Stress high, engagement low? Apply Compassion.

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Professional Development 6 Hours

In an increasingly complex and less welcoming world, libraries are special. We actively promote inclusion, train *our staff* in trauma-informed approaches, and continually adapt to meet the changing needs of our communities. We are asked to do more with less and may experience increasing dissatisfaction and burnout. What our libraries and communities need most right now is compassionate leadership. Compassion is a distinct response to suffering that includes taking action to relieve it. Employees in compassionate organizations not only are more resilient to stress and burnout but have reduced anxiety, increased motivation, and are more engaged and collaborative. Through developing and sustaining compassionate work cultures, we can better support ourselves, our staff and transform our libraries and our communities for the better. 

Participants will learn: 

  • What is compassion, and how it differs from empathy 
  • Why compassion is a vital leadership skill 
  • How to cultivate compassion through mindful self-awareness   
  • How to apply compassion in our workplaces to minimize suffering. 

Presenter: Jennifer Bollerman is Assistant Director at the Patchogue-Medford Library. She has presented on mentoring, coaching, and staff development and is a co-author of Performance Management for Supervisors on Webjunction. She is completing her certification as an Ambassador of Applied Compassion through Stanford University.  

This is an all-day workshop, and lunch will be provided. Registration is necessary.  Please let us know if you have a food allergy or dietary requirement by September 5, 2023.