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Thought of the Week 08/07/17

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Helping Ourselves Move Forward from Charlottesville

Sometimes it seems that we canít go a week without an act of violence or civil discord making the headlines. More...

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Monitoring Children's News Exposure During and After a Disturbing, High-Profile Event

When a disturbing event erupts in the community, as one did this past weekend in the Charlottesville area, many of us find ourselves glued to broadcast and Internet news. More...

 
Personal Development Series

 

The Informal 360

Most performance reviews are limited to feedback between a supervisor and an employee.  While this type of feedback is crucial for job success, feedback provided by a variety of people can be helpful for an employee's overall development.

The attached article introduces the informal 360 as a valuable tool for professional self-assessment and growth.

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Being a Social Media Role Model for Your Children

Like it or not, how people use social media can influence how others perceive them and their behavior.  Thus, parents should be aware that their online behavior sends a strong message as to what is appropriate and inappropriate for their children to be doing online.

The attached article reviews opportunities for parents to model productive social media behaviors for their children.

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Making an Effective Handoff

An effective handoff is more than just transferring a task to a new owner.  It also includes transferring the appropriate amount of information related to the task.  This transfer of information will provide the new owner with the understanding he/she needs to do the task efficiently and effectively.

The attached article outlines the things that make a handoff between colleagues most effective.

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Productive Passion

When it comes to social issues, we often find ourselves on one “side” or another, albeit to varying degrees of conviction.  

The attached article identifies some of the forms that strong opinions and emotions can take, as well as the effects they can have.    

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Economic Stress. Unexpected economic stress has an impact on everyone, but people suffering from depression or other mental health issues are especially vulnerable. Psychological research points to some good news, however. Healthy coping strategies, clear communication, and social support during a job search can help soften the blow and even contribute to growth in the long run. More...
Emotional Resilience. This topic center surveys Emotional Resilience: that collection of skills, characteristics, habits and outlooks that make it possible to remain maximally flexible and fresh in the face of stress. More...
Employee Work Performance Toolbox. Tools to support employee goals. Topics include: managing stress in the workplace, creative problem solving, conflict management and resolution, and finding work-life balance. More...
Family & Relationship Issues. Family and personal relationships and friendships can be very difficult to handle. We've gathered resources to help you learn about and better manage relationship problems you may be experiencing. More...
Stress Reduction and Management. A comprehensive overview of how to reduce stress. We cover the nature of stress, and the many different methods people can use to reduce and manage their stress. More...
Wellness and Personal Development. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention, stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. More...
Workplace and Career Issues. Tips and information about setting up working environments that foster teamwork, creativity, and open communication. More...

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Helping Ourselves Move Forward from Charlottesville
Sometimes it seems that we canít go a week without an act of violence or civil discord making the headlines. More...


Monitoring Children's News Exposure During and After a Disturbing, High-Profile Event
When a disturbing event erupts in the community, as one did this past weekend in the Charlottesville area, many of us find ourselves glued to broadcast and Internet news. More...


Taking Time Off Without Anxiety
Whether traveling or just taking a long weekend, occasional detachment from work is healthy and will make us more productive when we return. Read these tips to help you take vacation and detach from the workplace without anxiety about your job. More...


Optima EAP Employee Orientation
An overview of how Optima EAP works, and how you and your family can use it to remain happy, healthy and productive. Enjoy the information and reap the benefits of Optima EAP. More...