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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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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