Helping Employees Balance Their Lives

Work-life balance is a term that is used more today, than any other time in history.  What’s the drive for people to want to seek out work-life balance?   What does it mean?


The answer for some is simple.  I want to be happier.  I want to have more control of my emotions and have less stress.  I desire a flexible schedule and more time with family.  Nowadays, many people take work home which can put their personal lives in the back seat.   People have deadlines and cut-offs; the terminology itself can quickly create stress, but these terms are inevitable, and we can choose how we either respond or react to any situation.


Here at Daman, employees are given opportunities to work on this balance.  Since 2007, Daman employees have volunteered on the Better Living Committee, which was created to focus on wellness initiatives to improve the mental and physical health of its employees.


If you’ve ever been in a situation that’s required an intervention, you’re not alone.  We’ve all needed some form of intervention at some point in life.  Whether it's a self-realized intercession or the kind where advice from a professional is in order, it's important to recognize when help is needed.


As part of Daman’s ongoing commitment to total health and wellness for its employees, they partnered with New Avenues to give employees access to behavioral health services and resources.  Recently, they presented an on-site educational series on total health and wellness.  Topics of discussion were on balancing work and family, managing conflict, stress management, and the power of a positive attitude.


Presenter, LouAnn Dobbs, MS, offered advice and helped employees reflect on how a few small changes in a day can have a significant impact on the quality of their life experiences.  Here are the overviews from each session, as supplied by New Avenues.


Balancing Work & Family 


Many families of today rely on dual incomes to support the household.  Balancing work and family life is an ongoing process that requires communication, active listening, planning, and joint decision making.


Managing Conflict-Strategies for Achieving a More Harmonious Workplace


This training addresses types of conflict and provides practical ways to reduce interpersonal tension, imparts skills to avoid blow-ups, improve communication, and change conflict into cooperation.


Stress Management-Enjoying a Busy Life


Learn strategies for coping with the day-to-day stressors of balancing home, family, work and personal responsibilities.  Training includes stress self-assessment tools to identify warning signs of stress and your own stress triggers. Practical solutions are discussed, and participants can develop a stress management action plan.


The Power of Your Attitude


The way we view the people, places and events in our lives directly influence our level of happiness and satisfaction. Each time something happens in your life, the information about that event enters your mind. You then interpret it and form beliefs about what the event means, why it happened, or how it is going to affect you. While you can't always control the events that happen, you can control what you think about the events, which in turn shapes your feelings about them.


These voluntary sessions were well attended and overall enjoyed by those who participated.


For more Information on how New Avenues can assist your employee wellness programs, please visit them at www.newavenuesonline.com

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