Work Environment

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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Entrepreneurs Have Greater Sense of Purpose

Ever thought about starting your own business? It may benefit your wellbeing as well as your bottom line. Data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows that purpose well-being is higher among U.S. entrepreneurs (51) than other workers (44). The wellness benefit for female self-starters is even more evident: female entrepreneurs scored an average of 56 […]

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Wellness Tied to Job Availability

Residents of countries with the best jobs outlook are twice as likely to be “thriving” in at least three of five aspects of personal wellbeing, according to data from the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index. In countries where respondents were most likely to report that now is a “good time” to find a job, about 20 […]

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Big Companies Get Behind Wellness

A new coalition of major U.S. corporations is urging companies to adopt workplace wellness programs as a way to reduce national healthcare costs, Reuters reported Sept. 17. Membership of the just-announced CEO Council on Health and Innovation includes Coca-Cola, Verizon, Aetna, Bank of America, Walgreen Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the Institute for Advanced Health. […]

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Stressed Workers Often Check Out Mentally

More than half of workers who say they are stressed out at work report being disengaged from their job, compared to just one in 10 workers who say they have low levels of stress in the workplace. Forbes reported Sept. 11 that the research also found that about 30 percent of U.S. workers and 34 […]

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These Jobs are Most Stressful and Dangerous

Firefighter and police officer are among the jobs that can be especially threatening to your physical and mental wellbeing, U.S. News and World Report reported Sept. 12. Construction is the most physically dangerous job category, with roofers and general contractors facing some of the highest injury risks. Injuries also are a major risk for firefighters and […]

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Germs Spread Widely in Two Hours

Does it seem like everyone at your job is always getting sick? A new study shows just how fast germs can spread through a typical office. Citylab reports on a study showing that virus germs left on an office doorknob or tabletop took just two to four hours to spread to 40-60 percent of frequently […]

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The Six Day Work Week is Already Here

The average American works 47 hours per week, not the classic “40 hour work week,” meaning that most of us are on the job the equivalent of six days a week, Gallup reports. A new poll finds that while 42 percent of American full-time employees still work 40 hours a week: 11 percent work 41-49 […]

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