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To wrap up 2014, EAPA is providing a look back at the top 20 most accessed articles from the past year. In this special holiday issue, we feature the the next 10 most read articles from this past year. The regular issue of the EAP NewsBrief will resume Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Table of Contents
  • 5 things that make a psychologically healthy workplace
  • Scans: Alcoholism damages brain's white matter
  • Integrating EAP with wellness programs delivers ROI
  • 5 signs you're the bully at work
  • Modifying EAP communication may bolster involvement
  • How to manage workplace stress in 5 simple steps
  • Stanford professor: Toxic workplaces override wellness efforts
  • Why business is finally talking about mental health at the top
  • Workplace stress a global issue
  • How successful people deal with stress


  • Top articles of 2014 (11 through 20)

    11. 5 things that make a psychologically healthy workplace
    PayScale
    From Aug. 26: If you have ever torn your hair out wondering if you are going crazy at work, it is just possible that you're OK, and the workplace is to blame. The American Psychological Association recognizes that psychologically healthy workplaces are most likely to increase your motivation, your confidence and your job performance. There are five general areas in which employers may pass or fail the psychologically healthy workplace "test."
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    12. Scans: Alcoholism damages brain's white matter
    HealthDay News via WebMD
    From Nov. 25: Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report. Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which can interfere with the impulse control needed to stop drinking, according to the study. The findings were published in the December online issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
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    13. Integrating EAP with wellness programs delivers ROI
    Employee Benefit News
    From Jan. 28: When human resource departments effectively communicate about EAPs, the results are impressive. Employers can receive a significant ROI from outreach and enhanced treatment of depressed workers for a cost of only $100-400 for low- to moderate-intensity interventions. While data is still preliminary, integrating EAPs with wellness programs likely produces even higher returns at little if any added cost.
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    14. 5 signs you're the bully at work
    BusinessNewsDaily
    From July 22: Sometimes a bully may not even realize that he or she is abusing his or her co-workers. If you exhibit any of the following behaviors, you might be guilty of being the workplace bully, said Edmonds.
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    15. Modifying EAP communication may bolster involvement
    Business Insurance
    From Jan. 14: Many impediments that employers encounter in leveraging an employee assistance program to manage direct and indirect costs associated with mental health disorders can be addressed by modifying their program's communication strategy. Advertising an EAP's less intrusive services can draw employees into the program without fear of incurring negative attention from their co-workers or managers, said Bruce Elliott, compensation and benefits manager for the Alexandria, Va.-based Society for Human Resource Management.
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    16. How to manage workplace stress in 5 simple steps
    The Guardian
    From June 24: 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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    17. Stanford professor: Toxic workplaces override wellness efforts
    Employee Benefit News
    From April 8: Health and wellness programs are virtually meaningless if a workplace culture is bad, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University's graduate school of business. Pfeffer said that unhealthy workplaces can cause up to 125,000 employee deaths each year and add up to $130 billion in excess annual company costs.
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    18. Why business is finally talking about mental health at the top
    Forbes
    From Nov. 4: Issues surrounding mental health affect people from all walks of life, including high-level corporate executives. In recent years, some top execs have opened up about their challenges related to mental well-being — with a candor that could have widespread effects. High profile cases have highlighted the need for companies to be prepared to deal with any health issues, including mental, among executives, while keeping in mind both the protection of the business and of executives' privacy.
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    19. Workplace stress a global issue
    Employee Benefit News
    From May 27: Workplace stress is a worldwide issue with new data indicating stressed-out employees are a contributing factor to the global rise in health care costs. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as part of its OECD Better Life Index, finds that job quality can drag down employee well-being and overall health and that stressed-out employees are experiencing extensive medical problems.
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    20. How successful people deal with stress
    Entrepreneur
    From Oct. 7: A survey by TalentSmart showed that 90 percent of top performers know how to manage their emotions in times of stress so that they remain cool, calm and able to do what needs to be done. That's an important lesson in and of itself for all of us — because all of us experience stress in our lives. Research has shown that some stress is good for us: it helps us perform at optimal levels. Too much stress, however, can have serious psychological and physiological repercussions. Since we can't necessarily avoid most stress — especially in our work environments — it's to our benefit to learn how to deal with it, and learn from the examples of those who are already successful.
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