October 29, 2020
By: Jeff Zhou, CEO at Fig Loans
COVID-19 has changed the way organizations think about remote work and employee experience strategies. According to Gartner, 48% of employees will likely work remote part time after COVID-19. This unprecedented shift towards a hybrid onsite / remote work model has already created new challenges for employees from a social connectivity perspective. While we benefit from saved commuting time, we have traded the spontaneity and comradery of an office space for the more sedentary home experience. The Boston Consulting Group surveyed 12,000 employees and found that 29% of respondents have experienced worse overall mental health during COVID-19. This post will discuss how to approach a mental health and motivation conversation with your employer based on my experiences as both an employee and small business employer.
VPPPA has partnered with experts at MindWise Innovations to present a monthly Q&A article addressing questions that members might be hesitant to ask about. These columns will address your questions about mental health, substance abuse, brain injuries, family issues and more.
October 22, 2020
By: Lisa Desai, MindWise Innovations
“Hey, How’s it going?” It’s a question we probably ask many times a day, or a version of it, such as “What’s up?”, “How are you?”, etc. For most of us, it’s like saying hello. So, how often do we wait to hear how the other person - our co-worker, friend or even family member - is doing? In our busy, stressful lives taking a few minutes to hear about how people are doing can seem unrealistic. However, many studies show that staying connected with others – even through small ways like checking-in – keeps us emotionally connected, helps with stress management, is good for physical health and reminds us to check in with ourselves! Here are some tips for checking-in with others.
October 15, 2020
By: Kevin Gardner
It's never been a more important time to pay attention to the well-being of your employees. Changes in working conditions, social unrest, and making adjustments to daily rhythms all have an effect on wellness and productivity. Your workers will be much more effective if they are healthy in mind as well as body. There are several things you can do to support yourself and those under your supervision while navigating challenging times. Here are a few ideas to consider.
1. Take Care of Your Wellness
Stress and uncertainty affect you as well as your employees. Before you can help or supervise anyone else, it's crucial that you remain well balanced. Limiting news consumption and keeping to a routine can make a real difference in your peace of mind. Whether you are working on-site or remotely, keeping the major elements of your life consistent will help maintain your mental health. In between tasks, find time for relaxing activities, whether watching funny videos, yoga, or a mindful minute or two. Try incorporating supports like essential oils to help you soothe yourself and maintain an even keel.
October 8, 2020
By: Kevin Gardner
Every seven seconds, a workplace accident takes place in the United States. These accidents can cause long-term injuries and in some cases death. If you are a business owner, you know how hard it can be to get back to normal following a workplace accident.
One of the main goals you should have as a business owner is keeping your employees safe and informed. Ignoring the need for additional safety training and equipment will put you and your team at risk. The following are some of the things you can do to reduce the number of workplace accidents you have to deal with.
Keep Your Workspace Clean and Clutter-Free
Taking the time to audit your workspace is a great way to figure out where changes need to be made. During this audit, take some time to look at the amount of clutter in your workspace. If there are boxes or equipment lying around, it is online a matter of time before accidents occur.
Rather than waiting for one of these accidents to occur, you need to take action now. Working with members of your team to clean and declutter your commercial building is a great idea. Even if you have to hire part-time laborers to help with this work, it will be worth the money. Generally, college students seeking out a master of science in criminology and criminal justice (MSCJ) will jump at the chance to make a few dollars by helping you clean up your workspace.
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