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9 Jan. 2019 Posted by aadams

Helping Employees Cope After a Natural Disaster

Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager

With wildfires and hurricanes ravaging communities, it’s essential that managers understand the stress a natural disaster can cause in an employee’s life. From granting extra time off to connecting employees with valuable benefits, workplace leaders have an opportunity to fulfill a supportive role during these tumultuous and life-changing events.

19 Dec. 2018 Posted by aadams

Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Amara Lang, Junior Account Manager

Domestic violence is not just a domestic issue, it’s a workplace issue. Also known as intimate partner violence, domestic violence affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men—an alarming statistic of clear importance to employers and their workforces.

There are several guidelines managers can follow when addressing potential domestic violence among employees including recognizing signs of abuse, keeping information confidential and utilizing an EAP benefit.

5 Dec. 2018 Posted by aadams

Prepping Your Stress-Free Holiday Agenda

Jackie McGee, Work-Life Specialist

Whether securing time off from work or scheduling flights for a family of five, planning for the holidays can be stressful. Get ahead of the end-of-year anxiety by prepping for those necessary to-dos. Still feeling overwhelmed? Contact your company’s EAP or Work-Life benefit for additional support options.

21 Nov. 2018 Posted by aadams

Tips for Combating Employee Burnout

Sabrina Lowe, FEI Employee Assistance Representative

Burnout. It’s a familiar term used to signify when one’s career responsibilities overwhelm, leading to prolonged stress and the exhaustion of physical or emotional strength. Combating employee burnout relies on management’s ability to mitigate undue frustration by providing ample outlets for relief such as time off, mentoring or the use of an EAP benefit.

24 Oct. 2018 Posted by aadams

Be Vulnerable

Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager

Managers and supervisors often shy away from appearing vulnerable in front of their teams because vulnerability carries preconceptions of weakness or uncertainty. Yet vulnerability allows individuals to take risks in genuine ways that, when engaged, can lead to innovation, creativity and personal and professional growth.

10 Oct. 2018 Posted by aadams

Workplace Gossip: Employee Problem or Manager Issue?

Ryan Atherton, FEI Account Manager

Gossip in the workplace is, for better or worse, an inescapable reality. Often the result of poor communication, gossip leads to speculation and a sense of confusion, anxiety or fear. It’s not just an employee problem, either; managers too are guilty of contributing to workplace gossip.

Managers and supervisors can relieve the negative aspects of gossip by being cognizant of their words and actions, communicating with employees in ways that are both clear and intentional.

26 Sep. 2018 Posted by aadams

Escaping the Evaluation Trap

Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager

Every year, managers sit down and review the annual performance of employees. But are these one-on-one evaluations offering the best outlet for development and growth?

As organizations reflect on ways to maximize the efficacy of regular feedback, providing value for managers and employees alike, a re-examination of annual review processes is inevitable, if not long overdue.

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.