We’ve updated our annual holiday survival guide to offer resources for you and your employees in dealing with seasonal stressors and special situations over the holidays. If you’d like to share these resources with your employees, copy this link: http://www.hrwebcafe.com/2013/12/holiday_survival_kit_1.html

At the Workplace

Seven Dos and Don’ts for the Holiday Season – from employment attorney Jonathan Segal
Top 10 Holiday Aggravations at Work – what not to do
Tis the Season – to be extra careful about holiday legal issues
14 Ways to Stay Focused at Work Through the Holidays

Avoiding stress & problems

Holiday Stress? Try These 5 Tips for a Heart-Healthy Holiday Season
16 Ways To Beat Holiday Stress
Coping with SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder
Ease Holiday Stress, boost work life balance
Holiday Health & Safety Tips – Centers for Disease Control
Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping – from the Mayo Clinic
Holiday Stress Calls for an Attitude Adjustment

Eating & Drinking in the Holidays

Healthy Eating and Holiday Meal Planning from the American Diabetes Association
Tips for Eating at Holiday Parties
Healthy Eating Tips and Light Party Recipes for the Holidays
Top 10 Holiday Diet Tips – WebMD
The Holidays: Challenges and Survival Guide for Sober Alcoholics
Al-Anon helping families through alcoholism during holidays
How to Cope with Family Holiday Events… Without Alcohol!

Family Matters

7 Holiday Stress Busters for Kids
10 Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy the Holidays
Multicultural Familia – Holidays
Holiday Tips for Blended Families
Children of Divorce List Holiday Dos and Don’ts
Holiday Domestic Violence Prevention Tips
2013 Dangerous Toys report

Special situations

Military Holiday Center , including 5 Tips Managing Deployment Stress During the Holidays
Dealing with grief or loss over the holidays
Helping with Holiday grief: “do” and “don’t” lists
Holiday Tips for Caregivers
Twelve Tips for Helping Individuals with Autism Have a Happy Holiday Season
Helping Children Cope with Holidays After a Disaster (PDF)
Top Ten Ways to Survive the Holidays During and After Divorce
Handling Holidays After Divorce
How to Cope with Spending the Holidays Away From Home

Money and finance

Manage Your Holiday Spending (PDF) – tips from The American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSAEF)
Eight hidden holiday costs and how to avoid them
Avoiding competitive shopping for fun & profit – minimizing financial stress
Mastering Your Holiday Season Budget
Making the holidays less materialistic for your kids – from KidsHealth
Financial stress is a big issue at this time of year. The following resources are not specific to the holidays, but helpful in addressing the financial stress that can accompany the holidays.
Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF)
Dollars and sense: Talking to your children about the economy

Safety & Crime Prevention

BBB Tips To Avoid Four Holiday Scams
Simple ideas to prevent identity theft during the holidays
Top Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping
Do not let thieves steal your holiday spirit
Crime Prevention Tips for the Holiday

Guide to Meaningful & Charitable Gift-Giving

American Red Cross – 2013 Holiday Gift Giving Catalog
2013 Season Resource Center – Guidestar
Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance
Charity Navigator Holiday Giving Guide
Avoid Charity Fraud

When Holiday stress gets to be too much, an EAP can be a lifesaver. Learn how ESI Employee Assistance Program can help address your employees’ wellbeing issues – from a wellness benefits and help for everyday work-life matters to comprehensive assistance for a wide array of potentially disruptive issues and problems. To learn more about how ESI EAP can help, give us a call: 800-535-4841.


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