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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.

29 Nov. 2017 Posted by aadams

Time to Rethink the Workweek

Amara Lang, Junior Account Manager

From communication to document storage, the information age has allowed workers to maximize efficiency. Even so, many continue working eight-plus hours a day.

As ongoing advances in technology continue to subtly shift workplace practices, the dominant trend of the 40-hour workweek—as well as its impact on workforce resilience—is called
into question.

15 Nov. 2017 Posted by aadams

4 Ways to Retain Employees in the 21st Century

Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor

The attitudes and expectations of 21st century workforces have changed from those of past decades. Today’s employees emphasize engagement, fulfillment and a balance between work and life—and organizations must follow suit if they want to retain talent.

1 Nov. 2017 Posted by aadams

Turning to Your EAP During a Reduction in Force

Sabrina Lowe, FEI EAP Counselor

RIF, or reduction in force, is not a pleasant experience. Employers and employees alike must navigate the emotions associated with losing a job, impact on workplace morale and sense of responsibility for what comes next.

Tapping into an EAP benefit can alleviate some of the difficulties of an organizational RIF, including the provision of an on-site counselor who will work alongside management throughout the process.

18 Oct. 2017 Posted by aadams

Know Your Audience: Applying Best Practice for EAP Utilization

Randall Kratz, FEI Senior Account Manager

An employee assistance program (EAP) is a formidable tool for assisting employees with the stressors and crises in their lives. Working alongside law enforcement, Senior Account Manager Randy Kratz breaks down the essentials of understanding how best to utilize an EAP for a specific workforce—and how that workforce can see the EAP as a true benefit to resilience.

4 Oct. 2017 Posted by aadams

The Growing Benefits of a Remote Workforce

Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager

Telecommuting and other remote workplace benefits are trending upward, but employers and employees alike continue to struggle with the pros and cons of working away from the office.

FEI has several remote staff. One shares her experiences and suggestions with those organizations that are on the fence about remote workforces, the benefits of telecommuters and the potential impact on employee productivity, engagement and costs.

20 Sep. 2017 Posted by aadams

Don’t Let Knowledge Walk Out the Door

Jean Casanova, Director of Knowledge Management for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

As more and more employees reach retirement age, employers risk losing valuable knowledge. Fortunately, a number of knowledge transfer practices are emerging to mitigate such risks and keep expertise within the organization.

6 Sep. 2017 Posted by aadams

Self-Care in the Pursuit of Servant Leadership

Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager

Being a “servant leader”—someone who empowers those they manage on behalf of an organization’s mission—is a noble ambition. It can also be extremely draining.

Understanding limitations, as well as how to recharge one’s energy, helps managers and supervisors remain healthy and resilient, enabling them to continue servant leadership unimpeded by stress, frustration and burnout.

23 Aug. 2017 Posted by aadams

Work-Life Worries: Elder Care and Employee Performance

Jackie McGee, Work-Life Specialist

Elder care is an often overlooked and underappreciated aspect of employees’ lives, and its effects on work performance can be substantial. As parents or loved ones age, questions about care facilities, services and expenses begin cropping up and overwhelming caregivers.

EAPs regularly offer work-life services, which help guide employees through elder care options while assisting with the responsibilities of care.

9 Aug. 2017 Posted by aadams

Now or Later? A Procrastination Mind Hack

Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor

As the saying goes, “Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today.” Yet we’re all familiar with procrastination, and some of us struggle with it more than others.

Reframing concepts of time can potentially place you on a path to overcoming procrastination and achieving your goals in a comfortable, timely fashion. Is that quarterly report due in a month, or in 31 days? Which feels more immediate?

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