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23 Aug. 2017 Posted by aadams

Work-Life Worries: Elder Care and Employee Performance

Jackie McGee, Work-Life Specialist

Elder care is an often overlooked and underappreciated aspect of employees’ lives, and its effects on work performance can be substantial. As parents or loved ones age, questions about care facilities, services and expenses begin cropping up and overwhelming caregivers.

EAPs regularly offer work-life services, which help guide employees through elder care options while assisting with the responsibilities of care.

9 Aug. 2017 Posted by aadams

Now or Later? A Procrastination Mind Hack

Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor

As the saying goes, “Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.” Yet we’re all familiar with procrastination, and some of us struggle with it more than others.

Reframing concepts of time can potentially place you on a path to overcoming procrastination and achieving your goals in a comfortable, timely fashion. Is that quarterly report due in a month, or in 31 days? Which feels more immediate?

26 Jul. 2017 Posted by aadams

What Do I Say? Talking to Employees About Suicide

Julie Sharp, FEI Account Manager

Talking about suicide in the workplace is a delicate undertaking—but a potentially lifesaving one.

Suicidal ideation can present itself a number of different ways, and knowing how to respond in a sensitive yet effective way sometimes proves challenging. With the use of an employee assistance program, however, the guidance and resources needed to navigate discussions of suicide are readily available.

12 Jul. 2017 Posted by aadams

Navigating Legislation and Evolving Drug Policies

Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager

Last month, Florida legalized the use of medical marijuana statewide. However, the associated bill’s limitations on workplace accommodations concerning marijuana use invites confusion and court challenges.

As multiple states continue to work through legalization and context, managers, supervisors and human resources are left to navigate an evolving landscape of drug-testing and compliance policies directly impacting workforces nationwide.

28 Jun. 2017 Posted by aadams

Perception Can Be Reality for Clients

Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager

How a client perceives a service can sometimes shift from perception to belief about a provider’s ability to satisfy client needs, especially if the provider does nothing (or very little) to address the situation.

With strong quality assurance measures such as regular surveying, your organization can collect the necessary information to quickly identify, isolate and resolve issues of client dissatisfaction before perception becomes reality.

14 Jun. 2017 Posted by aadams

Trauma and the Workplace: What Can You Do?

Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor

The workplace is not immune to the effects of traumatic events, and organizations must be prepared to respond when a traumatic incident takes place. Understanding the effects of trauma, allowing time to recover and offering support to employees—including through employee assistance programs—are all part of successful post-incident management.

31 May. 2017 Posted by aadams

The Value of an Intergenerational Workforce

Emily Merritt, Director of Intergenerational Initiatives for the Alliance for Strong Families
and Communities

Workplaces are facing unprecedented generational and demographic shifts, requiring employers to rethink traditional human capital strategies. Unfortunately, ageist misconceptions and biases often permeate our thinking. It’s time to break down the challenges of ageism and explore compelling opportunities for employers to build an intergenerational workforce.

17 May. 2017 Posted by aadams

Bob Dylan Was Right: Times Are A-Changin’

Amara Lang, Junior Account Manager

Traditional notions of work and the workplace have been fluctuating for years. Organizations continue to seek a magic bullet that will transform company culture into millennial magnets with professional pull, but workplaces are nuanced environments that require thoughtful consideration of team dynamics, employee engagement and management styles to achieve resilience.

Are the times truly changing? We think so, but we can help navigate your workforce to its fullest potential.

3 May. 2017 Posted by aadams

The Opioid Abuse Epidemic Continues

Amber Meulendyke, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Coverage of prescription opioid addiction continues to dominate the news. There’s a reason, of course: The CDC reports that emergency rooms see over 1,000 individuals every day for the misuse of prescription medications.

FEI is committed to educating organizations on the widespread abuse of prescription drugs. We’ve collected several resources and free tools so managers and other supervisors can begin evaluating the potential impact of this epidemic on their own workforces.

19 Apr. 2017 Posted by aadams

Happy Boss: 8 Tips for Mood Management

Randall Kratz, FEI Senior Account Manager

We’re all susceptible to sudden changes in mood, especially during the hustle and bustle of the workday. The mood of a boss can impact employees in different—and sometimes negative—ways, so it’s important managers and other supervisors maintain awareness of their emotions, and to take a step back, breathe, and re-evaluate when necessary.

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