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  • Department of Veterans Affairs deploys new online Veterans Employment Toolkit
  • This is why I attend the World EAP Conference every year — how about you?
  • Inspired by tragedy, employee assistance program wins national award
  • Drugs in workplace costly for employers
  • ROI of workplace wellness programmes goes beyond 'mere dollars saved'
  • Victims of workplace bullying more likely to take antidepressants, sedatives
  • 1st responder opens up about PTSD on the job
  • Military women get dedicated mental health clinic
  • The next step for wellness
  • Getting America to check in with itself

  • Department of Veterans Affairs deploys new online Veterans Employment Toolkit
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new online Veterans Employment Toolkit. The toolkit was designed to help employers, managers and supervisors, EAP and HR professionals support veterans in the workplace. The online toolkit provides information about the value veterans bring to the workplace, material describing the military experience and culture, common challenges vets may experience in readjusting to civilian life and how to support individuals during that transition. More

    This is why I attend the World EAP Conference every year — how about you?
    EAPA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Marina London LCSW, CEAP, writes: "Every year, I learn about something amazing from someone attending or presenting at that conference. 2012 was no exception. I was fortunate to be co-presenting a 'Super Session' on Social Media and Apps with Barbara Veder, (the clinical leader for a major Canadian EAP's Digital Management Team.) As we were catching up, Barb proceeded to tell me about a web site called PatientsLikeMe.com. 'Do you know about it? Have you been on it?' she asked me." More

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    Inspired by tragedy, employee assistance program wins national award
    Florida Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A local group of human resources professionals has turned the shocking news of a Port St. John, Fla., mother who killed her children and then took her own life into something positive: An award-winning assistance program to aid those whose job is helping others. The simple question the Space Coast Human Resource Association sought to answer was: To whom would Tonya Thomas, a human resources manager at Renco Electronics in Rockledge, Fla., a single mother to four children ages 12-17, go for help if she was under stress or suffering mental issues? Where would she go, feeling it was a confidential place to air her concerns? More

    Drugs in workplace costly for employers
    Dayton Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Substance abuse problems among Ohio workers can result in workplace injuries, higher medical costs for their employers, more absenteeism and reduced productivity, according to survey data and experts. Employers pay on average $7,000 per employee annually to deal with unaddressed substance abuse problems among workers, according to some estimates. In the hopes of avoiding these and other troubles, many employers in Ohio screen job candidates for drugs and alcohol and some randomly or routinely test their employees for intoxicating substances. More



    ROI of workplace wellness programmes goes beyond 'mere dollars saved'
    Workplace Savings ans Benefits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The calculation of return on investment of workplace wellness programmes extends further than financial value alone, according to the Workplace Wellness Alliance. Its Making the Right Investment: "Employee Health and the Power of Metrics" study found diseases related to dietary behaviour, which lead to conditions such as obesity and type-2 diabetes, currently dominated the area of workplace wellness. More

    Victims of workplace bullying more likely to take antidepressants, sedatives
    EmpowHer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Studies have shown that workplace bullying can chip away at a victim's mental health, leading to depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress syndrome. Now, a large-scale study has provided more evidence of the harmful effects of workplace bullying. The study found that victims of workplace bullies are more likely to take antidepressants, sleeping pills, sedatives and other psychotropic medications. The study, published in BMJ Open, also found that bystanders — those who simply witness workplace bullying and don't do anything about it — are also more likely to take these medicines. More



    1st responder opens up about PTSD on the job
    WGGB-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    VideoBrief When a first responder needs the help of another first responder in an emergency, Dave Pelletier says it makes things a little bit harder. "We still act as professionals. We're trained to be that way. It does touch home because we're all a team, police, fire and ems, when it's all said and done, we reach out to the family, the individuals, the coworkers and the other members of the protective services wishing them the best and our thoughts and condolences and we'll band together with them and we'll share the sorrow and their loss," said Pelletier, General Manager of American Medical Response in Western Massachusetts. More

    Military women get dedicated mental health clinic
    Philadelphia Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In his second term, President Barack Obama and his administration have placed a strong emphasis on service men and woman and their return to their civility and their daily lives. The process, however, is not a simple one. The National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics projects that 15-20 percent of veterans will return from duty with post-traumatic stress disorder. Females were reported as being twice as likely as males to develop the disorder. More



    The next step for wellness
    Human Resource Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As always, a new year brings new resolutions — to lose weight, get fit, stop smoking. Although plenty of employers offer programs intended to help their workers stick with those resolutions, recent evidence suggests those programs will have more impact if they're delivered in a "more holistic" manner. "People are made up of so much more than their healthy behaviors and physical health," says Lindsey Ellen Sears, executive director and principal investigator at Healthways, a Franklin, Tenn.-based healthcare company. "We need to adopt a broader perspective — to look at elements of their social lives, emotional health, how they interact with the workplace and the communities they live in." More

    Getting America to check in with itself
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Modern life dictates a certain amount of stress — from traffic, to morning routines, to our jobs, to the juggle of personal life and workplace. The trouble of it is that America has overdosed. The United States is one of the most stressed out nations in the world. According to the American Psychological Association, one in three Americans report being extremely stressed. The World Health Organization has called stress "the health epidemic of the 21st century." More


     



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