3 Life Hacks for the Workplace

Are you sharing a genius time-saver, 14 tips for marketing success, or a simple way to poach the perfect egg? Click, I’m going to give it a read! Online, there’s no shortage of clever/brilliant/bizarre solutions to everyday dilemmas. Just search Life Hacks, which is a phrase that describes advice, shortcuts or new ideas to get […]

Neurodiversity in the Workplace – Inclusion for the 21st Century

I first read the term “neurodiversity” in an article given to me by an English professor while attending Columbia College in Chicago. It was a fascinating read. Its writer focused on the fact that we often have a societal urge to strive for the “normal” life; we don’t want ourselves to be associated with anything […]

Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and one place organizers will look to promote it is in the workplace. The World Health Organization reports mental disorders as 1 of the 3 leading causes of disability, which impacts both employees’ and their caregivers’ health and well-being. Undiagnosed or untreated conditions can increase absenteeism and diminish overall work […]

The Easiest Way to Control Your Response to Stress

You are at work drowning in paperwork and deadlines. The feeling of panic is setting in, and your coworker says to you, “Just take a deep breath.” It’s a phrase that we all have heard and have rolled our eyes at. This may sound the same as telling someone on an angry rampage to simply […]

Microaggressions in the Workplace

Microaggressions are becoming more and more common in the workplace.  They are defined as “subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.” In many cases, these hidden messages may invalidate the group identity or experiential reality of target persons; demean them […]

Romantic Relationships are Hard

No matter your background and upbringing, relationships are hard. Blending your life with someone else’s requires compromises—hopefully on both ends—to figure out a comfortable balance. Depending on various factors, finding that comfy spot is easier for some than others. One of those weighty factors is your own upbringing. Your emotional experience with your own parents […]

How to Deal with a Difficult Coworker

“I just can’t stand catty people! Why do I have to deal with such people at work? I am ready to walk out!” As an EAP counselor, one of the most frequent workplace issues I discuss with clients is that of difficult coworkers and employees. The most challenging can be the catty coworker—the one who […]

How Does Your Personality Influence Your Engagement and Creativity In and Out of the Office?

These days, official personality assessments and fun little quizzes that tell you more about who you are abound online. In a professional capacity, companies have been using assessments like DISC, MBTI, Hogan and Emotional Intelligence to find best-fit employees for decades. I will admit, the first time I discovered my four letter “Myers-Briggs” personality type […]

How Can I Get You Caffeinated Today?

During the morning commute to work in the Chicago Loop, we are all in a hurry and in need of a boost. Most days I stop at the same coffee shop before heading into the office. Last Thursday, instead of a standard “What would you like to order?” the barista greeted me with an energetic […]

Keeping that Travel Mindset in “Real Life”

I love to travel and highly recommend it to everyone. I believe it’s a great way to expand your worldview and an opportunity to learn about a new culture first-hand. There’s a whole big world out there that’s meant to be explored. I’m not just talking about traveling overseas. You don’t have to shell out […]