EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)

2014 April 

April 2014 Employee Frontline Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
Creating Your Plan B; Autism and Technology; Dark Chocolate Health Benefits Mystery Solved; Positive Memories Mean More Excercise; Appreciating Different Personalities at Work; Alcoholism and Family Recovery; Hoarding Is Serious Stuff; Your Credit Score...Tips for Keeping it High.

NYS-Balance - Can We Talk? Yes, Counseling Can Help

Webinar - Will There Be a Couch? What to Expect From Counseling
Many people avoid counseling due to misconceptions or even fear. Learn about the counseling process, different types of counseling, what is discussed, and the terminology used.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:00 noon - 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Register in advance at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2014 March

March 2014 Employee Frontline Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
Spring Break Alcohol Abuse; Diet Hazards for Shift Workers; Smoking and Mental Health; Any Risk Using E-Cigarettes?; What You Can Do About Heroin; What's New About Teen Stress?; Violence: #1 Cause of Workplace Fatalities for Women; Psychological Treatment of Chronic Pain

NYS-Balance - What's Your Plan? Making the rest of your life the best of your life

Webinar - Celebrating Mid-life
Mid-life can be the best time of your life. Learnhow to find your passion, explore encore careers, and deal with Empty Nest Syndrome and Boomerang Kids--all in an effort to prepare yourself for this exciting time.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register in advance at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2014 February

Feburary 2014 Employee Frontline Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
 At Risk for Domestic Violence; Eat Right Tips for 2014; Mess Creates Stress; What Can One Drink Do?; Support for Bereavement int he Workplace; See the Sizzle in Your Goals; Tolerating Uncertainty in the Future; How to Increase Productivity at Work

NYS-Balance - Are You Taking Your Health to Heart?

Webinar - 8 Steps to a Healthy Heart
Utilizing the Mayo Clinic's Heart Health Diet concepts, this webinar will review the eight steps for preventing or reducing your chances of heart disease.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register in advance at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2014 January

January 2014 Employee Frontline Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
 Learning to Relax; Check Your Tech-Etiquette; Cybersecurity and You; Can Newlyweds Predict the Future?; How to Make a Decision; Staying Safe: Practice Situational Awareness; Sure-Fire New Year's Resolution Tips; Getting Along with Your Coworker

 

2013 December

December Frontline Employee Newsletter - Welness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
Drunk and Drugged: Driving Awareness; Dispel Budget Myths in 2014; Ideas for a More Positive Holiday Season; When You See Workplace Bullying; Ready for...Alcoholism Treatment?; Nooks and Crannies: Stress Management; Teaching Leadership Skills to Your Child; Managing Your Anger at Work

NYS Balance - How Did You Do It? Little Steps Toward Healthy Habits

Webinar - The Path to Inner Peace
Through a greater examination of self, as well as of your personal and work environments, you can take steps down the path to inner peace.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:00 noon - 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Register in advance at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2013 November

November Frontline Employee Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
Holiday Food Battle Plan; Preventing Type 2 Diabetes; Are You Sabotaging Your Team?; Don't Cheat Your Sleep; Unwritten Rules for Getting Ahead; Plan Upstream for Holiday Stress; The Great American Smokeout; Productivity Tips for Telecommuters

2013 October

October Frontline Employee Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
Do Coworkers Think You're Friendly?, Should You See a Professional Counselor?, Agressive Driver? Take a Quiz, Take Charge When Feeling Down, Don't See Teen Drug Abuse as "Normal," Talk to Your Supervisor, Mental Health and Media News Stories, Say Godd-Bye to Technology Before Bedtime

NYS-BALANCE - What's At Risk?: Protecting What's Important to YouNYS-BALANCE - Divorce - resources and referrals

WEBINAR - Getting Your Affairs in Order: Five Essential Documents
Be prepared and organized for your future and that of your family. Learn abou the five documetns that everoyne should have in order to be prepared for the unexpected.
Thursday, October 17 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2013 September

September Frontline Employee Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
Improving Your Emotional Intelligence, Multitasking Versus Chunking, Don't Let Mental Health Get "Flabby", Medication Memory Minder App, Subtle Clues to Suicidal Risk, Date Rape Drugs Still a Hazard, Myths about Tolerance in the Workplace, The Performance Discussion.

NYS-BALANCE - Who Am I?: Meeting the Challenge of a New Role

NYS-BALANCE - Care Coach: Make Caregiving Less Complicated
Care Coach provides a way to hold a telephonic "family meeting" with a qualified Geriatric Care Manager, who conducts a detailed interview of family members, and helps establish a geriatric care plan that family members can agree upon.

WEBINAR - Suddenly You Are a Caregiver
Becoming a caregiver for a dependent adult canhappen in the blink of an eye. Learn how to prepare yourself so you're ready for action when faced with this challenge.
Thursday, September 19 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2013 August

August Frontline Employee Newsletter - Wellness, Productivity, and You!
In This Issue:
 Improving Your Diversity Awareness Skills, Nipping Bullying in the Bud, Newlyweds Get in Sync with Money, Exercise and Reduced Risk of Stroke, Enabling, How to Be a Catalyst for Change, Detatchment, Managing Presentation Nervousness

2013 July

July 2013 EAP FrontLine Employee Newsletter: Wellness, Productivity, &You!
In This Issue: Helping Children Get the Right Information, Powerful Worker Attributes, Respond Rather Than React, Furlough Stress and Unexpected Opportunities, Ultimate Stress Management: Resilience!, Protecting Yourself Against MERS, Definition of a Designated Driver, Overcome Fear of Disciplining a Child

NYS-BALANCE - What Brings You Together?: Defining Family in Today's World

WEBINAR - Family Ties
In the 21st century, families come in all shapes and sizes. Explore the diversity of today's families and what that word means for you.
Thursday, July 18 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2013 June 

NYS-BALANCE - What is the Plan?: Setting Retirement Goals at Any Age

WEBINAR - It's Not Just About the Money
Retirement isn't just about your pension or 401(k); it's an entirely new chapter of your life. Your retirement plan may include a new living environment, a chance to explore interests, or even a new career. Investigate these topics and more to better prepare for your retirement.
Thursday, June 20 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2013 May

A New Time-Saving Format for the May NYS-Balance Webinar Staying Fit at Work!
Work-Life Services is pleased to announce a new, time-saving format for the May 16, 2013, NYS-Balance webinar, Staying Fit at Work. To make participation in the webinar less complicated, we will be testing a new half-hour webinar format. The Thursday, May 16th  webinar will be offered in two half-hour sessions. Each session will provide the same quality webinar learning as the previous hour-long sessions, but in a more concise format allowing employees to participate during their half-hour break. Participants can choose to register for either session using the links below:

Staying Fit at Work - May 16

Registration Link for first Session held 12:00 noon - 12:30pm https://workplaceoptions.webex.com/workplaceoptions/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=715529991
 
Registration Link for 2nd Session held 1:00 pm - 1:30pm
https://workplaceoptions.webex.com/workplaceoptions/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=711773755

2013 April 

NYS-BALANCE - Why Can't Every Day Be Earth Day?: Greener Habits at Work and Home

WEBINAR - Moving Beyond the Basics: Saving Our Planet
First we learned the importance of the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. What else can we do? Saving our planet for future generations is more important than ever.
Thursday, April 18 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2013 March

NYS-BALANCE - Feeling the Pressure?: Learning the Art of Stress Management

NYS-BALANCE - Healthy Marriage (resource list)

WEBINAR - Building Resiliency 101
It's how we react to stress that determines if it will have a harmful impact on our health and well-being. Learn helpful tools and techniques to become more resilient to stress at home and at work.
Thursday, March 21 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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RESOURCES: CONSULTANTS AND WEBSITE
Workplace deadlines. Family conflicts. Stress is a part of life, but it doesn't have to rule it. You can't avoid it completely, but you can learn ways to manage your reaction to it. Your NYS-Balance program is available any time for support and resources to help keep you from feeling the pressure.

Call or visit NYS-Balance online to find information on leading a stress-free life.
Toll-Free: 866-320-4760

 

2013 February

NYS-BALANCE - Where's the Love: Relationships That Last

WEBINAR - Keeping Your Love Alive
Building strong relationships with the important people in our lives takes work, but we get so much in return. In this session, explore the essentials that will strengthen your current connections. 
Thursday, February 21 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http:///www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2013 January

NYS-BALANCE - Not Enough Hours in the Day: Being Efficient at Work and Home

WEBINAR - Maximizing Your Day: Effective Time Management
Learn time management processes and characteristics of effective time managers. Discover the importance of prioritizing important events, and explore the role of delegation.
Thursday, January 17 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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EDUCATION

Make a resolution to use your time more effectively. Review tips and techniques for prioritizing and managing tasks, while leaving more time for the things you want to do. Creating a plan is the first step to finishing projects at work, completing chores at home, and finding more hours in the day. Call or visit NYS-Balance to get started: 866-320-4760. 

Time: Where It Goes
Do you know where your time goes? Keeping track of how you spend your time for a few days can help you figure out what you are doing well and what you would like to change. You may be surprised to learn how much time you spend doing trivial things that really do not matter. To read this article, login to www.nysbalance.ny.gov (Username: nys   Password: balance) and type "Time Management" into the search box at the top right. Press 'Enter' and scroll down to the article.
 
Time Management Skill Builder
Are you haunted by the feeling that your days are going faster and faster? Is your life an endless procession of Monday, Friday, Monday, Friday, and where did the weekend go, anyway? Time, our most valuable and transient resource, is either used or lost. Maybe it's time you took control of the situation. To complete the time management exercise, contact NYS-Balance at 866-320-4760.

2012 August

WEBINAR - Parenting Teenagers: Can I Trust My Teen?
Get practical parenting tips for raising trustworthy teens to ensure their safety and give you peace of mind.
Thursday, August 16, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2012 June & July 

WEBINARS - Thinking About Retirement?

Ready-Set-Retire: It's Not Just About the Money
Explore retirement issues in order to prepare for living a retiree's lifestyle.
Thursday, June 21, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
(Username: nys   Password: balance)

Your Routine Financial Check-Up
Learn key indicators of financial stability and simple strategies to reach optimum financial health.
Thursday, July 19, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2012 May

NYS-Balance - Are We There Yet?: Keeping the Kids Occupied this Summer

WEBINAR - The Best Summer Ever
Learn strategies to create a rich and rewarding summer experience for your child.
Thursday, May 17, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2012 April

NYS-Balance - Are you Ready for This?: Disaster Preparedness

ACTIVITIES
Screen Free Week: April 30-May 6
Summer Day Camp Programs Around the State

WEBINAR - Getting Prepared Before A Disaster Strikes
Learn steps to cope with a disaster with careful preparation and the development of an action plan.
Thursday, April 19, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Register at NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/
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2012 March

NYS-BALANCE - What's On Your Plate?: Nutrition for You and Your Family

EDUCATION - Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight Loss Program

WEBINAR - Eating Your Way to Wellness
Learn tips and resources to eat your way to better and long lasting health based on the USDA "My Plate" guidelines.
March 15, 12:00-1:00 pm
Register at the NYS-Balance or view after the webinar at  http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/

2012 February

NYS-BALANCE - Do You Hear Me?: Keeping the Lines of Communication Open

EDUCATION -

Giving Feedback - An article sharing some basics, specifics, tips, and FAQs on methods for giving feedback.

Business Conversation Skills - An online skill builder course for learning how to ask the right questions, stay on course, listen, and provide effective feedback. To access: Login  to NYS-Balance at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/ then click on the Working  section, then Effective Manager, then Skill Builder.
For NYS Employees: Username = nys Password = balance

Relationship Satisfaction - This is a satisfaction assessment designed to evaluate various aspects of interaction/communication in a couple. It consists of 96 questions that take 30-40 minutes to complete.To access: Login  to NYS-Balance at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/ then click on the Balancing section, then Communication, then Assessment
For NYS Employees: Username = nys Password = balance

WEBINAR - The Art of Listening and Giving Feedback
Enhance communication through the art of active listening and learn guidelines for healthy and successful interaction.
Thursday, February 16 -- 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Register at the NYS-Balance or view after 01/19 at  http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/

2012 January

NYS-BALANCE - Financial Fitness: Creating and Sticking to a Budget

NYS-BALANCE - Resource and Referral list
A list of resources available from NYS-Balance. Call 1-866-320-4760 for referrals.

EDUCATION
How long will it take to pay off my loan? This is just one of the many calculators found online. Login to NYS-Balance at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/ then click on Financial  on the left side of the homepage under Living; then click on calculators.

Do you want to save money when making purchases? Access NYS-Balance from your home computer to save money on purchases at thousands of national and local stores as well as restaurants, entertainment, travel, and events. Login  to NYS-Balance at http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/ then click on Savings Center on the right side of the homepage to create your own account and password.

Advertisements promising debt relief may be offering bankruptcy. One of the many articles found in the Financial section on the NYS-Balance homepage. Also found HERE.

WEBINAR - Living Within a Realistic Budget
Learn to create and live within a realistic budget, set short and long-term financial goals, track spending, and manage debt.
Thursday, January 19 -- 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Register at the NYS-Balance or view after 01/19 at  http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/

2011 December

NYS-BALANCE - Healthy Eating
NYS-BALANCE - Stress
WEBINAR - Eating your Way to Wellness
Thursday, December 15 -- 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Register at the NYS-Balance or view after 12/15 at http://www.nysbalance.ny/gov/
This session will help you improve your eating patterns, focusing on "MyPlate." 

2011 November

WELLNESS - Celebrate the Great American Smokeout: November 17
Adopt a Smoker  - Tips for smokers and non-smokers for 11/17.
Great American Smokeout - Make a plan and Find support.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Smoking - Get the statistics. Talk to the experts.

EDUCATION -  Compulsive Spending
If You Shop Until You Drop (English)
If You Shop Until You Drop (Spanish)

NYS-BALANCE - Stress Management: Becoming More Resilient
WEBINAR - Preventing Burnout
Thursday, November 17 -- 12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Register at the NYS-Balance or view after 11/17 at  http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov/

NYS CSEA PARTNERSHIP - Programs and Services for Laid-Off CSEA-Represented NYS Employees

IN THE NEWS - For information on how to help victims of the recent floods in NYS, please visit: http://eap.lmc.ny.gov/eapinternal/index.cfm/news/