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14 Sep. 2016 Posted by aadams

Workplace Civility or Civil Rights: Why Not Both?

(Written by Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager)

Discussing politics can present major challenges, even with close friends and family. These challenges are heightened in the workplace, where conflicting political opinions potentially lead to hostility, aggression or inappropriate behaviors.

Walking the line between free speech and proper workplace etiquette can be tricky, and is especially so during the current election cycle. Practicing mindfulness and respect in politically-charged situations at work and with coworkers could avoid the pitfalls of ideological discourse while maintaining the organization’s well-being.

6 Sep. 2016 Posted by aadams

Effective Management: De-escalation in a Hostile Workplace

(Written by Jon Buchler, FEI EAP Counselor)

In part two of a two-part blog, we detail the action steps an organization must take to assist both its Muslim and non-Muslim employees in a hostile work environment. Working with human resources, the organization determines the best approach to smoothing over perceived threats and de-escalating stereotypes alongside its EAP provider. The process results in improved well-being and resiliency throughout the organization.

29 Aug. 2016 Posted by aadams

Effective Management: Environments of Ignorance and Fear

(Written by Jon Buchler, FEI EAP Counselor)

In part one of a two-part blog, we examine the rising tensions in a workspace as a minority of employees are perceived to receive special treatment by their peers. This minority, identifying as Muslim, are the target of discrimination as world events fuel stereotypes and aggression in coworkers. Management staff must navigate the intricacies of civil rights while also maintaining well-being throughout the organization.

17 Aug. 2016 Posted by aadams

Knowing Your EAP Benefit

(Written by Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor)

A company’s employee assistance program (EAP) benefit is an important one, offering unique services to staff in need. Yet, sometimes the specifics of the benefit—what it’s for, what it can do for employees, what it can’t do for employees—are not clearly conveyed.

It’s the responsibility of managers to communicate with human resources on the current nature of the benefit. Did the company switch EAP providers? Do they offer legal or financial services? What about Work-Life? We provide a detailed overview of what EAP generally looks like and encourage periodic review of your company’s own program.

2 Aug. 2016 Posted by aadams

Reflections on Taming the Abrasive Manager

(Written by Julie Sharp, FEI Account Manager)

Managers know communication is the key to a well-oiled workplace, but what happens when employees are faced with an abrasive manager who trades in condescension, disrespect and aggression?

I take a look at Dr. Laura Crawshaw’s book, Taming The Abrasive Manager, and reflect on its message in order to explore what makes an abrasive manager tick—and what can be done about it.

20 Jul. 2016 Posted by aadams

Managing FLSA Overtime Rule Changes

(Written by Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager)

On December 1, 2016, employers will begin implementing changes in employee overtime and compensation practices. A new class of non-exempt workers will emerge as the ceiling for exempt status climbs higher.

Employers across the country are faced with a big communication issue. How best to talk about the new overtime regulations? Is the information being conveyed clearly? How will the changes impact budgets, salaries and benefits? It is imperative that employers plan ahead and communicate any changes effectively to staff.

6 Jul. 2016 Posted by aadams

Four Signs You’re Heading for Burnout

(Written by Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager)

Everyone has bad days at work, but for some the bad days can outnumber the good and lead to burnout. Burnout is preventable, however, and these four signs indicate when you’re about to hit rock bottom and need to make changes.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; preventing burnout increases personal resilience and will lead to a happier, more content you.

21 Jun. 2016 Posted by ameulendyke

Understanding the Opiate Epidemic

(Written by Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor)

Prescription painkillers and opiate abuse have become part of the larger narrative for addiction as everyone from media to the government continues to highlight an increasingly widespread epidemic.

Employers are no strangers to the negative influence drugs can have on the workplace, but opiates present a relatively new phenomenon requiring further education on behalf of organizations as they learn what opiates are and how abuse can be addressed.

7 Jun. 2016 Posted by aadams

Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? Toxic Workers and the Workplace

(Written by Amara Lang, FEI Work-Life Specialist)

The tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde focuses on the complicated nature of personality—and the repercussions for allowing our less savory characteristics free reign. While Mr. Hyde is an extreme, we do occasionally encounter similar personalities in the workplace in the form of toxic workers.

Toxic workers can cause very real damage to team dynamics, workplace culture and a company’s bottom line. Knowing what a toxic worker looks like and the environment they can foster is key to maintaining organizational resilience.

25 May. 2016 Posted by aadams

The Need for Workplace Mental Health Accommodations

(Written by Holly Wasechek, FEI Employee Assistance Representative)

While mental health awareness has made great gains in recent years, organizations continue to struggle when it comes to knowing how best to work with—and include—employees with mental health conditions. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects those with both physical and mental health challenges, promoting the practice of proper accommodations to encourage the most engagement from all employees. Accommodating those with mental health challenges can realize the potential of an often overlooked segment of the workforce.

This is part of a series promoting May as Mental Health Awareness Month.