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29 Apr. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Reducing Stress through Time Management

Stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. As we face changing times, as well as competing demands to balance work, family, finances, friends and pastimes, stress and tension can abound. While life can never be stress-free, stress can be managed in a productive way. Rather than allowing ourselves to be placed in positions of constant stress, we could choose to focus instead on managing our time more effectively. Time management is really about managing ourselves in relation to time

24 Apr. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Recovering from Traumatic Events

The recent tragic events in Boston have once again raised concern about the possibility of violence in our homes, communities, and organizations. With the frequency of these violent acts occurring, it is critical for organizations to minimize the potential for violence and have a plan to communicate where to turn when facing a threat. In addition, it is vital that organizations to have timely access to professional support should violence occur.

16 Apr. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

The Lack of Skilled Employees in the Workforce

According to a survey by the American Management Association, American workers are lacking in crucial skills for success in the workplace. The survey reported that more than 50% of managers believe their employees rank no greater than average in areas of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. Additionally, the number of managers who rated their workers as “below average” rose in all four categories, leaving managers concerned about their employees’ ability to advance in the workplace.

10 Apr. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Preparing Employees for Retirement

According to a survey by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI) American workers are reporting the highest levels of uncertainty about retirement in 23 years. Although they’ve reported these concerns, less than half of those surveyed indicated they are taking the proper steps to save. The survey revealed that 45 percent of respondents have not done a formal retirement needs assessment, but instead have only guessed about the amount of money they actually need to save in order to live comfortably in retirement. In fact, only 23 percent of those surveyed reported seeking help from a financial advisor on planning for retirement.

2 Apr. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Offering a Health Risk Assessment for Employees

A Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is an annual health assessment which measures lifestyle risk factors. Categories evaluated include heart health, nutrition, weight management, fitness, cancer risk, smoking, stress and safety. The results of the HRA are delivered to each employee through a report that explains each of their measurable health risks. Each risk factor, (i.e. blood pressure) is given a point total, which will equate an individual’s medical risk.

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.

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