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20 Jul. 2016 Posted by aadams

Managing FLSA Overtime Rule Changes

(Written by Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager)

On December 1, 2016, employers will begin implementing changes in employee overtime and compensation practices. A new class of non-exempt workers will emerge as the ceiling for exempt status climbs higher.

Employers across the country are faced with a big communication issue. How best to talk about the new overtime regulations? Is the information being conveyed clearly? How will the changes impact budgets, salaries and benefits? It is imperative that employers plan ahead and communicate any changes effectively to staff.

6 Jul. 2016 Posted by aadams

Four Signs You’re Heading for Burnout

(Written by Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager)

Everyone has bad days at work, but for some the bad days can outnumber the good and lead to burnout. Burnout is preventable, however, and these four signs indicate when you’re about to hit rock bottom and need to make changes.

Don’t wait until it’s too late; preventing burnout increases personal resilience and will lead to a happier, more content you.

21 Jun. 2016 Posted by ameulendyke

Understanding the Opiate Epidemic

(Written by Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor)

Prescription painkillers and opiate abuse have become part of the larger narrative for addiction as everyone from media to the government continues to highlight an increasingly widespread epidemic.

Employers are no strangers to the negative influence drugs can have on the workplace, but opiates present a relatively new phenomenon requiring further education on behalf of organizations as they learn what opiates are and how abuse can be addressed.

7 Jun. 2016 Posted by aadams

Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? Toxic Workers and the Workplace

(Written by Amara Lang, FEI Work-Life Specialist)

The tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde focuses on the complicated nature of personality—and the repercussions for allowing our less savory characteristics free reign. While Mr. Hyde is an extreme, we do occasionally encounter similar personalities in the workplace in the form of toxic workers.

Toxic workers can cause very real damage to team dynamics, workplace culture and a company’s bottom line. Knowing what a toxic worker looks like and the environment they can foster is key to maintaining organizational resilience.

25 May. 2016 Posted by aadams

The Need for Workplace Mental Health Accommodations

(Written by Holly Wasechek, FEI Employee Assistance Representative)

While mental health awareness has made great gains in recent years, organizations continue to struggle when it comes to knowing how best to work with—and include—employees with mental health conditions. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects those with both physical and mental health challenges, promoting the practice of proper accommodations to encourage the most engagement from all employees. Accommodating those with mental health challenges can realize the potential of an often overlooked segment of the workforce.

This is part of a series promoting May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

11 May. 2016 Posted by aadams

Mental Health Awareness and the Workplace: Supporting Employees

(Written by Emily Merritt, Director of Intergenerational Initiatives for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities)

One in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition during their lifetime, and nearly every American is impacted by mental health challenges faced by friends and/or family. As managers, we are well positioned to directly support our employees in managing their mental health. What are some of the resources available to employees who might need assistance? Is your work environment supportive of those who have a mental health condition? Read on to explore options for mental health, employee inclusion and wellness practices in the workplace.

This is part of a series promoting May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

27 Apr. 2016 Posted by aadams

Emotional Intelligence: Some Hard Ideas About Soft Skills

(Written by Randall Kratz, FEI Senior Account Manager)

Believe it or not, emotions play a very important role in the workplace.

Emotional intelligence is the intentional and mindful use of emotions, and managers can use them as a guide for managing people. Opportunities for utilizing emotional intelligence in the workplace are everywhere, but you must first understand the different aspects of emotional intelligence and its relation to effective leadership.

13 Apr. 2016 Posted by aadams

The Journey to Wellness

(Written by Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager)

It is a long-held belief that workplace wellness programs make sense, and a well-designed and effectively managed wellness program benefits both employer and employee. But where do you begin?

Within the next few weeks, FEI will be announcing a new Wellness Consultation service to extend our ability to help organizations create an effective workplace wellness program.

30 Mar. 2016 Posted by aadams

A Guide for Managing Disruptive Employees and Team Members

(Written by Janice Lieber, FEI EAP Counselor)

When we think of “disruptive employees,” most of us imagine an employee who bullies their peers or who undermines the leader quietly. But what about employees who come back from breaks late, have bad attitudes and grumble and groan about work?

As team leader or manager, you must recognize disruptive employees and deal with their behaviors in constructive and goal-oriented ways. Your team will become more cohesive and functional when you address a disruptive employee early on.

16 Mar. 2016 Posted by aadams

Why Are We Still Drinking at Work?

(Written by Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager)

Stories of employees drinking or being intoxicated while at work are more common than many employers would like to admit. We’ve known for a long time it isn't safe to drink and drive, and the Drug Free Workplace Act has been in effect for over 25 years, yet the evidence is clear: workers continue to struggle with alcohol.

The good news is that employers have options. According to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, establishment of an effectual Employee Assistance Program (EAP) “is the most effective way to address alcohol and drug problems in the workplace.”