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Health care starts with self care

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international campaign to raise both awareness and research funds in the fight against breast cancer. It’s also an opportunity to educate women about breast health and encourage them to make preventative screenings a priority.

There’s a variety of reasons why we put our health at the bottom of the priority list. According to PBS, roughly 40% of Americans delay seeking medical care because of the financial burden.  For others, simply taking the time to schedule an appointment is a challenge in their day-to-day lives. With the holiday season just around the corner, this “never have the time” argument is more true than ever.

The irony is, those busy schedules that keep us from getting regular check-ups can also make us more vulnerable to getting sick. Stress and lack of rest can often make it difficult for our bodies to fight illnesses, which is why it’s vital for us to identify where we’re running ourselves ragged. What can you let go of or ask for help with? What can you simplify for the sake of your own sanity (do you really need four types of stuffing for Thanksgiving?), and where can you set boundaries to promote better time management (and no, setting boundaries doesn’t make us lazy — but we’ll talk more about that later)?

Ultimately, if your health is at the bottom of your to-do list, you’ll never effectively accomplish the other things on it. Even if you currently can’t make the time for a check-up with your doctor, make it a daily practice to check in with yourself. Self-awareness and self care are some of the strongest forms of preventative care available, and you don’t even need a prescription!

Resources

I’m so grateful to still be receiving requests for resume reviews, career coaching and mentoring. While I can’t personally provide these services any longer, I created the Career Toolbox specifically to provide the support you need throughout your professional journey. There you’ll find our Career Toolkit, as well as resources for making a career change and how to write a resume that recruiters will actually read. As is usual for our Workspace members, these resources are absolutely free! Not a Workspace member yet? Let’s fix that.

Simply Good
In days past, hard work used to have a certain “look,” certain behaviors that were considered to indicate that an employee was dedicated, hard-working, worthy of promotion, and so on. Things like: staying late after working hours to finish a project, taking on extra work outside of one’s job description, attending every single after-work function to show face and build relationships. These behaviors were widely considered to be what ‘hard work’ looks like. But the world of work is changing. What does hard work look like now? And how can workplace professionals shift their mindsets to be open to new perspectives? Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
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On October 16, Stacey had the opportunity to serve as Keynote Speaker for Payscale’s Conference, a two-day event to help HR and compensation professionals modernize their compensation practices.  There, Stacey was thrilled to lead a discussion about the intersection of pay equity and DEI at what is considered to be the premiere event for advancing compensation best practices.

Upcoming Engagement: TechRecruit Conference
October 25 & 26, 2023; San Francisco, CA

Stacey and talent acquisition expert Nicole Jagoe will lead a discussion entitled,  “Diversity and Inclusion Metrics & Drivers,” focusing on the importance of data in recruiting following the Supreme Court’s affirmative action ruling.

If you’re in the Bay Area, join us for two days of panel discussions and workshops and learn more about Talent Technology Innovations across all industries.

Not yet a member of Rework Workspace? Join us for full access to even more resources that will enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace.

Health care starts with self care
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