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  • Employee assistance programs rated as 'high impact, low cost'
  • Veterans Day — best practices to support vets in the workplace
  • Wharton study shows unprecedented levels of workplace stress
  • US election results may impact ACA
  • 1st known case of Google Glass addiction reported
  • Study uncovers broad increase in positive marijuana tests in employee screenings
  • Addictions: the crossroads of privacy law, human rights, and occupational health and safety
  • Neuroscience of bipolar risk-taking
  • High functioning addicts defy stereotypes

  • Employee assistance programs rated as 'high impact, low cost'
    Personnel Today
    Employee assistance programs are effective in supporting staff overcome challenges at work and home in a cost-effective way, a new survey of 156 organizations by XpertHR finds.
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    Veterans Day — best practices to support vets in the workplace
    The Huffington Post
    Thanks to the commitment of hundreds of large employers, veterans are finding meaningful employment opportunities. Where once our challenge as a society was simply finding a good job for our veterans, today it is ensuring that they remain employed for years to come. We know that turnover rates are extremely high — nearly 50 percent in year one and almost 75 percent by year two. We must do better.
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    Wharton study shows unprecedented levels of workplace stress
    Human Resource Executive Online
    If you had asked any worker since the Industrial Revolution whether he or she was experiencing stress on the job, the answer would likely have been in the affirmative — and emphatic. But workplace experts say something unusual is going on today. Global competition, downsizing and the constant state of being electronically tethered to the office are combining to create a perhaps unprecedented level of stress.
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    US election results may impact ACA
    BenefitsPro
    The Nov. 4 midterm elections had some impactful decisions: The GOP took control in the Senate, which may affect what happens to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Minimum wage was increased in four states. Paid sick leave was approved by voters in Massachusetts. But marijuana legalization — passed by voters recently in two more states, as well as Washington, D.C. — has been among the more talked about election results.
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    1st known case of Google Glass addiction reported
    Eweek
    Google Glass, essentially a personal heads-up display in a lightweight headset, has been in use for around 18 months. Experimental work to use it during surgery and other uses has made this a well-followed item to even the nontechnical public, but the very visible head-band and the tapping method to activate the unit have created reactions among the general population that range from fear and violence to derision. Now, the publication Addictive Behaviors is reporting on what they believe is the first known case of Google Glass addiction.
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    Study uncovers broad increase in positive marijuana tests in employee screenings
    The Kansas City Star
    A new study on drug use among U.S. workers has uncovered a broad increase in positive marijuana tests in employee screenings. Researchers wonder whether it is a foretaste of what is to come as Americans become more accepting of marijuana and more states legalize recreational use of the drug.
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    Addictions: the crossroads of privacy law, human rights and occupational health and safety
    Castanet.net
    Addressing drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace is a challenging and sensitive issue, as addictions sit at the crossroads of privacy law, human rights, occupational health and safety and management rights. From a management perspective, substance abuse impacts several important employer interests and the employee's ability to meet expectations flowing from the employment relationship.
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    Neuroscience of bipolar risk-taking
    Psych Central
    Researchers are beginning to discover some of the reasons why bipolar disorder can cause people to engage in risky behavior. The condition involves fluctuating depression and mania. In the manic stage, the patient often feels intense excitement and irritability, which can trigger unpredictable risky behavior. Work, family, and social life all can be impaired by this risk-taking.
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    High functioning addicts defy stereotypes
    WA Today
    The face of addiction is sometimes unrecognizable. It is not the limp, pockmarked soul lying in the crack den or on the side of the street. It can just as easily be your colleague, your boss or your successful, high-flying friend. Expecting "crack and meth heads and old alcoholic men," instead she saw "expats who looked healthy on the outside". Briony, too, looked healthy on the outside. A successful PR executive, she had been living life in the fast lanes of London, Hong Kong and eventually Sydney. R
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