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Top 10 strategies for combating employee stress
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Worker stress levels have increased within the past few years as a result of economy-related factors, such as layoffs, greater workloads, the need for some employees to work second jobs to make ends meet, and lower household incomes due to family members' lost wages. In response, many employers are taking steps to help their employees manage stress. In fact, Buck Consultants found that 66 percent of participants in its "Stress in the Workplace" survey have implemented four or more programs aimed at reducing stress, and 22 percent have at least eight programs in place. More



Clinical laboratory tests as a commodity: Why government health programs won't spend more
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Too often, pathology laboratory testing is treated as a commodity by government health officials in the United States and other countries. But treating lab testing as a commodity has negative long-term consequences for health systems which try to pay the cheapest price for medical laboratory testing. As pathologists and clinical laboratory managers know all too well, clinical pathology laboratory testing delivers incredible value when physicians order the right test and do the appropriate thing with the lab test results. Examples abound where proper use of laboratory testing contributes to improved patient outcomes while reducing the overall cost per episode of care. More

Bye-bye boss
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A recently published report finds that 45 percent of employees are thinking about quitting their jobs after summer vacation. Employees who are thinking "Get me out of here" are one of the major causes of low productivity, which dropped at an annual rate of 0.9 percent during the second quarter, according to the Department of Labor. Some of these employees are more involved in their job search than in their present job. Their busyness — getting out résumés, running out to interviews, then scrambling to meet today's deadline — makes everyone think they're being as productive as they always were. But the truth is that their contributions started to nosedive the day they began thinking of leaving, and usually their resignations surprise everyone. More

Crisis management strategies for businesses
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Large or small, even the best managed businesses may be hit by an unexpected public relations crisis. These can be recalls of dangerous or contaminated products, a civil product liability law suit, or some other unforeseen disaster that may hurt sales, the bottom line, and reflect badly on a company's image. More



Happy employees, successful companies
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The relationship between employee job satisfaction and outcome measures of the companies was the perspective in which analysis of all information was conducted. The bottom line is that employee work perceptions influence organization's outcomes more than outcomes affect employee perceptions of their job, because if employees have positive perceptions, their companies have enhanced employee retention, increased customer loyalty, and better financial outcomes. More

The art of saying 'no'
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What can we do? First, you have to decide if you should say no to a particular request. Look at your current obligations and overall priorities before making any new commitments. Ask yourself how important the new commitment is to you. Maybe it is something you can take on at a later time. Occasionally we view things as now or never, but are they really? More

Plans give employees handle on bad habits
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When choosing what to eat, Monica Loutzenhiser opts for an apple over nachos or a salad over a burger. She wants to eat a nutritious diet and stay healthy. Her employer wants the same thing. Loutzenhiser works for AstraZeneca, which is among a growing number of companies to offer workers disease management programs as a means of controlling health benefit costs. The programs can be as simple as passing out pedometers so workers can track how many steps they take. Or they can be more high-tech and make online programs available that monitor cholesterol levels and calorie consumption. More

Maximizing employee potential
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For any organization to grow, they need to hire a team of employees with high potential since they are the catalysts in the workplace. According to the Human Resource Manager of Tropical Bank, Grace Kissiti Kariisa, high potential employees have a collection of qualities that influence the employees around them in positive ways. According to a research conducted by Hire Max, an online organization known for its employments solutions, the dream of having multi-talented employees is the ultimate goal of any employer since this means improved productivity. More
 


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