Work Environment

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,┬áVerizon, 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┬áreported 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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Sense of Job Security Improves in U.S.

Far fewer U.S. workers are worried about being laid off than were a year ago, according to a new Gallup survey. Just 19 percent of workers surveyed in August 2014 said they are concerned about being laid off, down from 29 percent in 2013. That’s the most optimistic workers have been since prior to the […]

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Windowless Workers Get Less Sleep

Do you miss the sun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.? If you work in a windowless office the lack of natural light could be messing with your natural sleep patterns, Fast Company reported Aug. 11. Researchers found that workers who are denied access to sunlight reported getting 46 fewer minutes of sleep per night […]

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Risk of Heart Disease Varies by Profession

The stereotype of the high-pressure financier keeling over from a coronary may be somewhat overblown: people working in finance and insurance actually have the lowest rate of heart disease among the major professions, a study finds. LiveScience reported Aug. 4 that the heart disease rate for people under age 55 these two professions stands at […]

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Workplace Benefits Continue to Disappear in U.S.

Pensions are one of the basic employment benefits that U.S. workers once took for granted but are now disappearing, U.S. News and World Report reported July 28. While nearly 90 percent of companies offer 401(k) plans to workers, and 74 percent make contributions to such plans, less than one in four firms now provide a […]

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