Work Environment

Young Workers Face Significant Financial Problems

Seniors and middle-aged Americans certainly have not been immune to the economic turmoil in the U.S. in the last six years, but it’s younger Americans who seem to be suffering the most. Data from the annual PwC US 2014 Employee Financial Wellness Survey shows that “Generation Y” workers — those between the ages of 21 […]

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How to Work Less and Be More Productive

Even when you work hard, you’re not necessarily working smart, Fast Company reported April 14. Instead of pulling all-nighters or working 80-hour weeks, consider whether you can work fewer but more productive hours by: scheduling downtime. Relaxing can open your mind to new ways of solving work problems or coming up with new ideas. decluttering […]

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Most U.S. Employees Deal with Workplace Stress

Feeling stressed out at work? Join the club. NBC News reported April 9 that eight out of 10 U.S. workers say they are stressed by at least one job-related issue, according to a new poll. Long commutes and low wages are among the top stressors, according to the poll by Neilsen conducted for Everest College. […]

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More Moms Staying Home

Staying at home after a baby is born isn’t a choice that every mother gets to make, but more women who can do so seem to be choosing child-rearing over the workplace, ┬áthe New York Times reported April 8. A study from the Pew Research Center finds that a long-term decline in the prevalence of […]

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Some Companies Make Wellness Pay for Workers

What’s better than improving your physical and emotional health and wellness? Getting paid to do it. The Chicago Tribune reported March 20 that three-quarters of employers who have workplace wellness programs in place offer some type of financial reward for employees who participate. These incentives average almost $600 per employee in 2014, according to the […]

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Workplace Happiness Translates to Productivity

A happy worker is a more productive worker, says a new study into the relationship between personal happiness in the workplace. The Business Standard reported March 20 that researchers from the University of Warwick in England assessed the happiness levels of study subjects before giving them tasks to perform. They found that happier people were […]

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Wisc. Lawmakers Approve Tax Credits for Wellness Programs

Small businesses that establish wellness programs would be able to claim a 30-percent tax credit under a measure passed by both houses of the Wisconsin legislature, Biztimes.com reported March 12. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was expected to sign the measure into law. A workplace wellness program is defined as “a health or fitness program, as […]

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Considering a Treadmill Desk? Go at the Right Speed

Using a treadmill desk sounds like a great idea — in theory. What could be better than being able to keep active while doing your desk work, right? But then maybe you think about the times you’ve been on a treadmill in the gym; would that really have been a good time to be typing, […]

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Job Satisfaction Boosted by Wellbeing Benefits

A majority of workers say their overall job satisfaction is improved when employers offer wellbeing-enhancing benefits and policies like flexible work hours, health insurance, and dental insurance, Employee Benefits reported Feb. 19. However, the survey by the group Investors in People found that 54 percent of workers don’t fell that their employers have an interest […]

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Do You Sit at Work? Get Up at Least Once an Hour

Studies have shown a link between extended sitting and risk of cardiovascular disease, and experts say that office workers should make a habit of getting up from their chairs at least hourly for the sake of their heart health. Fox News reported Feb. 23 that prolonged sitting also increases the risk of back and neck […]

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