(Written by Marcia O’Boyle, FEI EAP Services Center Manager)
When employees have family problems, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can offer a variety of supports and resources. When the family problems relate to divorce or separation and there are children, disputes about parenting can be especially stressful. Parents may need help from many areas. Besides the emotional support of family and friends, parents often need legal advice, help finding and arranging child care, financial help or advice, and perhaps counseling.
(Written by Fred Fuges, FEI Account Manager)
Effective management of time at work is a key element in productivity and engagement. Time is one of the things we all talk about, but have a hard time defining. We can’t see, feel, smell or touch time. Time, as Einstein discovered, is relative. Many of us remember childhood summer vacations seeming to last a long time, and the school years in between seeming to last forever. A two-day year old infant has lived 50% of his/her life in the previous 24 hours, while a seventy year old has lived .03% of their lives in the same period.
(Written by Dan Potterton, FEI Chief Operating Officer)
It’s hard to ignore these days the news of innocent people being injured and killed in the most horrific and senseless acts of violence. The venues for these catastrophic events have no bounds, occurring in healthcare facilities, malls, community centers, college campuses, grade schools, during celebrated public events, in places of worship and in the workplace. Who, in their right mind would be capable of committing such an act? The answers are as equally disturbing and lead to the inevitable question, “could this have been prevented?”
According to a recent study those suffering from depression are at an increased risk of developing heart failure. Results of the study indicate that individuals showing mild symptoms of depression have a 5% increased risk of heart failure. More alarmingly, those with moderate to severe symptoms of depression are 40% more likely to develop heart failure.
When an employee takes a leave of absence from work for hospitalization or treatment for a personal problem, returning to the working world can be stressful. Initially, this can be an anxious time for all involved. Administrators may ask, "Should I go easy on the employee?" The employee may wonder, "What do my coworkers think of me?"
When a manager is faced with an employee experiencing a personal problem that is negatively affecting their work performance, they may often have one of two choices. The manager can either tolerate the employee by hoping the personal problem gets resolved, or terminate them. Fortunately, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers a third option – salvaging the worker by addressing the personal problem that is interfering with performance. However, there are many misconceptions managers may have when considering referring an employee to their EAP benefit.
According to a recent VitalSmarts survey, employees are six times more likely to report corporate misconduct when they are regularly held accountable to take action and feel comfortable doing so. The survey also revealed that the most common reasons employees do not report unethical behavior include fears of damage to their career, a reputation that they are hard to work with, not being taken seriously, or not knowing how to bring up their concerns.
When it comes to managing increasing work demands, there’s a fine line between asking employees to assume more responsibilities and knowing when it’s necessary to hire additional staff. Increasing workloads among current employees can lead to burnout, decreased productivity and low employee satisfaction. However, overstaffing can result in financial risks. Fortunately, there are signals to look for among employees that can help managers determine when it’s the right time to hire.
The workplace today is extremely diverse as more people are entering in than ever before. For the first time in history four biological generations with especially different mindsets have been working side by side in many organizations. Just as organizational leaders have begun to grasp this concept and the challenges associated with managing the diverse and competing values of these individuals, it seems an additional 5th generation (Generation Z) has now emerged.
Due to increasing violence throughout the country, many companies have developed a violence prevention and management plan. This plan will define preventive measures and reduce potential risks for the company. Management efforts in predictive, preventive and preparedness strategies can respond to, and possibly avoid, the painful loss and costs associated with violent incidents.