Domestic Violence in the Workplace: What to Say, How to Help

In the movies, domestic abuse is often obvious, with bruises and broken bones as telltale signs.

In real life, however, domestic violence often manifests not as a show of physical force, but rather a complicated pattern of behaviors used to gain power or control over a spouse, a partner, or family member. These behaviors can include intimidation, verbal abuse, and emotional manipulation. Despite apologies and promises to change, the abuser rarely does, keeping the victim perpetually on edge.

Domestic abuse doesn’t affect just an employee’s personal life. The effects also spill over into the workplace.

3 Signs of a Disengaged Employee: Can They Be Saved?

You hardly talk to each other anymore. You’re spending more and more time apart, and when he is with you, his heart just doesn’t seem to be in it. He’s being secretive, wearing nicer clothes, and you’re noticing an increased number of unexplained absences.

Finally, he sits you down and says it: He’s leaving you … for another employer.

3 Ways Sleep Deprivation Harms Your Company (And What to Do About It)

The Exxon Valdez disaster. Nine Mile Island. The Challenger explosion. Chernobyl.

Sleep deprivation has been linked to each of these disasters, as well as many more.

When lives are on the line, sleep deprivation can result in deadly mistakes. But even if your employees handle reports instead of reactors, sleep deprivation can do a number on their health and their job performance.

What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder, and How Can Employers Help?

The wind whips through your hair as you deploy your parachute. You gaze down at the mountains, the forest, and at the crystal-blue water lapping the beaches. Then … Mom calls you to dinner and you put down your game controller.

Many of us grew up all but living outdoors—riding our bikes to and from friends’ houses and playing outside until the sun went down (and then coming inside only to grab flashlights and head back out for more).

But over the years, something has changed.

Purpose: The Secret to Successful Lifestyle Change

"I want to lose weight." "I want to work less and travel more." "I want to give back to my community."

Most of us have some sort of goal driving our actions or even just tickling the back of our minds.

While people often have the best of intentions setting these goals, achieving them is another matter—not because they’re lazy or distracted, but because they haven’t identified a reason powerful enough for them to make lasting changes.

Is Your Workplace Prepared for a Mental Health Crisis?

The idea of a serious medical incident at work is a distressing one. And yet, we likely all know someone who’s had an ambulance rush to their workplace to bring an employee to the hospital.

When the medical incident is a mental health crisis, however, the situation becomes murkier and more delicate. And unfortunately, while most workplaces have a plan in place for injuries or emergency medical care, they may not have thought about how to handle a serious employee mental health crisis.

The Role of Mindfulness in a Wellness Program

It’s a classic scene in just about any office: Meeting requests, incessant emails, rush projects, and late-night work dinners add up to frazzled employees downing a potent mix of coffee, candy bars, and antacids. And that’s if they haven’t called in sick … again.

Luckily, employers have access to a tool that has the power to help employees manage stress and improve productivity, while lowering healthcare expenses and reducing costly sick days. Even better, it hardly costs a thing.

Magic? Nope. It’s mindfulness.

Your EAP and Its Role in Employee Morale

It can be hard for employees to admit to their employers when they have a problem with their well-being, whether it’s serious health concerns, marital issues, or even financial trouble. Yet if they keep their troubles to themselves, it can eventually spill over into their work—compounding the problem for them and creating a new challenge for managers.

Luckily, employees don’t have to tackle these life and work challenges on their own. Employee assistance programs (EAPs) help employees manage everything from legal concerns to work-life stressors—all without any cost to the employee.

Wellness Program Considerations for Near-Retirement

Ahh…retirement. When we picture our future without an alarm clock, what does it look like? Maybe it looks like a beachfront condo or a camper on the open road. Maybe it looks like volunteering or picking up a new hobby.

However your employees envision their retirement, you want them to be as prepared as possible to enjoy it. But you know that designing a comfortable retirement isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are finances to plan, health issues to manage, days to fill.

Luckily, employees have you—and your wellness program—to help them prepare. Here’s what they should do … and how you can help.

Holistic Wellness: What It Is and How to Promote It

Wellness is more than a single blood pressure reading or the number of miles we logged last week on our Fitbit. Instead, wellness is a complex connection of systems, with each one affecting the next.

Because of this, companies who take a siloed approach to employee wellness, focusing solely on nutrition or fitness, do themselves—and their employees—a huge disservice.

But imagine what could be accomplished when an employer helps their employees not just eat well and better manage health conditions, but also plan for retirement or college, teach stress management and coping strategies, and develop social groups to keep employees feeling connected.