Workplace Wellness Programs:
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Our Workplace Wellness Blog
This is our little spot for collecting new and interesting items of note in the areas of workplace wellness, including health and safety, employee engagement, and workplace interaction (conflict management, team-building, etc.). We'll also be tracking business issues that impact on employee morale and their general mental health and well-being.
Please note: We have begun to compile the current HR & wellness-related event listings on a separate Events page.
Study examines impact of workplace, financial stress on health behavioursStudies highlight the negative impact workplace and financial stress can have on health behaviours
Study suggests higher-activity jobs tied to sleep extremesWorkers in jobs that are more physically demanding tend to be either shorter sleepers (fewer than 6 hours a night) or longer sleepers (longer than 9 hours)
Depression indicators predict work disabilty more than disease activity or response to therapyFocus on well-being could keep patients with arthritis in workforce, when a single depression statement identified those patients more likely to request disability pension
Universal paid sick leave reduces spread of fluUniversal access to paid sick days would reduce flu cases in the workplace by nearly 6% and estimated it to be more effective for small, compared to large, workplaces
Study links workplace daylight exposure to sleep, activity, and quality of lifeDay-shift office workers quality of life and sleep may be improved via emphasis on light exposure and lighting levels in current offices as well as in the design of future offices
Companies pay almost $6,000 extra per year for each employee who smokesBased on costs of absenteeism, lost productivity, smoke breaks and health care costs, researchers estimate that each employee who smokes costs an employer an average of $5,816 annually
Study suggests stress may make people stick with routines -- including good onesMindless behavior under stress does not just lead to overeating and shopping sprees -- it can also cause us to stick with the healthy habits we have formed
Study suggests categorizing rewards improves motivationIndividuals were more motivated by obtaining one reward from one category and an additional reward from a separate category than by choosing two rewards from a pool that included all items
Walking or bicycling to work influenced by othersHaving a spouse or co-workers who actively commute had a positive influence on the decision to do the same
Inability to express emotions causes delays in seeking treatment for heart attackLow emotional awareness, measured by alexithymia, an inability or deficiency in emotional processing, was associated with increased time to seeking treatment in heart attack patients
Posttraumatic stress disorder associated with type 2 diabetesPresence of posttraumatic stress disorder is significantly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes
Work-related stress linked to increased blood fat levels, cardiovascular health risksworkers with job stress were more likely to suffer from abnormally high levels of LDL cholesterol, excessively low levels of HDL cholesterol and positive atherogenic indices
Positive social support at work shown to reduce risk of diabetesWhile development of diabetes is commonly associated with risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and physical inactivity, research has shown that stress can also have a significant impact
Study suggests measuring prefrontal cortex activity can help assess leadership potentialLeadership brains: High complex brains, where activity patterns are more varied, suggests more of the brains resources are available at any one time to handle other situations or tasks
Sleep problems may increase risk for prostate cancerRisk for prostate cancer increased proportionately with reported severity of problems falling and staying asleep, from 1.6-fold to 2.1-fold
On-site asbestos detector offers promise of better workplace safetyFirst portable, real-time detector uses laser-based light scattering technique to identify harmful fibers
Moms more likely than other employees to leave male-dominated jobs with long hoursMothers were 52 percent more likely than other women to leave their jobs if they were working a 50-hour week or more, but only in occupations dominated by men
Study suggests workplace stress poses risk to healthHealthy workers who were exposed to stress at work displayed significantly elevated inflammatory parameters and faced twice the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Cutting back on sleep harms blood vessel function and breathing controlReducing sleep length over two consecutive nights leads to less healthy vascular function and impaired breathing control
Demanding physical work associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseaseStudy of 1000 hospital patients found that those suffering the stroke and coronary events were more commonly engaged in physically demanding occupation
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