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Table of Contents
  • Study: Depression is a leading risk for higher health spending
  • EAPA's 2012 online Conference On Demand package is now available!
  • The benefits of providing for employees
  • Whirlpool adds onsite health teams to tackle presenteeism
  • Attention all 2012 World EAP Conference attendees! Your PDH certificate is ready!
  • Mental stress, workplace violence top issues for Ontario teachers
  • The painfully slow evolution of group benefits
  • US workers least happy with their work stress, pay
  • Companies focus on preventing workplace violence in wake of shootings
  • Extra benefits may be preferable to small pay rise
  • West Virginia employers seek solutions for drugs in workplace
  • Finding fitness — and camaraderie — at work


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    Study: Depression is a leading risk for higher
    health spending

    Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Depression was the most costly among 10 common risk factors linked to higher health spending for employees, according to a new study of seven companies. The study published in Health Affairs found that the 10 factors — which also included obesity, high blood sugar and high blood pressure — were associated with nearly a quarter of the money spent on the health care of the workers. More



    EAPA's 2012 online Conference On Demand package is now available!
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Keynote and breakout sessions from EAPA's 2012 Annual World EAP Conference are now available online! Conference on Demand allows you to connect to recorded conference sessions and presenter handouts any time at your convenience. The Unlimited Access Pack provides you unlimited access to all 2012 Annual World EAP Conference Sessions PLUS all 2011 World EAP Conference sessions! Earn PDH/CE contact hours 24/7 at your convenience through Oct. 31, 2013. Conference attendees who purchased the Best Value Package were sent login credentials on Monday, Nov. 12. Even if you did not attend the conference and purchase the Best Value Package, you can still purchase the Unlimited Access Pack today for the low rate of $299 for EAPA members, $399 for nonmembers. Take a look at EAPA's new Conference On Demand website today!

    The benefits of providing for employees
    Birmingham Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A drop in absenteeism in the U.K. workforce might seem a welcome trend but worryingly a recent survey has found more and more people are coming to work when they are ill. This "presenteeism" can have a damaging impact on business productivity and is emblematic of employee anxiety — a precursor to more severe conditions such as stress and depression. Businesses should therefore place an emphasis on the mental well-being of their staff. More

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    Whirlpool adds onsite health teams to tackle presenteeism
    Workforce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Leaders at Whirlpool Corp. realized that getting their 20,000-plus U.S. employees to show up for work was only half the battle if emotional or physical ills eroded their efficiency and focus. Debbie Brandt, a senior manager of health and wellness at the Michigan-based firm, and her colleagues decided to more closely analyze the underlying workplace problem frequently dubbed presenteeism — simply put, workers reporting to work when they are distracted by illness or other stressors and thus not operating to their normal level of productivity. More

    Attention all 2012 World EAP Conference attendees!
    Your PDH certificate is ready!

    Employee Assistance Professionals Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    EAPA has completed the process of generating individualized 2012 World EAP Conference PDH/CE certificates for all attendees! Every attendee has been sent an e-mail message that includes all the information needed to access PDH/CE Contact Hour certificates for the Baltimore conference. Please be sure to download your certificate right away, and review it carefully. Any questions/concerns should be e-mailed to j.price@eapassn.org for correction before Dec. 15. Please note that, after Jan. 1, 2013, any requests for changes to certificates will require an administrative fee of $15. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Price, 703-387-1000 x340.

    Mental stress, workplace violence top issues for Ontario teachers
    Canadian HR Reporter via Canadian Safety Reporter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Mental stress, workplace violence and workplace harassment are the biggest health and safety issues affecting Ontario's 76,000 elementary teachers and educational professionals, according to a survey conducted for the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of 72 presidents of ETFO locals identified mental stress in the workplace as a great or major concern affecting members, followed by workplace violence (64 percent) and workplace harassment (51 percent). More



    The painfully slow evolution of group benefits
    Financial Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Only about 30 percent of companies today offer truly flexible plans, says Graeme Simpson, professor and program coordinator of Humber College's HR postgraduate program, but this number is likely to continue increasing in the coming years as the war for talent escalates with changing demographics. In addition to more flexibility, the evolution of employee health and benefits plans has been toward offering far more than traditional health, dental and vision — with a strong trend toward wellness programs that experts believe will continue to keep expanding. More

    US workers least happy with their work stress, pay
    Gallup    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    U.S. workers are the least satisfied with their on-the-job stress and money they make, out of 13 aspects of work conditions rated in Gallup's annual Work and Education poll. Fewer than a third say they are completely satisfied with each. More

    Companies focus on preventing workplace violence in wake of shootings
    Boston Business Journal via The Republican    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A series of high-profile shootings has put workplace violence back in the spotlight, prompting experts to urge employers to be proactive in preventing additional tragedies. Business executives rarely discuss the issue openly, but that doesn't mean they're not worried about it. More



    Extra benefits may be preferable to small pay rise
    Employee Benefits    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents would consider offering additional staff benefits instead of a small pay rise, according to research by Jelf Employee Benefits. The survey, carried out at the organization's annual health and well-being forum, found nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of respondents would consider giving employees extra benefits in place of a derisory pay rise in certain circumstances. More

    West Virginia employers seek solutions for drugs in workplace
    The Associated Press via Insurance Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Employers throughout the Huntington, W. Va., area have seen the symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse and others among their workers. That's happened so often, in fact, that the Huntington Area Development Council and Prestera, in cooperation with Huddleston Bolen and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently hosted a workshop on drugs in the workplace. More

    Finding fitness — and camaraderie — at work
    The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The wellness initiative at Search Engine People, a marketing startup in Ajax, Ontario, includes a dragon boat team that takes part in races, a hockey team, a baseball squad, golf nights, running and cycling groups, daily 15-minute stretch breaks in departments and some paintball action. The company also has ergonomic work stations, a special combination treadmill and work station in the games room, a masseuse who visits weekly and hip-hop dance classes given by a staff member. "It's wonderful for reducing stress, and improves morale," says Lindsey Knapton, a search marketing specialist who also happens to have a diploma in workplace wellness and health promotion and so coordinates the activities. More


     



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