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Pushing out pessimism

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When work becomes overwhelming, it's easy to detour down a path of pessimism. The ABC Technique, however, is an approach to help think more optimistically. It's based on how we explain difficult or stressful situations to ourselves across dimensions of permanence, pervasiveness, and personalization. The ABC Technique pushes you to analyze three aspects of a situation: adversity, beliefs, and consequences. When you encounter adversity, you develop thoughts and beliefs about the situation. This, in turn, leads to consequences. To be optimistic, you must change what you believe about yourself, and the situation, when you encounter adversity. Positive beliefs will lead to more positive consequences and a more positive outlook. (Thanks to Kristy Davis and Christa Nicols for submitting this tip!)

Watch before you walk

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Just a reminder to be careful when crossing the street on and around campus. Be sure to cross at crosswalks and when the "Walk" sign is flashing. It's been reported that several people have received citations from the police for jaywalking. (Thanks to Tina Falkner for sharing this tip!)

Google Apps for beginners

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Interested in learning more about Google Apps but not quite sure where to start? Check out the Google Apps documentation and support site. You can explore the different apps or learn by each individual one. You can also view a short video about using Google Apps for business purposes.

Professional development opportunities

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The University offers many professional development opportunities, and ASR staff are encouraged to take advantage of the workshops and training through the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. You can view current offerings by visiting the OED website.

Have you discovered your top talents yet?

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If you haven't already, be sure to take the online StrengthsQuest assessment to identify your top five talents. ASR is once again covering the cost for staff to participate. You can use your results to help you understand how you can continue to grow and develop personally and professionally. Contact Tina Falkner if interested.

Got stress?

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Feeling a bit stressed this month? Take an hour on Thursday, March 27 to stop by a "Control Your Stress!" presentation by Dr. Patricia Frazier from the Department of Psychology. She'll share information about her research on stress and how you can regain a sense of control. The event will take place in 402 Walter Library. For more information, see the Department of Psychology Spring Colloquium Series.

Learn your top five talents!

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Curious what your greatest strengths are? Take the online StrengthsQuest assessment to identify your top five talents. ASR is once again covering the cost for staff to participate. You can use your results to help you understand how you can continue to grow and develop personally and professionally. Contact Tina Falkner if you're interested in taking the StrengthsQuest assessment.

Become a more engaged employee

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Want to know how to become a more fully engaged employee and market your value? Plan to attend a meeting hosted by HR's Organizational Effectiveness Lea Bittner-Eddy to learn about employee engagement tools and resources available to staff. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19 from noon-1 p.m. in 312 STSS. For more information and to RSVP, email Bonnie Marten.

New ASR onboarding video

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The Academic Support Resources onboarding video is now available on the ASR intranet site. A link to the video can also be found in the professional development resources page. The video will help new employees understand how ASR departments function individually and as a whole.

Secure your home network

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Not sure if your home network is secure? The January issue of "OUCH" offers tips and tricks for ensuring your security is up to par. You can also check out a video on encryption. It's a great way to secure your data, yet many people don't understand what it is or how it works.

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