Sunday, October 5, 2014

In October in WorkLife Essentials - Work-Life Month and Bullying Prevention


Stop Bullying
Welcome to our first shared promotion! October is always our biggest month, but we've decided to add to it by featuring a special topic of growing importance - Bullying - and how to prevent it. We touched on suicide last month during our Depression topic and a huge factor in teen suicide is the pervasiveness and ease of bullying, particularly cyber bullying, in young peoples' lives today. With statistics around the world indicating that at least a quarter and up to half of all youth experience regular bullying, it is a serious topic that needs to be addressed.

The good news is that there is a lot of help available, and some simple steps to take to not only help your children manage or avoid being bullied, but also to start to become part of the solution.  In our Work Life Month - Bullying promotion this month, we address numerous bullying topics including specifics on Cyber Bullying and your child's Self Esteem and Body Image

We're also taking a big picture look at Work-Life Balance this month as part of our annual focus on Work and Family Life in October. When life gives us challenges, we always do our best to meet them head on and address them with all the tools we have available. Many times this is manageable, but every once in a while life throws things at us that we just aren't prepared for, or that we haven't ever experienced, and maybe your usual tools and tricks just aren't working. When that happens, it can feel completely overwhelming very quickly, but that is exactly what WorkLife Essentials is here to help with.

Whether you're struggling with Single Parenting, or just Managing Your Time better, or dealing with Conflict in the Office and just trying to Balancing Everything and Manage Stress, we have resources that can help you. To access the complete list of promotional materials, just sign in to WLE.com and click on this month's promotion: Work Life Month - Bullying.

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Movember - We are joining the international community in focusing on life threatening Men's Health issues. Movember (Men's Health) is recognized during the entire month of November.
  • Home Help - Finding the right help around the house is critical in maintaining a smoothly operating household. We'll take you through the essentials in how to find the right fit for your home.
  • Fincancial Stress - Start the year off right by finding ways to avoid some typical financial stresses. January is Mental Wellness Awareness Month.

Useful Links:
Stop Bullying.gov
Multi-Lingual Anti-Bullying Brochures from the National Centre Against Bullying
European Anti-Bullying Campaign
Cartoon Network - Stop Bullying
Cartoon Network América Latina (Chega de Bullying/Basta de Bullying)
Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying has similarities with traditional bullying (typically characterized as personal physical or emotional threats) such as forcing an individual to feel singled out and disliked. Where they contrast is that cyber bullying allows the bully to hide behind the safety of their devices without risk and possibly enables others to view or join in via social networking...
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Managing Your Time as a Working Parent

You know that being a working parent is a challenge, and you may be wishing you could clone yourself in order to find the time to care for the kids, home, partner, job – and yourself, too! Sharpening your time management skills can help you to achieve your goals at home and at work...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In September in WorkLife Essentials - Depression



Take 5 to save lives One World Connected
The tragedy of suicide is present every day in so many peoples' lives around the world and this coming September 10th is an international day devoted to education and awareness in the hope that lives can be saved and those who are at risk can get the help and support they need. The specific topic of this year's #WSPD14 is "One World Connected" because a crucial factor in suicide prevention lies with creating connections - with a support group, with a community, with anyone who can help - and that connection can make a difference.

We are discussing depression this month in WLE.com because untreated depression is one of the leading factors in suicide around the world and, along with many other efforts, recognising and treating depression can make a drastically positive change for many people.

One of the first things to realise is that there is help out there. If you feel that you are suffering from Depression and are having thoughts of harming yourself, please reach out to anyone you can in your support group and open up to them about what is going on with you. If you do not have a close support group, there are numerous local and national resources available to you through your government agencies and also, through your employer's EAP program. If you are having trouble finding or accessing any of these resources, and need a referral, please don't hesitate to contact your HR representative or us here at WorkLife Essentials at Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com.

Suicide, however, isn't the only impact that depression can have on someone.  Depression can affect a person's ability to work, to parent, to be a carer, and severely limit one's own enjoyment of life.  So, if you think you may be suffering from depression, we encourage you to make the step to reach out and get help as soon as possible, because, once the help begins, the healing begins.  This month, our collection of resources are offered to help you along the way, including a guide to Depression, and, if you're not sure exactly whether what you're feeling is depression, post-natal depression, or something less severe, we've developed a completely confidential standardised medical survey that will help Evaluate Yourself As A First Step.

To access the complete list of promotional materials, just sign in to WLE.com and click on this month's promotion: Depression. If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Work Life Month - Bullying - Join us in discussing the important issues relating to bullying and how to prevent it and its harmful effects. October is Bullying Prevention Month.
  • Movember - We are joining the international community in focusing on life threatening Men's Health issues. Movember (Men's Health) is recognized during the entire month of November.
  • Home Help - Finding the right help around the house is critical in maintaining a smoothly operating household. We'll take you through the essentials in how to find the right fit for your home.

Useful Links:
IASP - World Suicide Prevention Day 2014
Take 5 To Save Lives - 5 steps you can take right now to make a difference
WHO - Depression Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Depression Factsheet (Symptoms, Causes, Treatments)


Detecting Depression in Children
The importance of early identification and treatment of depression in children cannot be overstated given its serious short and long-term consequences. Parents need to pay close attention for warning signs...
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Self Evaluation Is An Important First Step
Depression can take many forms and its severity is ever changing. If you are having thoughts that you may be depressed, these are a few steps that can help you evaluate yourself to determine your current level of depression, or none at all...
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

In August in WorkLife Essentials - The Adolescent Years


International Youth Day
August 12th is International Youth Day every year and this year, the United Nations has designated it as a day to focus on Youth Mental Health. We are participating in this discussion on our Blog and Social Media (FB, Twitter) as well as many other issues this month through the resources in our Adolescent Years promotional topic, and invite you to join in to talk about mental health issues facing our Youth today, and numerous other factors influencing them, from stress, to internal to external pressures, and what we can do to connect with them and guide them without pushing them away.

The influence of external pressures, in particular, become stronger and stronger for your adolescents as they seek to create their own identity and become more independent from their families. Some of these influences can be good and some can be bad (We’re actually devoting the entire month of October to Bullying Prevention), but it is clear that all their experiences in this stage of their lives can have an impact on how they grow. They may move through different groups of friends or modify their dress style as they seek to feel comfortable with their Social Life, they will begin exploring their Sexuality and possibly experiment with Drug Use. In the linked resources, we go over how to understand these things from their perspective, for example “risk” factors and “protective” factors for drug abuse, and particularly how to relate to and discuss these topics with them, which is really your first and best resource in helping them navigate these years.

Relating can be difficult, however, as parents of adolescents everywhere struggle every day to connect with teens, who just seem to be pulling further and further away. Studies show, however, that they still care what adults think and that they know deep down that adults still have things to teach them. Ongoing, open communication is shown as the key to ensuring that they feel comfortable coming to you with their needs, and the earlier you start this the more adolescents will feel that it is a genuine effort to connect with them rather than just an effort to pry into their lives. This is exactly what we help with in guiding you through Building a Good Relationship With Your Teen and Letting Go But Staying Involved and also Raising a Teenager as a Single Parent. In addition to the numerous additional resources on adolescents featured in our Promotion section, these will get you started well on your way to connecting with your teen and guide them through this stage of development.

To access the complete list of promotional materials, just sign in to WLE.com and click on this month's promotion: The Adolescent Years. If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Depression - Join us in raising awareness about this major illness and discussing how it affects so many and some of the risks it poses to sufferers' wellbeing, including suicide. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th, 2014.
  • Work Life Month - Bullying - Join us in discussing the important issues relating to bullying and how to prevent it and its harmful effects. October is Bullying Prevention Month.
  • Movember - We are joining the international community in focusing on life threatening Men's Health issues. Movember (Men's Health) is recognized during the entire month of November.
Building a Good Relationship with Your Teenager

The sometimes awkward process of a teenager’s discovering and learning to express their adult self is absolutely normal and desirable. In fact, it is a fundamental part of growing up...
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The Young Adolescent’s Social Life

Healthy adolescents are committed to becoming their own person, independent from their parents. In their social lives, they are trying on new behaviors that help develop this independence...
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Monday, July 7, 2014

In July in WorkLife Essentials - Call Centre Life


Call center technician
We're focusing on Call Centre workers this month in WorkLife Essentials.  But, even if you don't work in a call centre yourself, the chances are high that you know someone who does and we encourage you to share these resources with them.  Work in a Call Centre can be tough, but with the right support, and by maintaining good focus on your wellness and balance between work and life, it can be manageable and very rewarding. 

One of the biggest constraints on a Call Centre technician is their schedule, which is typically somewhat inflexible, and this puts an emphasis on the need for good boundaries and a keen focus on Work-Family Balance. It will also help to maintain regular schedules that include Time for Yourself and ways to Stay Healthy. Read more about Learning to Relax and our quick list of 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life to further enhance your effectiveness both in and out of work. Once you get to work, it's critical to Start Your Day and to Keep a Positive Attitude even when Handling a Tough Call, and even more critical to Manage Stress throughout the day so that you can End Your Day in a way that let's you leave work behind and gives you the chance to unwind before the next day.

To access the complete list of promotional materials, just sign in to WLE.com and click on this month's promotion: Call Centre Life (please note: call centre articles are not available in the US. If you wish to read this month's articles, you will need to switch countries). If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • The Adolescent Years - Focus on everything you can expect from this stage of life in August. International Youth Day is August 12th, 2014.
  • Depression - Join us in raising awareness about this major illness and discussing how it affects so many and some of the risks it poses to sufferers' wellbeing, including suicide. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th, 2014.
  • Work Life Month - Bullying - Join us in discussing the important issues relating to bullying and how to prevent it and its harmful effects. October is Bullying Prevention Month.
Call Center Life: Keeping a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude doesn’t just make you feel better. It can also strengthen your relationships with friends, family, and co-workers as well as make it easier to deal with everything from a bad day at work to a major life change...
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Call Center Life: Starting Your Call Center Day

How you start your workday can make a big difference in how you feel throughout your shift -- whether you arrive at the call centre in the morning, afternoon, or at night...
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

In June in WorkLife Essentials - Generational Issues

Two people jog through trees
Inter-generational workplaces are not a new phenomenon by any means.  In fact, they have been around as long as work-forces have been around.  However, it is certainly true that as the world evolves at an ever accelerating pace, it is now that the "differences" between the generations seem to be increasing at a great pace.  And, with often 4 identifiable generational identities present in today's workforce, it is something that needs to be acknowledged and doing so can lead to increased effectiveness and more cohesiveness among your team.

The key to making the most out of an inter-generational workforce is really to explore the common ground across all generations. As part of this unique workforce, be it as a manager or not, you can help foster this exploration. You typically don't have to look far to find things that you all share - our resources this month help cover multiple points of common ground from goals like Lifelong Learning, to the interchange of ideas through positive Mentoring Relationships, while also ensuring that all employees Feel Valued at Any Age, and keeping the Workplace Fun. One particular focus when dealing with your team is to recognize that each workforce is unique and that every person is unique, so we have a great resource that focuses on Understanding the Differences Without Stereotyping the individuals in the process. To access the complete list of promotional materials, just sign in to WLE.com and click on this month's promotion: Generational Issues. If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com.
 
Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Call Centre Life - Explore the intricacies of what life is like in a call center from the perspective of both employees and management. International Day of Friendship is July 30th, 2014.
  • The Adolescent Years - Focus on everything you can expect from this stage of life in August. International Youth Day is August 12th, 2014.
  • Depression - Join us in raising awareness about this major illness and discussing how it affects so many and some of the risks it poses to sufferers' wellbeing, including suicide. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th, 2014.

Useful Links:
Leading a Multigenerational Workforce (PDF)
Report on Millenials (PDF)
Pew Research Quiz: How Millennial Are You?


When Your Manager Is Younger Than You
Reporting to someone younger than you can raise complicated feelings even in the best work relationships. How can you build a positive relationship with a younger manager and turn the age difference between you into an asset..
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Continuous Learning Across the Generations
With this mix of generations comes a mix of learning styles, and a source of tremendous knowledge, perspective, and expertise. Learning at work is energising and breeds innovation...
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Friday, May 2, 2014

In May in WorkLife Essentials - Health and Wellness

Two people jog through trees
We took an in depth look at supplements and nutrition a couple months ago and this month we're looking at wellness from a different perspective and the key term this month is "balance". As we talked about during our Nutrition promotion, supplements and diet are only part of the story - a healthy body needs to be a strong and fit so that it can make the best use of everything you feed it. The ultimate goal is to balance good nutrition with good physical and mental health to achieve that overall wellness that will form the foundation for everything else in your life.

Health is such a broad issue, though, and you, along with your doctors, are the one who knows best what you need to focus on to achieve your optimum wellness. That's why this month we feature a broad selection of health related resources exploring Stress, Fitness, General Health, Obesity, Sleep and more. To find out the entire set of available topics (including Relaxation multimedia files), just sign in to WLE.com and click on this month's promotion: Health and Wellness. If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com.
 
Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Generational Issues - Get up to speed on how to manage inter-generational peers and employees in your workplace.
  • Call Centre Life - Explore the intricacies of what life is like in a call center from the perspective of both employees and management.
  • The Adolescent Years - Focus on everything you can expect from this stage of life in August.

Useful Links:
Tips For Better Sleep
Skin Cancer Prevention
Strokes - Awareness is Key
Kantar Health 2013 Global Health and Wellness Survey (PDF)
Girl doing a yoga pose Fitness and Work: How to Make Time for Fitness in a Busy Schedule
It can be tough to stick to an exercise schedule in the best of circumstances, but when you’re busy with work, home, friends, and family, you may feel you have no time for exercise...
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Sunset jog on the beach Overweight
If your jeans are feeling tighter, you are not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that more than one billion people worldwide are obese. With excess pounds come increased health risks...
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