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(Slate)   Companies all over America are falling over themselves to tout their commitment to employees' "self care," which makes total sense when you compare the cost of that to the cost of actually, you know, caring about them with better wages and benefits   (slate.com) divider line
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2021-09-27 8:33:05 AM  
Take some time and focus on self-care.....now wake up early, shower, dress, drive though shiat traffic, and come in and sit in a cube and get on the computer for 10 hours and do the same shiat you could have done at home.
 
2021-09-27 8:35:20 AM  
Subby really needs to go back to school and finish off their Associate's degree if they feel that is how things work.
 
2021-09-27 8:35:34 AM  
If self-care means they get to work from home if they want, then go for it. If not, screw it.
 
2021-09-27 8:41:14 AM  
We will contract with some shady "tele-health" service that you can call if you feel bad.

Then we will add this as a part of your "Total Compensation" package and then tell you that you are overpaid.
 
2021-09-27 8:42:30 AM  
Yet, when they caught me practicing "self care" in the supply room I was fired and added to some list and now I have to knock on every door in the neighborhood and hand each resident a pamphlet. Jeez...
 
2021-09-27 8:48:37 AM  
"News?" Really?
 
2021-09-27 8:49:33 AM  
You mean, like masturbation?
 
2021-09-27 8:59:33 AM  
A lot of this is driven by their health insurance carriers - they get a discount by implementing "wellness" initiatives.  The email invites start out nice enough, but get more belligerent if enough employees don't sign up for this great opportunity.
 
2021-09-27 9:02:11 AM  
FTFA: My boss has started asking us to share reflections on mental health as an icebreaker at mandatory meetings in the name of "breaking down the stigma around mental health."

I can't stress this enough.... feck off wit 'ya!  Even aside from the "I ain't sharing anything" aspect, anybody in a management position will be writing down that crap to throw in your file as tools should they want to get rid of you.  On the snowball's chance in hell I want you to talk about any of that stuff at work or with work people, I don't need a "sharing is caring" icebreaker session to bring it up.
 
2021-09-27 9:05:06 AM  
Yeah come on people, work 60 hours/week, stay healthy, parent, and be involved in the community  at the same time. We don't want those insurance and medical costs going up.
 
2021-09-27 9:06:33 AM  

NewportBarGuy: You mean, like masturbation?


One of the business world's leading employee self-care enthusiasts:

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2021-09-27 9:07:24 AM  
Work-life balance is a thing.  I'm perfectly content to give 100% during my time on the clock, but at lunch or afterwards, I'm doing what I need (or want) to do whether it's gardening, reading, writing, or just watching Netflix.
 
2021-09-27 9:14:00 AM  
"My self care routine is putting in no more than the base hours and maintaining a full separation of work/life..."
*user has left the meeting*
"Oh darn, it looks like *user* dropped off.  Shame we didn't get to hear their routine."
 
2021-09-27 9:14:18 AM  
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2021-09-27 9:17:21 AM  
More MBAs trying to justify their existence.
Not possible.
 
2021-09-27 9:18:29 AM  

zeroflight222: FTFA: My boss has started asking us to share reflections on mental health as an icebreaker at mandatory meetings in the name of "breaking down the stigma around mental health."

I can't stress this enough.... feck off wit 'ya!  Even aside from the "I ain't sharing anything" aspect, anybody in a management position will be writing down that crap to throw in your file as tools should they want to get rid of you.  On the snowball's chance in hell I want you to talk about any of that stuff at work or with work people, I don't need a "sharing is caring" icebreaker session to bring it up.


Simple.  "I'm not sharing any of my personal medical information with co-workers as it's no one's business.  Perhaps we need to rope HR into this discussion as to why you're prying into my personal affairs."

We have a TMI guy in the office who recently pulled something like this.  We had some new people start and he says to them, "We used to do this thing where new people come on board and they tell us about themselves.  What sports teams do you like, any pets, children?"  And he then proceeds to corner these people into telling us if they're married, have children, etc.  The problem is we've never done introductions the way he *thinks* (he can't ever remember any details).  It's always been favorite team and if the person has any pets.  I was infuriated he did this.
 
2021-09-27 9:24:23 AM  

UberDave: Take some time and focus on self-care.....now wake up early, shower, dress, drive though shiat traffic, and come in and sit in a cube and get on the computer for 10 hours and do the same shiat you could have done at home.


You mean I could masturbate in front of a computer at home?  Interesting.........
 
2021-09-27 10:24:28 AM  

Petit_Merdeux: We will contract with some shady "tele-health" service that you can call if you feel bad.

Then we will add this as a part of your "Total Compensation" package and then tell you that you are overpaid.


Tele-doc or EAP?  A good Employee Assistance Program actually is a benefit.  They offer free legal advice, obviously up to a limit at which point they'll recommend a lawyer, and if they recommend therapy they find a therapist and the costs are entirely covered.  It's great for younger workers.  It's entirely confidential, I've never heard anything about any of my workers from them.  It's also operated entirely by licensed therapists and lawyers etc...

We also have Tele-doc, but that sprung up to get a doctor to says somebody needed a Covid test.  It was basically a rubber stamp to not penalize people for absences during a pandemic and labor shortage.
 
2021-09-27 10:24:50 AM  
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2021-09-27 10:35:41 AM  
I got lip service once from a coworker in a stock room. It was pretty awesome.
 
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2021-09-27 10:37:12 AM  
Mine has dedicated the whole month of october to telling us to be less fat.
I think they're hoping the chairs don't all break when ever it is we get back into the physical office
 
2021-09-27 10:50:58 AM  
ten years of hero hiring lulz from walmart

https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroo​m​/videos/hiring-our-heroes

/wasn't looking for this walmart heroes video
//there was the one from last year too
 
2021-09-27 10:57:42 AM  

OdradekRex: A lot of this is driven by their health insurance carriers - they get a discount by implementing "wellness" initiatives.  The email invites start out nice enough, but get more belligerent if enough employees don't sign up for this great opportunity.


Tell me about it.  I get weekly emails (they're automatically directed to a "special" folder) from HR encouraging me to sign up for a free, confidential (yeah, right) "biometric wellness screening".
 
2021-09-27 11:11:05 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: You mean I could masturbate in front of a computer at home?  Interesting.........


Not your work computer, though.  Best practice is to treat every mic and camera as being live.
 
2021-09-27 11:38:45 AM  
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2021-09-27 12:04:52 PM  

UberDave: Take some time and focus on self-care.....now wake up early, shower, dress, drive though shiat traffic, and come in and sit in a cube and get on the computer for 10 hours and do the same shiat you could have done at home.


If companies truly cared about their employees they would pay them what they are worth, give them a regular and reliable schedule and allow them to Simply turn off their cell phones when that time is up, allow them to work from home occasionally if the job requirements make that feasible, and burn the HR department to the ground.

Okay that last one might be a little bit hyperbolic but I don't think I'm going to get much push back on that one.
 
2021-09-27 12:10:34 PM  
I'm just about done with a Business degree and text after text talks about how successful companies need to treat their employees well. Be empathetic, show sympathy, grow emotional intelligence, offer a great total reward package to attract and retain employees, etc.. And I've gotten eye strain from rolling them so much. Cause the vast majority of jobs are 'sit down, shut up, don't ask questions, and if you don't like it the door is that way.'

Because treating your employees well and building a flexible, rewarding, ethical environment takes way more effort than sending out and email reminding people to be thankful the company allows you to work for them.
 
2021-09-27 12:25:50 PM  
Relying on people are the problem to solve the problem?  The only thing that accomplishes is those same people voting themselves bonuses after declaring they solved the problem.
 
2021-09-27 12:26:22 PM  
My employer is not giving a flying fark about the self care of the employees, rather sitting back and expecting the pay/pension to keep people on the hook as they work the employees into the ground on mandatory 6-day work weeks on rotating shifts.

The funny thing is that it is not working. People cannot move and are outright quitting, others are getting sick with long-haul covid and cannot return to work, and most of the millennials are planning to book it on day one of their retirement windows, rather than hang around until forced retirement like the boomers were happy to do.
 
2021-09-27 4:19:22 PM  

Snaptastic: My employer is not giving a flying fark about the self care of the employees, rather sitting back and expecting the pay/pension to keep people on the hook as they work the employees into the ground on mandatory 6-day work weeks on rotating shifts.

The funny thing is that it is not working. People cannot move and are outright quitting, others are getting sick with long-haul covid and cannot return to work, and most of the millennials are planning to book it on day one of their retirement windows, rather than hang around until forced retirement like the boomers were happy to do.


The only reason my employer still has any butts in the seats is the overwhelming number of us within five years of retirement. Every day I ask myself if the matching funds in my pension are still worth it, and every day I get a little closer to the answer being, "Nope".
 
2021-09-27 4:36:51 PM  
Try going in high on shrooms. I keep reading about the all-around benefits.
 
2021-09-27 4:55:57 PM  
Is that a euphemism for whacking it on Zoom?
 
2021-09-27 5:58:14 PM  
Bingo.

No, that's our suggested "morale event." We'll play Bingo, over Teams, for things like gift cards as we "socialize." I have almost nothing in common with my co-workers; my manager plays Elder Scrolls Online, which he (in a well-meaning sort of way) works into EVERY GODDAMNED STANDUP now, and my agency reps are too busy skiing & networking. The worst part of that "morale event" is that they're both sincere & earnest about it - they truly do mean well - which makes it that much more awkward to turn down.

But, before that happens, I'll have to regain my voice. I'm out sick today, thanks to a sinus infection nasty enough to need Augmentin, which I've enjoyed since last week. But, as I only get one hour of paid illness leave per 40 hours worked - the minimum required under Washington state law - I had to wait until the proverbial last minute to take a day off. One sick day represents two months (8 hours for 8 weeks) of accumulation. Had I not accumulated 12 hours, I wouldn't have been able to take today off & spend every few hours with my face in a steam inhaler.

And, when I go back to work tomorrow, we'll be debating when to hold our "morale event" even as talking about it tanks mine...
 
2021-09-27 6:37:51 PM  

Miss5280: If self-care means they get to work from home if they want, then go for it. If not, screw it.


No, "self-care" means that you can take your physical and mental ailments to another place, and overwhelm somebody else  with your need for extra help, caused by your shiatty job.  Then we  can have another service  that is consumed by the rapacious needs of always doing business, so that medical professionals can also be overworked and burned out by the demands of THEIR jobs, caused by shiatty business practices that everyone in this country worships and works for.  .

So everybody pays for shiatty business practices and capitalism, except the shiatty businesses, and the people who are profiting from the shiatty businesses, which would probably be Farkers, because you all  sure as fark don't work below your pay grade.  And that means that you promote this crap also.

That's your problem.   You lie down with dogs..... I have always made sure that my mental and physical health comes before whatever shiatty job I have.  This is not a priority for most people if they get paid enough, so here we are--deeply in debt, fat, sick, and tired.
But  at least you can pay for being a burden on society by being an elite consumer.  That's why you do it.   It takes a LOT of stamina to live the life of the good American consumer, and the services have to follow.  Otherwise consumerism and social snobbery would die, and god knows nobody wants THAT to happen. What would you do with your life then?

Being humble and happy and self-sufficient is for losers who don't appreciate the value of blowing money, and the fun of ordering other people around by the power of your big fat wallet.  So all those burned-out people can just get with the program and keep supporting the ECONOMY, so that you can continue to live in the style of a lunatic capitalist.  It's what makes you happy--providing hundreds of other people a JOB.
 
2021-09-27 7:16:12 PM  
With labor shortage in the US, workers finally have the upper hand. Now we just have to stop the corporations from importing more workers from overseas and south of the border.
 
2021-09-27 7:18:05 PM  
My company has something like that, some free app that has relaxation techniques or some shiat, I don't know. I refuse to download it.

Can't they just pay me more instead of spending money paying for this shiat?
 
2021-09-28 6:30:18 AM  
Emergency responder with ptsd, yes, the answer to the issue is most assuredly eating more broccoli, doing more yoga, and stepping away for tea breaks if it gets too much. Just attended a session for self care and first responder related mental health issues, and the very last thing they told us was a blurb about getting therapy if an extra bubblebath or 4 coffee breaks don't fix you. Can't afford insurance, even the insurance they offer, but yeah 4 coffee breaks and a chat with my non-work pals to blow off steam (as long as it's not about work, because of confidentiality agreements and HIPAA) is gonna keep me sane. I'm lucky in many ways, still. I have been in therapy for quite awhile, and work takes up a good chunk of my hour. It helps quite a bit, and there are resources for mental health. County health departments are good for finding affordable or free ones in some cases.
It's a kind of a nice effort employers are trying to make, but they send mixed signals when telling you to take a break when you need it, but you have performance reviews being held over your head. It's easy to become a workaholic. You need this job. You need this form. You need this approval and signature from one supervisor or another to get some part of your work done. This chain of waiting actions causes a hypervigilance in any work place. You're being watched and under a magnifying glass for every little thing at work, but please, walk away for 10 minutes a few times a day. You're only allotted 30 minutes of break, but it's ok, we won't look into your times and ask why you needed 3 additional 10 minute breaks and possibly dock it. The invasion of privacy by private sector employers asking about mental health skeeves me out a little. Like, yeah, let's normalize mental healthcare as a priority, but how about instead of making it seem like you're gathering demographics and info about your employees, you try, idk, insurance that allows for therapy and even the most basic physical healthcare, as well as a living wage? Maybe add in there a reasonable work load?
Most of this article is more desk job related, what about our retail and service industry workers? Many of them don't even get the illusion of "are you ok" from thier employers, yet they are constantly mistreated and abused. Teachers too. Though, depending on the local education system, they do have these mental health sessions as well.
Everyone is burnt out and tired, man. We all need a little more support than "have you tried yoga?".
 
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