Work Environment

Americans Work More Than They Sleep

Americans work an hour more than they sleep on an average day and many typically fall short of getting recommended amounts of sleep, the Atlantic reported Dec. 16. The American Time Use Survey found that 30 U.S. workers get about six hours of sleep, not the seven to eight hours experts say are needed. Another report, […]

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Your Kids Aren’t Making Enough Money to Save

Median wages for workers ages 24-37 have declined in every occupational category except healthcare since the current recession began in 2007, the Atlantic reported Dec. 3. The same is largely true for workers ages 18-24. Real wages have dropped 10 percent in retail, wholesale, leisure, and hospitality — industries that employ an outsized number of young […]

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Overweight Women Suffer in the Workplace

Overweight women earn significantly less than normal-weight women regardless of factors like education, Time magazine reported Nov. 28. Research shows that women classified as “very thin” earned $22,000 more per year than the average, while “very heavy” women earned almost $19,000 less. Women who were 13 pounds overweight earned $9,000 less annually, while being 25 […]

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How to Be a Bit Healthier at Work

So much for the 40-hour work week: federal data shows that the average American spends 8.7 hours at work each weekday, and that’s often time spent sitting down. NerdWallet reported Dec. 1 on some ways to make your time on the clock a little healthier, including: get out of your chair whenever you can, including […]

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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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