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12 Sep. 2018 Posted by aadams

Does a Leader’s Character Matter?

Randall Kratz, FEI Senior Account Manager

Character: It’s a word we hear often, especially in recent months, but what does it mean? And how does it relate to leadership?

With a firm understanding of character throughout the years—over centuries, even—we’re able to translate the importance of strong character traits for the workplace, for management and
for ourselves.

29 Aug. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Gift of Performance Feedback

Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, President, GreenGate Leadership

Guest author Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio offers guidance when it comes to the sometimes-uncomfortable task of giving performance feedback. Neglecting timely performance feedback can perpetuate problems, weaken team morale and damage reputations. However, if employees feel respected and valued, then they will accept feedback as a gift that’s intended to help them succeed in their work.

15 Aug. 2018 Posted by aadams

What's Your Metaphor?

Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor

The use of metaphor to make a point or advance an idea is a frequent communication tool. Applying metaphor during counseling often reframes an individual’s problems and provides inventive solutions to change.

Businesses use metaphors, too, and analyzing how they describe organizational
philosophies, goals and culture can assist managers in directing teams within the context of workplace expectations.

1 Aug. 2018 Posted by aadams

A Productive Diet: Healthy Choices in the Workplace

Julie Sharp, FEI Account Manager

While the conversation waxes and wanes as trends cycle through, the U.S. health crisis remains a potent threat for millions of Americans. However, a growing movement is capitalizing on simple changes to combat health risks daily: The mindful diet.

Employers can help employees maintain healthier living and high productivity by ensuring wellness programs and workplace food choices reflect a culture of support, a strategy of intent and a participatory vision of well-being.

18 Jul. 2018 Posted by aadams

Supporting Remote Employees: A Management How-To

Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager

Off-site employees are a thriving demographic, and the benefits of a remote workforce—from cost savings to increased productivity—are growing in recognition. But remote work can pose challenges in a culture that remains largely in-person and on-site.

Taking the time to implement simple workplace support strategies will go a long way toward bridging the gap between companies, management and remote employees.

20 Jun. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Indiscriminate Nature of Suicide

Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor

The tragic, high-profile deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by suicide have once again focused attention on mental health issues. . . and the reality that, despite one’s fame or fortune, anyone can be affected by suicidal tendencies.

By understanding certain verbal, behavioral and psychological signs, however, we can assess when someone we know—a family member, a close friend, a neighbor or even a coworker—may be at increased risk of suicide.

6 Jun. 2018 Posted by aadams

Humor in the Workplace

Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager

Workplace humor is beneficial to both employee and organizational well-being, good for boosting health outcomes and reducing stress. Knowing the difference between appropriate and inappropriate use of humor at work will help managers and supervisors build an organizational culture of connection, creativity and inclusiveness.

22 May. 2018 Posted by ameulendyke

The Elephant in the Workroom: Financial Stress

Amara Lang, Junior Account Manager

Money is a significant source of stress for most Americans. Whether working multiple jobs or living paycheck to paycheck, the weight of financial stress on the workforce plays a significant—if often invisible—role in employee well-being.

Organizations can mitigate the effects of financial stress on employees by encouraging strong workplace relationships, sharing stress-busting techniques and offering assistance through an EAP benefit.

9 May. 2018 Posted by aadams

Finding the Right Fit for Respite Care

Jackie McGee, Work-Life Specialist

Finding reliable in-home care for an elderly and/or disabled loved one when the primary caregiver is unavailable can be overwhelming. Utilizing respite care—a short-term care and relief service for caregivers—helps relieve the worry and anxiety. By contacting an EAP benefit and accessing work-life services, employees are able to navigate the world of respite care options with confidence.

25 Apr. 2018 Posted by aadams

What’s the Right Thing to Do? An Ethics Framework for Leadership

Ryan Atherton, FEI Account Manager

Making decisions based on a purely legal point-of-view does not always consider ethical repercussions, even in the workplace. By developing mission, vision and values with an ethical framework in mind, organizations can better address complex situations where what’s legal and what’s ethical may appear at odds.

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