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TED Talk: Learning to Pause

Thursday, February 24, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)


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TED Talk: Learning to Pause

Thursday, February 24, 2022
2:00 pm Eastern / 11:00 am Pacific

Have you ever felt you were spinning on a merry-go-round that never stops? Do projects, meetings, obligations continue to pile up, no matter how much you accomplish? Let some of the paint dry and learn the benefits of hitting pause. Join this conversation to learn and share ways to refresh and restore more balance into your life.

Discussion Questions

1. In a world that tends to cater to more, better, faster (and louder), how can your card office achieve a place of being enough, and at a calming pace to still accomplish your goals?

2. How did we get to the place of constant moving? Why do we feel the need to compete faster rather than pace accordingly?

3. Directly speaking to the campus credential world, how has the faster routine worked for your department as a whole?

4. Can someone share an example of what it may look like when letting the paint dry?

5. Reset Quote - You look at any industry - you're not innovating unless people are questioning it. If you're innovating, you're doing something nobody's done before, which means you're re-writing rules, resetting boundaries, re-creating systems. And that means the traditional industry is going to question it. — Ryan Kavanaugh.

6. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is now defined as “an occupational hazard,” rather than a medical condition. Last May, the WHO officially recognized this novel phenomenon as a “syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” Previously, WHO had defined burnout as a “state of vital exhaustion,” but the new designation defined it for the first time as a work hazard. How do you relate or connect to this new definition in your card office?

7. Additionally, another survey just published in the United Kingdom found that 20 percent of home workers say that they have increased their alcohol consumption. A third report that they are eating less healthily, 60 percent exercise less, two-thirds report problems sleeping due to anxiety, and a third say they feel lonelier. This is a recipe for a major health disaster. What are some great ideas we can create in our working environment that will help alleviate becoming a statistic in this manner?

8. When was the last time you did a digital unplug for 24hours? How can we stay connected within our offices that do not require a digital connection? Is this even possible? I’m curious to hear your feedback.

Alicia Barnes, Illinois Institute of Technology

Alicia Barnes serves on the Facilities Business Service Management Team at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is a long time NACCU member and a proud graduate of the SAGs program.