EAP NewsBrief
Mar. 26, 2013

Workplace safety, security and employee gun rights
The National Law Review
Regardless of what action, if any, elected officials take on gun safety measures, employers have a duty to protect their employees, clients and customers from harm, and they can be held liable for failing to do so. Employers must evaluate a variety of considerations with regard to workplace violence, including employee rights under state gun laws, establishing a workplace violence policy, conducting background checks, whether and how to institute an employee assistance program, employee training to recognize and report threats, and avoidance of discrimination claims.More

Businesses hurt by cost of employees addicted to pain pills
Phoenix Business Journal
When Colleen Feeney was sent home from a medical procedure in 2004 with a powerful pain reliever, she had no idea it would turn into a prescription for disaster. Feeney, who was 23 at the time and almost ready to graduate from Arizona State University, became one of a growing number of workers who end up addicted to prescription pain pills, impacting productivity in the workplace and costing employers nationally as much as $13,000 for each drug user per year and health insurers up to $72.5 billion each year nationwide.More

Study: Women tolerate more workplace incivility
New research from Edith Cowan University and the University of New England has found women are treated with more workplace incivility and respond by working harder. In contrast, men who are treated rudely tended to react by taking longer breaks away from work and taking spurious sick days.More

SAMHSA announces Spanish version of screening brochure for mental and substance disorders
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the availability of the Spanish-language version of "Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol or Mental Health Problem?" based on Treatment Improvement Protocol 42: Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders. Determining whether a client has a mental or substance use disorder is the first step to seeking and receiving treatment. The brochure contains a series of questions people can ask themselves to help them decide whether to seek help for a mental or substance use disorder (or both). The brochure urges those who answer "yes" to any of the questions listed to seek help and provides resources on where to find more information.More

How a patient's suicide changed a doctor's approach to guns
AudioBrief Suicide prevention researcher Dr. Matthew Miller, at the Harvard School of Public Health, wants to make it routine for family doctors to ask their patients about guns. One large study found that nearly half of all suicide victims had seen a primary care doctor within a month of killing themselves. So it's important for them to bring up suicide and possible means.More

Unfit for work: The startling rise of disability in America
In the past three decades, the number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed. The rise has come even as medical advances have allowed many more people to remain on the job and new laws have banned workplace discrimination against the disabled. Every month, 14 million people now get a disability check from the government.More

Women in health care suffer abuse inside and outside the home
The Nation
A report from the Lucian Leape Institute, "Through the Eyes of the Workforce," reviewed the research and convened roundtables and focus groups to look at the working conditions in the health care industry. What it found is widespread abuse. The rate of physical harm for the health care workforce, particularly for nurses, is 30 times higher than other industries.More

Study: Anger-induced psychosis might lead to violence
Counsel & Heal
According to a new study, researchers found that people who suffer from psychosis are not necessarily violent as a result of their delusions, but rather, as a result of anger. The head researcher, Dr. Jeremy Coid, and his team looked at how anger might have influenced violence in patients diagnosed with psychosis.More

In UK, work is biggest cause of stress in people's lives
Work is the most stressful factor in peoples' lives in the U.K., with 1 in 3 people (34 percent) saying their work life was either very or quite stressful, above debt or financial problems (30 percent) and health (17 percent). This is according to a study of 2,000 people conducted by mental health charity Mind.More

Exercise, Prozac and ECT all treat depression
Exercise, Prozac and electroconvulsive therapy may ultimately relieve depression in the same way. That's what the latest research, conducted on mice, suggests, and the scientists are encouraged that similar processes are at work in the human brain as well.More

Employers' resistance to social media prevents workplace trust
Personnel Today
A failure by company leaders to embrace social media is preventing an improved culture of trust and openness with employees. This is according to research unveiled by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development on social media and "the employee voice" at the annual Voice and Value conference at the London School of Economics.More

Workers who delay retirement may be happiest
A growing body of research suggests that staying on the job longer is good not just for wealth but for health, too. Working just two or three years longer can shore up retirement security; it gives the added benefit of staying busy, connected and relevant, all of which diminish stress and loneliness, which are so damaging to mental and physical well-being.More

Workplace irritations can actually boost productivity
Most full-time employees spend more than 2,000 hours per year in the office, so there's no question that irritations develop specific to the workplace, says Tom Gimbel, president and chief executive of LaSalle Network, a Chicago-based staffing firm. But as it turns out, these workplace irritations are actually productive — not destructive — and lead to innovative efforts, Gimbel says.More