Time for Resilience?

I’ve just received an invitation to a two-hour seminar on Resilience for Heads of Department. I post the description here:

Sadly I don’t have time to attend this, as it is right in the middle of a teaching day in the last week of an absurdly busy term and it clashes with a previous commitment. I can’t see yet another two hour meeting on Zoom doing much for my wellbeing anyway, especially when I’ve already been running on empty for weeks.

I will be “taking the time to renew and refresh” after December 18th, when I’ll have the first proper holiday I’ve been able to take since March. I’ll probably spend most of that asleep. Or maybe “resilience” is all about adapting to life without any time off?

“We know we’re working you into the ground, but if you learn how to be *resilient* we might might get a few more months out of you before you crack.”

Sharpening the Saw seems like an interesting book. I wonder what the sequel is,  Wielding the Axe?


4 Responses to “Time for Resilience?”

  1. Has this been offered by the university or is it a private company? And is there a fee to attend?

    • telescoper Says:

      It’s offered through the University “faciliated” by someone from outside who is described on her website as “Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Facilitator and Trainer”. I guess the University pays her, but there’s no charge to attendees.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    Well, if you can’t take the time to renew and refresh yourself in the pub in this era of covid then I’m sure a 2-hour seminar will be greatly appreciated.

  3. I would agree that ‘resilience’ and ‘well being’ shouldn’t be in the same title. At least not when organised by your employer. Probably well intended though.

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