Our People priority was established as part of Providence’s Mission: Forward strategic plan to inspire people and teams, so that we can attract the best and brightest and support them to flourish. The Working Well series aims to profile PHC staff and medical staff who are living wellness at work. By sharing how your colleagues embrace wellness at work, we hope that this series is just one of the ways you feel supported to flourish at Providence. If you are looking for wellness resources currently available, please refer to this one-pager. Because the better we feel at work, the better we are able to care for others.

Today we are profiling Glynnis Tidball, Audiologist.

What does wellness mean to you?

  • Balance. Having enough energy at the end of the work day to take care of myself and engage with family and friends when I get home, and arriving at work recharged the next day. I admit that striking this balance can be a challenge, especially when I feel over-whelmed at work.

What is one of your wellness goals?

  • Getting my fitness level back to where it was before becoming a “swivel-chair athlete” during the pandemic.

What do you do during your work day (and at home) to achieve wellness?

  • I try to make time to connect with my excellent colleagues over lunch, even if it’s just for 10 minutes to catch up. At home, I’ve learned to prioritise sleep – my brain and mood are better for it. I also maintain a ritual to mark the end of the work day – for me that’s my walk home through the West End and a call to check in with a family member or friend as I walk.

Do you have a wellness tips for staff/your colleagues?

  • Setting boundaries is important for wellness but can be difficult and even distressing in healthcare, where demand so often exceeds the care we can provide. I find saying, “This is what I can do” is a well-received way to set boundaries. Also, I fully endorse having a few meal kits delivered to the home each week as a self-care measure. They’re a welcome alternative to having avocado toast or take-out for dinner at the end of a long day.

Providing the best care to the people we serve is dependent on our own health and wellness. We are working to deliver a comprehensive Staff and Medical Staff Wellness Action Plan, to help us create a healthy and safe work environment where everyone can flourish. If you have a wellness idea that could make a big difference to you and your colleagues, please send it to Ideas: Forward. If you have questions about this plan or feedback on wellness at PHC, please be in touch: missionforward@providencehealth.bc.ca.​