Healthy Habits While Working from Home

After over a year since the pandemic was declared, employers continue to be flexible in the ever-changing landscape. Having employees productively and safely working from home has become more prevalent. We understand some employees may not be used to working at home for extended periods and may struggle with how to set up a comfortable and healthy workspace. Some may have a dedicated home office and equipment already in place, while many may be making the best of a temporary situation.

“Working from home is usually something people are very excited about but rarely prepared for. With some education, we hope to better prepare and set employees up for success when working from home so they have one less thing to worry about,” said Ryan Bruce, MEd, CRC, SPHR. Ryan Bruce is the Director of the Healthy Working Life (HWL) Vocational Services program at Cigna. Recommendation and suggestions brought to you by our Healthy Working Life Team comprised of Master’s leveled and nationally certified rehabilitation counselors.

Here are some tips for setting up your home office: CIGNA Work-at-Home_Tips_Brochure_NoOffice

Source: CIGNA Absence Newsletter – Dec 2020 edition.

KGA Life Services

We are excited to introduce our new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider!

KGA provides practical support for everyday challenges with the goal of helping you to maintain focus at home and at work. It is a free and confidential service provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health that is available 24/7 to you and your adult household members. EAP and Work-Life Document – DartmouthHitchcock

You can contact KGA in a variety of ways:

• Phone: 1-800-648-9557
• Website: My.KGALifeServices.com (login is: dartmouth)
• For easy on-the-go access, you can download their free app, KGA Mobile.

Quarterly Recipe

Provided by Karen Goodwin

 

Have a recipe you would like to share? Submit to employeenews@vnhcare.org.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 375°

Dry Ingredients:

1 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¾ teaspoon cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

¾ cup butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

1 egg, well beaten

1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 or 3 bananas)

Additional Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups 1-minute quick-cooking oatmeal

½ cup chopped nuts (your choice walnuts or pecans)

½ cup mini chocolate chips or raisins


Directions:

Dry Ingredients:
Sift flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Set aside.

Wet Ingredients:
Combine butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add beaten egg, mashed bananas, and mix together.

Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients by ½ cup measure and mix thoroughly before adding the next ½ cup measure until all is combined.

Additional Ingredients:
Add oatmeal, nuts, and chocolate chips or raisins until thoroughly blended.

Place tablespoon of dough on ungreased or parchment-lined cooking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes until light golden brown.

Yields approximately 3 ½ dozen.