Our Winter MHW Newsletter one year into the pandemic. Discover resources, articles, and events to continue your journey to resiliency.



Winter 2021


The theme of our winter edition of the MHW Newsletter is Resilience and we are indeed learning to become more resilient, as we face prolonged uncertainty and adapt to continuous change. Many of us appreciate that staying positive and productive happens through a series of conscious choices that we make each day. A recent study in the Harvard Business Review reveals that resilience is a set of strengths that we can develop reactively – when faced with obstacles and demands.


It was only a year ago that the Flexible Work Arrangements pilot was launched. Much has been learned, and together we have achieved the “near impossible” during this extended period of largely remote work. As a community navigating change and uncertainty, more than ever we need to be attentive to the value of constructive attitudes and supportive behaviours – both our own, and those of others. Find out how enhancing your mastery of McGill’s 7 behavioural competencies matters today and, in the future, as we strive to meet workplace challenges and opportunities head-on.


In this edition, read more about our spotlight on Black History Month at McGill (Healing Forward) as we consider themes of wellness, and psychological safety for all.


Scroll down for tips and resources for parents, just in time for March Break. And last but not least, find out more about hands-on programs that colleagues across the University are participating in to better prepare themselves and our community to manage mental health in our workplace.



Coach's Corner:

How We Show Up Matters


Worried about your career aspirations being put on hold during the pandemic? Maybe you are overlooking a unique opportunity. It’s in these times of challenge and adversity that some individuals and teams really stand out. They display Resilience, finding new ways of working with others that deepen trust and connection. Find out about how the way we show up can make all the difference.


Upcoming MHW Events


LinkedIn Learning Course Club:

Cultivating Mental Agility

March 1st, 2021 (2:00-3:30)


From Worrier to Warrior - Maximizing your Personal Effectiveness

March 3rd, 2021 (10:30-12:00)


Embedding Climate and Sustainability in the Workplace

March 5th, 2021 (10:30-12:00)


Burnout Prevention

March 8th, 2021 (1:00-2:00)


10 Healthy Habits of Financial Management

March 10th, 2021 (1:00-2:00)


Self-Care: Your First Priority

March 11th, 2021 (2:00-3:00)


LinkedIn Learning Course Club:

Building Resilience

March 12th, 2021 (10:30-12:00)




Resources for Parents


Spring Break is just around the corner, and Montreal Families has got you covered! From ideas for indoor fun, to danceable playlists, to games in the snow, you will be able to keep your family entertained for days! My Healthy Workplace has also found ways to keep the learning going for kids with Activity Kits, Spring Break with the McCord Museum, and Free Online Tutoring. Don’t forget to share your own gems on Yammer’s McGill Parents Network.



Black History Month at McGill and Resources for Healing Forward


Black History Month at McGill is an annual celebration co-organized by the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), the Black Students' Network of McGill (BSN) and the McGill African Students' Society (MASS). The theme for this year's 5th annual celebration of Black History Month at McGill is: Healing Forward. Read more about some of the highlights of this year's celebration.



LinkedIn Learning at McGill


The LinkedIn Learning pilot for all regular Administrative and Support staff at McGill has been extended! LinkedIn Learning will now be available until at least November 2021, at which time the results of the pilot will be re-evaluated. Read more about the LinkedIn Learning pilot and information about LinkedIn Learning Course Clubs at McGill.


It’s simple to sign up and sign in with McGill Single Sign-On. Click the following link and follow the instructions to access LinkedIn Learning: https://lnkd.in/eKvf67m



Physical Well-Being


Keeping our bodies physically healthy can contribute towards Resiliency. Physical well-being includes physical activity as well as factors such as sleep hygiene and a proper home-office set-up.


Schedule some time in your calendar, learn about sleep hygiene, fit-in some movement breaks and watch videos on how to "ergo your home office space".


Initiatives that Promote Positive Mental Health at McGill

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, “Workplaces can play an essential part in maintaining positive mental health.” Learn about tools, training, and learning communities that McGill offers in order to support administrative staff and their units on their journey towards a Healthier Workplace.


We want to hear from you!


Send the MHW News editorial team an email to let us know what you think of this issue. Please contact us to suggest an initiative to highlight, or if you are interested in contributing an article.