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8 Feb. 2017 Posted by aadams

Suicide Prevention in the Workplace: Everyone’s Responsibility

Julie Sharp, FEI Account Manager

More studies are finding a distressing trend in the American workplace: mortality rates among middle-aged workers, many of whom are white males, are increasing. While the reasons vary, one in particular has impacts that stretch beyond the confines of demographics and into the greater workforce: suicide.

Suicide awareness and prevention is growing, including at work. Managers can find a plethora of resources to aid them in efforts to prevent suicide and support well-being in their organizations.

25 Jan. 2017 Posted by aadams

Workplace Vampires and a Failing Company Culture

Freya Cooper, FEI Account Manager

Poor decision-making and bad behavior in the workplace is nothing new, but what can you do when such behavior is coming from a high-performance employee? And how does it impact company culture?

Keeping a cool head allows employees to hone in on the positives of an organization—even when facing “vampires” who are misaligned with a company’s core values.

11 Jan. 2017 Posted by aadams

Mental Health Resolutions for the New Year

Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager

As we begin 2017, so too do many of us begin our New Year’s resolutions. From diets to exercising more, we often choose resolutions associated with our physical health and well-being. Why not also focus on mental health?

While an EAP benefit is a great resource for those who need help with short-term challenges, there are a number of steps you can take to improve your mental wellness right away. Read on to discover five of our favorites.

7 Dec. 2016 Posted by aadams

Workplace Wellness During the Holidays

(Written by Holly Wasechek, FEI Employee Assistance Representative)

While the holidays are a time of celebration for many, they can also be extremely stressful. End-of-year responsibilities, expectations and deadlines weigh on employees and increase the likelihood of poor health decisions. However, employers with workplace wellness programs can offset the negative effects of holiday stress by providing healthy options and opportunities to employees.

22 Nov. 2016 Posted by aadams

Discrimination in an Age of Diversity

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

With Millennials inheriting the mantle of largest generational population currently working in the United States, diversity has become a frequent topic of conversation for both employers and their employees. Alongside diversity, however, comes another challenge: Discrimination.

Employees are afforded a number of protections against discrimination in the workplace. Even so, issues still occur and additional resources—such as an Employee Assistance Program benefit—can provide employees support during periods of discrimination.

9 Nov. 2016 Posted by aadams

Uncivilized: Tips for Managing Disrespectful Behavior

(Written by Sumaya Kroger, FEI EAP Counselor)

We all have opinions and perspectives about the world we live in. While expressing ourselves is a right, doing so in the workplace requires careful consideration of the environment, employer expectations and the attitudes of co-workers.

Luckily, there are a number of characteristics we can monitor—both in ourselves and in those we work with or supervise—to mark a distinction between civil and uncivilized behaviors.

26 Oct. 2016 Posted by aadams

Make America (and the Workplace) Kind Again

(Written by Randall Kratz, FEI Senior Account Manager)

In a setting occasionally characterized by a grueling and competitive atmosphere, is the workplace really the best to nurture a sense of kindness in ourselves and others? I believe it is.

Kindness begets kindness. In my work as an EAP professional and consultant, I encourage managers to consider how they approach challenges. Through the filter of kindness, happiness thrives as cooperation grows in an environment of mutual respect and companionship.

12 Oct. 2016 Posted by aadams

Reframing Employee Assistance Programs to Boost Utilization

(Written by Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager)

Conversations about behavioral health issues at work are on the rise and a growing Millennial workforce values health and wellness programs, yet employee assistance program (EAP) utilization is continually low. Why is this, and can it be overcome?

Reframing EAP might be part of the answer. FEI is taking topics hindered by stigma and lack of awareness and exploring them in a positive way that emphasizes emotional fitness and social well-being.

28 Sep. 2016 Posted by aadams

Solution-Focused Management: A Real-World Illustration

(Written by Fred Fuges, FEI Account Manager)

It’s easy to focus on the negatives of a situation, blaming oneself or others in a misguided attempt to find solutions. More difficult is taking the time to reframe challenges so that solutions can evolve from one’s successes, viewing mistakes and problems as opportunities for improvement.

Using the internal dynamics and management style of a fictional hospital trauma team, I explore McKergow and Jackson’s S.I.M.P.L.E approach to reimagine management practices in a constructive capacity.

14 Sep. 2016 Posted by aadams

Workplace Civility or Civil Rights: Why Not Both?

(Written by Michael McCafferty, FEI Senior Account Manager)

Discussing politics can present major challenges, even with close friends and family. These challenges are heightened in the workplace, where conflicting political opinions potentially lead to hostility, aggression or inappropriate behaviors.

Walking the line between free speech and proper workplace etiquette can be tricky, and is especially so during the current election cycle. Practicing mindfulness and respect in politically-charged situations at work and with coworkers could avoid the pitfalls of ideological discourse while maintaining the organization’s well-being.