Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In December in WorkLife Essentials - Home Help


Table decorated for the holidays
Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays from all of us at WorkLife Essentials to you and yours this December. We have enjoyed being your work-life resource provider in 2014 and interacting with many of you directly on several special projects. We hope you have an wonderful holiday season and we look forward to working with you into the new year!

This time of year can be overwhelming with all the extra demands it can place on your time, so, we’ve chosen to highlight our resources designed to help you explore getting some extra Home Help. Whether the idea of hiring some help around the house seems attractive or like an impossibility, these resources may help you better decide, find, manage and get the most out of any type of help you may need.

Starting with Is A Home Helper the Answer?, we delve into some of the factors that might guide whether home help would work for your situation. Then, moving on to some Tools and Preparation Steps designed to get you ready for your search, you should have a better understanding of whether this type of arrangement could really benefit you. From there, once you’ve decided on the right solution, we have numerous resources from Training to taking a Professional Approach to Home Help to Avoiding Conflict in support of getting the most out of your help - which is the whole purpose for all of this! To see the full collection of resources available, simply log on to WLE.com and click on the Home Help promotional topic on the homepage.

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • Fincancial Stress - Start the year off right by finding ways to avoid some typical financial stresses. January is Mental Wellness Awareness Month.
  • Pets - Often our best companions and friends are highlighted in February as we recognise the important roles they play and benefits they provide in our lives.
  • 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.
Father and son in snow
Is A Home Helper the Answer?

If you have never hired a domestic helper there are things to consider. Speaking to friends and family with domestic helpers about the pros and cons is a good pace to start and should assist you determine the arrangement best for your family...
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Make Your Home Helper Experience a Success

Prior to the employee's arrival, you will need to have an idea of what their weekly work routine will be. This routine will give an overview of how they should spend their time using a weekly pattern. It also gives you a chance to review your own expectations...
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Monday, November 3, 2014

In November in WorkLife Essentials - Movember

Active man with girl
Without stereotyping all men, it is a hard truth that the statistics on males across the globe indicate that, not only are men more likely to participate in activities that are damaging to their longterm health, they are less likely than women to seek medical advice. That's why we at WorkLife Essentials are highlighting the topic this month, and bringing attention to other related efforts, like the Movember movement, which started in Australia as a cause to bring attention to Prostate Cancer, but has expanded worldwide to focus on issues of general men's health.

Like the Movember movement, the focus of the resources inside WLE this month is on education and awareness. We want to get the message out that there are some very simple behaviour changes that can make a huge difference in a man's longterm health, and all it takes is to be aware of your risks, educate yourself and speak out about them. Please start with our articles on Men’s Health and Men & Their Health. These will give you an intro to some of the things you might want to pay attention to, and then you can continue learning about those topics that are relevant to you in particular with such resources as 10 Tips to Build Strong Mental Health, Infertility or Making Time for Fitness in a Busy Schedule, and many more. And please explore the Useful Links section this month in particular as there are numerous fantastic resources for every single issue you might need to learn about. Then, remember to share with those around you - because it may be your health, but your friends and loved ones care about you and want to help and, you never know, sharing your journey may help one of them, too.

If you have any feedback or questions, please feel free to email Support@WorkLifeEssentials.com. Our next 3 monthly promotions are:
  • 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.
  • Pets - Often our best companions and friends are highlighted in February as we recognise the important roles they play and benefits they provide in our lives.

Useful Links:
Movember
Blueprint for Men's Health (multilingual downloadable e-books)
CDC Men's Topics A-Z (CDC Salud de Los Hombres)
UK NHS - Men's Health
Health Direct Australia - Men's Health
Father and son in snow
Men's Health

Men’s health can be divided into two significant but interlocking parts – the physical and emotional. In other words, as men age it is important for them to keep tuned in to areas of nutrition, exercise, medical history and preventative measures...
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10 Tips to Build Strong Mental Health

Staying resilient is like staying in shape -- some are born lucky, but most of us have to work at it. Inside you’ll find ten tips to build a strong mental health that will keep you resilient to the challenges and pressures you face at both at work and at home....
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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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