10  Characteristics of Emotionally Healthy People (at Work)

10 Characteristics of Emotionally Healthy People (at Work)

My clinical training sometimes leads me to make observations in the workplace that a typical HR professional might not see. This particular article discusses employee emotional health. I have spent years working with companies trying to deal effectively with emotionally unhealthy individuals and the havoc created by emotional outbursts and unrealistic expectations. This material flips that concept to the positive and discusses...

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6 Reasons Employees Don’t Disclose Workplace Abuse

I recently saw an article called “7 Reasons Children Don’t Disclose Abuse” by Ginger Kadlec (you can follow her @gingerkadlec). In the world of mental health and child protection this article provides an easy-to-understand summary – a neat list of the forces of silence. Those of us who have worked with abused children know these things instinctually. We know why kidnapped children don’t run away. Perhaps...

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Top Twelve “People” Rules of Successful Managers

The benefit of long experience is the opportunity to make management mistakes and learn how not to repeat them. Here are some of the basic principles guiding successful managers: Communicate: Get your group together periodically and provide them with helpful information about their work, the company and upcoming events. Well informed staff are more engaged. Staff meetings are for two-way communication – from your staff to you...

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Part 3: HR Intervening with a Potentially Violent Employee

Previous articles in this series: Part 1:HR Principles Guiding Workplace Violence Prevention; Part 2: HR Steps to Preventing Workplace Violence Making the plan After reviewing an employee’s history, behavior and disclosures, a comprehensive plan for intervening must be developed. It is useful to consider past interventions with this employee as information on how this one will progress.  Review company policies that might apply...

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Part 2: HR Planning to Prevent Workplace Violence

Previous articles in this series: Part 1:HR Principles Guiding Workplace Violence Prevention Roles in preventing workplace violence There are four entities to be considered when developing policies and procedures on the management of potentially violent employees: The individual, the work unit, the company and the community. The company’s role varies regarding these groups. The company has a duty to protect all employees from...

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Part 1: HR Principles Guiding Workplace Violence Prevention

Workplace shootings covered in the news remind human resource professionals that monitoring potential violence and unsafe behavior in the workplace is crucial. Planning for any performance intervention or termination conference must include an evaluation of the risk for dangerous behavior. This article includes a comprehensive series of questions to support such an evaluation. Introduction Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety...

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