Jennifer was first introduced to yoga in 2008. Originally interested in yoga for fitness, she later discovered a love for this practice that challenged her body, burned off anxiety, and relaxed her overall self at the end. She received her 200hr certification in 2011 and a 300hr upgrade in 2013 in Dallas, TX. She is currently attending the 200hr Ashtanga teacher training with Andrew Eppler of Oklahoma. While she continues her passion for education, she loves diving into the philosophy and ancient practices of yoga. Her favorite styles to practice and teach are Ashtanga yoga, Yin, vinyasa flow, yoga Nidra, and Pranayama breathwork, occasionally dabbling in Kundalini yoga.
Jennifer believes yoga should be accessible for all body types no matter where someone is in their journey. And while her practice is much different than a decade ago, it has evolved into self-love, body maintenance, a spiritual practice that brings peace, and an overall feeling of lightness.
In her spare time, Jennifer loves to read, hike, be active outdoors, and chill with her fur babies, Chewy and Ruby. Originally from Dallas, TX, Jennifer moved to Stillwater in 2020 and is so grateful to have found Red Earth Yoga as her new yoga home.
Brain breaks will be one of the most essential coworking perks of 2023. Brain breaks are short time intervals during the workday when employees can take a break from work and focus on recharging their minds. It is essential for employee productivity and well-being, as they help to reduce stress and prevent burnout. Coworking spaces should prioritize providing comfortable and inviting spaces where employees can take breaks and refresh themselves. Employees can stay energized and productive over the long term with the proper brain breaks.
- Libraries - Reading can help us focus better and give our brains a much-needed respite from distracting visual noise. Creating a library is one strategy to promote reading among coworking participants. If you're short on funds, consider finding used bookcases and placing them in your breakout areas.
- Deep breathing and yoga - Deep breathing can boost energy, reduce stress, and promote good posture in seconds. If you operate a coworking space, think about setting up an open-access bank of resources for deep breathing that members can use as needed. The practice of yoga has long been popular among coworkers, and it can sometimes be led in person.
- Local walks - It is well known that prolonged inactivity when working at a desk can cause physical and emotional exhaustion. By directing members to the closest green spaces, you can encourage them to incorporate activity into their daily schedule. Why not make a printed or digital map highlighting all the ways to green spaces?
- Imaginative prompts - Activities that require workers to utilize their intellect for something else at work may also give the brain a different kind of break. Creative prompts may offer worker relief from repetitive or, opposite, highly conceptual activities. Consider starting a collective writing project that participants can work on while taking mental breaks. Write the first sentence of a story in a notebook and place it in a breakout area so that others can add to it as they are motivated.
- Coloring books - The fact that adult coloring books are non-competitive is one of the best things, especially in the workplace. Take your time; people can work as swiftly or slowly as they like and complete as much as they like. Moreover aware, coloring encourages the individual to pay attention to the moment.
Joni has been a registered nurse for 25 years with experience in the emergency department, outpatient surgery, clinical nursing education, medical surgical floor nursing, cath lab, and cardiac rehab. She served as Fitness Supervisor for Total Health and Total Fitness Aquatics for nine years, managings 20+ employees, community membership, business, and fitness programming. Along with providing group fitness instruction for 16 years and coordinating employee wellness biometric data collection events, she has been a health and wellness educator for nine years, planning and presenting health and wellness programs within the hospital system and throughout the community. As an avid health and wellness promoter, Joni was featured bi-monthly on a local radio program sharing information about optimal well-being for much of 2020 and 2021.
She completed training with the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy in 2020. Then she obtained certifications: Board Certified Nurse Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the American Medical Board of Examiners, Certified HeartMath Practitioner through the HeartMath Institute, and Board Certified Cardiovascular Nurse. She has further training in End of Life Coaching and Trauma Sensitive Coaching.
Joni started her own nurse coaching practice, Coach Joni O, in January 2021 and currently works with clients one on one, in small groups, and is a presenter and keynote speaker. She also works with a nationwide virtual wellness company providing small-group coaching to hospital employees. Her specialty is Inviting Calm and Managing Overwhelm.
Many people have heard of the fight or flight response but need clarification on the details. She helps people understand both sides of their autonomic nervous system and their power to activate their rest and heal response. When our parasympathetic nervous system is activated, we have a greater ability to be present, aware, and manage our thought processes. Clients learn how to activate their rest and healing response, create an emotional shift and see their brain in a way that separates them from the immediate intensity of their emotions. They learn how thoughts, feelings, and actions interact to create results and gain techniques and strategies to make choices from an authentic place that leads to the results they are seeking. For most people, this includes the desire to feel calm, competent and/or confident in their relationships, work, performance, and life situations. When we feel calm and confident, our ability to lead, interact and connect with others improves tremendously. She works with a wide variety of clients and has helped many people find peace, calm, joy, and success in their lives over the last few years, regardless of their circumstances.
She lives in Stillwater with her husband of 31 years and daughter. She has two grown sons and two fur babies!
Coworking spaces are an excellent way for people to not only have a place to work but to also build relationships, gain insight, and strengthen their business. Coworking spaces provide a unique atmosphere where people can collaborate on projects, discuss ideas, and make connections. People thrive in coworking spaces for many reasons. Let's find out the reasons that have led to coworking spaces becoming the modern working class's top choice of destination.
- Sense of Community - Working in a coworking environment might help the employees feel proud to be a part of a vibrant and thriving community. They can communicate with those who share their viewpoints and build solid interpersonal and professional bonds. The sense of community fostered by coworking encourages employees to come to work every day, without fail, and to put their all into getting more outstanding results. Additionally, it has been observed that living in a community encourages employees to be more organized and disciplined, which increases their effectiveness and productivity.
- Unique and Innovative Workspaces - Organizations and individuals can now choose their workspaces based on preference and style because of the emergence of coworking offices. Numerous coworking space providers offer adaptable office spaces so that users can design a setting that suits their particular working style and increase productivity. Coworking spaces are viewed as a place for everyone because they provide various workspace options that may accommodate any individual or organization.
- Work Flexibility - Organizations and individuals can select flexible working hours and the ideal workspaces at a coworking space. An introvert who prefers to work solo but needs the workplace environment can be confidently productive without interacting with others. Coworking is the ideal place for an extrovert who utilizes socializing as a justification to generate ideas and be more creative. Everyone may increase their productivity and success by using coworking spaces.
A coworking space is an open environment because it encourages communication and collaboration among its members. It creates an atmosphere of inclusivity, where everyone is welcome and invited to participate. The space provides access to resources, tools, and events that promote networking, learning, and creative thinking. It also fosters an environment that allows people to work independently and together on various projects. These factors make a coworking space an open, productive, and inspiring workplace.
- According to the Review of Managerial Science, the extent its occupants are willing to participate in core coworking values determines a coworking space’s openness.
- Rejecting the coworking core values defeats the point of using a coworking space and may even lessen employee performance.
- In essence, a coworking space is only as open as its members; the open, free exchange of ideas necessitates a coworking environment full of unrestricted people who possess a wealth of personal creativity.
- A highly open-minded, enthusiastic, and creative group with a familiar, possibly open-ended goal must occupy an "open" coworking space.
- Open workspaces are coworking environments where communication, networking for business or information, creative collaboration, mutual emotional support, and general friendliness are norms.
- When evaluating a coworking space and its extent of openness, the focus must be on the people using it, not the spaces themselves. In the end, people, not spaces, are open.
Tanya Vaughn is the Founder and Director of See Light LLC. Tanya’s desire to improve led her to obtain a master’s degree in nursing and health administration. This profession has allowed her to be part of the college nursing instruction and practical application of patient care within all aspects of the healthcare industry. The scope of care ranges from critical care, home health, hospice, long-term care, and public health. After a long year in 2020 as a COVID provider, she realized again, the importance of the delivery of quality care would be through the assistive use of a dependable light source that would illuminate any body cavity and therefore refocused on her invention. Find out more on the business website www.seelightus.com
Nobody likes interviewing, but one phenomenon, known as interview paralysis, has an extraordinary capacity to elude our preparedness. The name pretty well sums up what's occurring: frozen anxiety that happens before and/or during an interview. It makes it nearly impossible to go into an interview and provide your best effort to amaze the interviewers. Each person will have interview paralysis for a different reason. Here are some strategies for responding to them.
- Having little trust in your own abilities and experience - Make a list of everything you've done that relates to the position you're applying for, no matter how small. Get rid of the scarcity mindset. Once you do, you'll be astonished by how much you show up for yourself. The interview process doesn't need to be one-sided. Remember that you are not the only one being evaluated in the circumstance; you also have power.
- The perception that there is no room for blunders - In an interview, don't be afraid to halt and admit a mistake or misstep. It's impressive when you have this level of self-awareness because it gives you a moment to gather your thoughts and start over. In this manner, your one error will not result in an entire interview with the same error.
- Using metrics outside of your control to frame interview results - Although challenging, redefining success can help tremendously reduce stress and prevent interview paralysis. Remind yourself that the interview's outcome is entirely out of your control and that the job is not contingent on this particular interview. Instead, develop new success metrics.
- Inadequate preparation for the interview - Poor interview preparation sends subtle messages to yourself about the task's relevance as well as your own self-perception. Being thoroughly prepared takes time and effort, and it comes out as unprofessional when you aren’t prepare. Whether or not you are fully aware, it can dramatically worsen paralysis.
How we connect and communicate with our employees can significantly impact their motivation and effectiveness. You should be able to increase workplace engagement and productivity with these seven employee psychological tactics and motivating strategies.
- Provide opportunities for professional and academic growth - Companies that value each employee's unique human capital can count on greater employee loyalty and dedication. A company's direct investment in an employee's long-term performance is demonstrated by covering all or part of the tuition for educational opportunities, the costs associated with participation in seminars or certification courses, or both. Employee loyalty and retention are directly correlated, and this is particularly significant for companies that make it a policy to promote from within whenever possible.
- Rewards for achievements - Studies have shown that most people value public recognition over corporate gifts, and employees value workplace recognition highly. Employees are highly motivated to meet reasonable credit requirements when they see how praise is related to promotions, bonuses, and raises. Employees rewarded for objective success are more productive and tend to be retained, miss fewer days of work, and perform better in terms of safety.
- Encourage employee creativity and input - As obvious as it may seem, many managers need to recognize the value of giving employees a voice in the workplace. Listening should be highlighted as a crucial skill to increase employee engagement and productivity. Everyone has ideas on how the workplace could be improved, and by routinely asking for everyone's input, you can keep everyone interested and inspired to come up with new ideas.
- Giving prompt feedback - Active feedback techniques that are linked to both individual and organizational success are well received by employees. Short-term performance evaluations are more appealing to people because they enable faster processes for improvement and correction than the more conventional quarterly or annual evaluations. Employees feel more invested in organizational goals when they receive regular performance feedback, which fosters long-lasting relationships.
- Encourage rest periods and exercise - Another employee motivation strategy that improves performance and works satisfaction simultaneously is to give short breaks throughout the day regularly. Employees perform better overall when they are encouraged to take five or ten minutes every hour or so to walk around the office or visit the break room for a snack. Additionally, when employees have access to regular exercise, their performance improves. Supporting employees' physical health increases productivity, whether your business can offer club-level workout opportunities or merely encourages activity during lunch breaks.
- Create incentives - Along with receiving praise from others, employees also respond favorably to tangible rewards. Financial incentives, such as cash bonuses, gift cards, or a night out, are a powerful way to reward individual and team performance. Additional vacation days, free parking or company perks or benefits are other incentives to take into account.
- Promote flexibility in the schedule - Flexible working hours and scheduling boost productivity while lowering infrastructure costs. With today's technology, many businesses can experiment with flexible scheduling for some employees due to the possibility of part- or full-time telecommuting and remote working. Numerous research and real-life instances have demonstrated that employees permitted to work remotely, even part-time, are significantly happier and more motivated to be effective.
Everyone is aware of the value of actively expressing gratitude. Being kind increases our happiness, strengthens our ability to withstand hardship, lowers stress and anxiety, and even benefits our general health. And being grateful isn't simply something for our personal lives, either. It's crucial to develop an atmosphere of gratitude in the workplace. You might even notice a boost in happiness and productivity as a result. In light of this, here are six ways to develop a more grateful workplace culture.
- Go inward - It's okay to sometimes express gratitude to other people. According to one study, people's moods and motivation are boosted when they appreciate their contributions and even small successes at work. Keep a gratitude journal for yourself. And skimming can give you the push you need when feeling low on energy or defeated.
- Keep seeking many instances to express appreciation - See the positive aspects of numerous circumstances or encounters that you might otherwise overlook in your daily life. Additionally, be grateful for the innumerable diverse actions, qualities, and behaviors that team members bring to the table daily at work.
- Be impulsive - Try to have note cards in your desk drawer so that you may take a few minutes to write a note to a coworker to let them know what they did and how it made you feel when they do something you admire. Importantly, share it with them after that.
- In challenging circumstances, practice gratitude - Being grateful is simple when things are going well. Even though it may be more challenging to be thankful for the situations that also teach us something, it's crucial to build gratitude for them. For instance, if your supervisor gave you some challenging comments, you can express gratitude for the chance to learn from it.
- Keep a journal - One of the finest ways to exercise your thankfulness muscles is to make it a writing practice, whether you use a notepad or your phone. Making a list can be quick and straightforward on some days and longer and more in-depth on others. The main thing is to write; try not to criticize yourself too much.
- Make it personal - Our modern methods of communication, such as using our devices, can make it difficult to show our gratitude from the bottom of our hearts. Say something like, "Hey, that thing you did really influenced me, and I want you to know how much I appreciate you," preferably offline.
Being efficient, mission-driven, and organized are the foundations of productivity. On the contrary, both individuals and teams find that creativity is a significant asset in the workplace. Being creative boosts problem-solving abilities in addition to confidence and teamwork. Here are the six advantages of creativity in the workplace.
- Creativity produces original ideas - The light bulb and the automobile would not exist without creativity. Imagination and a belief in the fantastical help inventors generate new ideas and advance civilization, even though creativity is sometimes viewed as frivolous or useless.
- Creativity improves a resume - Employers are more likely to take notice of your resume if you include a section describing how your creative ideas led to a successful event, more clients, or higher revenue. For any team, having innovative problem-solvers is essential.
- Creativity enhances focus - Focus is a necessary and rare resource in our media-saturated environment. According to Microsoft research, the average person has an attention span of eight seconds. Increasing your attention span will make you more productive than most workers.
- Teamwork is encouraged by creativity - The pursuit of creativity unites individuals. Building and fostering relationships with coworkers promotes improved teamwork and collaboration.
- Problem-solving is encouraged by creativity - Whether you work in retail or as an entrepreneur, problem-solving is one of the most crucial components of any career. The dilemma may be as straightforward as quelling a customer's ire or as challenging as raising money for a firm. The issue is irrelevant. In any circumstance, problem-solving is helpful.
- Creativity reduces stress - You quickly think when you're not stressed. A promising career and a healthy lifestyle both include reducing stress.