Category Archives: Work/Life

How Companies Can Help Workers with Their Mental Health

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th each year.  The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world while mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. This year, Marketplace took the opportunity to check in on mental health in the workplace.  They show how much employers can save by investing in mental health programs.… Read the rest

Finding Happiness At Work, All By Yourself

Sometimes at work it can be easy to look at our peers and colleagues and try to measure ourselves against their successes and accomplishments. This can result in our being unhappy at work based on things outside of ourselves. The author suggests that we remember why we decided to go into the field of work that we did; that we think about what we love most about our work. This allows each of us to “be in charge” of … Read the rest

Advice on Letting Go of Each Day’s Burdens

Citing Ralph Waldo Emerson’s counsel to “Finish each day and be done with it,” motivational speaker Valorie Burton offers helpful advice on leaving work at work, clearing the mind to focus on the present and ending your day on purpose.… Read the rest

Breaking the Cycle of Stress

Too often, stressful days at work can lead to lack of perspective, sleepless nights, rushed “working” lunches and a cluttered work environment. These reactions to stress, though natural, lead to further stress. Careerealism offers advice on breaking the stress cycle.… Read the rest

Resources for Working Families

Since the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families, the Women’s Bureau has introduced new resources to help working women. Among them is an online portal that connects women at any career stage with relevant tools, data, resources and publications developed by the department. Another is an online map that provides federal- and state-level statutory information on employment protections against pregnancy discrimination and for nursing mothers, as well as contact information for related state government offices.

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Funding for Leave Studies Announced

How can states develop and implement successful paid family and medical leave programs? The Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration will make $500,000 available to fund feasibility studies for such programs in up to five states. Secretary Perez announced the funding at the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, and on June 27 the department sent letters to all 50 state governors, inviting them to submit applications outlining their interest in leave feasibility studies. “States … Read the rest

4 Ways to Be the Best Possible Version of Yourself

It is a life-long struggle to act honestly and with integrity. Valorie Burton offers advice on living according to your personal values.… Read the rest

The Importance of Lunch Breaks

When deadlines approach it is easy to rationalize a “working lunch,” or – even worse – no lunch at all. BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois cautions workers that skipping or shortchanging lunch can contribute to burnout and will negatively impact your physical and mental health.… Read the rest

How Do You Maintain Productivity During Summer Vacation Season?

Summer is a time for three-day weekends, family reunions, road trips and other excuses to maximize time in the sun – and out of the office. Vacations are crucial for long-term productivity, but short-term productivity can take a hit when a supervisor looks around at a sea of empty desks. Talent Management offers advice on maintaining office productivity during summer vacation season.… Read the rest

Tips for Preventing Warm Weather Injuries

Summer offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activity, but with outdoor activity can come increased risk of injury and disease. The New York Times “Well” blog offers basic safety tips to ensure your fun in the sun doesn’t result in tetanus, eye injury or hand lacerations.… Read the rest