Writing and Editing

Writing and Editing Highlights

  • As part of a larger Engineering Project Management Plan, wrote a Human Resources Plan, a Communications Plan and a Team Building Plan.  
  • Reviewed several websites and provided feedback on the design, aesthetics, content, flow, navigation and technical  difficulties.
  • Co-wrote a training manual for peer counsellors that later became a prototype for Hospice Calgary.
  • Researched and wrote a training manual on “Wellness” for fitness leaders throughout Alberta.
  • Edited resumes, cover letters and proposals for numerous career coaching clients.
  • As a final project in Masters Program wrote a training manual called "Spring Follows Winter, a guide for supporting the widowed".  Manual was used as the basis of a 12-week peer counselling training program that was delivered at a nonprofit organization. Manual also served as a prototype for a training program for volunteers at Hospice Calgary.

Read on for two examples.......


Example #1

Help! My Workplace is Driving Me Crazy!

Being in good health means more than just feeling physically well; it also means feeling mentally well. Being mentally well is important because it allows us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal effectively with the challenges we face. 

Good mental health provides the foundation for handling day-to-day demands such as caring for ourselves and our families, maintaining friendships, working, and engaging in recreational or spiritual activities. It also means we can effectively manage “the unexpected” without “losing it”.

Work is the Number 1 Source of Stress

Most Canadians view their mental health positively. Yet we know that mental health issues and claims have been rising since 2003 and have become a concern in Canadian workplaces.

Stress and mental health go hand in hand and in a recent report, work was indeed identified as the number one source of stress for Canadians.

Since we spend so much time at work, how well we handle workplace stress plays an important role in our mental health.

Identify What Causes You Stress

There are many factors that contribute to workplace stress and your ability to recognize whichones are affecting you is a good starting point...

What are your sources of stress at work?

  • Work overload
  • Long hours
  • Inflexibility in your work schedule
  • Inability to make independent decisions
  • Conflicting job demands
  • Reporting to more than one supervisor
  • Strained relationships
  • Inadequate work space
  • Social isolation
  • Limited training or career development opportunities

These are some of the more common stressors that can make it challenging for us to be motivated, productive and creative at work. Over time, if not managed well, these stressors may seriously erode our mental health.

When employees are too stressed, the organization loses out too – work efficiency may drop and absenteeism may increase due to increased physical illness or mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Short and long term disability claims may increase, and even premature deaths can result; all by-products of overly stressed workers. So, it is also in the best interests of organizations to help employees manage their stress. Too much stress hurts the bottom line! Take Control of Your Stress.


Example #2

Work-life Balance – “Getting There”

Do you feel that you have a good balance between work and the rest of your life? Work-life balance is an important indicator of health, yet it seems that almost everyone these days has too much to do and not enough time to do it. Many things compete for our time and energy - work, family, volunteering, caring for elder parents and promoting our own health and fitness, just to name a few. It is preferable that that the essential roles in work and life be in harmony rather than in constant conflict - quite a challenge these days! It really takes the cooperation of you, your family members and your employer to make it all work smoothly. When the home front is taken care of, you are less distracted and are able to perform better at work. When your work is managed effectively, you are happier at home. And even better, when there is some regular leisure time just for you, you can recharge, and your overall life is enriched. It’s not an easy juggling act, but with a moderate desire, some concentrated effort and “a little help from your friends” in this article, you can “get there”.

Why is “Getting There” So Challenging?

Gone are the days of the stay-at-home mom…with an organized and orderly home…washed, pressed and folded laundry, including sheets and underwear… and the smell of freshly baked bread in the oven… 

Indeed today’s dominant family type is the double-income family with both partners working outside the home. With so many more women in the workforce, homemaking and care giving responsibilities have to some degree, been redistributed between men and women. Unfortunately women still carry the “lion’s share”.

The size of Canadian families has become smaller, meaning most families have fewer people to assist with all that needs to be done. Some couples are deferring having children until later, and some are choosing to not have children, believing it would be too difficult to try and “do it all”.

In Canada, we also have an aging population. By 2011 some of the “Baby Boomers” (those born between 1946 and 1965) will reach the age of 65. And there will be a lot of them - by 2016 we will have about 5.9 million people over the age of 65! This means employees are getting older. But because Canadians are generally living longer, many people nearing traditional “retirement age” are choosing to stay in the workforce or return to the workforce after a brief break. We also have more workers involved in the care of elder parents or other aging or dependent relatives. In some cases, these maturing workers still have childcare responsibilities as well.

Currently there is a significant labor shortage resulting in increased workloads and role overloads in many work environments.

And finally, in this era of knowledge and evolving globalization, there are increased pressures at work for employees to continue learning and training, particularly relative to advancing technology.

Given all of the above factors, no wonder achieving work-life balance is so challenging!

How You Can Take Positive Steps Toward “Getting There”…