Love and warmth are values that are rarely emphasised in a work setting today, especially when outcomes are more often measured by efficiency, impact and change. Since 2011, Community Excel Services has brought in the widely acclaimed curriculum, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and its sequel Emotionally Healthy Skills by Pete and Geri Scazzero as part of its staff training and development. This series focuses on one thing - loving well.
Teachers of Tadika Juara Cerdik set aside five days to train in-house on Emotionally Healthy Skills, to infuse team communication with love, and create space for meaningful and fruitful engagement. The workshop was held from the 23rd to the 27th of November 2015. The workshop was facilitated by Sophy Lim.
“It was a good time for TJC teachers to go through our daily emotions at work in a guided way. It was also a good platform for us to communicate and think through the improvements we hoped to achieve together with the teachers as a team,” said TJC Principal, Yuen Ting Ai.
Emotionally Healthy Skills emphasises 8 key tools to love well: giving full attention to others, clarifying expectations rather than making assumptions of others, understanding ourselves by tracing familial habits, understanding ourselves, listening skills, being true to ourselves, resolving conflict respectfully and drawing up a personal plan to practice these skills.
The five-day workshop was conducted by trainer Sophy Lim, who facilitated eight sessions with 25 teachers in a fun and safe learning environment. Together they addressed some of the common pitfalls of miscommunication that are harmful for relationships especially in a high pressure work environment, and worked on a way forward with helpful tools in engaging one another.
“After the training, the teachers agreed that there are better ways in relating to one another. By building our culture around self-awareness and love for others, an authentic and caring work culture is possible!” said Sophy, who is also the Operations Manager of CES. END
Sophy Lim underwent a 3-year Training of Trainers on Life-giving Tools organised by TRAC, Institute of Christian Ministry and is a trained Spiritual Director and spiritual retreat facilitator. She has conducted two cycles on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and five cycles of Emotionally Healthy Skills based on Pete and Geri Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy programme.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and Emotionally Healthy Skills will be part of competency training for CES in the years to come.