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Digging Deeper into Unconscious Bias
workplace meeting
By Nancy Boyle EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute “Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.” – Rear Admiral Grace Hopper Hopper’s words are true...
Meet Dr. Spencer Reid
Golden retriever Dr. Spencer Reid
Cuddling isn’t usually part of a counseling session, except when Dr. Spencer Reid is in the room. Dr. Spencer Reid is a four-legged mental health professional. The golden retriever assists Village Therapist and Clinical Supervisor Shauna Erickson with her Moorhead , Minnesota-area clients, most of whom are children, adolescents, and...
Tips for Getting Kids to Bed
A father reads a story to a young girl at bedtime
A regular bedtime is very important for children because it helps them thrive, grow, and avoid excessive daytime sleepiness. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says, “Sleep, like diet and exercise, is important for our minds and bodies to function normally.” This is especially important as kids head back...
5 Steps to Prevent the August Blues
Coping with the August Blues
By Darren Carter Village EAP Counselor August is here, and if you’re feeling in a funk, you are not alone. There is evidence to suggest that individuals are prone to “August Blues.” There are several reasons why people can feel down this time of year. People see the days getting...
Leading with Influence Instead of Power
Workplaces do better when managers lead with influence instead of from power or fear.
By Robert Jones EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute It became apparent to me a long time ago that the word leadership is often misused. A good example is when workplaces promote employees internally because they have seniority, not necessarily for their leadership skills or ability to work with people...