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Are your employees growing?

 

There are two mindsets a person can have, a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Do you know the differences between the two? Do you know the full benefits of having an organization full of employees with a growth mindset?

Fixed vs. Growth

A person with a fixed mindset believes there are hard limits to what a person can achieve; either you have it or you don’t. People with this mindset do not like challenges; they feel that performing their work should come naturally easy to them. Unfortunately, this means failures can be catastrophic to them. These are the employees who will cover up and lie about mistakes, they will blame others for their shortcomings and when the going gets tough or the organization changes directions, they are the first ones to abandon ship.

A person with a growth mindset believes that with enough effort and practice, anything is possible. They thrive on challenges and are constantly trying to stretch their abilities. They see failures as opportunities for...

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6 Easy ways to keep your mind healthy

 

Hopefully, the pandemic is nearing its end, but that does not mean we will be rushing back to “normalcy” right away. Many employers are choosing to keep employees working from home or going to a hybrid method which could lead to less social interaction and mental stimulation as your four walls may seem quite boring to you. Here are six easy ways to keep your mind healthy while continuing to work from home.

  1. Pre-Prepare meals. At this point, you might be sick of the same takeout night after night. Make sure your home is stocked with healthy, wholesome foods ready to eat so you can avoid delivery and takeout. Having meals ready will also make it easier to pack lunches for when you return to work.
  2. Get up and move every day. Spring is here, and with it the sunshine and warmer weather. Get up, go for a walk, and enjoy the fresh air. Rainy day? Make sure you get up and move around your house. Try one of our on-demand workout videos!
  3. Create/stick to your routine. I know it is...
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Is it Okay to not be Okay?

 

With a global pandemic, record unemployment, and cold weather, it is easy to get upset, depressed, angry, and frustrated. All of this has led many to post stating, “It’s okay to not be okay” on social media. But what does this actually mean, and is it safe? Let us break this down and examine what this means for us socially and individually.

Socially

It is a common occurrence; you walk down the hall, and someone says, “Hey, how are you?” and you respond with the typical “good” or “I’m okay,” but you might be having an absolutely horrible day. It is okay to say I am not okay. Do not be afraid to share your genuine emotions with those you trust. Feel free to open up and talk about how you are feeling. You will find that many people can relate, and you might find comfort in knowing you are not going through a hardship alone.

We are often afraid to speak up about our negative emotions for fear of being a “Debbie...

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Stop Calling Your Employees Losers!

 

When the hit TV show Biggest Loser first air on NBC in 2004, everyone got inspired to get up and lose weight. It created a remarkable movement getting people thinking more about what they eat and how much they move. Even employees, employers, and HR specialists got on board, causing workplace wellness programs to evolve.

While the biggest loser challenges had their place, the question we need to ask ourselves is, “Are they still relevant in 2021?” While the intention to help motivate employees to become more active and eat healthier is genuine, it can also be insulting and downright offensive. What message do you send to your employees when you challenge them to lose weight? Ways this can be interpreted range from “okay, wow, you think I am fat?” “What? Is my BMI now a liability for the company” “rude of you to assume I need to lose weight”?

There is no doubt that if you walked straight up to an employee and told them they could stand...

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Hard Worker or Workaholic?

 

Do you have an employee that seems to live at the office? Does that person seem to be the first one to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why they do that? Is it because they love their work? Are they struggling with a project? Or are they a workaholic?

Workaholism is a very real issue that goes unchecked by employees and employers alike. Workaholism is a compulsion to work excessively hard and long hours and it affects nearly half the American workforce. The term “workaholic” originates from alcoholism and describes a person who works compulsively at the cost of their sleep and social functions, such as meeting friends or family.

Workaholism is a serious problem that is becoming even more prevalent due to the COVID pandemic. The lines between workspace and home space have become blurred as more employees are now socially distancing and working remotely from home. The Vision Council commissioned a survey of...

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My Special Powerful Jar

This is a simple jar; it looks very ordinary and plain. There appears to be nothing special about it at all. However, this jar holds the power to turn any frown I might have on my face into a smile. This jar will lift me up, elevate my mood, improve my health and make me think differently about the year 2020. This is my jar of positivity. I want to share my special jar with you so you can hold that same power in your hand.

My husband and I started this tradition 2 years ago and it is simple enough anyone can do this. Inside this jar are little slips of paper with notes on things, places and events that happened over the course of the last year. On January 1st, the jar starts with a simple note that says, “I kissed the love of my life at midnight”. Every time we went somewhere or experienced something positive, we wrote it on a little slip of paper along with the date and put it in the jar. Examples of other slips might include:

  • Spent a beautiful day at North Park with...
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Don't Cut Wellness

 

During this year of 2020 we have all seen major ups and downs. At the beginning of the year the market was up and unemployment was at a record low. Businesses were competing for the best talent and looking for ways to retain their employees. Then COVID-19 happened. Some industries were hit harder than others as we were asked to shutdown and stay at home. Unemployment rates skyrocketed and the markets tanked.

It is easy to understand why companies are hesitant to make any major decisions right now. As states are starting to lockdown again questions arise about which companies will remain open, which need to close and how long this will continue on for. Making big financial commitments in this volatile market is a risk that many are considering very carefully. Many companies are looking for ways to cut costs and lower overhead.

Wellness programs should not be on the list of things to cut during this time. If you are frustrated by employees lack of participation in your programs it...

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Employee Assistance Programs – Why They are Under Utilized

If you are like most HR professionals or business owners, you recognize the benefits and true value of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It is for this reason you are paying for those services and do your best in communicating them to your employees. However, despite your best efforts your EAP goes primarily unused. Here are the Top three (3) reasons why your employees do not use your EAP.

  • EAP Stigma – EAP’s were originally developed to assist employees with alcoholism. Over the years EAP’s expanded to providing other services such as mental health and relationship counseling. Many have gone as far as offering wellness programs for additional cost. However, the stigma that these are for people with “problems” hasn’t gone away. Asking for help and admitting you have an issue is difficult for anyone. Overcoming this stigma is a difficult task for employers.
  • Lack of Knowledge – As previously stated a lot of EAP’s have expanded their...
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Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Wellness Programs - The difference between problem-solving and prevention

EAP's have been around since at least the 1940's and were originally focused on helping employees with alcohol problems. Through the years these programs evolved and expanded to also include assisting employees with mental and relational issues. Today it is estimated that 97% of companies with more than 5,000 employees, 80% of companies with 1,001-5,000 employees and 75% of companies with 251-1,000 employees offer an EAP. However, these programs go heavily unused for a variety of reasons. This leads many companies to search for alternative solutions like wellness programs. But this should not be an either-or situation. Both services serve specific purposes and resonate with your employees on different levels.

First, we must fully understand the purpose of each program. EAP's are designed to help employees with existing issues. These programs provide counseling services for topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, relational problems and mental health issues. By providing counseling...

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