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Embracing emotion is key to leading a healthy workplace

Published in the Australian Design Review 27th June, 2019.

“Emotions and vulnerability are part of who we are and that doesn’t just go away when we enter the workplace,” explains Marcela Slepica, clinical director, Access EAP. “Opening up to colleagues and letting them know when I was feeling vulnerable, allowed me to make real connections, gain support and feel better sooner. Leaders should show compassion and support workers to do the same, simply put, leaders need to lead by example.”

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Good Behaviour Bonds - supporting our teachers

Marcela Slepica, Director of Clinical Services at AccessEAP, said that over the past five years there has been a 36% increase in the number of teachers seeking support from their counsellors.

“There are many more pressures on today’s teachers, including increasingly demanding or aggressive parents and escalating levels of classroom violence,” Slepica said. “This behaviour is unacceptable and there are severe impacts for teachers’ wellbeing when they are unsupported."

 

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Pet-friendly offices: What you need to know

Published in Human Resources Director 19th June, 2019.

According to Marcela Slepica Director, Clinical Services at AccessEAP, “multiple studies have shown the mental, social, and physiological health benefits of owning or interacting with an animal, which causes the body to release ‘happy hormones’ serotonin and dopamine that help combat stress, depression and anxiety”.

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How to boost your workplace creativity

Published in Human Resources Director  8th May, 2019.

“Encouraging creativity has a number of beneficial effects on employees that can drive positive change in workplaces, if done well.” Marcela Slepica, Clinical Director, AccessEAP, comments on scribbling as just one way that creativity can help boost workplace performance.

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How to develop and increase empathy to create an inclusive workplace

Published in Human Resources Director New Zealand on 30th March, 2019.

Many people believe empathy is something reserved for home and family life, but the reality is it’s vital in business too, according to Marcela Slepica, Clinical Director at AccessEAP. Empathetic leaders often display increased emotional intelligence and are better at creating a more inclusive workplace.

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Tips to Keep Your Business New Year’s Resolutions on Track

Published in HASHTAG, a NewsCompany.com.au publication on 19th Dec, 2018

The answer lies in effective goal setting says Marcela Slepica, Clinical Director of AccessEAP. It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of setting a new goal, without thinking about the big picture. While having a common goal is great for team morale and motivating employees, the goals you set need to be realistic and in line with your organisation’s vision and values.

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Government, mining companies fight against domestic violence

Published in Safe to Work, Australian Mining Online on 26th Nov, 2018

According to Marcela Slepica, the clinical director of a corporate psychology organisation AccessEAP, companies can play a role in supporting women experiencing violence at home, as work can often be a sanctuary away from abuse.

AccessEAP recommends businesses to recognise a case of domestic violence through a change in employee’s patterns of behaviour; openly extend support and encouragement; and refer employees to external assistance when required.

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How can HR build a mentally healthy office

Published in Human Resources Director Online on 6th Nov, 2018

Business leaders need to think about how they can look after their own wellbeing for sake of themselves, the employees and the company, according to Marcela Slepica, clinical services director at AccessEAP.

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AccessEAP Advocates for Better Mental Health in Trade Industries

Published in Electrical Connection Online on 24th Oct, 2018

AccessEAP Director Eleni van Delft has already provided tailored toolbox talks to organisations in the manufacturing, mining and construction industries and is amazed by the immediate effect it has had on participants.

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How to have an authentic conversation on mental health

Published in Human Resources Director on 15th September, 2018

The majority of adults spend around one third of their waking hours at work. Consequently, companies can play a pivotal role in providing key health information, according to Marcela Slepica, clinical director at AccessEAP.

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Burnout in midwifery an occupational hazard

Published in HealthTimes Magazine on 20th July, 2018

Marcela Slepica, Clinical Services Director, AccessEAP, a leading employee assistance provider, says the unique challenges that affect the mental wellbeing of health professionals includes exposure to trauma, threats of aggression and violence, shiftwork, dealing with grief and loss, allegations and complaints, compassion fatigue and mental health stigma.

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Mental health removing the barriers to care

Published in miVision Magazine on 20th July, 2018

Marcela Slepica, Clinical Services Director, at AccessEAP says, “Healthcare organisations need to tackle these unique challenges their employees face, including patient care and mortality, workplace stress and worryingly, a stigma around asking for support with their mental wellbeing.”

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Five tips for HR to help staff combat stress

Published in HRD Magazine on 19th July, 2018

“While workplace stressors may be changing, its apparent from the data that the effects are relatively similar, with the same impacts on output,” according to Marcela Slepica, clinical services director at AccessEAP.

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Perfectionism and poverty: why musicians struggle with mental health

Published in The Guardian on 20th June, 2018

AccessEAP is very proud to be supporting this groundbreaking helpline for the music industry. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, is specifically tailored to the unique challenges faced by artists and music workers. It will be staffed by AccessEAP's network of professional counsellors who will offer expertise in all areas related to mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidal ideation) as well as issues which can be mental health related (such as loneliness, relationship breakdown, financial worries, illness and workplace conflict). Read more

Does your workplace have a 'macho' culture?

Published in HRD Magazine on 14th June, 2018

Male dominated workplaces can hold a ‘macho’ culture, where opening up is perceived as a sign of weakness or vulnerability, according to Marcela Slepica, Director of Clinical Services at AccessEAP.

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Creating a workplace for all ages

Published in Telegraph on 1st May, 2018

Organisations need to prepare for how best to manage a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive inter-generational culture, explains Sally Kirkright, CEO AccessEAP.

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Six strengths that drive engagement, productivity and growth

Published in Australian Women Online on 23rd March, 2018

Marcela Slepica, Clinical Services Director of AccessEAP, provides some insights on what strengths-based leadership looks like on day-to-day basis.

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How HR can combat workplace loneliness

Published in HR Magazine on 6th February, 2018

We live in the most technologically-connected age, yet the rates of loneliness continue to rise, according to Marcela Slepica, Director of Clinical Services at AccessEAP.

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Avoiding loneliness in the digital age

Published in Modern Australian 6th February, 2018

“We live in the most technologically connected age yet the rates of loneliness continue to rise,” explained Marcela Slepica, Director of Clinical Services at AccessEAP. “Chronic loneliness has a negative impact on both physical and mental health and this epidemic is hurting wellbeing and workplace performance.”

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Consequences in the workplace for sleep deprived Australians

Published in Australian Women Online 11th December, 2017

In Australia, sleep deprivation is highly prevalent with 40 per cent¹ of Australian adults experiencing some form of inadequate sleep.

“Having sufficient, regular, good quality sleep is essential to maintain a strong, robust immune system so we can function effectively in our busy lives,” explains Marcela Slepica, Director Clinical Services at AccessEAP.

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