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Dr. Farnaz Namin’s children’s book, The Ocean’s Riddle, recently became an Amazon Best-Seller.

Center for Work Life happily extends congratulations!


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The Ocean’s Riddle is a story that embodies some of Center for Work Life’s primary values. The book offers a great example of work life balance which can be seen in the mother’s time spent with her child. Beyond work life balance, the concept of emotional intelligence is important to the characters as they interact and grow to understand each other better. Though fun, engaging and colorful for children, this book also offers important lessons for children and adults. It is vital to never lose sight of one’s values. Congratulations again to Dr. Farnaz for a job well done.


The Ocean’s Riddle:

This is the only tale of perseverance ever told by a courageous oyster from under the sea.  A young boy makes a new friend who tells him a story about bravery. Set in a beautiful ocean world, the lesson learned is one he’ll never forget.

What a delightful way to teach children ways to overcome challenges and foster perseverance. Dr. Namin’s gentle message will likely resonate in the ears and minds of children as they read and reread “The Ocean’s Riddle” for years to come. A great addition to any parent, teacher or counselor’s library.

~ Kim Taylor 
First Grade Teacher 



Currently only available in English. 
Recommended for Ages 1-8. 
Look for it soon in board back form.



About the Author:

Farnaz Namin, Ph.D., is a doctor of psychology and the Principal at Center for Work Life. She has more than 15 years of psychology practice experience within the US and abroad. She is the constant catalyst to change as the Florida Key Psychologist, representing state and federal work-force regulatory planning and legislature.  She was the 2013 honoree of the OBJ Women Who Mean Business, and is regularly sought as an expert speaker, speaking on complex topics such as employment, talent acquisition, leadership development, and team effectiveness.  Because of her vast experience in corporate and government environments, she is able to bring a fresh, unique and research driven perspective in her dynamic and groundbreaking workshops and seminars.  She is a regular guest expert on media networks such as FOX, HLN, and scientific publications for trade and professional magazines, such as the Huffington Post, Boston Herald, and The New York Post.

Click here to read more about Dr. Farnaz Namin…


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This Blog has been featured by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Sources such as HLN have also been home to publications by Dr. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati and she has been cited by the Orlando Business Journal


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Management Monday: Managing the Future of Organizational Healthcare

It’s been abuzz for months and now the time has come for Obamacare to kick in. Despite difficulty to resolve conflict and the big bad wolf vibe of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), it may not be as bad as it’s been portrayed. Questions continue concerning the Affordable Care Act’s realistic affordability, but it is here and happening, so it’s time to be familiar with the details. According to Despite Obamacare, execs still expect to keep hiring (CBS News), 9 out of 10 businesses subject to the law already offer healthcare benefits and companies with under 50 employees will be exempt. Still, many businesses and leaders are scratching their heads. Or maybe they’ve made decisions in the face of this change, but aren’t confident with their actions. Below are some considerations.


Healthcare Reform Considerations:

Wellness Programs

In addition to seeking answers for workforce engagement, high turnover, and the bottom line, now employers are being asked to take responsibility for employee health. Is that such a bad thing? Medical Officer at NIOSH, Casey Choosewood has said “Work and health, because they’re such important components of our lives, cannot be separated.” This statement is rich in truth, but part of the ongoing concern for employers is the cost of health insurance associated with employees’ lifestyles. In other words, employees are increasingly living less healthy lifestyles.  Risk factors such as obesity, smoking, and alcohol over-consumption are notably on the rise.  Two thirds of the adult population is obese and nearly half of the U.S. population suffers from chronic health conditions. It is time to look at valued options which grow the organization not only size wise, but intellectually.   A detailed and effective wellness program communicates value to the employee and the employee in turn mobilizes to be in line with the mission. Healthy organizations are the wave of the future.

Healthcare-Business-Alliance-and-Capture-Medical-Billing-Thumbnail1-300x216Health Care Guidance

Any organizations not offering healthcare or considering taking it away should keep the importance of human capital and the bottom line in mind. Karen van Caulil, president of the Florida Health Care Coalition touched on this in Orlando Business Journal’s Future of Health Care event in May. “Be careful,” van Caulil said “[Health insurance] attracts the best employees for you, it retains the best employees. I am concerned about the businesses planning on terminating their coverage and what the fallout and unintended consequences may be.” Keep in mind, the U.S. Small Business Administration reports that of the 28 million small businesses in the U.S., 96% won’t be subject to the rules. The remaining 4% should utilize information and tools provided by advisors, or through tools.

In-House Health Care

Since 1991, Rosen Hotels & Resorts has saved a whopping $220 million in health care costs. At The Future of Health Care event, Kenneth Aldridge Jr., director of Health Services for Rosen Medical Center, explained by hiring their own physicians, the organization has been able to develop a system of accountability with employees concerning their health as well as provide comprehensive coverage.

Accountable Care Organizations

According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. “ACOs can include hospitals, specialists, post-acute providers and even private companies like Walgreens” says Jenny Gold of Further researching and joining an ACO is another action available to businesses interested in the best healthcare alternatives.

Drastic changes such as those currently taking place in the health care universe can seem scary but they aren’t as threatening as the “big bad wolf.” Organizations “building their houses of brick” and making wise choices for the benefit of all, will come out of this transition time stronger.


Have additional questions about The Affordable Care Act? Ask a Navigator October 8th at noon through the Orlando Sentinel! 


Related Reads:
National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Update
Healthcare Reform and The Healthy Organization
What Doctor Doesn’t Know Could Hurt You



Center for Work Life’s Blog has been featured by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Trusted sources such as HLN have also been home to publications by Dr. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati and she has been cited by the Orlando Business Journal

Like ants scattered and desperate in response to the disruption of their long-standing, carefully constructed ant hill, America and the world has already felt the impact of the government shutdown. It is terrible for the fragile economy. Businesses and individuals across the country are left asking: how will the shut-down effect all of us? It’s difficult to say how this conflict will shake out. However, history and educated projections can suggest likely repercussions until agreements can be reached.



Potential Impacts of the Government Shutdown

  • Even if it remains brief, this event will put about a million federal employees out of work; that is enough to undo the last six months of job growth in the private sector.
  • If it lasts up to a month, it will reduce real GDP by an estimated 1.4 percentage points in the fourth quarter, while a two-month shutdown would put the economy back into recession. Historically, the last recession drove 2.7 million children into poverty.
  • The shutdown could immediately cut an estimated 19,000 Head Start and Early Head Start spots across 10 states.
  • The effects of the shutdown would compound the billions of dollars in sequestration cuts that affected programs for students with disabilities and disadvantaged students and early childhood education services for low-income children.
  • If the shutdown lasts more than 10 days, more than 2 million military service members could see their pay delayed.
  • Half the civilian workforce in the Department of Defense would be furloughed without pay and the other half would have to work for delayed pay.
  • Nearly 9 million pregnant women, recent mothers, and young children could lose clinical services and food benefits.
  • More than 400 national parks, museums and zoos will close down.
  • Almost 6 million small businesses would see financial support delayed with small business loan programs being shut down.
  • More than 800,000 federal government employees could be furloughed without pay.
  • Educational, compensation, and pension benefits for hundreds of thousands of veterans could be delayed.
  • Applications for new Social Security benefits would be delayed and services for seniors significantly delayed as workers are furloughed.
  • If the government is shut down for the same length of time as it was in the mid-1990s, the cost for taxpayers would be about $2 billion.


longispinosus4These are scary numbers and disheartening projections. Even with the potential consequences listed out, the question still remains: where do we go from here? The realistic answer: it’s time to be Temnothorax Ants. Their behavior is admirable and certainly worth emulation. Ask Nature explains “A single leader teaches one follower the route to important resources such as sources of food or better nest sites.” Like the Temothorax Ants, each person has an opportunity to offer encouragement, support and guidance to neighbors who need it. Until the tampering of the ant hill stops, American citizens have an opportunity to come together and support each other; to prove the ants will carry on bravely.



Center for Work Life’s Blog has been featured by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Trusted sources such as HLN have also been home to publications by Dr. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati and she has been cited by the Orlando Business Journal

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