Work Wellness: The Basics – new, one-day curriculum.
CPR & First Aid
Marcus Omlin has been involved in the medical field since 1987, working first as an Ambulance Driver for Stockton Ambulance Company, where he transported the sick and injured. In 1988 he became employed as a Firefighter with the Waterloo Morada Fire Department and was promoted to a Fire Captain in 2004. He has been teaching CPR and First Aid since 1993. He taught for the Red Cross for about 6 years and has been with EMS Safety Services, the company that will provide your certification, since 1998. I think you will appreciate Marcus’ simple and down to earth teaching style on these very important life saving skills that will benefit you for a lifetime.
Work Wellness: The Basics – traditional, one-week curriculum.
This program may be used for CalWORKs participants that have been identified by their case managers as having the following barriers or needs:
- Frequent job losses (quits and firings) or excuses for not participating.
- Prerequisite for participants without a job history before they enter Supervised Job Search.
- Participants with job offered but the job will not start for one or more weeks.
- Participants who are identified by career assessment counselor as needing life skills training.
- Having difficulty in making satisfactory progress or lack of follow-through on assigned activities.
- Participants who are waiting to start vocational education, job training program, or during school breaks.
Work Wellness: The Basics – new three-week curriculum.
This program is recommended for participants with one or more serious obstacles/barriers to preparation for entering the work world or being successful once they obtain a job. Examples of participants who might qualify for the extended curriculum are those in recovery from drugs and alcohol, those with serious health problems (mental, emotional or physical), those with self-esteem so low it interferes with a positive presentation of self, those in abusive relationships, and those with minimal life skills.
During the one-week and three-week program fifteen instructors, each an expert in their field, teach the following:
- Success is a Choice covers keys to success including the power of positive inner and outer self-image and tips that assist clients in moving toward long-term self-sufficiency.
- Dress for Success & Love the Skin You’re In includes a slide show, an image presentation, personal appearance and grooming techniques, and makeovers to assist clients in understanding the employer’s expectations regarding workplace attire. Clients ultimately learn how to project a professional image for interviews as well as for the workplace.
- Physical Wellness addresses the fact that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Physical wellness is highlighted as a life skill for maintaining health, increasing energy and obtaining balance for work. Basic breathing techniques and non-strenuous movements are taught to help reduce stress at work, avoid work-related injuries, promote relaxation, and increase concentration all of which will ultimately result in greater productivity and less absenteeism.
- Temperaments in the Work Place uses the True Colors career self-assessment tool to identify individual strengths and qualities in a fun and lighthearted way. It encourages clients to recognize, understand, and appreciate the differences in others and how these differences impact relationships at work. It also increases individual self-knowledge in relationship to job choice, self-confidence, respect, dignity, esteem, worthiness and character.
- Healthy Eating for Better Job Performance focuses on the concept that stress is a part of life, yet it does not have to be a way of life, especially at work. This topic includes the effects of stress on one’s body and mind, how to recognize one’s own stress signals and those of others, the specific contributors to workplace stress and strategies for dealing with it. This critical life skill topic encourages clients to have more power over their lives and better coping mechanisms for dealing with stress. Knowledge gained will increase success in the workplace which ultimately contributes to sustaining employment.
- Health Issues that Interfere with Job Performance and Attendance explores health issues that could interfere with job performance and attendance. This will ensure that clients are aware of common viruses, infections, diseases, and conditions and the preventative measures one can take to avoid and/or treat them. This topic will also address employer’s expectations regarding attendance and absenteeism due to health related issues.
- Managing Job Stress covers eating for energy and wellness. This topic will address how to recognize the signs that trigger poor nutritional choices and appropriate ways to deal with these triggers. Additionally, clients will learn the important life skill of making better nutritional choices through an understanding of healthy eating guidelines and weight management techniques.
- Conflict Resolution in the Workplace focuses on effective communication, what you see versus what you get, blocks to listening, techniques for active listening, and role-playing activities that can be used constructively to assist any difficult situation in the workplace.
- The Working Parent examines tips for the unique challenge of working parents. This topic covers stresses of parenting and clarifies differences between discipline and punishment. Additionally, it provides solutions for overcoming obstacles such as being a single parent, child care, and behavior problems that parents may face.
- Safety and Prevention of Personal and Workplace Violence outlines ways to identify and handle potentially dangerous or abusive situations that interfere with work. The topic will review domestic violence, the cycle of violence, obstacles to leaving a domestically violent relationship, warning signs, safety plan, effects on children, and myths versus facts about domestic violence. Additionally, examples of workplace violence will be reviewed. Clients will gain an understanding of how violence or harassment in or brought to the workplace will interfere with job performance and is cause for dismissal from the job.
Note: Each week ends with a review and evaluation of the entire curriculum and a completion ceremony. Participants receive individualized affirmations, certificates of attendance, and useful and inspirational gifts.
Additional topics for the Three-Week program
In the Three-Week program, participants have the same classes as the One-Week program. The topics above are expanded on and they have four additional topics in their curriculum.
- Anger Management provides clients with the skill of developing awareness of how they express anger and also assists them in finding effective ways of handling anger. The topic covers definition, causes, facts, and perceptions about anger. It also includes barriers to success in dealing with anger.
- Getting a Jump Start on Your Career covers life skill topics that assist individuals in setting long and short-term job/career related goals. Topics include how to eliminate poor self-management habits and routines including how to tear down procrastination, how to get organized, and how to get control of their own time and life. Participants will learn how to accomplish more by setting achievable goals.
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace: Workplace substance abuse is on the rise. This topic covers definitions for drug abuse, self-assessments to detect possible problems with drugs and/or alcohol, and referral sources to obtain help with addictions.
- Money Management is a life skill topic that covers how to distinguish between needs and wants financially, how to establish financial goals, how to set pending priorities and how to develop a realistic personal spending plan.