By Bob VandePol, MSW Years ago (and in seemingly another career lifetime), the organization I led was subject to periodic quality audits by our clients. A team of client representatives would invade our space, require documents, observe processes, interview staff,…
By Bob VandePol, MSW COVID-19 challenges many areas of our lives in many frightening ways. It threatens the health and safety of ourselves and loved ones, forced us into social isolation and resulted in radical shifts in education and work….
By Bob VandePol, MSW “No way. That is NOT how I walk!” Those words formed on my lips long ago in an 8:00 a.m. Anatomy & Kinesiology college class. The professor had just defined walking as “the repetition of leaning…
Many are preparing to get back to work and that is creating anxiety for some. Bob VandePol, MSW, reviews some ways you can ease your anxiety.
It’s extremely important for human resource professionals to practice good self-care during COVID-19, counsels Jo Carlson from Pine Rest’s EAP. And that’s your WHOLE self – soul, mind and heart.
“This is a very emotional event,” says VandePol. “It’s an event where we’re afraid, We’re frustrated, sometimes we’re bored. Those feelings often morph into anger. Anger comes out of hurt, fear, sadness many times. It’s important for us to realize that. Sometimes it feels contagious and instant. Yes, anger is contagious.”
Bob VandePol, MSW, Executive Director of the Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program is featured in a series of resiliency boosting strategies and insights based on the crisis response trainings he presents to clients.
Relationships are often strained by stressful, emotional events. Bob Vandepol, MSW, reviews how taking inventory of your emotional intelligence can help ease the strain on relationships.
Effective crisis leadership in the face of a pandemic is a marathon not a sprint, and requires different workplace leadership strategies. Bob VandePol, MSW reviews how how leaders can address the flight-flight-freeze response.