Empathia Blog


Lessons Learned from Disaster Response Experiences

Having worked in the EAP industry for almost 25 years, I’m occasionally asked what I’ve been the most proud of and what has been the most challenging during my time working with employees, managers/HR, family members, affiliates, vendors, and colleagues. My answer is always the same. Working on any large-scale disaster where there are mass […]


January is a month when many of us resolve to identify and implement more positive living habits. At a New Year’s Eve gathering, our family took turns sharing our “resolutions”. The responses seemed to involve the typical goals: live more in the present, eat nutritious foods and exercise, do well in school, and even get […]

2017 EAP Blogs: An Appreciation and Looking Forward

As we near the end of another year, we would like to thank all of the Empathia staff who contributed to our blogs in 2017. It’s greatly appreciated! Here are our wonderful writers’ names and a web link to their article(s): Carol W. – http://www.empathia.com/author/cwilson/ Chris M. – http://www.empathia.com/author/chris-m/ David G. – http://www.empathia.com/author/davidg/ Jenny M. […]

To Tell the Truth

This past summer, my husband and I visited a small resort community for a weekend vacation. One morning, we headed into a breakfast café and immediately knew this was not the spot where we wanted to eat one of our few meals out during our getaway. While the restaurant was popular and trendy, we were […]

Habits of Happy People

I’m a sucker for lists, so I loved one that I came upon recently called “Nine Habits Happy People Ditched a Long Time Ago,” which are as follows: They don’t compare themselves to other people. They don’t need to succeed on their own. They don’t ignore an obvious source of fun. They don’t wish for […]

Everyone Has a Story

One of the reasons I love to read novels is the fact that they remind me that everyone has a story. As soon as I start a new book, I begin to learn about the events, relationships, and natural tendencies that make up that person’s life story. I remember hearing recently that young people today […]

BOO! The Benefits of Fear

The sun is setting sooner than I thought it would. Wouldn’t it be funny if I got lost in the woods? I’m not really in the woods, this is just a park. Stop being dramatic. It’s really getting dark out. The path took us pretty close to the edge of the cliff, watch your feet. […]

The Little Things

Once, I went into a little shop to buy a box of popcorn. When the cashier gave me my change, I registered that it was $5.00 more than I was expecting. At first, I assumed that I was probably wrong (math is not my forte), but as I walked away, I added it up and […]

Confidentiality? It’s personal.

A recent acquaintance asked me the classic question “What do you do for a living?”. Knowing he meant my paying job, I shared “I work in privacy and compliance”. His next comment was even more classic: “I guess you can’t say much about that”. I’m frequently asked questions or posed with dilemmas about ‘what is […]

Individual Culture

Many companies strive to create an intentional culture. Top leaders of the company identify the core values of the organization and create policies and procedures which reflect those values. Employees then have a clear understanding of what to expect and how to function in their jobs.  In many ways, we as individuals benefit greatly from […]