(Written by Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor)
As we ring in 2016, your employees may be thinking about New Year’s resolutions. In addition to personal resolutions, managers can also address how to make the work environment healthier for everyone. What can managers focus on to foster a positive and healthy workplace? Start with some SMART goals.
(Written by Sherry Mahbobian, FEI EAP Counselor)
The “winter blues” can be attributed to seasonal affective disorder, with many symptoms mirroring recurrent major depressive disorder. Even though seasonal affective disorder can affect anyone—including staff—the unease will pass with the proper supports, time and discipline.
(Written by Amara Lang, FEI Work-Life Specialist)
Effective communication is important to many aspects of life, both personally and professionally. It can mean the difference between a successful outcome and a not-so-successful outcome. The success of a project usually rests on good communication, but what is good or effective communication?
(Written by Fred Fuges, FEI Account Manager)
A key path to wellness is making changes in the patterns of our lives, particularly in the areas of diet and exercise. We often find ourselves eating and drinking too much of the wrong things and avoiding regular exercise. The traditional solution to changing these patterns is through willpower, but let’s consider a different approach. By examining the patterns we have, understanding why they are there, and following the transtheoretical model for change, we can manage change in a way that is realistic and kind to ourselves.
(Written by Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager)
Stories are a compelling motivator for change. Hearing about colleagues and employees who are thriving after a weight loss, a new exercise routine, or who no longer need to take costly medication for high blood pressure creates an awareness of the prize of well-being and can give our own wellness journey greater purpose. Developing an awareness of how much better we feel when we make healthy choices is a powerful intrinsic motivator and leads to sustainable behavior change.
(Written by Marcia O’Boyle, FEI EAP Services Center Manager)
Domestic abuse is a pattern of behavior used against an intimate partner or family member to secure and maintain control over that person. Behaviors can include physical and sexual abuse, psychological attacks, stalking and economic coercion. Domestic abuse affects people across the spectrum and in any setting, including the workplace. What are some possible warning signs that might cause you to consider whether an employee is experiencing domestic violence?
(Written by Janice Lieber, FEI EAP Counselor)
What should you do when an employee tells you they want to die or kill themselves and they’re at work or calling in to work? The answer isn’t to have them call the EAP, although that may be your first thought. We generally refer individuals to those who have experience in areas we’re unfamiliar with, but time is of the essence in these kinds of situations and you must call 911 so the employee can be evaluated immediately by experienced medical staff who can determine the volitional desire of the person and the present risk.
(Written by Jon Buchler, FEI EAP Counselor)
James – our director of the medical transcription department – knows many transcriptionists are unhappy with the company’s mandatory overtime policy and that five senior transcriptionists will leave if he does not take action to change the policy. He recognizes the need for both a short-term and long-term solution in order to maintain the staffing level necessary to get work done. He also knows that any solution which adds cost to his budget will need approval “up the line” and will likely encounter resistance.
(Written by Jon Buchler, FEI EAP Counselor)
James is the director of the medical transcription department for a health care system which operates a large hospital and a sizeable network of outpatient clinics. Three managers report to him and manage over 60 medical transcriptionists. From a fiscal standpoint, the department is a cost center, generating no revenue for the health care system. James has learned through years of experience that he is held accountable for four things: cost containment, productivity, timeliness in getting medical records completed, and keeping errors to an absolute minimum.
(Written by Julie Sharp, FEI Account Manager)
In part one we introduced the PERMA acronym as a new way of looking at work-life balance, or well-being. PERMA stands for the five essential elements that should be in place for us to experience lasting well-being. These elements, which we choose in our efforts to flourish, are the rock-bottom fundamentals to human well-being. The goal is to increase the amount of flourishing you can accomplish in your own life.