Work Environment

Warning Signs of Overwork

Chances are your boss won’t tell you when you’re working too much, and often it’s hard to make the diagnosis for yourself, too. Men’s Health reported Nov. 23 on five signs that you may be overworked, including: You feel guilty while engaging in non-work activities. You are being unproductive at work. You are starting to […]

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How to Create a Mindful Workplace

Mindfulness can yield happiness in the workplace; here’s seven tips from Entrepreneur magazine on how to get employees more “in the moment” and create a healthier, more balanced work environment: make mindfulness part of the office routine by setting aside a half-hour each week for meditation practice mindfulness as a group don’t try to “win” […]

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Feeling Like Toast at Work? This Could Be Why

If you’re feeling stressed out on the job, factors beyond the office may be at work. Health magazine reports on some reasons for burnout that you may have overlooked: You’re not getting enough support at home from your spouse or other family members. You don’t have a strong social network outside of work. You don’t […]

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If You Say You Don’t Need Time Off from Work, You Probably Do

Think you’re too stressed out at work to take a day off? Think about that for a second — a mental-health day may be just what you need. CNN reports that the key to responsibly taking a needed break from work is planning: you don’t want to lie to your boss by feigning illness, or […]

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Company Sued by EEOC Over Mandatory Wellness Tests

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Honeywell International over a workplace wellness program that requires workers to get blood tests and other health evaluations or face a large monetary penalty, CBS News reported Oct. 30. The agency says the program violates both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The […]

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CDC Tells Employers Cost of Obesity, Draws Criticism

Obesity-related healthcare costs in the U.S. top $140 billion annually, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed an obesity cost calculator intended to encourage employers to address the issue in the workplace. That has sparked criticism that CDC may be helping to perpetuate discrimination against overweight workers, NBC News reports. The […]

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Weight Affects Women’s Earning Ability

Overweight women earn less money and occupy less-prominent positions in the workplace than normal-weight women, NBC News reported Oct. 22. Vanderbilt University researchers found that companies are less likely to place overweight women in public-facing positions. “But morbidly obese men don’t seem to be underrepresented in these personal-interaction jobs, nor do they seem to be over-represented […]

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10-Minute Workout for Workplace Can Be Intense

For an office workout that can really get your heart rate up and build muscle, think “4-3-2-1,” Reuters reported Oct. 20. A new High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) fitness routine developed by exercise physiologist Sean Foy includes: 4 minutes of high-energy aerobic training 3 minutes of resistance training 2 minutes of core-strengthening exercises 1 minute of breathing […]

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How to Cope with Losing Your Job

Losing a job hurts more than your income — it also can mess with your health and well-being. NerdWallet reported Oct. 15 that the negative factors associated with unemployment include not just stress but loss of social connections with former co-workers. Household budget cuts also may result in poorer food choices and cutbacks on things […]

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Wellness Not an Option in Maryland

State workers will be required to take part in a workplace wellness program starting next year, the Associated Press reported Oct. 7. Failure to enroll will cost workers receiving healthcare benefits $50 in the first year and up to $450 in later years. Compliance with the program will start out with mild requirements but become […]

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