Octopus in Business

Work is busy

Work is busy, too busy. Being too stressed and overwhelmed is not good in any job. Self-care is always important, but even more so when we notice the effects of too much work. I let my manager know when I am too busy. She may already know this and may be working to alleviate the…

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The Value of Time

Next to Christmas, my birthday was the best day of every year when I was a boy. I liked the presents and the fun, of course, and having a cake. I always had the same one – German chocolate with coconut-pecan frosting on the top and middle, and whipped cream around the side – my…

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You Can Afford to be Generous

We spend a lot of our lives interacting with other people. Sometimes, it seems as though hearing others’ viewpoints and opinions makes us even more confident in our own positions. Yet, when it comes to experiencing others’ gloomy moods or behaviors, we can quickly be influenced to turn negative ourselves. We cannot definitively understand what…

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7 Reasons an EAP is a Strategic Advantage

In today’s business environment, organizations look for competitive advantages in every aspect of their operations. An effective, well-communicated benefits program can make a significant contribution to a company’s competitive position by aiding recruiting efforts, increasing employee engagement, and improving employee retention. Employee assistance programs (EAPs), while not as visible as medical or retirement plans, are…

Cook, Resident Advisor, EAP Professional

Management Reflections

Though I certainly did my fair share of household and outdoor chores as a kid (you don’t grow up in Wisconsin without learning how to use a shovel!), I started my first real job working at a family restaurant when I was 15 years old; then, during my college years, I was a Resident Advisor.…

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The Chocolate Cake Diet

Next time you are waiting in a grocery store checkout line, pay attention to the magazines in the rack nearby. Particularly, notice the specialty magazines focused on health and weight loss, the ones with a seemingly endless supply of articles with titles like “The Guilt-Free Way to Shed Fifteen Pounds” or “Lose Inches in Just…

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Time to Adjust

My family recently returned from the first trip to visit relatives since my dad passed away. Before we left for the trip, I started thinking about how it would be different this time: not picking him up from his retirement apartment, not helping him shuffle along into the restaurant where he would proclaim his entree…

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Attribution

There is this problem: When I cut someone off on the road while driving, I see it as a mistake – something I would not normally do, something that happened due to the circumstances. Yet when someone else cuts me off in traffic, he is a jerk. I question his judgment, his moral character, and…

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The Importance of Having a Hobby

A hobby is typically defined as an activity or interest pursued outside one’s regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure. For example, as a self-avowed entertainment enthusiast, I like to collect movie/TV/pop culture memorabilia; I also enjoy photography and reading. I especially love Star Wars, James Bond, and the Green Bay Packers, as evidenced…