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6 Jun. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Communicating News of Job Loss

One of the most difficult parts of a manager’s role is dealing with workforce actions, especially when the manager is responsible for delivering news of job loss to employees. This responsibility is further complicated when the employees are productive, have worked for the manager for long periods of time, and relationships have been positive. The harsh realization and stress of losing a job can result in a variety of reactions, including emotional ones, since much of our identity and self-esteem are tied to our career. The degree of loss felt and intensity and expression of emotions will differ from individual to individual.

29 May. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

When Employees Are a Danger to Themselves

People who have suicidal thoughts function at different levels. Some people may think about suicide, but don’t intend or plan to harm themselves. Some individuals move beyond just thinking about suicide and actively plan methods for committing suicide. Those people who are at serious suicide risk are usually struggling with a serious illness, such as depression or anxiety. They often feel hopeless and helpless and are not able to think rationally. They may not want to end their life, but can think of no other way to stop continued, unbearable pain.

22 May. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

The Challenges of Multi-Generational Caregiving

A growing number of people today are finding themselves caught between the stresses of caring for aging relatives as well as for their children. These individuals are often referred to as the “sandwich generation,” as they struggle to balance the many needs of their children and aging relatives at a time when they are not only busy working, but also preparing for their own futures.

15 May. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Considerations for Legal Services

In the past, people generally went through life with little or no need for legal assistance, except perhaps for routine property exchanges or matters relating to wills. Yet, as the economy causes financial problems and life becomes more complicated, legal problems tend to increase and the need for legal counsel often becomes necessary. Unfortunately, most people do not keep a lawyer’s name at hand as they do with doctors or dentists, and the legal process can be extremely costly, confusing and stressful for many individuals.

8 May. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Responding and Thriving in Organizational Change

To remain competitive, businesses across the nation are attempting to increase their viability through stream-lining their operations and workforce. Organizational change, such as workforce reduction and restructuring can cause incredible stress on employees and the organization as a whole. In these situations, surviving employees can feel resentment, grief, guilt and anger toward the reorganization and subsequent changes. Although the work environment and culture will be different and subject to change, employees of a changing workplace environment must learn adaptability and skills of change management.

1 May. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Enhancing Personal Financial Education in the Workplace

Headlines, surveys, and our own experiences all make it clear that financial stress is prominent in many people’s lives today. Statistics show the number of people reporting themselves as financially “stressed” at 90%, while 70% are also “very stressed.” According to USA Today, the majority of adults under 34 years old have reported that they do not keep a budget. Despite a growing need for nuanced understanding of financial topics in our credit-based, global economy, most young people in America have little understanding at all.

25 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

A Holistic Approach to Wellness

Given the continuing emergence of an obesity epidemic among Americans today, many companies have recognized the benefits of offering a corporate wellness program for employees. Many invest in healthy eating programs, offer a variety of options for physical exercise, or have even developed weight loss challenge programs for employees. However, organizations can often overlook the importance of mental health as a main component of employee wellness.

17 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Addressing Workplace Bullying

While news headlines focus on extreme acts of workplace violence, a more subtle force might actually be causing greater damage in today’s work environments — bullying. Anti-bullying campaigns are strongly resonating in today’s society as we see its firsthand effects, especially amongst children in schools. Bullying can result in long-term illnesses including heart disease as a result of stress, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or even suicide. Bullying in the workplace is no different and should be taken just as seriously as it can result in a range of workplace liabilities, and greatly effect employee health and productivity.

11 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace

Prolonged sitting during our work day is literally killing us. According to recent research, individuals who sit for more than 11 hours each day are 40% more likely to die within the next three years than those who sit for less than 4 hours a day. Additionally, it has been noted that 90% of most adults’ leisure time outside of work is spent sitting as well. These facts seem to target most 9 to 5 office workers as they rely on a computer to do their work, leaving them sitting or inactive most of the work day. But what we must realize is that sitting for long periods of time disrupts our metabolic functions, and a decreased metabolism over time will lead to serious health concerns.

4 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Maintaining Productivity through Dependent Care Options

Employees everywhere are faced with the stress of balancing the demands that work and family life create. These demands become even more substantial when coupled with caring for a special needs child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 110 children in the US have some form of autism. Although there are varying degrees of the disorder, parents of children with autism face additional challenges as frequent medical appointments and school meetings increase. These parents’ productivity and focus at work can be greatly disrupted when they are forced to arrange backup care options for their child.