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Making the Most of Your Commute

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By Staff Writer
Long commutes not only eat away at our personal time, they can also trigger stress and sleep deprivation. If there aren’t any reasonable options available to reduce your commute time, you might as well try to reframe your commute to promote wellbeing and help minimize stress.

8 Tips for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

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By Staff Writer
Sleep hygiene refers to the routines and practices we follow to fall asleep. In terms of sleep, the quality of our sleep is just as important as the quantity.

Bone Health 101

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By Staff Writer
Bone health is very important in avoiding issues such as osteoporosis and bone fractures. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and break easily

Bullied at Work

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By Graciela Gonzalez
In the work environment, bullies often have specific goals such as withholding information to impede work progress, attempting to raise stress levels by criticizing others, meddling in and manipulating situations or elevating themselves by humiliating others.

A Global Look at the Fight Against Mental Health Stigma

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By Staff Writer
Evidence shows that only about half of the people with a mental health disorder wish to seek help. Stigma not only prevents people from receiving the services they need, it also impacts support for local services, fundraising efforts, and legislative prioritization.

The Child Care Dilemma: A Global Problem

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By Staff Writer
There are a number of reasons why companies and governments are trying to woo women back into the workplace. For some, it is a response to a shrinking workforce. Others are motivated by a desire for greater diversity, particularly among executives.

Talking Women’s Health

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By Susan Daniel
There are many health issues that men and women share, but that affect women differently.  Sometimes symptoms may be similar, but the severity of an illness or chronic condition may differ greatly for women, in comparison to men.

Supporting a Grieving Employee

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By Alexis Paskalides
Grieving is a painful, but normal part of life. Being sensitive to an employee’s needs and communicating your support can play an important role in the healing process.

Work-Related Suicides: How to Help Employees Cope

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By Staff Writer
Suicide is always tragic. The way that a manager leads during and after the crisis can play a major role in the healing process for employees.

Recognizing the Value of Employee Wellbeing

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By Staff Writer
Workplace wellbeing initiatives are often considered in terms of their VOI, or value of investment. It is based on the reasoning that well-supported individuals bring additional effort, energy, positivity and loyalty to their work and their organization.

The Importance of Taking Time Off From Work

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By Caroline Asirvatham
Taking time away from work helps make us better workers. Just as we need to take care of our physical bodies, taking care of our minds and wellbeing is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.

Back-To-School Checklist: Packing Healthy Lunches

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By Julia Kim

Making lunches is a chore that often strikes dread in parents of school-aged children. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just remember the best lunch is one that is healthy, appealing, easy to eat, and quick and easy to prepare.

Returning to Work and Breastfeeding: Planning for Success

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By Meribeth Aldridge
For mothers wanting to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, a little planning can go a long way. There are steps women can take before, during and after maternity leave to help support breastfeeding success.

Tips for Summer Safety

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By Caroline May
Regardless of how you spend your summer season, it’s important to take precautions that can help keep you and your family healthy. We have put together some helpful tips for summer safety.

Burnout – A New Definition for a Global Issue

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By Staff Writer
While the WHO’s definition of burnout may be new, awareness of burnout began decades ago. Psychologists have commonly described it as a chronic state of stress often accompanied by poor sleep, high blood pressure, digestion issues and irritability.

Plan Now to Minimize Your Holiday Hustle

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By Darlette McCormick
It can be easy to overextend yourself during the holidays. One of the best ways to avoid overspending is to develop a holiday budget.

Proactive Wellness – Preparing Now for Your Senior Years

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By Martha Tempest
Our busy lives can keep us so focused on the present that we rarely fast forward to consider what life will be like 20, 30, 40 years from now. Looking ahead can be a powerful exercise because it reminds us that the decisions we make now can have long-term repercussions.

Navigating Summer Child Care Options

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By Staff Writer
Researching child care options and availability is an important, but potentially time-consuming, chore. We have put together some practical questions to help parents get started.

Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness

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By Luisa Heitor
Many organizations are turning to mindfulness as one way to optimize employee wellbeing and minimize the risk of burnout. Mindfulness seeks to counteract stress by turning one’s attention to the present moment.

Your Weight is Not Your Worth

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By Ashley Miller
Think about who you are at the core of everything. Consider what you create, how you treat others, the value you bring to being you. Let those things comprise your worth.

Dissecting Workplace Conflict

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By Lisa Wilson
When conflict in the workplace is unresolved or poorly managed, it can have a negative impact on the entire company. Productivity, absenteeism and turnover can all be impacted by conflict between individuals, departments or teams.

Slashing Sugar for Our Health

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By Meribeth Aldridge
Some foods appear to be healthy, but actually contain high amounts of added sugar. Read labels at the grocery store to find low- or no-sugar versions of the foods you buy.

Responding to the Need for Workplace Peer Support

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By Mary Ellen Gornick
Worker wellbeing champions in several countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, are sharing the benefits of training employees to provide on-site peer support when a co-worker seems distressed.

Would a Screen Diet Benefit You?

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By Whitney Jones
Less screen-time means more “anything” time. Whether it is reading, hiking, crafting, family time, friend time, or just an extra hour of sleep at night, all of these things can promote positive emotional health and wellbeing while also replacing screen-time.

Diabetes: A Global Explosion, Part II

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By Caroline May
Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. This could have a tremendous impact on employers as diabetes can affect workforce productivity and availability.

Diabetes: A Global Explosion, Part I

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By Caroline May
Diabetes is a serious disease, therefore it’s important that individuals diagnosed with diabetes work closely with their healthcare providers. In addition, working with a wellness coach can be helpful when making lifestyle changes to manage diabetes.

Recognizing Alcohol Abuse

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By Workplace Options Staff
Alcohol is a unique drug, in that the withdrawal symptoms can be severe or even fatal. People going through alcohol withdrawal can experience seizures, hallucinations, agitation, and disorientation. Therefore, it’s important to seek medical supervision when attempting to quit.

Quality, More Than A Slogan

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By Rashad Issa
The level of excellence provided when delivering support is multi-faceted. Workplace Options has developed a governance framework to assess and measure service quality on a daily basis.

When A Colleague Seems Down

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By Workplace Options Staff
Full-time employees often spend more waking hours with their co-workers than their own families. So it’s no surprise that co-workers are sometimes the first to recognize when someone is showing signs of emotional distress.

Americans Working Harder, Vacationing Less

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By Workplace Options Staff
Many Americans are skipping out on taking vacation time, opting to work instead. But at what cost? Studies show that employees who take vacations are healthier, less stressed and more productive.

Make Meal Planning Your Friend

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By Julia Kim
Meal planning can help you eat healthier, waste less food, and save time and money. Most importantly, it can help you eliminate some of the stress centered on meal times.

Eating Disorders: Does My Child Need Help?

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By Graciela Gonzalez
Eating disorders are commonly thought of as primarily affecting young women. In reality, they can be found in women and men of all ages, as well as children. Many adults with eating disorders report that their thoughts and behaviors started much earlier than anyone realized.

Don’t Just Sit There

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By Workplace Options Staff
One in four Americans sit for more than eight hours a day. This is concerning because a sedentary lifestyle has been associated with a number of increased health risks including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and certain types of cancer.

Understanding Self-Care: A Q & A with Clinical Counselor Emily Dolan

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By Workplace Options Staff
Self-care is an ongoing process of taking care of your body and mind. It’s giving yourself permission to focus on your own needs.

Financial Worries Sidetracking Employees

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By Workplace Options Staff
The majority of Americans are struggling with an unhealthy amount of debt. Employers are stepping up to help by providing financial literacy programs as a workforce benefit.

Step One for Managing Stress: Redefining Stress

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By Andrew Maher, MNAPCP
Stress is the body’s way of responding to a threat, whether real or imagined and stimulates the body’s defense into an automatic process or reaction commonly known as “fight or flight.” If stress is meant to protect us, then it can’t be all bad.

Management Tip: Taking the Lead on Setting Boundaries

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By Workplace Options Staff
Managers play an important role in setting department expectations, so it’s important they embrace the concept of workplace boundaries. It may also be necessary for them to train staff on how to successfully set boundaries.

Companies, Coaches Partner with Employees to Kick Smoking Habit

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By Workplace Options Staff
An employer-sponsored smoking cessation program can be an effective way to help employees stop smoking for good. National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches at Workplace Options participate in specialized training so they can deliver personalized support to employees who want to quit.

5 Global EAP Trends

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By Maullika Sharma
As a leading provider of global EAP services, Workplace Options embarked on a project comparing EAP usage in multiple countries. After analyzing over half a million global cases representing over 200 countries and territories, Workplace Options found that EAP usage varied little from one country to the next.

The Sandwich Years Part II – Managing Stress

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By Workplace Options Staff
It is critical that adults in the sandwich generation take a proactive approach to dealing with stress. Knowing this can be a prolonged season of challenging circumstances, caregivers need to learn how to manage stress before it hits a tipping point.

The Sandwich Years Part I – Tackling Finances

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By Workplace Options Staff
It is important to have financial conversations with parents, but both children and parents are often reluctant to start the conversation. By working through some uncomfortable conversations now, while a parent’s mind is strong, the entire family will be better prepared to manage the road ahead.

Navigate Stress this Season With Holiday Roadmap

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By Workplace Options Staff
Tis the season for family get-togethers and Hallmark family movies, but for many employees the holiday season can be the most difficult time of the year. As the world’s largest independent provider of employee support solutions, Workplace Options receives significantly more requests for support during the holidays.

Key Factors for Implementing a Global EAP

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By Stephen Galliano
An increasing number of multinationals are offering employee assistance programs to their workforce around the world. This is to be applauded for many reasons, not least of which is that an EAP is often the only mental health/work life resource that is either freely available or easily accessible in many countries.