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Can I Find Happiness in the Midst of a Pandemic?

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By Maullika Sharm
In the current environment of doom, gloom, and uncertainty, does happiness stand a chance? Can we possibly be happy at a time like this?

Understanding and Dealing with Racial Trauma

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By Dr. Kennette Thigpen, LCSW
Racism and discrimination in US culture is pervasive, and racial trauma can be its toxic effect. Prolonged exposure to the stress and fear that accompanies racial trauma can lead to serious emotional and physical symptoms.

A Parent’s Resource Guide for Resuming School During COVID-19 

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By Staff Writer
Social distancing makes the already stressful back-to-school period even more challenging for parents. Many of them are struggling with the balance between keeping their children safe and giving them the best learning environment.

When an Employee Seems Suicidal: Managers Guide

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By Staff Writer
Some have referred to COVID-19 as the “perfect storm” when it comes to suicide risk. While the disease itself causes sickness and death, its ripple effects include economic hardships, social isolation, and increased anxiety.

Four Steps for Addressing Sensitive Topics with Employees

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By Staff Writer
Seasoned managers will tell you that addressing sensitive issues with employees is a common job function. While avoiding the topic may be more comfortable for the manager, it can hurt overall morale and potentially lead to staff turnover.

Recognizing and Responding to Employee Needs throughout COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
COVID-19 is affecting everyone, but not everyone is impacted the same way. A managers may be among the first to recognize when an employee is struggling.

Now More Than Ever: Financial Wellness Education in the Workplace

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By Darlette McCormick
Employees are facing a number of stressors related to COVID-19, including financial ones.

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week

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By Meribeth Aldridge, IBCLC
World Breastfeeding Week is a global celebration held the first week in August every year to bring attention and awareness to breastfeeding.

How to respond to microaggressions at work

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By Staff Writer
Microaggressions can damage work relationships by undermining trust and goodwill. They can hurt the morale and productivity of affected employees, and they can contribute to a toxic work environment.

Addressing the Issue of Racism with Your Black Children

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By Dr. Kennette Thigpen, LCSW
It used to be that the tough growing-up talk parents had to have with their kids was about sex. Now, parents of Black children must worry about an additional talk: on racism, discrimination, and police brutality.

Six Key Areas to Consider When Evaluating Your At-Home Workstation

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By Lauren Lisko
Creating an ideal work space setup for proper ergonomics can not only decrease the risk of discomfort and injury, it can also help increase productivity.

Helping Millennials Manage in a COVID-19 World

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By Staff Writer
As companies re-open, managers should give special thought on how to help millennials adjust to the new normal, which will be anything but normal as continued flux is anticipated in many parts of the world.

How to talk about race at work

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By Hal Morgan
Conversations about race can be awkward. Expect to stumble at times. Remember, this is an opportunity for learning and growth.

Building a resilient workforce in a world of (VUCA) Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity

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By Staff Writer
In the business world, VUCA is a term that acknowledges the importance of positioning an organization for success despite the uncertainty brought about by turbulence and rapid change.

A Message to WPO Staff from Alan King, President & CEO at Workplace Options

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At WPO, our commitment to an inclusive, equitable, and safe workplace is more than just an aspiration, it is a promise.  Diversity strengthens our company and breathes life into our culture and service.

Managing Anxiety When Returning to Work After COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
Many employees are beginning to return to the workplace. Unfortunately, ongoing concerns related to COVID-19 will follow them.

Avoid Tobacco-Use Relapse During COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
With COVID-19, managing stress and the cravings it can trigger can be a challenge, especially for those who have recently conquered their tobacco habit. Remembering and practicing the steps that helped kick tobacco in the first place is a good way to help prevent relapse.

How to deal with domestic violence under the COVID-19 pandemic?

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By Staff Writer
The World Health Organization has warned that COVID-19 creates a situation—due to stress, the disruption of social and protective networks, and decreased access to services—that increases the risk of violence in the home. 

Refocusing at Work After COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
For many, working from home was a new experience that required a big adjustment in how they performed their duties. Returning to work will be another adjustment. 

Controlling Anxious Thoughts in Difficult Times

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By Staff Writer
You can’t turn off anxious thoughts like you would flip a light switch. However, there are steps employees can take to help redirect their thoughts.

WPO Launches the Aware Mindfulness Channel

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By Staff Writer
The Aware Mindfulness Channel, developed by Workplace Options, features a library of recorded mindfulness exercises that are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Italian.

Supporting Organizational Recovery: Tips for Managers

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By Staff Writer
The stress experienced during and after a disruptive event often increases employees’ need for reassurance, repetition of information, and calm. As COVID-19 restrictions recede, workers returning to work will look to their managers for support and clear information.

May 17 is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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By Staff Writer
According to a 2020 report commissioned by the Human Dignity Trust, many LGBTI people report that living with a heightened risk of imminent physical and sexual violence harms both their mental and physical health.

COVID-19 is Changing How Employees Grieve

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By Staff Writer
Globally, more than 292 thousand people have died from COVID-19. The deadly virus is not only taking away loved ones, it’s also changing the way those left behind are able to grieve.

Balancing Working from Home and Homeschooling

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By Staff Writer
As a working parent, you’re used to the delicate give and take between your work responsibilities and parenting duties. COVID-19 is taking that complicated balance to a whole new level.

Managing Your Team After COVID-19  

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By Staff Writer
When employees return to work following COVID-19, they will bring with them a range of emotions. Managers will need to watch for signs of distress and be prepared to share available resources.

Budgeting in Uncertain Times

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By Staff Writer
The current global pandemic is impacting every aspect of people’s lives, including finances. Taking a close look at your personal finances can help alleviate some of the stress around the impact of COVID-19.

Employees are Using Mindfulness to Find Calm in the Chaos

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By Staff Writer
Mindfulness is a way to help employees turn their attention away from what is unknown back to the present moment, which can be both calming and stabilizing.

Cancelled by COVID-19: Managing Disappointment

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By Staff Writer
Social distancing has led to the postponement of vacations, cancellation of graduation exercises and other disappointments. If not managed in a healthy way, these disappointment can lead to lingering feelings of sadness and even depression.

7 Ways to Maximize Your Remote Workforce During COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
While many jobs can be converted to remote work, some are more challenging than others. Employers can take a page out of the playbooks of seasonal businesses to find creative ways to maximize these workers during COVID-19.

Managing Anxiety While in Quarantine

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By Staff Writer
The isolation you experience from quarantine and mandatory stay-at-home orders can be a major source of anxiety. A global pandemic is a stressful event for everyone and may leave you feeling unbalanced.

Quarantine Survival With Kids

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By Staff Writer
Schools and many child care providers are currently closed for an extended period of time. So, what should you do while you and your kids are stuck at home?

Couples and COVID-19 Confinement

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By Staff Writer
Confined at home with your partner for an extended and indefinite amount of time can be a difficult exercise. By working as team, your relationship and home can be a source of stability and comfort in trying times.

Helping Seniors Navigate COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
As COVID-19 continues to spread, many people are understandably concerned about their elderly family members’ physical and emotional wellness. Family members can play a significant role in helping the seniors they love navigate these unchartered waters. 

Working From Home: Tips for Beginners

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By Staff Writer
Around the world, many individuals are now telecommuting or working remotely for the first time. For some employees, this disruption to their normal routine can be very stressful.

Banishing Boredom: Offline Activities for Kids in Quarantine

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By Staff Writer
When parents run out of ideas to keep children entertained while sheltering in place, it may be tempting to fill the gap with screen time. However offline activities can stimulate creativity and encourage physical activity.

Fostering a Transgender-Friendly Corporate Culture

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By Staff Writer
Although 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies include gender-identity protections in their nondiscrimination policies, many transgender employees continue to experience verbal and physical abuse at the workplace.

How to Talk to Children About COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to some school and child care provider closures, quarantines, and bare shelves in grocery stores. For children, this can be overwhelming and difficult to understand.

Suddenly Switching to a Remote Team? Seven Priorities to Help Managers Transition Well

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By Staff Writer
Managers will play a critical role in helping their employees transition to working from home.

Maintaining Composure During COVID-19

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By Staff Writer
Teaching employees how to actively manage their stress levels can help them optimize their emotional and physical health during this time of uncertainty.

When a Family Member Has an Emotional Health Issue

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By Alexis Paskalides
Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the estimated 450 million people globally who experience emotional health conditions each year.

Work-Life Support Delivers Practical Solutions for Busy Employees

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Staff Writer
Providing access to work-life services gives employees the option to delegate time-consuming personal tasks to professionals, allowing them to concentrate on their work responsibilities.

Vaping Myths vs. Facts

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Staff Writer
Initially, e-cigarettes were marketed as a safe option for those wanting to quit smoked tobacco. However, a number of institutions have voiced safety concerns and issued strong warnings against their use.

Helping Seniors Transition: Five Important Steps for Caregivers

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Staff Writer
Virtually every country in the world is seeing an increase in its proportion of senior citizens. As the number of senior citizens increases, so does the number of working adults serving as their primary caregivers.

Leading Through Trauma: What Managers Need to Know

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Staff Writer
Managers are in a precarious situation when a traumatic event happens in the workplace. In addition to personally responding to the trauma, they also play a critical role in leading their team through the crisis.

Getting Back on Track with Your New Year’s Resolution

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Staff Writer
Studies show that less than 25 percent of people remain committed to their New Year’s resolutions after just 30 days. If you are one of those who has gotten off track, that does not mean you should give up.

Looking Back: Reflections on a Decade of Change in Employee Wellbeing

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By Staff Writer
Not only has 2019 come to an end, but we have also closed the book on an entire decade.

Battle of the Sexes: Health Edition

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By Joe Belanger
In most parts of the world, women have a higher life expectancy than men. A lack of disease prevention efforts among men is largely to blame.

Retirement Savings Strategy: It All Starts With a Vision

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Staff Writer
While government pension programs differ drastically depending on where you live globally, one thing is becoming crystal clear. Workers around the world are being told they need to personally save more money for retirement.

New Year’s Resolutions: Yes or No?

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By Alexis Paskalides
Considering the failure rate for New Year’s resolutions is around 80 percent, should you even try? If you are motivated to make a change, and confident you can reach your goal, then making a resolution can be a very positive experience.

Getting a Handle on Holiday Stress

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Staff Writer
People cite a variety of reasons for their holiday-related stress, ranging from crowded stores to office parties. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to manage stress during the holidays and throughout the year.

Surviving the Holidays: Family Edition

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By Christel Joseph
We can’t change the personalities of our difficult relatives, nor do we have any control over how an individual behaves. However, we can create a plan on how we will respond during the holiday season.

Safety Tips for Online Holiday Shopping

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By Bianca Buie
Repairing the damage of cyber crime can be physically and emotionally exhausting. While there is no fail-safe way to protect yourself while shopping online, there are some steps you can take to make it harder for criminals to steal your information.

Workplace Options Seeking Professional Counselors and Coaches for Project to Help Support the Triangle Community

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By Staff Writer
Workplace Options recently opened The Wellness Center, a new, co-working business space designed for counselors and coaches in private practice.

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.