How to manage workplace stress in 5 simple steps

The Guardian Recently, our five stress management experts answered questions on workplace well-being. So here is some of their best advice to provide you with a handy guide to stress-free life.  Read more…

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Q: How can supervisors influence employees to resolve their personal problems permanently?

When performance issues stem from personal problems at home, it may be appropriate to demonstrate patience while the employee seeks help. Unfortunately, many employees seem to have chronic problems. A:  Follow-up is the key to helping employees remain successful after referral to the EAP.  Don’t underestimate how long this should continue. Follow-up means regularly meeting […]

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New findings on timing and range of post partum depression

The New York Times Postpartum depression isn’t always postpartum. It isn’t even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought. Scientists say new findings contradict the longstanding view that symptoms begin only within a few weeks […]

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Q: My employee was coming to work late every day.

I finally decided to transfer her to the three to eleven o’clock shift. Everybody’s happy with that. The problem is solved. I’m aware of a rumor about a possible drinking problem, so did I use the wrong approach by not making a formal referral to the EAP? A:  Your job as a supervisor is to […]

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Phone attachment linked with mental health stress

by Michelle Wheeler, Science Network WA via Medical Xpress Thinking about your mobile when you’re not using it, worrying about whether people can reach you and interrupting what you’re doing when you’re contacted on your phone are linked to increased depression and stress, according to a study involving an ECU researcher.   The study of smart […]

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Q: What supervisory duty is the most difficult one to grasp for new supervisors?

How can EAPs help new supervisors? A:  Supervision is about directing others to do things and being accountable to a higher authority for how well it’s done. In line with this description, new supervisors often struggle with delegation, and much supervision literature is dominated by this topic. Delegation is more than directing others, stepping back, […]

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Even when average alcohol consumption is moderate, binge drinking is harmful to older drinkers

Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research via Medical News Today Numerous studies have highlighted the purported association between moderate drinking and reduced mortality. However, these analyses have focused overwhelmingly on average consumption, a measure that masks diverse, underlying drinking patterns such as weekend heavy episodic or binge drinking.   Read more…

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What’s the most significant problem in the workplace that inhibits productivity, causes conflicts between workers and managers, and creates the most risk for employees and the organization?

The answer is poor workplace communication. Because nothing happens without communication, and because every dimension of an organization’s mission depends on communication, it will always be the single most important influencer of productivity or lack of it. We are not talking about just sending and receiving messages. There is no end to getting communication right, […]

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What can I promise employees with regard to confidentiality and the EAP when they ask about it?

I know that confidentiality has limitations with regard to protecting children or the elderly or preventing loss of life, but I don’t think I should get bogged down in those issues. Answer:  When employees ask about confidentiality, they are usually seeking assurance that they are protected against repercussions, improper disclosure, and harm to their job […]

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