Your Coworker is a Dog

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jul 30, 2012 in , , | No Comments

Millions of dogs accompany their owners to work everyday. Does yours?

Pets have been proven in several studies to lower the blood pressure of their owners who pet them. Animals are now being used in psychotherapy. Known as “therapy dogs,” they assist the owner in coping with daily stresses, anxiety or depression.

The lines between work and life are further blurred as more dog owners than ever are bringing their pets to work. What’s behind this movement? Is it good for employee morale, productivity and business?

Post-Traumatic Boss Disorder

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jul 23, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

 You know you have it when…

  • You feel edgy at work
  • Have nightmares about being humiliated in front of coworkers
  • Dread Monday mornings
  • Experience headaches, depression, loss of focus or irritability

As you may have guessed, this isn’t a real psychological disorder, but certain employees experience these symptoms. While we all should strive for a manageable work-life balance, some workplace situations can ruin both. Here’s why and what to do about it…

Work-Life Balance

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Mar 15, 2012 in , | No Comments

 

Women, as well as men, fall victim to stress at the office…

You’re never too young to start thinking about stress and how it can damage your body. Data from the Women’s Health Study, which was sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, found women who reported high job strain–doing demanding work with little or no decision making authority or the use of creativity and skills–increased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 40%. They also had an 88% increase in heart attacks.

How should women (and men) manage stress, since there’s no escaping it?

Stress Level Styles

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Oct 10, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Whether you’re a job seeker, underemployed, or employed full-time–your stress level may need a little TLC.

Excerpted from Self magazine’s “Get Happier Guide”, here are their tips to assist in lowering your stress levels. First, answer the question posed below, choosing from either A, B, C, or D. Then, read the corresponding explanation which goes with that particular letter to determine your “typical” response to a tense situation. (Complete test not shown)

Your boss sends you a cryptic e-mail saying she wants to meet at the end of the day. You…

Do You Want to be Happy?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 13, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen delivered a lecture which had students talking.

He took what he knew best–business tools–and showed students how to create a happy life with five management strategies.

On the last day of class, he asks students to answer three important questions. Take a moment to answer them, (listed below). Then read the five management strategies and answer my short questions under each of those.

Work-Life Balance

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Mar 7, 2011 in , , , | No Comments


Is your life out of balance?

One large contributing factor is staying late at the office, which puts you at a higher risk of developing anxiety and depression (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine).

Regina Leeds, author of One Year to an Organized Work Life, believes that people “…have a hard time wrapping up at days end–they keep trying to squeeze in one more thing.” But it’s the extra minutes, that turn into extra hours, which cut into relationships, exercise and de-stressing. Leeds suggests you decide an hour before quitting time what absolutely has to be finished that day…and what can wait until the following morning.