Category: Health and Wellness

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The Challenges of Addressing Sedentary Work and Illness

As technology advances, the number of people performing sedentary work as well as the amount of sedentary work performed per person increases. Too much sedentary work can have serious adverse health effects, including obesity, musculoskeletal pain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, particularly if it is combined with sedentary leisure. This is not new information, […]

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Why Do Companies Get Worker Wellbeing Wrong?

A new report from the Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council indicates not all employers are getting worker wellbeing right … and it could actually be affecting the sustainability of their business.

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E-Cigarettes: Gateway Drug or Smoking Cessation Tool?

Sometimes it seems like everybody’s blowing smoke about e-cigarettes: this one says it entices young people to try tobacco; that one swears it helped him give up the “cancer-sticks” for good. Who’s right? And what implications does that have for the vaping policies and smoking-cessation programs in your workplace?

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E-Cigarettes: What Are Your Workers Smoking?

State and local governments have been tightening the noose on tobacco for decades now—and employers, eager to reduce health costs and sick days and increase attendance and productivity, started with banning smoking in most workplaces and then added employer-sponsored smoking cessation programs to the mix. Then, just when it seemed that the whole endeavor was […]

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Harassment Plagues U.S. Workplaces

A new university study finds that workplace harassment is directly tied to physical and psychological problems experienced by victims, such as stress, loss of sleep, depression, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Who’s Smoking at Your Facility?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), about 20% of working adults use some sort of tobacco products, and almost 5% of these folks use two or more tobacco products “every day” or “some days.”

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The Health Risks of a Noisy Commute

That noisy ride to and from work on a commuter train may be more than annoying. It could be detrimental to your health, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. And trains aren’t the only problem. While most sounds you hear while walking, cycling, driving, or taking transit fall within safe levels, sudden bursts […]

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Don’t Let Your CSR Efforts Put Volunteer Workers at Risk

As part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, many employers encourage and enable workers to participate in volunteer opportunities in disaster-stricken areas. But before you sign off on letting a work crew head for Houston or Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, make sure that you are not putting your workers’ health and […]

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Is Volunteer Work Putting your Workers—and Your CSR Integrity—at Risk?

Providing your employees with volunteer opportunities can be an important part of your corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community engagement strategy. But if you aren’t careful, sending your employees into the community to do good things can pose unanticipated hazards. You don’t want to end up paying medical claims because a worker was injured while […]

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