Charles Benayon

Founder & CEO of Aspiria


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Setting the Right Goals

Goal-SettingA new year provides an opportunity for many of us to set goals to work towards, after reflecting on changes we want to see in our lives. Setting goals is a part of human nature: they provide us with purpose and motivation to become our best possible selves, whether it’s personally or professionally.

So how is it that so many of us are taking this very important task, and doing it all wrong? What many people don’t realize is that there is more to goal-setting than simply thinking of a broad stroke dream and telling yourself you want it to happen. Deciding to merely “lose weight” or “quit smoking” is a start, but it is also about how you approach your goal that will result in its greatest probability of success.

What do you need to do differently? I’ve outlined five things you can do to ensure your resolutions become reality in 2015:

  1. Write them down
    • Putting things onto paper helps you form a “contract” with yourself. Write down your goals and post them somewhere you’ll see them often (i.e. your smartphone, desk, fridge, bathroom mirror, car dashboard)
  1. Narrow your goals
    • We work best when we can focus on one goal at a time, especially when there may be more than one lifestyle change that’s affected. Only include goals where you will truly push yourself to succeed. Perhaps delay some goal-setting for later dates throughout the year to give each of them the attention they deserve.
  1. Make sure they’re SMART!
    • All your goals should pass the SMART test; they should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. For more information on SMART goal setting, click here: http://topachievement.com/smart.html
  1. Envision an action plan from the beginning!
    • Have an idea of exactly how you’re going to tackle your goal as soon as you make it. If you can’t even think of where to start, perhaps it is too big a feat and you may need to scale it back.
  1. Make yourself accountable.
    • Teaming up with a buddy who shares your goal by being your ally can help you stay on track. Friends can be a great source of support and encouragement.

Remember to pat yourself on the back on the positive changes you will make, and let us know how well you did! I wish you all the best of success in your endeavours in 2015.

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Reflecting On The Past Year

Lets-talk-setting-goalsDecember tends to be a time of self-reflection where we look back on the year that has passed and evaluate our accomplishments, successes, and failures. Many of us set New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year, and are now coming to the realization that some things we’d set out to achieve have unfortunately not happened.

Unmet goals can leave you feeling defeated and discouraged, and it is challenging to feel inspired to set new goals. So how do we deal with this disappointment? I wanted to offer some tips to recovering from unmet targets, and starting fresh.

 

  1. Reflect on each unmet goal.
    • Evaluate honestly why it was not accomplished. Was something standing in your way? Was it beyond your control? Was it unrealistic? Understanding where it went wrong is the first step.
  2. Think about what you could have done differently.
    • Is there anything you could have done differently in order to achieve your goals? If so, learn from your mistakes so they don’t happen again moving forward.
  3. Take ownership.
    • Accept that you did not accomplish what you set out to do. The sooner you can be at peace with not attaining every goal you set, the sooner you can create new ones and start fresh.
  4. Try again!
    • Learn from your mistakes the past year and set new goals that you are ready to accomplish in 2015. Feel inspired by what you have accomplished in the past, and go from there!

 

While we may not always be motivated to set goals and challenge ourselves to do better, it is one of the simplest and most important ways to ensure we’re moving forward in life and becoming the best possible version of ourselves! After all, don’t

There will always be disappointments and discouragements, but as baseball legend Babe Ruth once said, “never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” So set goals and do your very best to achieve them! And remember, setting goals is the first step, figuring out how you are going to achieve them is the second step. After all, you wouldn’t plan on going to a destination without mapping out how you are going to get there.

How do you face the goals you haven’t met? What inspires you to set new goals or try accomplishing old ones when a new year starts? Share your experiences with me in the comments section below!


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Top 10 Reasons for an EAP – Insight from an EAP Expert Part 2

cutout-peopleFollowing up on my last blog, here are the balance of the top 10 reasons to consider having an effective Employee Assistance Program.

#6 Reduced Turnover

A high turnover of employees can be costly for any company. Effective EAPs reduce the turnover of employees by managing work related and personal stress. EAPs improve the working environment in terms of morale and company support ensuring employees are well looked after and less likely to leave their jobs. And it gives the company a recruitment advantage in your industry!

#7 Reduced Accidents at Work

It is easy to see how accidents can happen at work when you’re stressed. A person suffering from stress-related symptoms will often experience difficulty with concentration, mental focus and physical function. This can be a dangerous combination in any environment but especially in safety-sensitive positions. An effective EAP is equipped to prevent this from occurring or at least prevent it from reoccurring. EAPs look after the mental health and ability of your employees ensuring that they are able to function at the expected level.

#8 Resolution of Work Related Problems

External stress often results in a reduction in work place performance. Problems within the working environment lead to absenteeism, high turnover and low morale. Effective EAPs look after the  psychological health of employees developing strategies for coping with external stress as well as work related stress. An EAP will help employees develop the skills they need to cope with all types of work related stress. In turn this reduces the impact of work related stress as there is a quick resolution.

#9 Improved Work Performance

Companies employing the services of a professional EAP have not only experienced increases in productivity but also in quality of work. Work performance is greatly affected by stress and personal problems often escalate into personal problems. An effective EAP manages these problems and ensures employee issues are quickly resolved. This means fewer mistakes at work, high quality output and an overall increase in work place performance.

#10 Professional Services

Effective EAPs are extremely responsive and connect troubled employees to professional services. The great thing about an EAP is they are able to connect employees directly with these services and the first appointment will occur within a few days close to the employee’s home or place of work.  Telephonic and video counselling is also available if employees prefer.  Crisis situations like violence, suicide attempts and, child abuse are addressed on the spot at the time of the first call This means that your employees are getting the help they need, when they need it and where they need it!

In the coming weeks, I look forward to sharing some advice, tips and industry insights on employee mental health and wellness in your workplace.

How About You?
Do you have an EAP? If not, why not? If so, has the program helped you resolve any current issues?  I look forward to hearing your feedback in the comments below.