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2 Jan. 2013 Posted by ameulendyke

Introducing Mindfulness in the Workplace

Multitasking almost seems like a necessity these days. But it can launch you into the future or back toward the past rather than root you in the present. In contrast, mindfulness teaches you to live each moment of your life as it unfolds. Mindfulness can increase your enjoyment of life, expand your capacity to cope with illness, and possibly improve physical and emotional health.

19 Dec. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Holiday Stress Management

As the days grow shorter and darker and the weather becomes colder, many of us may experience the “winter blues.” Once the holiday season is over, it is not unusual to feel a letdown. Common reactions may include sadness, regret, anxiety regarding financial obligations and a lack of energy and motivation.

11 Dec. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Using Humor as a Management Tool

To be effective as a manager, you must be able to communicate your mission effectively, provide employees with the skills required to reach that mission, and show that you're part of the team by being approachable and accessible. By possessing good humor skills you are able to adopt a communication style that makes employees feel comfortable addressing issues and bringing new ideas to you. Humor can help to create a work environment that allows employees to perform at peak levels and nurture creativity.

4 Dec. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Strengthening Conflict Resolution Skills

Sooner or later almost everyone will encounter conflicts within the workplace. Even in the best run organizations hurt feelings, disagreements, misunderstandings, arguments or jealousies will be inevitable between coworkers or between management and employees. When interpersonal conflicts begin to disrupt the climate of the organization, undermine morale and interfere with performance, it is necessary for managers to take action to get things back on track.

19 Nov. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Creating New Opportunities for Older Workers

In coming years more Americans reaching their 60’s and 70’s may find it necessary, or even desire, to continue working past their normal retirement age. Older workers represent a tremendous source of experienced human capital. Although they are just as productive, adaptive and intelligent as younger workers, older workers often face obstacles such as age discrimination and limited opportunities for professional development.

12 Nov. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

National Alzheimer’s Disease & National Caregivers’ Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease & National Caregivers’ Month. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. Age is one of the major contributing factors to development of the disease with 1 in 10 individuals over 65 and nearly half of those over 85 affected by Alzheimer’s. This translates into more than 5 million people in the United States living with this debilitating disease, and the number has more than doubled since 1980. By 2050 the increasing the number of individuals diagnosed annually with Alzheimer’s will range from 11.3 million to 16 million.

5 Nov. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

When a Manager Becomes a Trainer

Today, numerous managers are finding themselves thrust into the role of trainer without the benefit of any formal training and without having had the opportunity to mentor under the guidance of a more experienced trainer. The role of trainer is not to merely provide training but to improve organizational effectiveness through education and information to achieve desired outcomes.

30 Oct. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Addressing Poor Work Performance

Your employees are vital to your company’s success, yet at times they may experience personal problems that can affect work performance. It’s your right and responsibility as a manager to articulate and address performance issues and deficiencies. Personal problems can be successfully treated before performance problems escalate, so early identification and appropriate assistance is key. Good management involves motivating employees to do their best, monitoring performance, and addressing problems as early as possible.

22 Oct. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

As recent events have proven, acts of domestic violence in the workplace not only pose a threat to the victim but also potentially to co-workers and customers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of domestic violence in their lifetime. In addition, the annual cost of lost productivity in the workplace due to domestic violence totals $727.8 million. In order to create an organizational culture that promotes employee safety, managers should be trained to recognize and respond to signs of domestic violence among employees.

15 Oct. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Managing in a Changing Environment

Organizational change is difficult and stressful for everyone involved: for employees who lose their jobs; managers who must convey the news; and employees who remain amid feelings of loss, uncertainty and confusion. An organization going through major changes has been likened to people in a card game: some win, some lose and some break even. Management, as the card dealer, must work for the greater good of the entire organization, realizing that some people will be hit harder than others.