I received a newsletter from my husband’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program) today. Well, actually, he received it, but then he forwarded to me. An Employee Assistance Program is a standard thing in a Canadian benefit packages now a days. It allows employees to access nurses, lawyers, counsellors, etc for support with issues they may have in their work or personal life. It’s not a bad idea to have these types of programs available for team members – practical advice is always appreciated and useful. And Newsletters! Who doesn’t love a good Newsletter?! Especially if it is written in Comic Sans font!
We got our benefits back this week. And I am going to get our money’s worth as part of my husband’s severance package before his contract is up in June. We’ve got $500 for massages each, $200 for vision correction, and 80% of our dentistry covered. My skin will be rubbed off, I am buying another 6 month supply of contacts, and I am going to the dentist to see about a root canal. (Yes, that last one is truly is a case of cutting off my nose to spite my face or rather, cutting off my nerves to spite my husband’s employer). I should see about needing a prescription . . . Emile will be doing the same thing – expect the root canal thing, I don’t think he needs any dental work and that would be going overboard a bit, I think.
Anyways, back to this newsletter. It was about Motivation. Does anyone out there get Motivation from newsletters? I don’t know, but since I am in the “suck all the value from benefits” mode, I read this newsletter. (In fact, you could say I was very motivated to read this newsletter.) The newsletter lead me to a 43 page pamphlet entitled “Giving It Your Best: How to gain and maintain the energy you need to succeed”.
I took the 10 question quiz. I stumbled over True/False Questions like “I have a good friend at work”. I do have a good friend at work, in fact, most of my good friends are at work. Can I answer that one True? Or “When someone asks me what I do for work, I am proud to give them the answer” Um. Well, Yes, I am proud to say I am a terrific Materials Manager. But what I do for work search for a my next career and run the household. Can I say True? I am quite proud of my laundry methodology. How about “I take breaks throughout my workday no matter how busy I am, even if it’s just to take a stretch break or get a drink of water.” Hmmm. If it read “I take regular breaks from stretching and drinking water” I could answer True.
Well, this is great! I am feeling more motivated than ever!
April 5th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Knowing the more we take responsibility for the energy we bring to the world, the more empowered and productive we become. The more we blame others or external circumstances, the more negative and compromised our energy is likely to be.
Yeah, you caught me, I didn’t really write that – it was in the booklet (from The Power of Full Engagement). Please don’t hold on to your anger for plagiarism, you don’t want your energy to be compromised.
April 5th, 2012 REAL Extra-Ordinary: Getting my money’s worth, and being a bit more motivated despite cynicism.