How you can practice self-compassion

There is a story that all too often plays in your head. It plays over and over, causing you to be down, distracted, and stressed.  “I should have spoken up in that meeting.”   “I should have called her when her mom died.”   “Why did I lose my temper with my kids and husband tonight?”  “I didn’t get the report done on time, and my boss is already irritated. I probably just got myself fired. I can’t do anything right.” It may be embarrassing to admit the things we say to ourselves and say them out loud, but many of [...]

Collaboration in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

In a time where employee retention aligns with creating healthy, holistic work environments, organizations and companies are looking to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) to assist in creating a workplace where employees thrive.  Your company or organization may be working on DEIB efforts – whether you are just beginning the discussion or you have implemented your unique DEIB statement, formed a committee, and are engaged in the 5th year of your strategic plan. But if you’re like many organizations, you’re just beginning and may not understand the meaning of these words and how they relate to you, your [...]

Create More Meaningful Connections with Others

In the last few years, several factors seem to have played into our ability, or rather inability, to connect with each other in an empathetic, genuine manner. These factors include the pandemic, social injustice, as well as the political environment. In a time where everything seems to be divisive, it is so important to focus on genuinely and empathetically connecting with others. One of the simplest ways to connect with others is by asking questions that lead to discussions as opposed to one-word answers. Many of us are programmed to check in with others with a simple, “Hi! [...]

Successfully Navigate Another Season of Change

It seems that life is filled with constant changes. Are your kiddos returning to school soon or headed off to college for the first time? Did you just get married, build a house, have a baby, or start a new job? All of these things are common occurrences but can have a significant impact on our day-to-day lives. Some changes occur in our lives by choice, and we are given time to prepare, while some are imposed on us with minimal warning or control over the process. Regardless of the type of change that occurs, we will go [...]

Normalizing Men’s Mental Health

The stigma of men’s mental health When I read the first paragraph of the recent article, “A Silent Crisis - The Unpacking of Men’s Mental Health in America,” it gave me an immediate feeling of uneasiness and despair. Learning that 75% of all suicide victims in the United States are men, and the leading cause of death among men is the entanglement of depression and suicide.  Sadly, from my perspective, there has always been a stigma around mental health, especially for men. I’ve heard phrases such as, “I don’t want to be weak.” or “I’m fine.” I had a [...]

Awareness and Prevention: Sexual Assault

SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION.  Three words that immediately get our attention.  But overall, not only is it hard to acknowledge the facts when it comes to sexual assault - but I think the tendency is for most of us to try and put it out of our minds entirely since it’s unpleasant to think about and often even more uncomfortable to talk about.  Statistics show us that most sexual assaults happen the first time between the ages of 11-17 years old; so in theory, our focus should really be on sexual assault prevention. As parents, teachers, caregivers, and therapists, [...]

Students and trauma – how to help

School districts have resumed in-person learning and children can now enjoy being with their teachers and interacting with their classmates, rather than navigating their way through remote learning or from a hybrid route. “With all these changes, it is important that parents, family members, teachers, coaches, and other mentors educate themselves,” Lea Aunins, empac Account Manager shares. “Check in with and respond to children who have experienced an increase in stress and anxiety and possibly the absence of safety and security previously known to them.” An article written by the U.S. Department of Education, titled, “Tips for Helping Students [...]

Help Your Employees Thrive Amid the Great Resignation

The Great Resignation is continuing with no real sign of letting up. While many point to the COIVD-19 pandemic as the cause of the Great Resignation, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that this has been brewing long before the pandemic began. In 2017, former staff writer Bourree Lam wrote in the Atlantic that more and more Americans believe that hard work did not, in fact, actually pay off. That's not just a trend in America, though. The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer shows people worldwide are starting to believe that hard work will no longer pay off for [...]

Sheriff’s Office Culture Change and Empac

It's OK to not be OK. And it's OK to ask for help. These are two messages empac emphasizes when working with Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office employees and other law enforcement officers and first responders. "Empac has started to have a cultural change in our organization," Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says. Counseling from empac's licensed and certified staff is helping employees at the Sheriff's Office open up. "To get law enforcement to open up is very difficult," Easter said. "The therapists at empac have been able to build that trust." Sheriff's employees "have to thrive in everything they are [...]

Logan Woodbridge’s Empac story

Compassion. Confidentiality. Caring. Those are the words Logan Woodbridge uses to describe the staff at empac.  “Empac is really good about just making you feel safe and making you feel like an actual friend who listens to you, and they actually care about what is going on in your personal life,” says Logan.  When serving at INTRUST Bank, Logan worked as empac’s account manager. He was impressed with their desire to help people. With the challenges and stress of COVID-19, empac has been an even more invaluable partner, and knowing that empac is available to help INTRUST Bank employees with [...]

Fight the Turnover Tsunami and Retain Talent

Getting your employees the resources they need to be healthy and thrive is more critical now than ever. “We’re living in what they call a ‘turnover tsunami,’ and talent is one of our most precious resources,” says Bryan Herwig. In his role as Director of Organizational Development at Vortex Global, Bryan says partnering with empac has been transformational. It’s been a true blessing to have the resource available to not only the employees but also the company leaders, Bryan says.  “In my role, I’m responsible for improving productivity and developing people and the culture at Vortex,” he says, “When I [...]

Donielle Watson’s Empac Story

Law enforcement officers and first responders see a lot of trauma in their jobs that inevitably follows them home. Empac works with Wichita Police Department officers to help them better manage their stress. “Our local, non-profit employee assistance program, empac, is an excellent tool for the department,” says Officer Donielle Watson. Our employee assistance program services help law enforcement officers stay on top of their mental health. “It’s extremely critical because of the amount of trauma we see on a day-to-day basis,” Watson says. “Every officer is impacted. It’s important to take care of our own mental health so we [...]

YMCA Values Empac

Much like empac, the Greater Wichita YMCA is focused on wellness — people’s spirits, minds, and bodies. That synergy is why our experts are a great fit for the YMCA.  Brandy Weber serves as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at the Greater Wichita YMCA. Empac's licensed and certified experts are helping YMCA employees thrive, just as their employees help their members thrive.  Empac helps “us serve the spirit and the mind,” Brandy says. “Empac is a service we use with our employees and our families. Any time we have an employee struggling in any way, we can offer [...]

Introducing A New Logo And Website

For 40 years empac has been driven by a simple premise: we believe healthy, well-balanced employees and families make thriving companies and strong communities. Along with that, we are excited to announce the updating of our company logo to better reflect who we are today and where we are going in the future. Our new, dynamic look embodies the word “thrive” by demonstrating how growth is empowering. The color represents trust, loyalty, confidence, and stability. You will see the new look rolled out across all of our platforms. We will continue to serve clients with the exceptional service you have [...]

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