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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.

4 Apr. 2017 Posted by rmetzner

How to Handle Serious Illnesses in the Workplace

Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager

More people with serious illnesses are choosing to stay on the job thanks to advances in medical care, but managers and co-workers aren’t always equipped to handle these situations.

By understanding key issues surrounding serious illnesses—including information about the illness, federal and privacy laws, and workplace strategies—managers can effectively accommodate employees who have serious illnesses while maintaining a positive work environment for all.

22 Mar. 2017 Posted by aadams

Manager Referrals and the Disruptive Employee

Janice Lieber, FEI EAP Counselor

The workplace is a complex environment of personalities and opinions. While most employees are able to navigate their differences in healthy and constructive ways, others choose to be disruptive, intimidating and aggressive.

Managers do their best to work with disruptive employees and, with the aid of human resources, can successfully address challenging workplace behaviors. Sometimes more must be done, however, and a manager referral to the company employee assistance program (EAP) is necessary to tackle persistent behavioral concerns.

8 Mar. 2017 Posted by aadams

When the Workplace Cares, Workers Do Better

Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager

We often take safety at work for granted, until a traumatic event reminds us that accidents and injuries are a part of life. But what can organizations do when faced with workplace tragedy?

Supporting employees after a critical incident means investing in a workforce’s capacity for resilience and well-being. Managers and other supervisors, with the help of an employee assistance program (EAP), can ensure employees take the steps needed to recover from on-site incidents of a traumatic nature.