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Communication: The Key to Successful Relationships

As many of us know, the key to successful relationships is communication. Healthy communication or lack of it can make or break a relationship -- whether it is a relationship at home or at work. Communication is an active challenge in the best of times, but when you add in the extra roadblocks of mental illness, the path can be even more difficult.

Frontline Supervisor: Dealing with Employees' Personal Problems

Q. I’m sympathetic to a worker with personal problems that are affecting her performance. She doesn’t want to go to BJC EAP because she says she’s “had it with therapy.” I know I can’t force her to go. Isn’t it better to respect her wishes?

Avoiding Anemia

If you’re feeling constantly exhausted and sluggish, you might have anemia, a common blood disorder that many people develop at some point in their lives. The good news is that anemia often can be prevented and easily corrected by getting enough iron.

Need Motivation to Exercise? Try the Buddy System

Are you still thinking about a New Year’s resolution to work out more? Research shows that exercising with a buddy can give you both mental and physical boosts.

Space Heater Safety

During extreme cold spells with below-zero temperatures, space heaters can be a lifesaver – but they can also cause deadly fires. Find out how to use space heaters safely this winter.

Kids and Cords Don't Mix

Did you know that nearly one child a month dies after becoming entangled in a window-covering cord? Considered one of the top hidden dangers in the home, accessible window covering cords pose a deadly strangulation hazard to young children nationwide.

Frontline Supervisor: Diversity in the Workplace

Q. We have a very diverse workplace, and I sometimes correct employees when I see them demonstrating poor tolerance of coworkers’ differences. I am not an expert on tolerance and bias, so can you offer some language, tips, or “phrases” helpful in educating employees?

When You Work With a Narcissist: What to Do (and What Not to Do)

A narcissist is a person who overestimates his own importance, craves constant attention and admiration from others, has chronic relationship problems and lacks empathy for others. These people may often seem arrogant and accomplished, but people are often surprised to find that underneath the fa├žade is a fragile self-esteem, unable to withstand the slightest criticism.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: Complicated Childhood, Complex Adulthood

Most of our childhoods were full of happiness, fulfillment and good memories. Even as adults we all have times when childhood memories beckon us to the point where we daydream and sometimes even hope that we could relive our youth. But for many, those childhood memories are not so good. Unhappy memories might include recollections of times when one (or sometimes both) of our parents or caregivers were under the influence of alcohol. 

Frontline Supervisor: Morale and Motivation

Q. Some employees seem to have morale problems. My problem is that "poor morale" is a hard thing to document or describe. Is poor morale something upon which I can base a supervisor referral, or is it a symptom of something else? 
 

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