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18 Jul. 2018 Posted by aadams

Supporting Remote Employees: A Management How-To

Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager

Off-site employees are a thriving demographic, and the benefits of a remote workforce—from cost savings to increased productivity—are growing in recognition. But remote work can pose challenges in a culture that remains largely in-person and on-site.

Taking the time to implement simple workplace support strategies will go a long way toward bridging the gap between companies, management and remote employees.

20 Jun. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Indiscriminate Nature of Suicide

Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor

The tragic, high-profile deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by suicide have once again focused attention on mental health issues. . . and the reality that, despite one’s fame or fortune, anyone can be affected by suicidal tendencies.

By understanding certain verbal, behavioral and psychological signs, however, we can assess when someone we know—a family member, a close friend, a neighbor or even a coworker—may be at increased risk of suicide.

6 Jun. 2018 Posted by aadams

Humor in the Workplace

Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager

Workplace humor is beneficial to both employee and organizational well-being, good for boosting health outcomes and reducing stress. Knowing the difference between appropriate and inappropriate use of humor at work will help managers and supervisors build an organizational culture of connection, creativity and inclusiveness.

22 May. 2018 Posted by ameulendyke

The Elephant in the Workroom: Financial Stress

Amara Lang, Junior Account Manager

Money is a significant source of stress for most Americans. Whether working multiple jobs or living paycheck to paycheck, the weight of financial stress on the workforce plays a significant—if often invisible—role in employee well-being.

Organizations can mitigate the effects of financial stress on employees by encouraging strong workplace relationships, sharing stress-busting techniques and offering assistance through an EAP benefit.

9 May. 2018 Posted by aadams

Finding the Right Fit for Respite Care

Jackie McGee, Work-Life Specialist

Finding reliable in-home care for an elderly and/or disabled loved one when the primary caregiver is unavailable can be overwhelming. Utilizing respite care—a short-term care and relief service for caregivers—helps relieve the worry and anxiety. By contacting an EAP benefit and accessing work-life services, employees are able to navigate the world of respite care options with confidence.

25 Apr. 2018 Posted by aadams

What’s the Right Thing to Do? An Ethics Framework for Leadership

Ryan Atherton, FEI Account Manager

Making decisions based on a purely legal point-of-view does not always consider ethical repercussions, even in the workplace. By developing mission, vision and values with an ethical framework in mind, organizations can better address complex situations where what’s legal and what’s ethical may appear at odds.

11 Apr. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Benefits and Challenges of Relocation

Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager

People relocate for different reasons: New office branch, family needs, a change of scenery. But relocating from one place to another—from a familiar community to a new one—can overwhelm.

By offering services that cater to employees’ work-life needs, employers mitigate and reframe the anxiety that may surface during the potentially stressful process of relocating.

28 Mar. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Return to Work: Managing Life After Baby

Amber Meulendyke, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Becoming a parent changes your life forever, but it also changes your approach to work-life balance. Working parents—and first-time parents especially—have extra considerations they must take into account when transitioning back to work. Employers can offer additional support through inclusive workplace practices and an EAP benefit.

14 Mar. 2018 Posted by aadams

168 Hours: Lessons in Time Management

Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager

Multitasking, interruptions, the need to check everything from emails to text messages—distractions that monopolize our time abound. It’s easy to let calendars control our lives both at work and at home, but better managing our attention, activities and expectations helps prioritize what’s important and instill a greater sense of balance.

28 Feb. 2018 Posted by aadams

Manager Vs. Coach: A Key to Effective Relationships

Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor

Discussions of effective workplace management strategies often revolve around the topic of mutual respect. Central to these conversations is the idea of “manager versus coach” – or control versus empowerment. Knowing when to manage and when to coach results in a healthier work environment for everyone.

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