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Working Well in November #2

Hello my viewers,

For many years I wrote a Workplace Wellness column for a monthly magazine here in South Florida. Each month I put forth some healthy and helpful ideas for companies to consider as a tool to help keep their employees happy and healthy. Thus by reducing sick days, they increased their business output. Sometimes the messages related specifically to a certain month because of holidays and other times, they were simply generic. But in either case, the fundamental message had the purpose of bringing forth new ideas into the corporate world aimed at a positive change in the wellbeing of their workers.

So please enjoy these tips and pass them on to others at your workplace or anywhere else you choose.

Thank you for being here.

In Love, Light and Service,

MJ Handy 

 

AN ARTICLE FOR HAPPY TIMES MAGAZINE    Nobember 2003

On November 11, we celebrate Veteran's Day to honor those among us who have defended our freedom and country and fought bravely in the armed services. It is a day that is often filled with grief from the loss felt by parents, spouses and children, as they remember loved ones who died to preserve our rights and ability to pursue happiness.

In the workplace, employers and managers can choose to make a meaningful effort to do something special for any soldier they now employ, especially since business and families are all still suffering from ongoing terrorism. By our healing nature, we tend to forget the bad; forget about tragedies; forget about those who have hurt and harmed us. But in so doing, we often forget about the risk and effort that our defenders put forth, so that we might enjoy this leisure.

It is not necessary, but for a few silent moments, to pray for the souls that we have lost, and to pray for those who have been injured and possibly maimed for life. After that, the energy can turn to celebration and a sense of festival, similar to a welcome home parade. A special gift would be in order for each veteran honored. Nothing elaborate is necessary, but certainly tickets to a sporting event or a day of relaxation, with dinner included at a fine beach hotel, could easily be enjoyed.

Just in case you have no military veterans among your employees, there is another twist you might want to consider as a precedence of honor and celebration, and that is to recognize your "veterans of experience" within your ranks of workers. These folks stand before you like the elders of wisdom in American Indian cultures. Time, age, and situations have honed their skills, often to make them priceless in your business. These are the veterans that might go unnoticed, forgotten, and maybe even unappreciated and neglected. Including them in a veteran's festival of attention would surely "make their day" and give them something to tell their grandchildren, especially if you honor them with an elegant plaque they could hang on their wall. Your efforts will go a long way in creating loyalty and good feelings from all your employees that participate.