EAP NewsBrief
Dec. 26, 2012

When ADA disability meets employee discipline,
what to do?

Business & Legal Resources
From July 31, 2012: If an employee has behavioral problems at work, the employer would naturally want to address the misconduct. But what if a psychiatric disability is the cause of the behavior? What are the rules for employers who want to discipline an employee who has a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act?More

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Employee Assistance Professionals Association
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Study: Workplace bullying witnesses consider quitting more than victims
HealthCanal
From July 17, 2012: University of British Columbia research reveals that workers who witness bullying can have a stronger urge to quit than those who experience it firsthand. The findings of the study conducted by the Sauder School of Business at UBC indicate bullying's corrosive effects in the workplace may be more dramatic and costly than suspected. More

Study reveals top reason behind soldiers' suicides
USA Today
From July 17, 2012: When researchers asked 72 soldiers at Fort Carson, Colo., why they tried to kill themselves, out of the 33 reasons they had to choose from, all of the soldiers included one in particular – a desire to end intense emotional distress. Suicide within the military has soared since 2005 as the military has waged two wars at once, and this year may set a record with troops committing suicide at the rate of one per day, according to Pentagon figures.More

Was employee's psychological exam an unreasonable requirement?
Human Resources Executive Online
From Oct. 2, 2012: A Michigan appeals court ruled hat an employer violated the American with Disabilities Act by directing an erratic employee to undergo a psychological evaluation. To keep the company on safe legal ground, experts suggest that human resources focus on showing how such conduct affects an employee's performance rather than trying to determine the behavior's root cause.More

Study: Depression is a leading risk for higher health spending
Kaiser Health News
From Nov. 13, 2012: Depression was the most costly among 10 common risk factors linked to higher health spending for employees, according to a 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

Psychiatric disabilities in the workplace
Human Resources Executive Online
From Aug. 21, 2012: The number of workers who are disclosing that they have psychiatric disabilities is on the rise, and human resource managers must be prepared to understand the legal obligations when hiring them, accommodating for their particular needs and addressing potential performance problems, experts say. The National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md., estimates that one in five people will experience a psychiatric disability in their lifetime, and one in four Americans currently knows someone who has a psychiatric disability. In addition, most employers have at least one employee with a psychiatric disability.More

Work it out: Dealing with a difficult boss
WebMD
From Sept. 11, 2012:Nearly half of employees surveyed by the national administrative staffing firm Office Team say they've worked for an unreasonable boss. The response to the situation may be the ticket to getting both meaningful work and greater accomplishments.More

What's on the radar of today's counselor?
Counseling Today
From July 17, 2012: Counselors were asked which contemporary and emerging theories, models, techniques and approaches are gaining influence in how they work with clients. Despite the wide range of responses, a handful of subjects came up again and again on the knowledge wish lists of counselors, including a structured approach to couples therapy, ways to integrate mind-body techniques and guidance for getting a handle on "all that brain science stuff."More

Police officers face grave health risk while suffering silently
Medical Daily
From July 17, 2012: In a study, police officers are at increased risk for many physical and mental diseases. Researchers compared police officers' health risks with that of other people and found that police officers are at increased risk for obesity, metabolic syndrome and suicide. The researchers found that nearly 40 percent of police officers were obese compared to 32 percent in general population and 25 percent suffered from metabolic syndrome. Officers were at an increased risk for stress and cancer while working officers' risk for suicide was eight times higher than retired police officers.More

The 5 best bonding outings for co-workers
U.S. News & World Report
From Aug. 28, 2012: Almost a third of U.S. office workers dislike team-building activities, according to a 2012 Wakefield Research Study commissioned by the cloud technology company Citrix. Although companies have the best intentions when they plan these activities, says David W. Ballard of the American Psychological Association, they can be counterproductive if not executed properly — disrupting trust, heightening tensions and allowing cynicism to grow in the workplace.More