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3 May. 2017 Posted by aadams

The Opioid Abuse Epidemic Continues

Amber Meulendyke, Marketing and Public Relations Manager

Coverage of prescription opioid addiction continues to dominate the news. There’s a reason, of course: The CDC reports that emergency rooms see over 1,000 individuals every day for the misuse of prescription medications.

FEI is committed to educating organizations on the widespread abuse of prescription drugs. We’ve collected several resources and free tools so managers and other supervisors can begin evaluating the potential impact of this epidemic on their own workforces.

19 Apr. 2017 Posted by aadams

Happy Boss: 8 Tips for Mood Management

Randall Kratz, FEI Senior Account Manager

We’re all susceptible to sudden changes in mood, especially during the hustle and bustle of the workday. The mood of a boss can impact employees in different—and sometimes negative—ways, so it’s important managers and other supervisors maintain awareness of their emotions, and to take a step back, breathe, and re-evaluate when necessary.

4 Apr. 2017 Posted by rmetzner

How to Handle Serious Illnesses in the Workplace

Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager

More people with serious illnesses are choosing to stay on the job thanks to advances in medical care, but managers and co-workers aren’t always equipped to handle these situations.

By understanding key issues surrounding serious illnesses—including information about the illness, federal and privacy laws, and workplace strategies—managers can effectively accommodate employees who have serious illnesses while maintaining a positive work environment for all.

22 Mar. 2017 Posted by aadams

Manager Referrals and the Disruptive Employee

Janice Lieber, FEI EAP Counselor

The workplace is a complex environment of personalities and opinions. While most employees are able to navigate their differences in healthy and constructive ways, others choose to be disruptive, intimidating and aggressive.

Managers do their best to work with disruptive employees and, with the aid of human resources, can successfully address challenging workplace behaviors. Sometimes more must be done, however, and a manager referral to the company employee assistance program (EAP) is necessary to tackle persistent behavioral concerns.

8 Mar. 2017 Posted by aadams

When the Workplace Cares, Workers Do Better

Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager

We often take safety at work for granted, until a traumatic event reminds us that accidents and injuries are a part of life. But what can organizations do when faced with workplace tragedy?

Supporting employees after a critical incident means investing in a workforce’s capacity for resilience and well-being. Managers and other supervisors, with the help of an employee assistance program (EAP), can ensure employees take the steps needed to recover from on-site incidents of a traumatic nature.

22 Feb. 2017 Posted by aadams

Real Events, Real Impacts: EAP and an Anxious Workforce

Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor

Over the past few months, more employees have been turning to their employee assistance program (EAP) for help with increased anxiety over current and ongoing events.

Managers are uniquely positioned to decipher the general attitudes of direct reports. It is important to recognize when anxiety or stress is impacting performance; referring employees to the EAP can help lessen the weight of real-world anxieties.

8 Feb. 2017 Posted by aadams

Suicide Prevention in the Workplace: Everyone’s Responsibility

Julie Sharp, FEI Account Manager

More studies are finding a distressing trend in the American workplace: mortality rates among middle-aged workers, many of whom are white males, are increasing. While the reasons vary, one in particular has impacts that stretch beyond the confines of demographics and into the greater workforce: suicide.

Suicide awareness and prevention is growing, including at work. Managers can find a plethora of resources to aid them in efforts to prevent suicide and support well-being in their organizations.

25 Jan. 2017 Posted by aadams

Workplace Vampires and a Failing Company Culture

Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager

Poor decision-making and bad behavior in the workplace is nothing new, but what can you do when such behavior is coming from a high-performance employee? And how does it impact company culture?

Keeping a cool head allows employees to hone in on the positives of an organization—even when facing “vampires” who are misaligned with a company’s core values.

11 Jan. 2017 Posted by aadams

Mental Health Resolutions for the New Year

Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager

As we begin 2017, so too do many of us begin our New Year’s resolutions. From diets to exercising more, we often choose resolutions associated with our physical health and well-being. Why not also focus on mental health?

While an EAP benefit is a great resource for those who need help with short-term challenges, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your mental wellness right away. Read on to discover five of our favorites.

7 Dec. 2016 Posted by aadams

Workplace Wellness During the Holidays

(Written by Holly Wasechek, FEI Employee Assistance Representative)

While the holidays are a time of celebration for many, they can also be extremely stressful. End-of-year responsibilities, expectations and deadlines weigh on employees and increase the likelihood of poor health decisions. However, employers with workplace wellness programs can offset the negative effects of holiday stress by providing healthy options and opportunities to employees.