Sunday, August 9, 2015

In August in WorkLife Essentials - Empowered Motherhood

Mom feeding kids healthy snacks

Empowered motherhood is all about a mother having the ability to act on the decisions she needs to make to best take care of herself and her child. The first part of this is a combination of maternal instincts, advice and information combined together to help her make the decision that ultimately only she can make; and the second part is the opportunity and skills developed that will allow her to follow through with her decisions.
 
Motherhood is most often described as "Extremely rewarding!", and it is! It is also full of challenges, questions, excitement, highs and lows and every emotion in between. This month in WLE, we want to help provide mothers with resources to help with both parts of the empowerment equation - helping mothers be informed so that they can make the best possible decisions, and then giving them the skills to implement those decisions in the best way for their families.
 
Every pregnancy, birth and child is different, so even experienced mothers will have to make some decisions they’ve never faced before. The good news is that your maternal instincts are the real deal, and with a support network of doctors, family and friends, you'll be in pretty good shape to handle anything unexpected. You can also count our numerous resources, particularly those on Becoming a Parent and Parenting, as part of that support network - providing a trusted, expertly sourced collection of information on every stage of child development, from pre-maternity to college - so if you ever have any questions, we have you covered!
 
When it comes to motherhood and your workplace, being empowered means that you should know your rights and opportunities that you have in your career. Knowing how best to integrate Breastfeeding and Work ahead of time can really help alleviate the pressure of returning to your career while continuing to feed your child. And, for every career woman, motherhood will bring a vast array of changes, and our guide on Motherhood and Career will help get you up to speed with numerous approaches and give you the power you need to take control of the options so that the compromizes you make will be the ones that work best for both your career and family.
 
To explore more resources on Motherhood, please check out or Promotion section this month. And, feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments by emailing us at Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com, or by logging in to WorkLife Essentials.com and using our Suggestion Box.

Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Self Improvement September - We're creating a new annual feature in WorkLife Essentials in our focus on self reflection and improvement as part of Self-Improvement Month in September.
  • Bullying Prevention - Tackle a big issue in your child's life by preparing them for a very common occurrence in both their daily life and online. October is Bullying Prevention Month.
  • Workplace Tolerance - Another cornerstone of work-life harmony is workplace diversity and fostering tolerance for that diversity is critical to workplace effectiveness. International Day for Tolerance is November 16th.
Woman working from home Motherhood and Career

Working women face challenging life choices and decisions throughout their careers, and motherhood is a topic that raises questions and discussion for women who have children as well as those considering parenthood. Pressure to have a child can come from many sources -- a partner, family, friends, even society...
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Hands texting on phone Breastfeeding and Work

You don’t have to choose between work and breastfeeding. Many women have continued to breastfeed after returning from leave by pumping at work, nursing on breaks, or supplementing. Nursing your baby can be a loving and relaxing way to reconnect after being apart during the workday...
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

In May In WorkLife Essentials - Flexible Work

Man talking on mobile phone

Flexible work options are designed to help increase a workforce’s effectiveness by providing employees greater ability to tailor their work styles to their personal needs. A recent OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) study examining workplace effectiveness across their member countries noted that there is trend in a reduction in overall working hours and an increase in leisure time happening right now. However, they noted that the balance still needed to be studied further as 75% of respondents were not satisfied with some aspect of their work-life balance.
 
One significant contributing factor in increasing workplace effectiveness is the availability of flexible options such as at-work child care to make child care more available, and flexible hours to reduce commute times. Simple options like these can make a huge difference to an individual’s work life balance. Telecommuting is another huge factor in increasing workplace effectiveness and its availability is seen as a major element of a flexible work environment.
 
Worldwide, an average of 20% of employees regularly telecommute. Along with the benefits of enhanced work life balance and lower stress levels, there are drawbacks, with some employees report feelings of being isolated and there have been numerous studies supporting the fact that promotion opportunities are limited. For the essential how-tos, consider these resources in our promotion this month: Your Telework DayStaying Connected with Your Team When You Work Remotely, and our multimedia series Telework - Making it work for you. And if you're a manager who is working remotely, or you manage numerous teleworking employees, we think you'll find Managing from a Distance very helpful.
 
Even with the details, policies, and technology set up perfectly, however, flexible work options are a very personal thing. To explore more details about how flexible work options can work for you, please check out or Promotion section this month. And, feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments by emailing us at Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com, or by logging in to WorkLife Essentials.com and using our Suggestion Box.

Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • New Generation of Youth - The meaning of "Youth" is ever evolving and we look at the latest upcoming generation as we celebrate International Children's Day on June 1st.
  • Celebrating Single Living - Make the most of your single life as we celebrate International Day of Friendship on July 30th.
  • Empowered Motherhood - Become even more empowered in your motherhood with us as we recognize World Breastfeeding Week from August 1st - 7th as well as National Women's Month all month.

Useful Links:
Global Telecommuting Study
A Chinese experiment with telecommuting
Sociedade Brasileira de Teletrabalho e Teleatividades
Woman working from home Setting Work-Life Boundaries When You Work from Home

Creating and maintaining boundaries between work and the rest of life are among the most important challenges of telework. You can work anywhere and at any time in an atmosphere that fits with your work style and needs. But the downside of this convenience is that the boundaries between work and the rest of life can become blurred...
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Hands texting on phone Staying Connected with Your Team When You Work Remotely

Staying connected to the people in your work group can be challenging when you work at home or travel frequently for your job. Even though you may not be able to just walk over to a co-worker to ask a question or have a casual conversation, there are ways you can stay connected with your work team when you work remotely...
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In April in WorkLife Essentials - Alcohol Awareness

Drinking at a party

Inside WLE, our Alcohol Awareness topic is highlighting many resources aimed at giving you guidance on the safe use of alcohol for yourself, as well as how to be aware of and prevent harmful behaviors in your loved ones and children. Read our Minimizing Problems with Alcohol article for general guidelines on safe alcohol use in a variety of situations and how to spot unsafe behaviors before they become harmful. It's important to know the signs as it has been shown through numerous studies and experience that many people are unaware they have a problem and only address it when their close social circle or family make them aware of their concerns.

One of the largest groups at risk for and suffering from harmful alcohol use are youths. Physiologically, the impact of alcohol on the body is greater at younger ages. So, specifically for your children, we talk about how to address alcohol use at an early age in Adolescents and Drug Use, and how to encourage responsibility by Letting Go but Staying Involved During the Young Adolescent Years. One of the riskiest times for your children in their formation of healthy behaviors with regard to alcohol use is after they've left home. Many colleges globally are addressing the problem directly with the students when they arrive, but the role of parents are still vital in these formative years. Read more in Parenting Your College Age Student.

If you'd like to get more information on any of the issues discussed this month, please don't hesitate to contact us by using our Suggestion Box. Also, remember that your Employee Assistance Program is an excellent resource to confidentially discuss any of these topics with a qualified counselor.

Useful Links:
Rethinking your Drinking
Interactive Tool: Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
An Important First Step: Get Help
Control Your Drinking Online
STOP Underage Drinking
中国疾病预防控制中心
Night Concert Online Self-Help

If you are interested in taking the step from reading articles to seeking help for the issues affecting your work or personal lives, online tools can often offer an additional level of education and support...
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Glasses of beer on a table Minimizing Problems With Alcohol

We put our recommended guidelines together into one article to give guidance on maintaining sensible drinking behaviors and minimizing potential problems like alcohol intoxication or dependence...
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

In March in WorkLife Essentials - Women's Health


Women picnicking
Health is rightfully a huge topic in our lives and we are taking an in-depth look at those health issues specific to women this month in WorkLife Essentials. While certain health risks like breast and ovarian cancer are well known and we hear a great deal about them, there are many lesser known risks that can pose even greater concern.

Cardiovascular disease is actually the leading cause of death for women in the world, causing more deaths than all forms of cancer combined. CVD includes heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke, among other related conditions of the blood and circulatory system. While 1 in 27 women currently die of breast cancer, almost 1 in 2 will die of some form of CVD. Read more specifics on the health risks for women in our Women's Health article.

Excercise is a well known technique to manage many of these risks, but we are learning more and more about proper Nutrition, including specialized Supplements where needed, being a key element in a healthy lifestyle. Learn more ways to address these health concerns with our numerous health, nutrition and wellness resources in the Promotion section on our website.

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Alcohol Awareness - Learn sensible drinking behaviors and minimizing potential problems like alcohol intoxication or dependence. April is Alcohol Awareness Monthy.
  • Flexible Work - A cornerstone of work-life balance and fostering better productivity is flexible work. Navigate the topic with us in May, which is Revise Your Work Schedule Month.
  • New Generation of Youth - The meaning of "Youth" is ever evolving and we look at the latest upcoming generation as we celebrate International Children's Day on June 1st.
Woman doing yoga
Women’s Health

Are you concerned about the particular health conditions that affect women, such as breast or ovarian cancer? What about conditions such as cardiovascular disease that affect both genders equally but may affect women in different ways?..
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Health salad
Small Changes For Better Nutrition

Small steps can help your family get on the road to maintaining a healthy weight. Choose a few different tips each week for you and your family to try. If they work for you, try to make them a permanent part of your lives...
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Monday, February 2, 2015

In February in WorkLife Essentials - Family Pets


Woman with dog and cat
They are an ever present part of many of our lives, and our relationships with them can be some of the closest a human being can have. It's been this way for thousands of years and will continue to, but never more than today have we understood exactly why pets are so beneficial to us. From the health benefits to the emotional benefits, humans from infants to the elderly can benefit through the companionship of a pet. Learn more inside WorkLife Essentials.com this month.

For single people, pets offer an easy way to connect with others and build relationships around common interests. For children, a link has been shown between the presence of pets in a household and an infant's immune system development. For older children, the presence of a pet has been shown to improve emotional development, and also act as an excellent tool to teach responsibility and caregiving. All children see these benefits, but they are particularly noteworthy in children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Austism Spectrum Disorder, where improvement in communication skills, empathy and attention span have clearly been shown. Healthcare benefits are not necessarily directly related to having a pet around, but also through behaviors that pet owners exhibit. The extra walks that dog owners take, for example, are a contributor to a decline in their heart disease risk. These benefits extend into our later years as well, when the unconditional love and companionship that a pet provides become critical to our emotional health.

There are some health risks, however, including allergies, injuries related to exercising with pets, and some risk from aggressive, exotic, or frightened animals. Animals with a difficult personality can also cause emotional distress, so it's best to closely weigh these with the benefits and see if pets are right for you. We recommend spending some time around the type of pet you're interested in getting - maybe you have a friend, family member or coworker who has one - before making the plunge yourself. Our article on Pet Ownership is a great resource on the details of pet ownership and the various factors involved, designed to help you make the decision on whether a pet is right for you. You can also find helpful resources by checking out our Promotion section to find more resources on pets and including them in your life, and also at the useful links below.

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Women's Health - Join us in focusing on the special issues affecting women's health and in recognising International Women's Day on March 8th.
  • Alcohol Awareness - Learn sensible drinking behaviors and minimizing potential problems like alcohol intoxication or dependence. April is Alcohol Awareness Monthy.
  • Flexible Work - A cornerstone of work-life balance and fostering better productivity is flexible work. Navigate the topic with us in May, which is Revise Your Work Schedule Month.

Useful Links:
FDA: Pet Food Safety and Other Tips
Pet Care from the RSPCA
Kids and Teens: World of Animal Welfare
Parent's Guide to Nurturing the Child-Pet Relationship
Couple with dogs
Pets and the Importance They Play in Your Family

A pet is often a best friend—a companion who not only provides unconditional love, but who also teaches family members about friendship, responsibility, loyalty, and empathy. While most family pets are cats and dogs, other animals also can be wonderful additions to your home...
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Puppy on a leash
Pet Ownership

Owning a pet can be a rewarding and joyful experience but it is also a big commitment. For many pet owners, their pet is a big part of their family. Pets are known to give unconditional companionship and increasingly the health profession has extolled the health benefits of owning a pet...
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Monday, January 5, 2015

In January in WorkLife Essentials - Financial Stress


Happy new year 2015
In January in WorkLife Essentials, we are helping you shed any financial worries as you start tackling 2015 anew.  We also look ahead into all that we will tackle together in 2015 with our preview calendar below.  We also especially look forward to working on reaching out to those people in your lives and organizations that are struggling with these issues and providing the help that they need.

Along with the two articles highlighted below, we are featuring a number of resources designed to help you address money worries and plan for a successful future. And planning ahead is the key, so navigate to WLE.com today and click on the Financial Stress promotion on the homepage to see our entire collection of resources.

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. We eagerly anticipate your feedback on our 2015 promotional calendar and in coordinating our promotional efforts in advance.  See our promotional topics and their inspiration month-by-month below:

January
Fincancial Stress - Start the year off right by finding ways to avoid some typical financial stresses. January is Mental Wellness Awareness Month.
 
February
Pets are Family - Often our best companions and friends are highlighted in February as we recognize the important roles they play, and benefits they provide, in our lives.
 
March
Women's Health - Join us in focusing on the special issues affecting women's health and in recognizing International Women's Day on March 8th.
 
April
Alcohol Awareness - Learn sensible drinking behaviors and minimizing potential problems like alcohol intoxication or dependence.  April is Alcohol Awareness Month.
 
May
Flexible Work - A cornerstone of work-life balance and fostering better productivity is a flexible work schedule.  Navigate the topic with us in May, which is Revise Your Work Schedule Month.
 
June
New Generation of Youth - The meaning of "Youth" is ever evolving and we look at the latest upcoming generation as we celebrate International Children's Day on June 1st.
 
July
Celebrating Single Living - Make the most of your single life as we celebrate International Day of Friendship on July 30th.
 
August
Empowered Motherhood - Become even more empowered in your motherhood with us as we recognize World Breastfeeding Week from August 1st - 7th as well as National Women's Month all month.
 
September
Self Improvement September - We're creating a new annual feature in WorkLife Essentials in our focus on self reflection and improvement as part of Self-Improvement Month in September.
 
October
Bullying Prevention - Tackle a big issue in your child's life by preparing them for a very common occurrence in both their daily life and online.  October is Bullying Prevention Month.
 
November
Workplace Tolerance - Another cornerstone of work-life harmony is workplace diversity and fostering tolerance for that diversity is critical to workplace effectiveness.  International Day for Tolerance is November 16th.
 
December
Volunteerism and Community Involvement - An enlightened workplace should always try to remember to highlight that there is more to life than just our own lives and our own work and that being involved in your community and even giving back when possible can enrich your life immensely.  International Volunteer Day is December 5th. 
Father and son in snow
Financial Issues: Learning to Budget

Think of a budget as your road map for getting where you want to be. For most people, the ideal place to be is a "comfort zone" in which money is available to pay all necessary expenses as they come up, keep debt under control, and accumulate and grow for the longer term...
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Long Distance Caregiver looking out window
Tips For Long Distance Caregiving

Most often, caregiving begins with an emergency such as an older parent’s fall or a phone call from a concerned neighbor. But you may be better prepared, more confident, and less stressed if you start planning right now for the “what if” situation, rather than reacting to a crisis..
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