WPO in the News

Bristol News – Martin Foxwell

  Jan 25, 2018

Consulting Corner: Addressing Assignee Mental Health Through EAPs

Jean-Baptiste Gruet (JB), Senior Vice President of Global Business Solutions for Workplace Options speaks with Bristol News about implementation and utilization of employee assistance programs around the world, unique stresses of mobile employees, removing stigma, and more.”

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Rachel Feintzeig – Wall Street Journal

  May 08, 2017

Feeling Burned Out at Work? Join the Club

Stress and anxiety are cited in 70% of the calls placed to phone-counseling lines at Workplace Options, a provider of employee-assistance programs; in 2014, 50% of callers complained of those feelings. Total calls to those counseling lines reached 42,500 last month, an 18% increase from 2016’s average.

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Money Magazine – Marth C. White

  May 25, 2016

The Art of Resolving Coworker Conflict

“Complaining privately to others about management or your colleagues can feel good at the time because you share your frustrations with others, but this behavior will not work towards resolving the cause of the conflict,” warned Lorene Lacy, global clinical manager with Workplace Options.

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Dow Jones – Catey Hill

  Mar 24, 2016

Why 44% of Workers Can’t Sleep at Night

Employee cases related to stress jump 28% over three years, according to data from employee wellness program provider Workplace Options, which looked at data from more than 100,000 employees, and has a vested interest in helping employees overcome this stress.

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Dow Jones – Catey Hill

  Apr. 26, 2016

4 Things You Can Change That Will Make You Immeasurably Happier

Roughly six in 10 workers say they use their mobile devices to do work after business hours, according to a survey by Workplace Options. And while some of that is, no doubt, inevitable, you can’t let this rob you of time spent doing what you love.

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Jennifer Patterson – Benefits Canada

  Apr. 21, 2016

New Alliance Reflects Evolving Benefits Market In Asia

There are a variety of drivers behind the growth of EAP programs around the world, says JB Gruet, senior vice-president of global business solutions at Workplace Options. They include legislation, the duty of care, the desire to minimize turnover and reduce absenteeism and the availability of information.

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Jennifer Patterson – Benefits Canada

  Apr. 11, 2016

88% of Employees are Stressed Due to Personal Finances

The majority (88%) of employees are stressed or worried on some level about their personal financial situation, according to a new survey by Workplace Options.

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Dean Debnam – Huffington Post

  Jan. 9, 2016

Huge Rise in Global Stress, Anxiety, Depression Since 2012

Employee mental health is an issue that impacts the ultimate success of every business on the planet. If you’re a business leader and your employees’ emotional well-being wasn’t already on the top of your list of priorities for 2016, it needs to be.

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White Swan Foundation – Maulika Sharma

  Dec 29, 2015

Your Definition of Success Impacts Your Child

Everyone wants to be a success. No one wants to be a failure. And understandably so. Success and failure, however, are terms meant to define events, not people.

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Greg Kratz – Deseret News

  Apr 8, 2015

Workers are Managing Lives from the Office, Study Finds

Debnam says many businesses, especially large ones, are looking at ways to more effectively support employees and help them focus on the job while they’re at the office.

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Donna Rosato – TIME/Money

  Apr 7, 2015

Why Checking Email After Work Is Bad for Your Career—and Your Health

59% of American workers say they use their mobile devices to do work after normal business hours, according to a recent Workplace Options survey.

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Yuki Noguchi – NPR

  Apr 1, 2015

Tragedy Highlights Workplace Approaches to Mental Health

When it comes to an employee’s mental health status, what does an employer need to know, or have a right to know?

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Kate Everson – Talent Management

  Mar 5, 2015

Playing Office Cupid

In a survey by Workplace Options, an employee benefits provider, 71 percent of millennial respondents thought that workplace romance had positive effects on their job performance.

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Cole Stangler – International Business Times

  Feb 18, 2015

Romance in the Office: Are Bosses Preventing Co-Workers from Falling in Love?

“If you have no rules or regulations, it’s analogous to being in the closet,” says Alan King, president of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Workplace Options.

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Jackie Zimmerman – Money

  Jan 13, 2015

4 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Dating a Coworker

Make sure that pursuing love won’t cost you your career. Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.

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Heather R. Huhman – Entrepreneur

  Dec 31, 2014

4 Strategies for Reducing Workplace Conflict

Whenever people are required to work together, conflict is likely to arise. Regardless of how compatible members of a team might be, each individual brings along distinct priorities and a unique personality.

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Benefits Canada

  Dec 12, 2014

Workers Lack Mental Health Support

While mental illness affects about one in four Americans each year, employers that provide mental health support for employees are not yet the norm in the U.S.

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Huffington Post

  Oct 14, 2014

When You Tell an Employee ‘Family Comes First,’ Do You Mean It?

In honor of National Work and Family Month, which is being celebrated throughout October, it’s time to take a look at whether we — as business owners — are living up to our end of the bargain when we tell employees ‘Family Comes First.’

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Triangle Business Journal – Dawn Wallace

  Sep 29, 2014

Raleigh Wellness Company Expands into Asia

Raleigh-based employee wellness company Workplace Options is expanding into Asia and has opened its 12th location in Bangalore.

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EBN – Michael Giardina

  Sep 25, 2014

New-Age Challenges for Employee Privacy

An individual’s online behavior and presence may seem like their own business, but when it comes to on-the-job use of social networks, the rules have changed.

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  Aug 1, 2014

Workplace Options Unveils iConnectYou

Workplace Options, the world’s leading employee effectiveness and well-being provider, announced the launch of its second mobile app, which will give employees anywhere in the world one-touch access to counselling and coaching through their employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or well-being services

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Irish Examiner – Rita de Brun

  Jul 30, 2014

Workplace Conflict: Can We Talk About It?

Most of us see ourselves as the good guys in work conflict situations, and therein lies the problem. If you observed a pack of animals of the same species cooped up together in adjoining fresh-air-free cubicles from 9am to 5pm …

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HR Magazine – Tammy Lytle

  Jul 25, 2014

How to Handle Toxic Personalites in the Workplace

You won’t find it on a resume, but it’s one of the most important factors a worker brings to the job: personality. Some personality types are so toxic they can poison everyone around them.

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Anne Fisher – Fortune Magazine

  Jun 11, 2014

Millennials May Have No Clue about Your Office’s Marijuana Rules

One more way employees under 30 differ from their older colleagues: They’re mostly okay with coworkers who smoke pot …

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Independent – Lora O-Brien

  June 29, 2014

Are Irish Companies Setting the Technology Trends

With a growing interest in employee wellness from companies all around the world – especially here in Ireland, businesses are finding that if they can provide (and encourage employees to use) programmes that keep them healthy, in body and in mind, both the business and its employees win.

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  May 20, 2014

When the Workplace is Anywhere, Your Support Structure Must Be, Too

The idea of a “workplace” isn’t nearly as simple as it once was. It used to be defined by physical things – mainly four walls and a commute. That’s not true anymore.

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Triangle Business Journal, Dawn Wallace

  May 8, 2014

How a Raleigh Company Makes Life Easier for Employees at Bacardi, Apple

When you’re frazzled, you might turn to your company’s human resources department for help. It could be funeral arrangements, last-minute childcare or anything making life outside of work difficult.

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Troy Senik – Orange County Register

  Mar 7, 2014

Millenials Face Double Jeopardy

Many millennials are languishing at the intersection of their outsized expectations and the economy’s lack of opportunities.

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Virginia Bridges – News & Observer

  Mar 3, 2014

Backstory: Connecting Adult Children, Elderly With Health Services

Nancy Ruffner likens her senior advocacy services company Navigate NC to that of a professional relative

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Jada A. Graves – U.S.News & World Report

  Feb 14, 2014

Should You Date Your Co-Worker?

Love doesn’t always first blossom during a chance encounter; sometimes it blooms around the water cooler.

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John Agno – Career Women Coaching Blog

  Feb 3, 2014

Work and Romance

As the lines between work and personal time continue to blur, those who make a love connection in the office might find it harder to separate the two.

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Danielle Kurtzleben – US News & World Report

  Mar 13, 2013

How Alzheimer’s Will Change Your Workplace

Employers increasingly will need to help workers find someone to watch both the kids and Mom and Dad

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Lisa Gillespie – Employee Benefit New

  Jun 6, 2012

Companies should think twice before creating social media policy

The growing trend among employers to enforce company-wide social media policies has sparked the birth of the Password Protection Act of 2012. The new legislation prevents companies from requiring employees to provide access to their personal social networking accounts.

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World At Work

Jun 5, 2012

Employees Disapprove of Employers Requesting Social Networking Passwords

While many companies may create a social media policy to protect their corporate reputation, a survey of American workers shows that companies who scrutinize their employees’ personal accounts and social media activity may be doing more harm than good.

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Talent Management

  Jun 5, 2012

Survey: Strict Social Media Policies May Produce Unexpected Consequences

The growing trend to enforce company-wide social media policies has sparked the birth of the Password Protection Act of 2012.

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Kathryn Tuggle – Fox Business

  Apr 18, 2012

Office Romances On The Rise Among Young Employees

What’s the difference between the office and a singles bar? Well, nothing for some millennial.

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Rieva Lesonsky – The Huffington Post

  Apr 4, 2012

Office Romances On The Rise Among Millennial Employees: Survey Says

Attitudes toward workplace romance are changing — at least for Millennial employees.

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Kelley Butler – EBN

  Apr 1, 2012

To keep office peace, talk about ‘Real Housewives,’ not Romney

It’s officially springtime, which means two things are on full display – pollen and presidential politics.

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Dean Debnam, Workplace Options CEO – Yahoo! Contributor Network

  Mar 30, 2012

Companies Should Take a Stand on Community Issues: A CEO’s View

A company is what it does.

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Michelle Foodman-ABC News

  Feb 23, 2012

What to Do When a Coworker Becomes Erratic

What about when the person careening out of control works down the hall from you?

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Lathleen Kingsbury- EBN Employee Benefit News

  Jan 17, 2012

Taxes: Prepare for higher childcare, commuting costs in 2012

You might think the start of a new year would inspire Americans to turn over a new leaf, but a recent survey found that the majority of Americans bring old woes back into the office following their holiday break.

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Lathleen Kingsbury-Reuters

  Jan 17, 2012

Taxes: Prepare for higher childcare, commuting costs in 2012

Paycheck a little lighter this month? Despite the extension of the payroll tax cut, taxes are still taking a bigger slice of many workers’ pay in 2012. And 2013 could be even worse.

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Jenny Keefe- Employee Benefits.co.uk

  Jan 3, 2012

International Reward: Wellbeing Strategy Needs Local Input

If you read nothing else, read this . . .

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Jeanine Skowronski – Main St.

  Jan 3, 2012

New Year Brings New Stress for Workers

You might think the start of a new year would inspire Americans to turn over a new leaf, but a recent survey found that the majority of Americans bring old woes back into the office following their holiday break.

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