The workshop was facilitated by employment services manager Laura Westman and the amazing employment services team at Hire-Ability: Alexandra Macmillan, Mary Ann Dones, Joyce Xue, Lilly Ho and Lucy Wu.
The team presented on how to navigate professional boundaries to job seekers enrolled in employment services as well as trainees in the Employee Development, Janitorial, and i-Ability programs. Participants were actively learning and engaging in material about how to define professional boundaries, utilizing “I” statements, how to say “no” and had the chance to role play healthy and unhealthy boundaries. Lilly and Mary Ann even acted out some great examples of boundaries, including what to do when someone steals your chocolate out of the breakroom!
Many participants expressed difficulty in creating and drawing these boundaries and will use what they learned moving forward in their employment services, where they will continue to receive 1-1 support from their job developer. The next monthly workshop will be on time management, where the team looks forward to continuing to support our participants as they navigate the road toward employment.
Contributed by: Laura Westman, Employment Services Manager