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EP 804 - Do You Work For An Extraordinary Work Team?

EP 804 - Do You Work For An Extraordinary Work Team?

December 4, 2020

Are you good at recognizing others?  Recognition works best when it acknowledges the Attitudes, Behaviors, and/or Contributions of the person or the team to the success of the organization. Companies with a solid strategy to recognize team members enjoy stronger engagement, increased employee morale, better customer service, and lower turnover. However, recognizing others in a meaningful way is not as easy as you think. True recognition has to be meaningful and not superficial. It needs to make the employee feel valued, respected, and special.

Tips For Building Resiliency and Celebrating Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day:

Be sure to recognize people on your team who make it possible for you to do what you do. I love the ‘Crush It’ calls that SnackNation does each week. They go around the room and “Crush” on someone on the team whose work they want to recognize and they also state something that they are grateful for.

Celebrate. This can be done in many ways, but the point is to highlight and appreciate employees and teams who have made a spectacular effort, have achieved great results or helped others achieve them. Celebrating success is fun and energizing and shows employees that their efforts are being seen by leaders and by their peers.

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EP 803 - Bad Decisions Can Kill

EP 803 - Bad Decisions Can Kill

December 3, 2020

One bad decision can have devastating effects.

This my family knows only too well as over 20 years ago one young man’s bad decision after work left our brother and sister-in-law dead on the side of the road. Drunk driving, left parents heart-broken, robbed brothers and sisters of the chance to lean on each other, left future nieces and nephews without cousins and impacted this young man’s freedom for the next few years.

But there is a long way to go and much of that work is within my own generation. Many of us grew up not thinking a whole lot about drinking and driving. Where the only goal was not to get caught and get a ticket on the weekend. For some, this is still the goal. They’ll say things like, “I’ll take the back way home”, or “I haven’t had that many”.

Here are today’s Hot Tips For National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Week:

Really, it is one simple tip. Don’t be that person who makes this bad decision.

Assign a designated driver before the night even begins

And don’t be afraid to address the ‘elephant’ in the room when someone tries to drive after they have been drinking or if you believed they are stoned.

 

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EP 802 - Supporting Parents Of Special Needs Children

EP 802 - Supporting Parents Of Special Needs Children

December 2, 2020

We take for granted our health and the health of our children.  But what if you are a family that has a child who is facing special challenges? Your child’s health and well-being are always at the forefront of every decision that you make.

Special Kids Day was put together to help families cope during the extra stress of the holidays.

Today’s Tips For Building Resiliency and Celebrating Special Kids Day by showing your support for these special families:

Provide the gift of time.

You may be able to pick up items that would save a run to the mall or the grocery store for the family.

Provide ready to eat meals for the ‘crazy’ days…the days where it is non-stop appointments or that are especially difficult to cope.

Let them know that you are there for their family.  It can be very isolating and lonely and true friends are hard to come by.  But don’t wait to be asked, as it is hard for many parents of special needs children to reach out and ask for help.

At the end of the day the health of our children is the most important thing to a parent.

 

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EP 801 - Giving Tuesday

EP 801 - Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2020

We have a day for giving thanks. We have a day for getting deals.

Today is #GivingTuesday and the day we can celebrate giving back and encouraging global generosity.

We all have the power to make a positive difference. How do you give back?

Here Are Today’s Hot Tips For Building Your Resiliency And Celebrating World Day Of Giving:

  • What act of giving can you do today? Can you be a coach or mentor? Can you donate blood or buy a cup of coffee for someone in need?
  • Share a picture of someone or something that represents your reason for giving

 

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EP 800 - Security Alert

EP 800 - Security Alert

November 30, 2020

It is something that we all know that we should do. But often, it is not until something goes wrong or we’ve had a close call that we actually do do it.

What is it?

Backing up our computer files and taking care of our computer.

Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resilience and Celebrating Computer Security Day:

Change your passwords.

Update your anti-virus program.

Check for computer viruses.

Back-up your data. (after being certain that it is virus-free.)

Store back-up data off site.

Delete unneeded files.

Install and inspect power surge protection as appropriate.

Install fire/smoke detection equipment in computer areas.

Don’t drink in your computer area.

Our computers have become one of our most valuable possessions. Not because of their purchase price, but because of all the important and often critical data that they contain. Mark off dates on your calendar to remind you to do the most important security work that you can do. Protect your computer.

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EP 799 - Looking Good

EP 799 - Looking Good

November 29, 2020

The weather is changing and for some of us, so does our skin. Our skin is often a reflection of our overall health. It can show signs of stress, lack of sleep and poor diet. How do we take the best care of our skin during this time?

Here are some quick skin care tips:

Exfoliate at least once a week.

Use sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go outdoors.

Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated inside and out.

Get a good sleep – aiming for 7-9 hours of restful sleep.

Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency and Awareness During National Healthy Skin Month:

It is important to examine your body for marks

Check your front and back in the mirror, then look at the right and left sides with your arms raised.

If you find a spot look for things like:

One half is unlike the other half.

An irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.

If it varies from one area to another; has shades of tan, brown, or black; is sometimes white, red, or blue.

Look for anything that is changing in size, shape, or color.

Early detection is key.

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EP 798 - Get In The Game

EP 798 - Get In The Game

November 28, 2020

It is easy just to plunk on the couch and watch TV.

Especially when you have been overwhelmed by deadlines, projects and family responsibilities. But this does little to build our family bonds.

 So what can?

Researchers have studied the impact that gaming can have on cognitive abilities, interpersonal relationships and stress levels. The results are overwhelmingly positive: Games strengthen connections in the brain as well as improve connections among friends and family! Kids and adults who play games experience spikes in creative thinking.

Here Are Today’s Hot Tips For Building Your Resiliency And Celebrating National Game And Puzzle Week

  • Dust off your old games and puzzles
  • Challenge your family members to a tournament and create some lasting memories filled with time talking, laughing, and playing together
  • No family around. No worries, invite your friends and host a game night

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EP 797 - Buy Nothing Day

EP 797 - Buy Nothing Day

November 27, 2020

Have you seen any zombies walking around the mall?

These zombies want you to Forget Black Friday and instead celebrate Buy Nothing Day.

Today is the day to consider if you are on the road of over-consumption.

Are you in need of a retail detox? It is easy to get caught up in the ads that promise bargains and we end up jumping on the bandwagon purchasing things that we don’t really need.

So Here Are Today’s Hot Tips For Building Your Resiliency And Celebrating Buy Nothing Day:

  • Make a commitment to examine your purchasing habits
  • Evaluate whether they are needs or wants
  • Do your purchases end up having a negative impact on your budget or the environment?

Buy Nothing Day is not just about changing your habits for one-day, but about starting a lasting lifestyle commitment to consuming less and producing less waste.

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EP 796 - Watching Our Language

EP 796 - Watching Our Language

November 26, 2020

Sadly, one in 10 Canadians suffers from some type of substance use disorder. That could mean your colleague, your neighbour or someone in your own family. Addiction does not discriminate—it affects all walks of life. ​

The total societal cost of substance abuse is in the billions. Whether the cost comes from lost productivity in the workplace, increased cost to our healthcare system or pressure on our law enforcement agencies, substance use disorders cost money.

People are dying. Substance use disorders can be progressive and fatal if left untreated.

So Here Are Today’s Hot Tips For Building Your Resiliency And Celebrating National Addiction Awareness Week:

Choose to recognize that substance use disorders are health disorders. They are not the result of any kind of character flaw or lack of personal willpower. In fact, substance use disorders are the most common mental health disorder.

Stigmatizing language can perpetuate harmful stereotypes and act as a barrier to seeking help and sustaining recovery. The truth is … WORDS MATTER.

Watch the language that you use. Here are some ways to avoid using language that stigmatizes substance use and addiction:

Use “people-first language.” For instance, refer to “person who uses substances”, rather than a  “drug user”, “addict” or “alcoholic”. This is more neutral language that helps to maintain the individuality of the person.

Choose language that promotes the recovery process. This means not describing a person being “clean” or “dirty” but rather “not currently using substances” or “in recovery”.

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EP 795 - Every Story Matters

EP 795 - Every Story Matters

November 25, 2020

I belong to the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. As one of our chapter presidents, it was obvious that we were not the association of professional listeners. It took forever to get everyone focused to begin our events, as the chatter was so extensive.

Listening can be hard for us to do. It is an investment that sometimes we are not willing to make and because of this, we may miss out on hearing the other person’s story.

Originally this week was initiated to encourage people to interview a loved one, friend, or member of your community and to share this story with others. The feeling was that every story matters, and they need to be shared

Here Are Today’s Hot Tips For Building Your Resiliency And Celebrating Better Conversations Week:

  • Ask people about their journey and experiences and really listen in
  • Interview a friend or family member. Record the interview and then share it with others.

By really listening to these stories, you will be conveying that they matter. This may be the most meaningful time you spend with someone all year.

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