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Build Your Career Over Your Lunch Break

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Once upon a time, there was something called a "lunch hour" which allowed employees to get away from their desks for an hour and eat lunch. Some employees went home to make lunch, while others went out to eat. It wasn't unusual for certain executives to take more than an hour, creating the phrase "three-martini lunch". And, since most of them were paid for their lunch hour, they lived happily ever after (or at least, happily on payday).

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement, Productivity

Happiness and Health are Related

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 27, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Our forefathers sure thought happiness was important. At least they thought it was important enough to include "the pursuit of happiness" as one of the inalienable rights of all people. However, when you work with other people, care for children and try to serve your community in any way you can, it can quickly start to feel like pursuing happiness makes you selfish.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

The Green House Model: A New Way to View Elder Care?

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

For many elderly people, just the thought of moving into a long-term care facility causes anxiety and dread. They often fear a loss of independence and view long-term care facilities as a place where large groups of senior citizens go to die. They're not alone in their perceptions either. Caregiving advocates across the country have long viewed nursing facilities as warehouses where the elderly are shipped to await death. These advocates cite the lack of privacy-- residents often share room with complete strangers-- and lack of attention as just two of the ways that most nursing facilities are failing our nation's elderly people.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Self-Improvement Without Change - There's No Such Thing

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever noticed how everyone talks about wanting something better, but no one seems interested or willing to take the actions necessary to make that better happen? Jonathon Fields has an interesting reflection of this phenomenon on his website.

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Topics: Self-Improvement

See the Ability! World Down Syndrome Day - March 21

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When you think of major holidays in March, the only one that comes to mind may be Saint Patrick's Day on March 17th. If so, then you've been missing the opportunity to celebrate some really incredible people in your own community.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Co-Workers Slacking on the Job? Learn How to Hold Them Accountable

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

At some point during our careers, we've all likely encountered a co-worker who wasn't pulling his or her own weight at the office. Slacking co-workers are more than just an annoyance; they actually cause their hard-working counterparts to put in more hours at the office each week. So, why do we let them get away with it?

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Topics: Career Advice, Employee Relations, Self-Improvement, Productivity

New Product Helps Patients Feel Secure During Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A person who has had a debilitating injury or illness is often in need of physical therapy to regain the full use of their muscles, or to learn how to safely cope with and minimize their limitations. Great strides can be made in PT, but the therapist often has to balance the long-term benefits of therapy that pushes patients to their limits with the short-term concerns for safety and preserving and building patient confidence.

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Topics: Healthcare

Today's Healthcare - Urgent Care or Emergency Room For Your Child?

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It's a common scenario for many parents of young children: it's a Saturday afternoon when your toddler develops a fever and cough. The pediatrician's office is closed for the weekend and you're unsure how you should handle the situation. Is your toddler's illness ER-worthy? Would a visit to the local urgent care make more sense? Or, should you forego medical care for the weekend and visit your child's regular pediatrician on Monday? While some illnesses and injuries clearly require an emergency room visit, others are not so black and white. This results in many children ending up in the ER unnecessarily, or less commonly, children who belong in the ER sitting in an urgent care waiting room.

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Topics: Healthcare

Are You Sabatoging Your Career? 4 Things To Never Do At Work

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It's an inevitable part of life as an imperfect human being: you will make mistakes in your career. Most of the time, these mistakes are fixed by making some revisions or offering a sincere apology. Not all workplace mistakes are easily correctable, however. There are some workplace blunders that are irreversible and can result in long-term damage to your career.

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Topics: Career Advice, Management & Leadership

Year In Review | Special Education's Best Moments from 2014

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

All parents want to see their children succeed in school with adequate resources to improve learning and teachers that are well qualified. However, children with special needs really benefit the most from better resources and specially trained teachers, who can give them specific attention and help them master skills and achieve goals.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Education

Home Health Aides Celebrated During National MS Awareness Month

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

March is National Multiple Sclerosis Education And Awareness Month. In addition to promoting education and awareness for multiple sclerosis during the month of March, it is also a great time to celebrate the people who work with and care for multiple sclerosis patients.

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Topics: Behavioral Health

Management Nightmare - The Employee Who Does More Harm Than Good

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

It’s Management's least favorite thing to be faced with - the possibility you have a difficult staff member on your team. Your staff represents your organization, and to a large degree, the leadership of the organization.  His or her words and actions as an employee are no different from the results of paid advertising. Your clients and customers form opinions based on their impressions and experiences with your staff. You, therefore, have no choice but to face the realization you may have an employee who is doing more harm than good for your team.

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Topics: Management & Leadership, Employee Relations, Performance Management

What You Need to Know About National Social Work Month

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

March is National Social Work Month, a great time to take a fresh look at the historical and ever-growing importance of social services in America. Apart from the people who benefit on a daily basis from their contact with them, how many of us really know what they do to protect and advocate for the vulnerable in our society? Americans should celebrate the often difficult and unheralded work of these highly trained and compassionate professionals who offer lifelines to the suffering and maintain the fabric and promise of our society

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Topics: Career Advice, Behavioral Health

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