Curiosity and Work/Life


When describing the SAS Work/Life Center, I like to say our job is to help you make your life as good as it possibly can be outside of work. So when things aren’t going so great i.e. stress, caregiving, kids won’t sleep, divorce, illness - we appreciate that you think of us and reach out. But there also doesn’t have to be an earth-shattering reason as to why you would reach out to Work/Life.

Work/Life Team - 2017 Solar Eclipse

Curious is one of our SAS values. The Work/Life Center wants to encourage you to extend that same SAS curiosity to your personal life. Even the parts that are “drama-free” or status quo. No matter where in the world you are, we want to connect with you.

I thought I’d share just a few examples of how…

Every February Lisa Allred and I hold “dating clinics” where we meet with you to discuss online dating profiles, where to meet new people, how to determine what you want in a partner, and how to stay true to your values while dating. Although we advertise these in February as part of our Relationship Series, we can meet with you anytime of the year if you are curious about how to switch up your dating game.

Whether you are in a relationship or not, you may be curious about your “love language”. Attend the Love Languages Seminar in May to learn your love language and how to use this knowledge to better your current or future relationship.

Books are a great way to spark or satiate curiosity. With the 2018 Work/Life Book Club there are plenty of opportunities to learn about a new topic and share thoughts and perspectives with fellow employees. You can also find new, creative perspectives on daily life with titles from our Work/Life Library like Algorithms to Live By, Supernormal, Big Magic, and SuperBetter.

Interested in looking at stress management from a unique perspective? Lisa Allred can meet with you to complete an Ecomap. An Ecomap is a diagram that shows the social and personal relationships of an individual with his or her environment.

Curious about your character strengths? Take ten minutes to complete this free online survey by the VIA Institute on Character. Anytime I can meet with you to discuss your strengths and ways to better incorporate them into your daily life. Is there a personal goal you want to work on? Whether it’s expanding your sense of community or starting a new positive habit or hobby, I can meet with you to explore ways to get started.

Lisa Allred is a former child therapist. I remember her telling a story about a young child knocking things off a table. Rather than looking at this as a behavioral issue, she instead thought, “Congratulations, the kid just discovered gravity!”. She empathized with why the child would be so excited about demonstrating this phenomenon. You might say the child was…curious ;). I’m not sure I would have thought about the child's experience in that way (which why I love having this team around me to learn from!). What can seem like small things can often be re-framed into a great learning opportunity or adventure.  Lisa can meet with parents who are curious about new approaches to parenting young children. Curious about how to approach milestones with your teen? My colleague Page Cvelich is available to meet with parents to discuss this topic and other questions.

Curious about your “next phase of life” in retirement? Kim Andreaus is hosting a Lunch and Learn titled Retirement Reimagined. See how you can plan to make that transition with clarity, confidence and lasting joy.

Outside of Work/Life, opportunities to tap into curiosity are everywhere around SAS.

Join WIN, Toastmasters, SASIC, or many of the other clubs at SAS.

Take a biofeedback class at the HCC or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Wellness.

Sign up for one of these upcoming events for Global Employee Health and Fitness Month:

Sports Day – Tuesday, May 15 | 11:00am – 5:00pm | Register by Friday, May 11

Looking to pick up a new sport or refine your current skills? Look no further than RFC Sports Day! Sports Day will feature different sport clinics throughout the day, beginning at 11am and running through 5pm. Clinics include: Playstation 4/Virtual Reality, Pickleball, Darts, Ultimate Frisbee, Badminton, Cricket, Foosball, and Disc Golf. All registered participants receive a special Sports Day T-shirt!

Fuel Your Training – Tuesday, May 15 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | GX002 | Register

The foods we eat play a huge role in how well our bodies function. Food not only provides vitamins and minerals, it also provides fuel. When it comes to exercise, you want to make sure your body is functioning at its peak in order to maximize your workouts. Join Ashley Bailey, MS, RDN, LDN as she discusses key strategies for proper fueling and hydration for the non-endurance athlete.

Clean Living Expo – Wednesday, May 16 | 11:30am – 1:30pm | GX002

Want to reduce chemicals and pesticides in your life and make your home safer for your family? Damaging toxins can be found in our food, personal care products, water, carpets and even the air inside our homes. Fortunately, we now have safer options! The HCC is gathering local vendors who provide clean living products and services so you can visit them all under one roof and save yourself hours of time. Mark your calendars for this exciting event and embark on your path to clean living!

Cheers to your unique journey fueled by curiosity!


About Author

Katie Seavey Pegoraro

Sr Associate Work Life Program Manager

Katie Seavey Pegoraro supports employees with issues of stress and balance, providing tools and resources to cope when life feels overwhelming. Katie is a contact for those who may be coping with issues of mental health, substance use, or grief and loss. A young professional herself, Katie is a unique support to employees who are navigating the many life transitions that occur in your 20's and 30's.

1 Comment

  1. What a great way to inform us of the other wonderful benefits that Work/Life has to offer. I had no idea about the dating features. While I don't need those (at the moment LOL), i think it's fabulous that we have that here!

    Thank you for this great write-up. Love it!

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