(Written by Gary Skaleski, FEI EAP Counselor)
For the most part, the subject of stress has been universally thought of as a bad thing to have. The negative aspects of stress are well known: increased chance of developing serious physical illnesses, sleeplessness, lower productivity, and family problems. A high percentage of people see their doctors, use therapists or contact their EAP benefit to deal with the symptoms of stress. The best thing to do is to rid ourselves of stress, right?
(Written by Jon Buchler, FEI EAP Counselor)
Tom’s situation re: his company’s plan to raise the productivity rate illustrates the importance of having well developed and trusting relationships with colleagues on a “360” basis. There are several reasons why it would be important for Tom to develop his response to the company’s planned change and his senior employees’ response in concert with others.
(Written by Jon Buchler, FEI EAP Counselor)
Tom has been managing one of the production plants for his company for over 10 years. Three weeks ago, the Vice President of Manufacturing informed him that the production standard for all plants would be increased by 6%, effective the 1st of the month in this nonunion company. Neither Tom nor any of the other 4 plant managers were consulted before the decision to increase the production standard was made. Tom, then, communicated this change to the 3 shift managers at the plant in their weekly meeting. They subsequently informed the hourly production workers in their shifts. This is the third increase in the production standard in 4 years.
By now, there are very few of us who have not heard about the death of Robin Williams and the possibility that it was the result of suicide due to his battle with severe depression. If you are like many of us you may be wondering, “how could someone as full of life and gifted as he appeared to be, feel so desolate that the only perceived option to end the pain was to end his life?”
(Written by Sally Hartman, FEI EAP Counselor)
Many workplaces have instituted or strengthened policies regarding workplace bullying. However, 35% of employees report being bullied and 7 out of 10 employees report having left a job because of workplace bullying. Those characters in "The Devil Wears Prada" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" – they are not so fictional. Workplace bullying remains a serious problem with far-reaching effects on productivity, quality, absenteeism, employee turnover, litigation and not to mention your company’s reputation. There is a plethora of information available regarding bullying in the workplace, but what if you are the bully?
(Written by Nancy Vogt, FEI Account Manager)
Workplace bullying has been around as long as there have been workplaces. Finally, this behavior is being recognized as the destructive force it truly is as illustrated by the increase of anti-bullying legislation being put forward.
(Written by Amy Haft, Senior Account Manager/Wellness Product Manager)
As the benefits of integrating EAP and wellness services are being recognized, there is a growing body of literature regarding the integration of mind and body. Mindful eating is but one example. Named after the Buddhist principle of focusing on the present, mindful eating is part of a rapidly growing non-diet movement. Quite literally, being mindful means keeping your mind on your meals. It means being fully aware of your feelings of hunger and fullness, along with the reasons why you’re eating. There should be one vital reason why you eat; you feel hungry.
(Written by Marcia O’Boyle, FEI EAP Services Center Manager)
When employees have family problems, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can offer a variety of supports and resources. When the family problems relate to divorce or separation and there are children, disputes about parenting can be especially stressful. Parents may need help from many areas. Besides the emotional support of family and friends, parents often need legal advice, help finding and arranging child care, financial help or advice, and perhaps counseling.
(Written by Fred Fuges, FEI Account Manager)
Effective management of time at work is a key element in productivity and engagement. Time is one of the things we all talk about, but have a hard time defining. We can’t see, feel, smell or touch time. Time, as Einstein discovered, is relative. Many of us remember childhood summer vacations seeming to last a long time, and the school years in between seeming to last forever. A two-day year old infant has lived 50% of his/her life in the previous 24 hours, while a seventy year old has lived .03% of their lives in the same period.
(Written by Dan Potterton, FEI Chief Operating Officer)
It’s hard to ignore these days the news of innocent people being injured and killed in the most horrific and senseless acts of violence. The venues for these catastrophic events have no bounds, occurring in healthcare facilities, malls, community centers, college campuses, grade schools, during celebrated public events, in places of worship and in the workplace. Who, in their right mind would be capable of committing such an act? The answers are as equally disturbing and lead to the inevitable question, “could this have been prevented?”