4 ways to deal with employees’ personal problems in the workplace

first_imgListenI’ve often talked about the importance of listening and communication and for good reason. If an employee is dealing with a personal problem, let them give you at least a brief synopsis of what’s going on. You don’t have to get every detail, but by being in the know, you can now assess the situation for yourself and figure out what the best course of action for that employee will be.Keep it professionalObviously, you want to be supportive when an employee is dealing with a tough personal issue. But, the last thing you want to do is be so supportive that it makes it difficult for you to be the boss. You have to draw a line in the sand for yourself and not become more of a friend than a manager.Let them deal with itIt’s always tough when your team is down an employee, but the sooner they handle the issue, the better. If they need a few days off to get things together, figure out how your team can cover for the employee, decide how many days off you can give the employee, and give them space until that day.See how they’re doingGive them the freedom to handle the issues, but also let them know you’re thinking about them. The employee will probably feel a little guilty for being gone during this time, but by checking on them, they’ll also feel supported which will let them worry less about work and allow them to focus on the issue at hand. A text or short email will go a long way. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Rand Paul becomes first US senator diagnosed with coronavirus

first_imgSenators must be present to vote, and current rules don’t allow remote voting — although pressure is mounting for that to change.“The responsibility of the Senate is to remain open,” Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, said on Twitter. “Remote voting must be instituted immediately.”Paul, 57, is feeling fine and isn’t aware of any direct contact with any infected person, his Twitter message said. Symptoms of the virus can include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.A follow-up tweet said he expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period has ended, and that virtually no staff has had contact with the senator in the past 10 days, when his DC office began working remotely.Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, and Representative Ben McAdams, Democrat of Utah, last week both revealed they had been diagnosed as positive.The three join more than 31,000 other Americans known to have the virus, according to a running tally from Johns Hopkins University. Some 390 have died in the US Globally, cases have exceeded 328,000 with over 14,000 deaths.Paul was among a handful of Republican lawmakers on March 18 to oppose a $100 billion stimulus package to offset the impact of Covid-19 on the US economy. The measure was approved 90-8 and signed into law by President Donald Trump.Earlier this month, Paul was the lone vote against an $8 billion emergency spending package aimed at boosting funds for testing and lowering the cost of certain related medical treatments. He proposed an amendment that offset some of the costs of the legislation with cuts elsewhere, which was rejected.The senator’s father, former Texas Representative Ron Paul, has been one of final holdouts among coronavirus skeptics as the impact of the pandemic has broadened this month and state governments have ramped up their response.The 2012 Republican presidential candidate penned a column entitled “The Coronavirus Hoax,” dated March 16.“Governments love crises because when the people are fearful they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them,” the elder Paul wrote.He termed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, “the chief fearmonger of the Trump administration.”Topics : Two other Republican US senators said they’ll go into self-quarantine after Rand Paul of Kentucky announced on Sunday that he’d tested positive for Covid-19.The moves by Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney of Utah have thrown a wrench into efforts by the Senate to pass a massive coronavirus economic stimulus package by Monday.Two other Republicans, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and Senator Rick Scott of Florida, have also been in self-quarantine in response to possible exposure to the virus from other infected individuals. Paul, who voted against two emergency coronavirus spending bills this month, tested positive for the virus and is in quarantine, according to a post on his Twitter account on Sunday.He’s the first US senator, and third member of Congress, known to have become infected. Lee subsequently said he would self-quarantine for 14 days — which means “no traveling or voting” — on the advice of the Attending Physician of the US Congress.Paul, the Kentucky lawmaker, was tested “out of an abundance of caution” due to his extensive travel and events, according to the tweet.Paul and Lee will miss a vote expected Monday on a bill to provide some $2 trillion in direct and indirect stimulus to the US economy as it reels from the widening effects of the pandemic.last_img read more

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Nearly 4K WV overseas workers repatriated

first_imgAccording to Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical officer for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of DOH Region 6, all the 3,979 repatriated overseas workers underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test and were certified to be negative for coronavirus disease  2019 (COVID-9) prior to being allowed to return to Western Visayas. * Iloilo City – 13 Since April 9, 2020 when the government started transporting back to Western Visayas overseas workers stranded in Manila and Cebu due to the quarantine, a total of 3,979 have returned to the region. Photo shows overseas workers waiting to get down from this ship that docked two weeks ago at Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Capiz – zero Overall in Western Visayas, confirmed COVID-19 positive cases reached 127 as of yesterday with 11 deaths, DOH data showed. Eighty-eight have already recovered. Since then, according to DOH, the succeeding batches of repatriated overseas workers mostly returned via sweeper flights and 2GO ships. These overseas workers were residents of Iloilo province (1,366), Iloilo City (512), Negros Occidental (451), Capiz (458), Aklan (444), Bacolod City (314), Antique (316), and Guimaras (118). Of these 48 cases, 25 already recovered while one died – a 39-year-old male resident of Anilao, Iloilo who had worked in Spain. Here’s the breakdown of the 48 COVID-19-positive repatriated overseas workers: COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. On May 25, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered concerned government agencies to ensure all overseas Filipino workers stuck in Metro Manila due to the quarantine were brought back to their home provinces. These government agencies were the Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and DOH. But as can be gleaned from DOH-6’s data itself as of yesterday afternoon, June 9, 48 were positive for COVID-19 when retested upon their return. Here are the requirements that stranded overseas workers must meet to return to Region 6 set by the Western Visayas task force on COVID-19: * Iloilo province – eight * overseas worker must have a certification that he has completed 14 days of quarantine The first batch composed of 74 overseas workers returned to Region 6 on April 9 via Cokaliong Shipping Line. Thirty-five of these were residents of Negros Occidental and 34 were residents of Panay and Guimaras islands.center_img * Bacolod City – seven * Antique – four DOH-6 epidemiologist Dr. Glen Alonsabe said these repatriates were likely exposed to persons with COVID-19 in Manila after their tests, perhaps because they were not immediately transported to the region and had to extend their stay there for several more days or even weeks. Why did some overseas workers’ retest here yield COVID-positive results? Delays in the release of their RT-PCR test results have caused many overseas workers to remain in quarantine for far longer than 14 days in Metro Manila. * overseas worker must have a medical certificate affirming him or her to be asymptomatic and in good health condition Upon their return, the overseas workers must also be retested and observe another 14 days of quarantine. * Negros Occidental – nine ILOILO City – Since April 9 when the government started transporting back to Western Visayas the overseas workers stranded in Manila and Cebu due to the quarantine, a total of 3,979 have returned to the region, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. * Guimaras – three * overseas worker must have  undergone RT-PCR test with negative result within seven days prior to boarding airplane or ship * Aklan – four The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PNlast_img read more

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Dearborn, Switzerland bridge work set to begin

first_imgDearborn County, In. — North Vernon-based Dave O’Mara Contracting will begin bridge deck overlays and repairs in Dearborn and Switzerland Counties around July 31, weather permitting. The $497,612 contract includes work on U.S. 50 near Tanner’s Creek in Dearborn County and State Road 56 at Indian Creek in Switzerland County.The overlay on U.S. 50 at Tanner’s Creek will cover all four spans and increase traction. Two-way traffic will be maintained on the bridge, but shifted to accommodate work operations. Statistics show more than 17,000 vehicles per day use the bridge.The State Road 56 bridge will be reduced to one lane and controlled with signals during construction. Statistics show the bridge handles about 3,000 vehicles per day.The completion date for both bridges is September 1, 2017.last_img read more

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