September Is National Recovery Month

Natl Recovery MonthDid you know September is National Recovery Month? This health observance is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrating those who have overcome them.

Most of us know someone who has struggled with substance use or mental illness. One in four of us are living with mental illness, and 22 million of us have a substance use disorder, according to the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness’ Stamp Out Stigma website.

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Questions to Ask a Prospective EAP Vendor

An investment in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can yield big returns. One study found that every dollar invested in an EAP brings over $8 in returns through decreased absences and increased productivity at work. With so many choices for EAP vendors, however, how can you narrow down the list to find one that is right for your organization? Continue reading

Honoring National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Business associates sitting attentively at seminarIn 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives named July “Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month,” with the aim of improving access to, and increasing awareness of, mental health treatment for multicultural communities. Health Net provides the following tips to help employers and companies promote good mental health in the workplace for diverse employee populations.

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Are You Allergic to Your Workplace?

Woman sneezingSpring is in the air, which means it’s peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, of which there are many. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – which has designated May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month – asthma affects more than 25-million Americans, and over 50-million Americans contend with a variety of allergies. Continue reading

Job Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action

depressed employeeJob burnout is a special type of job stress — a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work. If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, take a closer look at the phenomenon. What you learn may help you face the problem and take action before job burnout affects your health. Continue reading

How to Recognize Depression

Business associates sitting attentively at seminarDid you know that October 6–10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week and October 9 is National Depression Screening Day? With those important dates in mind, your clients (and their employees) may find the following tips on recognizing depression timely.

Information is provided by MHN – Health Net Inc.’s behavioral health subsidiary.

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Helping Your Managers Manage

Looking to become leaders in their industryEffective managers are critical to an organization’s success. Managers must maintain and support both the technical performance and interpersonal relationships of their team members. Through these efforts, skilled managers can attract talent and boost performance, engagement and retention. An ineffective manager, on the other hand, can detract from departmental efficacy, significantly costing organizations money in turnover costs and missed opportunities for employee contribution.

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Feeling the Pinch?

feeling-the-pinch-iStock_000014023045Small-300x232Are your employees under financial stress? According to a 2013 study on employee financial stress, 83 percent of employees reported feeling the stress of financial burdens. Financial stress doesn’t just affect employees. It also impacts employers. A 2010 Federal Reserve study revealed that employee financial stress costs employers an average of $5,000 per year per employee in lost productivity.

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For Your Employees: Tips for Reducing Worry

Business TalksWatch the news these days and you’ll most likely hear about nations at war, a natural disaster, a grim jobs report or crime in your neighborhood. In our connected world, 24/7 access to information can expose us to an ongoing stream of bad news.

In an unpredictable world, how can we learn to ease our worries? Consider these tips. Continue reading