will learn about how to develop a well-thought out flexwork proposal and discuss it with your boss, why you don’t need to state your reason for submitting a proposal, potential business advantages of flexwork, the criteria managers will use to decide to approve or deny your proposal, and what is meant by an “equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals”.

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Flexwork Overview for Managers

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406

In this overview for managers of Harvard’s updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines, you will learn about proposing, discussing, evaluating and managing flexwork; the business advantages of flexwork; the wisdom of trial periods; how to renew, tweak and end existing arrangements; how to ensure an “equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals”; flex and the HUCTW agreement; and special considerations for managing telework.

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November 2018

Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Awareness

November 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Two students sit and talk at a table outside

The conversations we engage in daily can become automatic, pressured, and careless. With the right mindset, however, even ordinary interactions can become rich territory for effectively expressing our deepest values. This program demonstrates how conversation provides an opportunity to practice a special kind of attentiveness, transforming our encounters with colleagues into meaningful moments of genuine exchange.

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Eldercare Webinar: Managing Stress in the Workplace

November 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar
Several students talk and smile at a table

When stress is not managed properly, it can cause physical and emotional harm to our bodies and souls. Balancing work and caregiving can be particularly stressful. Learn the difference between positive and negative stress, the warning signs of stress overload and strategies to stay calm, present and balanced when the going gets tough.

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Developing a Flex Proposal (University-Wide)

November 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Austin Hall

Bring your lunch to this in-depth look at how to develop a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard’s University-wide flexible work guidelines.

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Introduction to Mindfulness: How the Science and Practice of Awareness Supports Well-Being and Performance

November 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
Shadows on building and blue sky in background

This program introduces the basic principles and practices of mindfulness, a concentrated state of awareness that helps people see and respond to situations with clarity. Individuals who employ the techniques of mindfulness in their work are able to monitor moment-to-moment effectiveness, respond promptly and appropriately to difficulties as they arise, and remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Participants will be introduced to meditation practices that will teach them how to be more focused, creative and resilient in all aspects of their lives.

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Boost Your Resilience to Stress – Webinar

November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Webinar
Three students stand and talk outside

Stress is a part of everyday life. Since we can’t eliminate it, learning how to recognize the signs of stress overload and boosting our ability to handle stressful situations can help. Join us and learn ways to build your personal resiliency by cultivating a positive attitude, practicing healthy habits and using self-care to stay mindful.

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Mindfulness and Anxiety

November 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
HLS student reading outside

To feel occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering with everyday life. Many of our efforts to avoid anxiety may involve distracting ourselves from it, or pushing it away, but this provides only temporary relief. Mindfulness, on the other hand, offers a pathway to meet the experience of anxiety, and in doing so, restore valued activity, rather than allowing ourselves to be dominated by fear and avoidance. This workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness as a way to understand and respond to the experience of anxiety.

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Managing Daily Stresses: A Mindful Approach to Work

November 29 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
People write on notepads

In this program, participants are taught to recognize the early signs of stress as well as the sources of stress. In addition, they will learn how regular mindfulness practice can enable them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner. 

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December 2018

Managing Daily Stresses: A Mindful Approach to Work

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
114 Mt. Auburn St., Conference Room 406
People write on notepads

In this program, participants are taught to recognize the early signs of stress as well as the sources of stress. In addition, they will learn how regular mindfulness practice can enable them to respond to stressful situations in a calm, clear, and thoughtful manner. 

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