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28 Mar. 2017 Posted by ameulendyke

Hierarchy of Needs: Where Do I Turn During a Crisis?

Marcia O’Boyle, FEI EAP Services Center Manager

Recovering from crisis can be difficult if basic needs are threatened. Fortunately, there are several resources available before, during and after a crisis situation that acknowledge victim concerns and provide critical information during times of extreme duress.

15 Mar. 2017 Posted by aadams

Are Your Stress Switches Stuck?

Amber Meulendyke, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

We’ve all had days where we haven’t been our best selves, reacting poorly while engaging with others. For some, however, this reaction is a result of being “stuck”: Extended periods of high-stress situations have created a perpetual state of arousal or alarm.

FEI has developed tools to assist employees with addressing issues of constant stress, providing organizations the means with which to loosen stress switches and return individuals to a prevailing sense of calm.

1 Mar. 2017 Posted by aadams

Recognizing and Preventing Secondary Trauma

Katie Moser, FEI Network Operations Specialist

An often overlooked characteristic of working with traumatized or suffering people is secondary trauma. Whether someone is a law enforcement officer or a health care worker, the effects of secondary trauma, if neglected, can lead to a number of physical and mental challenges.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of secondary trauma will aid both employees and their employers in combating related consequences, as well as begin taking the necessary steps to avoid increases in stress, absenteeism and turnover.

15 Feb. 2017 Posted by aadams

The Best Medicine: Laughing to Cope

Aimee Hoffmann, FEI EAP Counselor

Tensions are running high among families, friends and co-workers as news continues to raise anxiety and increase stress across the country. Sometimes, however, all we need is a good laugh to feel better. Humor can be overlooked as a coping mechanism, but research has shown its behavioral and health benefits as well as its positive impact on employee productivity and engagement.

1 Feb. 2017 Posted by aadams

The Human Cost of Headlines

Ralph Metzner, FEI Director of Product Management

2017 has had a stressful start, due in large part to national headlines and the tide of news overwhelming the U.S. It’s no surprise, then, that stress is bleeding into our workforces and causing a lack of productivity and feelings of hostility.

Stress, whether good or bad, must be acknowledged by employers in order to maintain a civil and resilient workforce. Reacting to stressful situations is normal; it’s how we handle our stress that informs our day-to-day interactions.