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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.

11 Apr. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Benefits and Challenges of Relocation

Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager

People relocate for different reasons: New office branch, family needs, a change of scenery. But relocating from one place to another—from a familiar community to a new one—can overwhelm.

By offering services that cater to employees’ work-life needs, employers mitigate and reframe the anxiety that may surface during the potentially stressful process of relocating.

28 Mar. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Return to Work: Managing Life After Baby

Amber Meulendyke, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Becoming a parent changes your life forever, but it also changes your approach to work-life balance. Working parents—and first-time parents especially—have extra considerations they must take into account when transitioning back to work. Employers can offer additional support through inclusive workplace practices and an EAP benefit.

14 Mar. 2018 Posted by aadams

168 Hours: Lessons in Time Management

Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager

Multitasking, interruptions, the need to check everything from emails to text messages—distractions that monopolize our time abound. It’s easy to let calendars control our lives both at work and at home, but better managing our attention, activities and expectations helps prioritize what’s important and instill a greater sense of balance.

28 Feb. 2018 Posted by aadams

Manager Vs. Coach: A Key to Effective Relationships

Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor

Discussions of effective workplace management strategies often revolve around the topic of mutual respect. Central to these conversations is the idea of “manager versus coach” – or control versus empowerment. Knowing when to manage and when to coach results in a healthier work environment for everyone.

14 Feb. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Value of Baby Boomers in the Workforce

Janice Lieber, FEI EAP Counselor

As intergenerational workforces continue to evolve and grow, employers seek innovation in the skill sets of different demographics. Baby boomers specifically offer a vast wealth of knowledge and expertise organizations are eager to tap, leading to a re-examination of ongoing employment and the idea of retirement.

31 Jan. 2018 Posted by aadams

The Opioid Epidemic: How Is It Affecting Your Workplace?

Julie Sharp, FEI Account Manager

Declared a public health emergency in 2017, the opioid crisis continues to have a substantial nationwide impact on employers and their workforces. Now is the time to bring organizational drug policies up-to-date and coordinate with an EAP to address the effects of opioid abuse on your workplace.

17 Jan. 2018 Posted by aadams

4 Simple Strategies for Creating a Culture of Respect

Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager

Following the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment and its perpetrators are facing a stark reckoning. Workplaces nationwide must now re-evaluate harassment policies and procedures for effectiveness. To assist, we outline four strategies to bolster company culture and ensure employees feel safe, respected and appreciated.

13 Dec. 2017 Posted by aadams

Holiday Time Off: Preparing for Your Absence

Jackie McGee, Work-Life Specialist

As 2017 winds down, many of us are preparing for the holidays—and a little time away from work. But that doesn’t mean the work itself stops.

Ensuring job responsibilities are covered while key staff are on vacation requires coordination between employees and management as well as cross-training on the skills needed for
business continuity.