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  • Last week for Early Bird Discount on conference registration
  • Survey: Workers who used EAP 73 percent more likely to get promotions
  • Former NFL player touts EAP availability for current players
  • Employers offer incentives to use EAPs
  • Excessive drinking costs businesses more than $81.2 billion annually
  • UK study finds 51 percent of people suffer rage while at work
  • Survey: Costs rise for employer-provided health benefits
  • Bank of America reviews long-hours culture after intern's death
  • Benefits packages help businesses retain top workers
  • Keeping bipolar disorder secret at work

  • Last week for Early Bird Discount on conference registration
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    The deadline for early bird discount pricing on EAPA's 2013 World EAP Conference registration is Aug. 30! Attendees who register for the conference by that date receive a $100 discount off the regular cost of conference registration. This year's conference is being held at the spectacular Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. Nearly 1,000 attendees are expected this year to experience the largest gathering of EA professionals in the world, including over 50 educational presentations to choose from, 100 exhibitors describing their products and services in the EAPA Marketplace, and above all, numerous opportunities to network and get to know other EA professionals from the U.S. and 40 other countries around the world.

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    Survey: Workers who used EAP 73 percent more likely to get promotions
    The Globe and Mail
    A study involving data from Statistics Canada's Workplace and Employee Survey, which included 6,500 women and 8,396 men asked if people had taken advantage of any one of seven different work-life interface benefits, and the researchers then studied whether people received promotions the next year. They found an overall, positive effect. People who used an employee assistance program were 73 percent more likely to get a promotion than those who didn't. People who used the work-life accommodations were 14 percent more likely to get a promotion the next year than their equivalent counterparts who didn't use such programs.
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    Former NFL player touts EAP availability for current players
    USA Today
    There was no formal policy in place when former Arizona Cardinals linebacker E.J. Junior was suspended by the NFL, no collective bargaining agreement spelling out suspensions. "I think it was sending a message," he said. Now, Junior added, the players have so much more at their disposal and more help is available than when he was suspended. "Player programs, EAP programs affiliated with player programs and the teams. It's hard for a player not to get help if he needs help, and to understand the rules if there are rules in place."
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    Employers offer incentives to use EAPs
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    Employers continue to offer incentives to improve employee health, such as employee assistance programs, weight-loss programs, biometric screenings, gym membership discounts or on-site exercise facilities, smoking-cessation programs, lifestyle or behavioral coaching, classes in nutrition or healthy living, Web-based resources for healthy living, flu shots or vaccinations and wellness newsletters. Some of these programs are more helpful than others, but a growing number of employers are offering financial incentives to participate, such as lower premiums, lower deductibles, a contribution to your health savings account or gift cards or cash.
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    Excessive drinking costs businesses more than $81.2 billion annually
    West Central Tribune
    Alcohol or drug dependency can change someone's personality, cause financial issues and sever personal relationships. It can also have a negative impact on a person's work performance — and cause employers thousands of dollars in lost productivity each year. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 18 million people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder, including both abuse and dependency. The NIAAA estimates that excessive drinking costs businesses more than $81.2 billion annually in impaired productivity.
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    UK study finds 51 percent of people suffer rage while at work
    Smart Company
    Whether it's frustration at a century-old computer or a desire to throttle a colleague who chit-chats a little too loudly, we've all experienced workplace anger. A study in the United Kingdom finds 51 percent of people suffer rage while at work around twice a day, with 42 percent of respondents saying they're the most fiery and impatient on Mondays.
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    Survey: Costs rise for employer-provided health benefits
    Los Angeles Times
    American workers and their employers saw another rise in health insurance premiums this year, as the total cost of employer-provided health benefits ticked up 4 percent for family plans and 5 percent for individual plans, according to a closely watched national survey. There is not much evidence that many employers are dropping coverage — 57 percent of firms with at least three employees offered health benefits in 2013, according to the report by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association.
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    Bank of America reviews long-hours culture after intern's death
    Reuters
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch said it was reviewing the working conditions for junior employees after the death of an intern employed at its London offices raised concerns about the long-hours culture of the world's top banks. Moritz Erhardt, a 21-year-old German student, was found dead recently at his London accommodation after allegedly working for 72 hours without sleep during a summer internship with the U.S. bank's investment banking division.
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    Benefits packages help businesses retain top workers
    Small Business Trends
    To maintain the best employees for their businesses, it's imperative for business owners to take necessary steps to keep current top-tier employees satisfied in today's economy. One way to retain current personnel and attract superior applicants is by offering strong benefits packages.
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    Keeping bipolar disorder secret at work
    The Atlantic
    Writes the author: "Last winter, I was declined by five health insurance companies. I am 26, do my preventative screenings like clockwork, and have no physical health problems. Five applications and four declines later, I anxiously awaited my last and final letter. The verdict came: Declined. Reason: Bipolar II/ADHD. So there is my secret: Like millions of other Americans, I have a mental illness."
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