THE
EMPLOYEE
ENHANCEMENT
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HELPFUL RESOURCES FROM YOUR
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Sept.
2020

September Online Seminar

The Secret to Work-Life Balance

Uncover the secret to securing a healthy work and family balance.

Available on-demand
starting September 15th at
www.deeroakseap.com

Online Seminar

Explore New Horizons and Expand the Mind

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Online Seminar

Maintaining Personal and Fiscal Resiliency During Tough Economic Times

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Unexpected Death and COVID-19

Death is never an easy thing to process, especially when it happens unexpectedly. People find comfort and grieve in different ways, whether it’s connecting with family, talking to a friend, focusing on a special project, journaling, or another activity. Social distancing and stress related to COVID-19 can make it even more difficult to process and grieve a person’s death. Still, it’s important to try to grieve in healthy ways while in quarantine:

Source: Franco, F. & Gregg-Meeker, C. (2020, May 11). Unexpected death and COVID-19 (A. Gaddis, Ed.). Raleigh, NC: Workplace Options.

Connecting with Your Partner

This is a good time to reflect on your relationship and how to make it stronger. Strong couples share many of the same qualities.

Build trust.

Strong couples build trusting relations by following through with promises.

Show commitment.

Strong couples feel like a team. They share traditions like having a picnic on the Fourth of July or taking walks together after dinner. Couples show commitment to their relationship by making time for their partner and making sacrifices for one another.

Communicate.

Members of strong couples talk to one another about important decisions and daily plans. They discuss feelings as well as day-to-day activities at school or work. When there are conflicts, they take time to cool down before responding. They don’t bottle up their anger or let it get out of hand. They talk about possible solutions to problems and work together to carry out the best solution.

Grow through crises.

All couples experience crises. Strong couples use these experiences to learn and grow. They know even bad experiences can bring about good changes and help them to become closer. They admit problems instead of hiding them. They seek help when needed.

Spend time together.

Strong couples spend time together, talking, reading, playing games, taking walks, cooking. Some special times involve closeness, like watching a movie together or saying goodbye in the mornings with a kiss.

Have fun as a couple.

Strong couples know that having fun is important and make plans to have fun together. They plan trips or parties. They know that laughter is important and use humor to help reduce stress. Partners laugh with one another, not at one another.

Show love and affection.

No matter what people say or do, they need to know that their partners love them. Strong couples show caring in many ways. They may say to each other, “I love you” or “I’m happy we’re in this relationship together.” They give hugs and show affection in other small ways. They may call each other nicknames and enjoy remembering funny stories.

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2006; Reviewed 2019 [Ed.]). Celebrate National Family Month (B. Schuette, Ed.). In Safe children and healthy families are a shared responsibility (p. 21). Retrieved August 12, 2019, from https://www.childwelfare.gov

Financial Tips for Couples

Believe it or not, many couples find it very difficult to talk openly about their finances. Money problems can cause a lot of heartache between people, so here are some ways couples can come together to get their financial house in order:

Source: Choose to Save & The American Savings Education Council. (n.d.). Financial tips for couples. Retrieved August 29, 2017, from http://www.choosetosave.org