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Happy 2023! How are you planning for the year?

Do you take time to set intentions and plan for the new year? Identifying the intentions that will be meaningful and doable can make a huge difference in your work and personal life. The New York Times says your goals “should be smart – and SMART. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. Source Workplace resolutions…

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Focus on Your Employee’s Mental Health

Learn The Signs In the workplace, mental health problems manifest in a multitude of ways. Here are some employee behaviors that may be signs of a mental health problem: https://www.mranet.org/resource/what-do-when-employee-needs-mental-health-help Working slowly Missing deadlines Calling in sick frequently Increasing absenteeism Expressing irritability and anger Having difficulty concentrating and making decisions Appearing numb or emotionless Withdrawing from work activity Overworking Forgetting directives, procedures, and requests Having difficulty with work transitions or changes in routines These symptoms could also result when an employee has a family member suffering from a mental health problem or other serious health issues. Such situations can sometimes…

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December Perspective: Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All

What is Human Rights Month? Every year in the month of December, the world celebrates Human Rights Day -December 10th- to remember the day in 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a document that proclaims the rights that everyone is entitled to as a…

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Building Our Community: Engaging in Hmong Culture

The Altoona Public Library will be hosting Extension and the Family Resource Center for Bilingual Story Time in English & Hmoob on Friday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. Join for some stories, songs, and simple crafts! See the below flyer for more information. Making Moments Matter: Family Traditions The Chippewa Valley Museum will be hosting…

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November Perspective: Domestic Violence Awareness

What is it? Domestic violence, also called “interpersonal violence” or “intimate partner violence” is a pattern of behavior within a relationship used to maintain or gain power over the other intimate partner within the relationship. “Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.” Domestic…

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August Blog: The Perspective

Life Choices Choices that are made in everyday life are what help dictate actions and paths that are taken. Life choices can range from what is decided for dinner, which movie to watch, where to go school, and what to study for a career. Some choices that are made can have a bigger impact on…

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August Blog: The Perspective

Stereotypes Stereotypes are convenient lenses in which people in our society view other people. Stereotypes are used to categorize people of all types of characteristics like race, gender, area of residence, profession, culture, and area of study. What makes stereotypes harmful is how they are taught within society. People learn about stereotypes within the society…

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July Blog: The Perspective

Religion Discrimination             An employee’s religion the set of values and beliefs the employee holds in their everyday life. The way the employee practices his or her religion is dictated solely on the employee no one else. The Office of Civil Rights states that when an individual is treated differently because of his or her religious…

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July Blog: The Perspective

Wage Discrimination Wage discrimination is when a company does not pay their employees fairly. Wages should be determined based on how long employees have been at the company, their position, and their performance as an employee. When wages are determined based on age, gender, or some other factor not work related, then wage discrimination has…

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July Blog: The Perspective

Judgement Errors Making quick judgements in the work place is a common error amongst coworkers. When an employee is seen doing an action or looks a certain way that portrays him or her in a negative way, a coworker is quick to make a judgement that isn’t correct. Because of the incorrect judgement, a coworker…

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