The World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.” According to the annual StressPulse Survey conducted by employee assistance program (EAP) provider ComPsych Corporation, stress and personal relationship issues are the most common reasons for employee absence, accounting for nearly half (47%) of employee absences—handily beating out medical issues. Given […]
It’s less obvious than a fire hazard. It’s less dramatic than a 40-foot fall. But make no mistake: Job-related stress can pose a hazard to your workers. It can contribute to the development of heart disease, high blood pressure, and back pain; it can distract workers so completely that they commit deadly errors. So, how […]
When temperatures drop, people start to head indoors to keep warm. But with close quarters comes a dramatic uptick in communicable disease, including norovirus. While often mistakenly referred to as the “stomach flu,” it is a completely different virus. It is the leading cause of gastroenteritis, and with its rapid onset, norovirus can quickly overwhelm […]
What health message are you giving your employees this week? Are you hanging 5-a-Day posters in the break room? Offering healthy recipes as paycheck stuffers? Holding a fitness fair? Starting a weight-loss challenge?
Workers who are healthier are more productive, use less sick leave, and decrease your medical costs. They also tend to be less accident-prone. But workers’ health is not something you control; it’s something they have to take responsibility for on their own. Workplace wellness programs are all about supporting workers’ own commitment to their health, […]
Thirty states have now legalized marijuana use for medicinal purposes, while recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C. And as many states across the country become more lenient with their marijuana laws and regulations, organizations should seek out everything there is to know about marijuana and workplace safety and wellness.
You’ve read about workplaces that offer everything from healthy takeout meals to on-site yoga, massages, and napping pods. Maybe that describes your approach. Or, perhaps your organization has held back, not knowing quite where—or if—to start.
Fear of being laid off. Excessive overtime. Pressure to perform. Conflicts with coworkers. Job stress is in the house. When you add daily life stressors like finances, family concerns, and illness, the result is a big pile of angst that can wear down your personnel, eroding productivity and safety and costing you money.
What’s the link between your work and your health? If there is one, is it positive or negative? Get details of an intriguing survey here.
Women who put in long hours during their careers may pay a steep price in increased risk for life-threatening illnesses. Get the latest on this worrisome finding.