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27 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Managing Destructive Gossip through Open Communication

When a company’s culture starts getting infected with toxic, anxiety-inducing rumors, it has a damaging impact. People cannot concentrate on the work at hand and productivity suffers. Employees may begin to believe that senior leaders are not managing the issues properly which can lead to a breakdown in morale, fostering an “us versus them” divide. Employees who hear a negative rumor about themselves may feel personally attacked, resentful or embarrassed, leading them to consider finding a more hospitable work environment. Even the company’s reputation within its industry can be damaged, with a lasting impact on future business development.

21 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Job Stress among Millennial Workers

According to the American Psychological Association, the millennial age group (those born between 1980 and 2000) reported higher stress levels than all other generations in 2012. In particular, 76% of the millennial age group cited work as their biggest source of stress, with 73% citing money and 59% citing relationships as their largest stressor. In addition, millennials reported the highest rates of being diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder compared to older age groups.

12 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Cancer Support and Prevention in the Workplace

Nearly everyone in your organization has likely been touched by cancer in some way – whether personally or through the experience of a family member, friend, or coworker. According to the American Cancer Society, employers spend an estimated $264 billion a year on in medical care costs and lost productivity due to cancer. In addition, according to the National Business Group on Health, cancer patients account for 10% of employers’ medical claim costs and a large share of long-term and short-term disability claims. Since 80% of working-age cancer patients return to their jobs at some point during their treatment, it’s crucial for employers to develop programs and policies that address cancer support and prevention.

5 Mar. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

The Need for Eldercare Assistance

Today, there are nearly 10 million adult children over 50 years old responsible for caring for an aging parent or relative. The effect this has on family relationships can be traumatic, as caring for an older parent often leads to children witnessing their parents’ mental and/or physical decline. In addition, caregiver stress can have serious ramifications for the lives of family caregivers. According to a survey conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network, 42% of family caregivers say they spend more than 30 hours a week providing care. That’s the equivalent of a second job.

27 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Recognizing & Resolving Anger

Resolving anger constructively starts with acknowledging angry feelings, and exploring or identifying the cause to these feelings. When you experience anger, it is important to think before reacting; rather than react, then regret. This allows the expression of anger to be a choice rather than a reaction. Resolving anger involves talking with others about your feelings in an honest and respectful way, and looking at what your personal role in the problem may be. It often involves reaching a compromise in which each party makes concessions and identifies areas that need adjustment in order for things to function smoothly.

19 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Understanding Harassment and Bullying

Harassment covers a wide range of behaviors of an offensive nature. It is commonly understood as behavior intended to disturb or upset, and it is characteristically repetitive. In the legal sense, it is intentional behavior which is found threatening or disturbing. Bullying, whether it’s being taunted on the playground or being intimidated by a colleague, can be devastating and cause long lasting emotional scars. Entire work groups can be impacted by bullying behavior as it creates distractions and morale problems. The costs to the workplace can be significant in the form of lower job satisfaction, higher turnover and higher stress levels.

11 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Outline for a Corrective Action Letter

All employees are expected to meet performance standards and behave appropriately in the workplace. Corrective action is a process of communicating with an employee to improve unacceptable work performance after other methods such as coaching and performance appraisal have not been successful. The goal is to guide the employee to correct performance or behavior by identifying the problems, causes and solutions. If there is no improvement or if there are repeat occurrences, corrective action may be appropriate. Remember to contact your EAP Account Manager should you decide to make a job performance referral in conjunction with the corrective action letter.

5 Feb. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Post-Trauma Intervention for Employees

Events such as natural disasters, man-made tragedies, violence, death, workplace change, or traumatic experiences all can create significant stress and upheaval for individuals and the workplace. Immediate post-trauma reactions cannot be prevented; and, in fact, a range of reactions is normal. Early post-trauma intervention, on an individual or group basis, has proven highly effective in helping individual employees and the overall workplace manage immediate reactions, return to full functioning more quickly, and minimize long-term consequences.

29 Jan. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Last Chance Employment Agreements

Last Chance Employment Agreements are formulated when a company decides to retain an employee in lieu of termination following violations of personnel or company policy where grounds for immediate “for cause” termination of employment exist. These agreements prescribe a number of conditions that must be fully met and sustained by the employee for a specified period in order to continue employment. In certain instances use of and compliance with the company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may be one of these conditions. This represents a “contract” for the employee’s return to work and on-going employment.

22 Jan. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

When Fitness for Duty is in Question

When an employee exhibits unusual, threatening or potentially dangerous behavior in the workplace, the question of whether the employee is fit to remain on duty in the workplace will often arise. Examples of this behavior include bizarre or incoherent behavior in the workplace, threats of harm to self or others, or physical altercations. A Fitness for Duty evaluation provides a medical/psychiatric determination as to whether an individual can perform the essential functions of his/her position, without a direct threat to the safety of the employee or others in the workplace.