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Experts find being ignored worse than being bullied
The Daily Mail
The famous quote claims the only thing in life worse than being talked about, is not being talked about — and a new study may have proved this to be the case.
Being ignored at work has been found to be worse for a person's health than people who are harassed or bullied.
Researchers found that while most consider ostracism less harmful than bullying, feeling excluded is significantly more likely to lead job dissatisfaction, quitting and health problems.
Employee well-being rises up the corporate agenda
There are clear business benefits for organizations that support staff health and well-being, including lower absence rates, higher productivity and better employee engagement, according to the Confederation of British Industry in a report published in May.
The stigma of mental illness and the noble savage myth
Despite the seemingly widespread understanding that mental illness is a disease that can be effectively treated, prejudice toward individuals with mental health issues still pervades our society. People with such conditions are often depicted as undesirable and incapable of maintaining meaningful personal relationships or holding positions of authority. Organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the National Institute of Mental Health have led efforts to overcome the stigma of mental illness. In addition, anti-stigma campaigns have been developed to end discrimination surrounding mental illness.
State laws ban employer access to workforce's social media
Employee Benefit News
This month, Louisiana joined nearly a dozen other states that have enacted laws that prohibit employers from requiring or penalizing workers who fail to fork over personal online account information. Thanks to the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act, all Louisiana-based public, private and educational employers are banned from retaliating against employees who do not provide usernames, passwords and other personal information.
Stressed out lawyers — can anything be done?
Long hours, mountainous workloads, combative cultures — stress is part of lawyering. But are firms doing enough to help people manage it, or is their talk of help programs just hot air?
Australia launches campaign on corporate mental health
Pro Bono Australia
Depression Not for Profit beyondblue has launched a national campaign in conjunction with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance to encourage Australia's business leaders to take action on mental health.
The move comes as a new report by PwC reveals that Australian businesses will receive an average return of $2.30 for every dollar they invest in effective workplace mental health strategies.
The research, which looked at the impact of employees' mental health conditions on productivity, participation and compensation claims, also found that these conditions cost Australian employers at least $10.9 billion a year.
Small businesses less likely to offer health promotion programs
Employees at small businesses are less likely to have access to worksite wellness programs, according to a research review in the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. But smaller companies that can overcome the barriers and implement wellness programs can realize achieve meaningful improvements in employee health, report Kira McCoy, BA, of Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass., and colleagues.
Wellness efforts can help prevent obesity from becoming a disability
Employee Benefit News
People are living and working longer. But their lives — and workplace performance — are negatively impacted by all manner of disability. "The Global Burden of Disease Study" released in December 2012 is a landmark effort to describe and predict healthcare trends around the world. Produced over five years by 486 researchers at 302 institutions in 50 countries, the study is the most detailed look at health on the population level ever attempted.
A 6-part approach to managing anxiety
Most of us experience anxiety at different times in life; it's when it takes over our quality of life that that it becomes a problem. But what is anxiety, and do you experience it?
There two different types of anxiety: external and internal.
External anxiety comes from outside events that produce an internal reaction inside us. Examples include sitting in traffic jams and worrying about being late, or perhaps an argument with a spouse.
Internal anxiety is when a person internally generates anxiety with an internal thought.
Resolve to get employees involved in wellness programs
Compliance with safety and health regulations is your duty under the law. While there are no comparable laws governing diet, exercise, and stress, many employers agree that these factors play a role in keeping employees healthy and productive and preventing illness.
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