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The Emotional Side of Corporate Wellness

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:06am
Have you ever been in a really bad mood that’s impacted your workday—or week?

I recently came across a blog posting containing some very useful advice for boosting employee wellness and productivity by using emotional health techniques that help people deal with their feelings, moods and other emotional issues.

Here are some of the more intriguing ideas:

Coaching and Counseling. One of the hallmarks of emotional health is the willingness to ask for help when we need it. Confidential professional help, the coaching and counseling provided by employee assistance or wellness programs, can provide an external source of strength and insight for “working out” emotionally-based problems instead of “working them in” to your job…

Self-Help Groups. Self-help groups are designed to aid people in emotional situations in which they feel alone. The purpose of these groups is twofold: to allow people to safely feel and express their emotions, and to help break their isolation at work and/or in society at large and reintegrate them into society with the support of a peer group. The classic self-help group is Alcoholics Anonymous, but thanks to technology, it’s possible to connect with others that have common health challenges, no matter how unique the situation....

Assess Your Emotional Health. Companies that seek to boost employees’ interpersonal skills or emotional intelligence in the workplace are more successful… And emotional intelligence is the buzzword in workplaces these days. Some workplace wellness programs have information about emotional intelligence, or emotional health assessments. Seek out more information about emotional intelligence for better corporate wellness…
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