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Table of Contents
  • EAPs take on expanded role with ACA
  • Study probes biochemical basis for seasonal depression
  • The impact of stimulants in the workplace
  • What can managers do to address workplace bullying?
  • Ebola information and EAP best practices
  • Study: Mental health support in the workplace urged
  • Australia: Physical health key to reducing employee mental illness
  • 6 dimensions of well-being in the workplace
  • 7 low-cost steps to help employees suffering workplace depression

  • EAPs take on expanded role with ACA
    Employee Benefit News
    With mental health and substance abuse disorder services deemed an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, employee assistance program providers are taking on a new role — helping employers and health plans sniff out fraudulent healthcare activity among substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities.
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    Study probes biochemical basis for seasonal depression
    Psych Central
    As the days get shorter, for many the risk of depression increases. New research from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology conference in Berlin confirms why some people suffer from the winter blues while others get through the winter without any problems.
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    The impact of stimulants in the workplace
    Forbes
    For many even asking why someone would take a so-called "smart drug" for work is a nonsensical waste of time. The answer, obviously, is to boost cognitive performance. Who would not want to remember more, attend better, think more clearly? Why not hack your brain and improve your life? If not for the even more obvious risks (from addiction to cardiac damage to sleep problems) more would take them. But the rewards? Well, the rewards of a cognitive boost are the obvious reason people take "smart drugs."
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    What can managers do to address workplace bullying?
    PayScale
    According to a 2011 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 51 percent of organizations surveyed reported that there had been incidents of bullying in their workplace. In addition to creating a hostile work environment, bullying affects both victims and witnesses, contributing to continued absences, poor health, self-esteem issues, stress, trauma, and depression — of which makes it harder for people to do their best work. Here's how you, as a manager, can prevent bullying and make your office a healthier, happier environment.
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    Ebola information and EAP best practices
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    EAPA has put together a basic list of Ebola resources and sample communication to employees, here. In addition, several discussions on this topic are posted on EAPA's LinkedIn group. Any EA professional can join the group and ask questions or post information for the community — we have more than 4,600 participants.
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    Study: Mental health support in the workplace urged
    Financial Adviser
    More than 50 percent of people in the workplace are not supported by their managers to discuss the possibility of poor mental health, research from Friends Life has found. In a survey among employees — many of whom do not have access to workplace income protection or critical illness cover — some 40 percent said they have experienced stress, anxiety or depression and not told their employer.
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    Australia: Physical health key to reducing employee mental illness
    Goulburn Post
    With Mental Health Awareness Month in October, Sally Kirkright, CEO, AccessEAP is calling on business owners and managers to introduce structured health and well-being programs into the workplace to reap the business benefits. Mental health costs Australian employers $10.9 billion a year and absenteeism due to mental health results in a staggering 12 million days of reduced productivity amounting to 6 million working days being lost every year. Investing in the mental health of employees should lead to higher staff retention rates.
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    6 dimensions of well-being in the workplace
    Employee Benefit News
    With well-being making headlines everywhere, companies are waking up to the fact that supporting the emotional, physical and cognitive health of their employees makes sense — and impacts their bottom line. Earlier this year, Steelcase researchers published new statistics about the six dimensions of well-being that underscore the impact it's having on individuals, teams, businesses and society at large.
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    7 low-cost steps to help employees suffering workplace depression
    Entrepreneur
    A July 2013 Gallup poll found 12 percent of workers have been diagnosed with depression at some point. Hearing about depression is fairly common among Americans leading strenuous, over-committed lives. However, few take the time to notice how workplace depression hurts company culture and the bottom line. According to Gallup, workplace depression costs companies an estimated $23 billion in annual productivity loss due to absenteeism. Each year, depressed workers miss an average of four to five workdays because of depression alone.
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