Work Issues Category

Employee Substance Abuse

When an employee has a substance abuse problem, as an employer what you do next can make a huge difference. Cali Estes was featured on NBC Universal news discussing employees, drug use and alcohol abuse in the workplace and how it can be identified and prevented. EAP providers are slim when it comes to having one at work these days with cutbacks and layoffs, so sometimes the manager takes on the duties and roles that an EAP might if one is non-existent in the workplace.

An employee can exhibit signs of drug and alcohol use during the work day or it can be a residual effect from the night before. A good manager will have access to resources to assist the staff member. A solid health insurance policy that covers behavioral health and substance abuse will allow the employee to have treatment and work on the issues that are hindering their performance. Knowing the law and what can be done in terms of terminating a staff member is crucial in this case and how to assist without hindering is...

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Retirement Would Be A Cinch If I Didn't Have To Stop Working

The marathon of our working lives can take a huge physical and emotional toll. We can easily seduce ourselves into believing that once we retire we will be much happier without the constant wear and tear on our aging minds and bodies. Sounds logical doesn’t it? Well, as many of us have learned about a whole host of relationships, whether it’s with a parent, child, or love interest, we don’t know what we will be missing until it is gone forever.

I will paint the picture of a retiree’s rude awakening to illustrate how unanticipated realities can be successfully managed despite the initial trauma of feeling blindsided by them. It’s never too late to teach an aging dog new tricks especially if the “proverbial dog” is not a dog at all but a sentient being. This story of personal growth and behavioral change is a composite portrait of many former patients of mine. I have employed this storytelling technique to offer you food for thought in concentra...

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Princess Power Puff or NFL Material?

Question: Will announcing he is gay, make Michael Sam a better or worse candidate for the NFL draft from a psychological standpoint?

Answer: First off, let me commend Michael Sam for coming out and announcing it to the world, he is making history, and I personally think it is fantastic. Second, this is a double-edged sword here, bad press is good press…so he is a hot item right now for some and not so hot for others. If the NFL team that wants him is progressive, forward thinking and open, they will snatch him and then swallow the publicity that goes with him. A more staunchly, uptight team will shun him. I say he gets picked in the first round of the draft. And don’t let him near Tim Tebow and his Christian views or that will get sticky!

Now imagine you are the opposing player and this huge man slams into you and knocks you out. If that opposing player or his team have any homophobic tendencies they will poke fun (kind of like the whole junior high school yard scenario)...

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Job Stress Counseling and Paid Disability benefits

Many people are experiencing a lot of stress at work.  With the economy being so bad, many employers are forcing employee to perform the work of two or more people, while placing unreasonable demands on them.  It truly makes people sick!

This job stress situation is now epidemic with no end in sight; however, there is relief for those that seek counseling services for their stress and may qualify for paid disabilty leave for depression and anxiety (feeling worried all the time), along with sleeplessness, feeling treated unfairly in your work, irritable & angry all the time,low energy, confused thinking, can't concentrate, poor short-term memory, isolating from others, feeling helpless and hopeless (spiritually bankrupt) are just a few real clinical symptoms that may qualify you for paid disability benefits with time off work to be treated and time to heal.

If this sounds like what you are going through or someone you know, please call my office that I might attempt to h...

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Tune In To Guest Speaker Cali Estes Discussing Stress And Addiction In The Business World

One Hour Of Time- Host Mary Woods

Stress and Addiction in the Business World with Guest Cali Estes, The Addictions Coach

 Monday, November 25, 2013
 3pm EST (Noon PST)

Our guest today, Cali Estes, would like to discuss addiction in the business world along with added stress that is increasing addiction. Cali will also discuss offering certifications to therapists and others in Recovery Coaching and Intervention and to help them increase their client base.

With 18 years experience as a Therapist, Life Coach and Wellness Coach, Cali Estes is currently a private practitioner. Cali has been featured on NBC News, MSN Money, etc. for her work with Addictions and has published work ADD and Relationships.

Cali has presented at National conferences and is currently a CADAAC supported Continuing Education Provider. She founded The Addictions Academy and has teamed up with Diversified Intervention Group to offer Recovery Coaching, Intervention, Ang...

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Past the sipping point

All we need is gossip and alcohol” says one greeting card. Another reads “Birthdays I like. It’s the morning after that I hate.” Scribed across a third is “A drop of wine never hurt anyone. Must be why a whole bottle makes you feel a whole lot better.” The accompanying illustrations encourage female bonding over booze. And these sentiments are not in slim company. Greeting cards designed for women to exchange tend to concentrate on alcohol and celebrate vices. Social media, too, is saturated with drinking humor.While funny, the ideas also provide a level of permission. Not only is it okay to drink, but it’s okay to overdo it. Charlotte (her name has been changed at her request), age 42, remembers the dismissive laugh she shared with her drinking friends: “We would joke that ‘We aren’t alcoholics. Alcoholics go to meetings! We’re just drunks.’” Amongst her comrades, the behavior was normalized. They told each ...

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Trend Watch: The Double Career Life

I was recently interviewed for an article in a leading Canadian business magazine on the interesting topic of dual careerists - people who pursue two careers instead of one. Check out if this lifestyle appeals to you and enjoy the article below!

The Double Life of Dual Careerists by Day Helesic

"Prosperity, variety, pursuit of passions, the opportunity to be creative-these are the hallmarks of a successful and meaningful work life. The chances of a single career providing all that? Slim. That's why today's professionals are often choosing to boost their career satisfaction by doubling up. If you want it all, why settle for just one career?

Dual careerist Dr. Daniel Kalla is an emergency-room physician and international best-selling novelist. In 1998, after establishing his medical career in his mid-20s at Vancouver's St. Paul's and Mount Saint Joseph hospitals, he took a screenwriting course at SFU that inspired him to write. "I loved creative writing right through elementary scho...

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Hi Everyone:

How are you?

How is the US government shutdown affecting you and your family?

Have a great weekend!

Dr. Vicki

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Cali Estes featured in Entrepreneur Magazine August 15, 2013

The odds of substance abuse issues finding their way into your business are sizeable. According to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, of the 18.9 million adults classified with dependence or abuse, nearly 52 percent were employed.

"Many employers miss the signs," says Cali Estes, a certified drug and alcohol therapist who works with companies and individuals dealing with substance abuse in the workplace and elsewhere.

Those signs can be subtle, but might include physical signs like bloodshot eyes and residual alcohol smell. Others include excessive absences, coming to work late and leaving early. Some drugs might make the user active, so someone who is up and walking around all the time and who looks really busy, but isn't getting anything done might be showing signs of addiction, Estes says. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence publishes this list of common signs.

When employees have addiction issues, it can a...

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Top 10 Job Objections You Face In Getting Hired

Preparing for job interviews is obviously a critical stage in the hiring process. It's important to view the interview from the employer's perspective. Prior to the interview, you must anticipate all possible objections they could have in hiring you and develop the most effective interview strategies to alleviate the employer's apprehension. During the interview, pay close attention to the employer's questions because often their questions indicate possible objections (if it's a panel interview, you should also make note of who asked what questions). In the case where the employer can't ask specific questions due to government employment standards, you have the option of taking the initiative to address the employer's possible objections.

Here are the top 10 objections you face in getting hired:


1. Too young

  • You don't have enough practical skills; you're too intellectual; you aren't hands-on savvy
  • You'll require too much training time and $ to get up to speed
  • You're not dep...

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