There is a stigma that surrounds mental illness. Too often, mental illness is thought to reflect lack of character or personal weakness. Because of this stigma, people with treatable mental illnesses go undiagnosed and untreated. They are too embarrassed, ashamed or afraid of the consequences to step forward for help.
We wouldn’t dream of expecting a person with diabetes or heart disease to “snap outta it!” Mental illness is just that – an illness. We must change the way we view and treat people with mental health conditions.
To that end, a coalition of businesses, government, nonprofits, medical, schools, faith communities and many others has come together to launch the Campaign to Change Direction. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about mental health and provide people with the ability to identify and help those who might be experiencing a mental health issue.
A key first step is to educate the public in how to identify friends, family and co-workers who might be suffering emotionally and need help. Just as we learned to identify the signs of a heart attack or stroke, we can learn to identify the signs of mental distress.
- A change in personality
- A decline in personal care
If you recognize the signs of mental illness in someone, offer to help. Show compassion, encouragement and assist in finding a solution.
Visit the Campaign to Change Direction website to learn more and take The Pledge to “know the Five Signs of emotional suffering and to change the story surrounding mental health, mental illness and wellness”.
Andre Lavoie, CEO of ClearCompany, makes the case for the importance of performance reviews in companies considered great places to work. He doesn’t, however, include performance ratings as a practice to include in the process.
All companies would like to be considered one of the “best places to work.” Local business community recognition as well as employee recognition go a long way in attracting and retaining talented recruits and current personnel.
Typically, businesses that are named as such have three common traits according to Andre Lavoie with Entrepreneur. He writes in Companies That Are “Best Places to Work” Share These 3 Things:
- The company has a strong, positive culture. Communicating the companies vision helps employees understand and establish their work goals, with the company mission in mind.
- Employers invest in their employees - People are the most valuable asset of a company so it makes sense that they be provided opportunities to grow professionally. Options such as mentorship programs, professional development events, webinars, or other training and development programs could be utilized.
- Performance reviews are valued. A good performance review should include…
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The number of commercial banking jobs in the U.S. has been slowly declining for the past two years. Commercial banking employment today remains relatively unchanged from a decade ago.
And job cuts in the banking industry will continue in 2015.
The bloodletting at banks that started during the 2008 financial crisis isn’t letting up.
Bloomberg Business, January 21, 2015
Eighty-three percent (83%) of respondents to a quarterly Bloomberg Global Poll said the banking industry will continue cutting jobs this year.
But, it isn’t all bad news for the financial services industry. Several sub-sectors are growing:
- Insurance carriers added 18,300 jobs YTD – up 6.6% over the past two years;
- Securities gained 6,000 YTD – up 4.4% over the past two years;
- Real Estate employment increased by 6,000 in 2015 – up 5.4% over the past two years.
And while other industries are reporting stagnant wage growth, financial salaries are up 4% since December 2013.