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Table of Contents
  • Consulting with executives: The EAP role during crises
  • National Employee Wellness Month: Employers urged to provide EAPs
  • New compound to treat depression identified
  • In Canada workplace harassment declining but still a problem
  • SAMHSA report: Nearly half of substance abuse treatment facilities offer tobacco
        cessation
  • Preventive measures can help US workforce, save billions
  • To disclose or not to disclose: Mental illness at work
  • The retirement crisis nobody talks about
  • Study: Open plan offices rated as 'unhealthiest environments' to work in
  • How to manage workplace stress in 5 simple steps

  • Consulting with executives: The EAP role during crises
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    For the first time ever, EAPA is offering a pre-conference training course that will give participants the opportunity to spend an entire day with author and internationally recognized expert on workplace crisis prevention and intervention, Bruce Blythe. Known in the EAP community for his leadership of Crisis Management International and Crisis Care Network, Bruce is the author of "Blindsided: A Manager's Guide to Catastrophic Incidents in the Workplace" and numerous other publications. He will lead a team of presenters taking a "deep dive" into the world of providing value to organizational clients through effective and appropriate crisis response. This advanced level training will only be offered in Orlando on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
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    National Employee Wellness Month: Employers urged to provide EAPs
    The Huffington Post
    Stress is a natural part of work, but when it becomes long term and you find yourself weeping in the toilets, it's time to do a stock take of where you are in life. National Employee Wellness Month is a great opportunity not only to do a personal inventory of whether you are happy at work, but also to assess what your employers could be doing to make life less stressful for you. It's in their best interests after all: happier staff are more productive and more present.
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    New compound to treat depression identified
    American Society of Anesthesiologists via ScienceDaily
    There is new hope for people suffering from depression. Researchers have identified a compound, hydroxynorketamine, that may treat symptoms of depression just as effectively and rapidly as ketamine, without the unwanted side effects associated with the psychoactive drug, according to a study in Anesthesiology.
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    In Canada workplace harassment declining but still a problem
    Toronto Star
    The incidence of workplace harassment in Canada has "noticeably declined" over the past two years, but women still bear the brunt of most of it, says a new Queen's School of Business study. The poll, released June 19, found 23 percent of Canadians say they have personally experienced workplace harassment, down from 28 percent in 2012, and the percentage of those who say they have witnessed it has also fallen to 25 percent from 33 percent.
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    SAMHSA report: Nearly half of substance abuse treatment facilities offer tobacco cessation
    SAMHSA
    In 2012, nearly half of the nation's substance use treatment facilities offered counseling or medications to help clients quit tobacco use, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Among the programs offering these tobacco use cessation services, 39 percent offered counseling, 22 percent offered nicotine replacement medication and 16 percent offered non-nicotine medication. The level of substance treatment programs offering smoking cessation services rose from 42 percent in 2011 to 46 percent in 2012.
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    Preventive measures can help US workforce, save billions
    Employee Benefit News
    According to Derek Yach, executive director of the Vitality Institute, only 2 percent of corporate dollars spent on health care are for prevention and only 3 percent of federal dollars are directed to this cause. "We need to start measuring and reporting health metrics on the employees in the same way we report on the financial status. If we started reporting health metrics, we would know that effective health programs would be seen as investments in innovation, productivity and morale, not a cost item on the budget to be minimized."
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    To disclose or not to disclose: Mental illness at work
    PsychCentral
    About half of the roughly 58 million Americans with mental illness are active in the workforce. Looking at the average company, you wouldn't know it. Unless you work for an open-minded boss or a company that actively encourages people to come forward and get help, many workers keep their struggles with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other issues silent for fear of losing their job, their credibility or opportunities to advance.
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    The retirement crisis nobody talks about
    TIME
    In its latest annual retirement readiness study, the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that some 57 percent to 59 percent of Baby Boomer and Gen X households are on track to retire comfortably. But if you factor long-term care costs, the risk of running out of money in retirement soars by 100 percent to 800 percent, depending on your income level, according to new study by EBRI. The analysis assumes that Baby Boomer and Gen X households will retire at 65 and spend average amounts for food, housing and other living expenses, in addition to long-term care costs.
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    Study: Open plan offices rated as 'unhealthiest environments' to work in
    Workplace Savings and Benefits
    Over a quarter of employees say their working environment promotes stress, according to Canada Life research, which reveals the extent to which workplaces can adversely impact health and well-being. When asked to rank how easy it was to be healthy in their working environment, employees scored their workplaces an average of 6.3 out of 10, with open plan offices receiving 6.1 and employees who mostly worked from home rating their environment at 8.1.
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    How to manage workplace stress in 5 simple steps
    The Guardian
    Recently, our five stress management experts answered questions on workplace well-being. So here is some of their best advice to provide you with a handy guide to stress-free life.
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