Category Archives: Workplace wellness

Nutty nutrition: what not to say to co-workers about their eating habits

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 employés mangent ensembleWhen it comes to socializing at work, there are some subjects that are best left off the table. And sometimes, commenting on what’s on the table – the lunch table that is – is what can really get you into hot water with your colleagues. Food is personal, and whether you perceive a co-worker’s eating habits to be virtuous or flawed, pointing out the particulars of someone else’s diet could make them uncomfortable. To take things from nutty to nice at work, we’ve created a cast of frequent food offenders that will help you steer clear of drama in the lunch room.

The Health Guru

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Social media and mental health: the up side

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Woman pointing to social iconEvery day, Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) counsellors see clients who need help. Sometimes, clients take that very first step to get help because of what they see in the news and/or on social media. Though it’s possible to waste many hours on TV, the internet and multiple social media outlets, the bottom line is this: these are powerful tools that can encourage users to get the help they need to take care of their own mental health!

The triggering event

Some clients go through hard times and don’t get any help at the time of the event. This can be perfectly fine or …

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The ‘Unbonus’: two financial downsides to a work bonus

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The work bonus has been around a long time, over a century in fact, so could it be outdated for today’s average employee? Bonuses were meant to improve productivity and enhance compensation, but do they really? It may be time for employers to unshackle their employees, or for employees to ask to be ‘unbonused’ because: missing a bonus can cause serious financial hardship for the average Canadian, and the resulting stress seriously undermines the financial literacy many companies offer their employees through benefit plans and employee assistance programs.

Missing a bonus can cause financial stress

Most people manage regular fixed costs okay but get thrown off by unpredictable …

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The secret to scheduling workouts when you’re swamped

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A couple working out togetherThe ability to prioritize tasks during the day is an important skill both for a successful career and for a balanced lifestyle. Interestingly, regular exercise has been shown to help individuals not only attain an appropriate work and home balance, but also lessen stress levels at work. As workouts are often missed when life gets busy, prioritizing your health and fitness goals and scheduling in your workouts are key. Understanding that exercise alleviates stress, improves work performance and productivity, and re-energizes and improves mood, all make the task even more worth prioritizing; notwithstanding all the physiological benefits that exercise is known to provide as well.

Therefore, instead of …

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Thoughts on Therapy: What is good counselling?

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A women talking with a counsellorIt isn’t always easy to persuade someone to seek help for a mental health issue. Sometimes it’s denial, but other times it’s simply being afraid of the unknown – not knowing what good counselling would look like. A great first step to accessing therapy is to get a sense of what the therapy experience is, and moreover, what defines good therapy.

Generally speaking, therapy is a professional relationship that empowers individuals, families, and groups to accomplish the maintenance and enhancement of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and interpersonal functioning. And more specifically, good therapy is defined as a sum of essential elements that guide participants through a positive …

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