Domestic Violence: The Secret Killer in Your Workplace

A co-worker stays late every day even where this nothing to do, a sales associate appears tired and distracted, a manager offers to travel frequently to get out of town.  These employees may all be experiencing domestic violence- which is physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse by an intimate partner. While domestic violence is a criminal [...]

Why Should Your Company Have an EAP?

The primary purpose of an Employee Assistance Program is to maximize employee productivity while helping employees face life obstacles that can interfere with your business.  An EAP helps increase your bottom line while building morale, and support for employees and their managers. According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, [...]

Preventing and Coping With Employee Suicide

For every two homicides in the U.S there are three suicides and the majority occur within the working population, yet few employers address this public health issue.  When an employee has a mental health crisis at work, it affects the financial and social functioning of the workplace. The Carson J Spencer Foundation has created a [...]

Combating Workplace Negativity

Negativity is a habit. It is contagious and quite common in many workplaces and can easily become part of a company’s culture. Negativity can include gossiping, poor morale, badmouthing management or the company, lack of enthusisasm, bullying, harassment, and lack of loyalty to the employer.  Restructuring a negative workplace can take years.  Therefore, it is better to prevent [...]

Coaching Your Employees

Coaching your employees can be a very worthwhile venture.  As company owners, managers and supervisors, we are often looking for ways to increase revenue and manage costs.  Sometimes we overlook our greatest assets- our employees.  In order to build loyalty and morale, employees must feel they are a valuable and important member of the organization [...]

“Free” Employee Assistance Programs

“Free” employee assistance programs have become more and more prevalent.  EAPs are often included as part of other core services such as health insurance, disability carriers and even payroll companies. These providers and the employers and benefit brokers they market to rationalize “why not throw in a free EAP?”  However, as a consumer of employee [...]

EAP and HR Partnership for Small Businesses

Employee assistance services are available for small businesses through our EAP and HR Partnership Program.  It is very difficult for small employers to obtain quality, personalized EAP services because the majority of Employee Assistance Programs cater to the larger employer. We have developed a program to assist very small employers (10-25 employees). For one low [...]

Is it Time to Retire?

Retirement coaching is an important employee benefit. Making the decision to retire can be very difficult for many employees.   Sometimes life doesn’t give us much choice about when to retire.  An injury at work or a serious illness might force some to leave work early.  While these people may not be able to perform the same [...]

Dealing With Anger Management at Work

Anger is a normal human emotion.  However, when it is expressed inappropriately or when it involves threats, intimidation or acts of verbal or physical aggression, it is a significant workplace and societal issue. Often the first response an employer may take with an angry employee is to refer him or her for anger management counseling.  [...]

Decriminalization of Marijuana in WA State- Will it Affect You?

On November 6, 2012, Washington state voters passed Initiative 502 which regulates and taxes sales of small amounts of marijuana for adults. Under the soon-to-be implemented Washington state law, adults in the state may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products and 72 ounces of liquid infused marijuana products. [...]