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Hidden costs: Productivity losses of mental health diagnoses
As employees deal with stress in their workplaces, they may be experiencing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety that can affect how they do their jobs. Employers can help by urging employees to take full advantage of their benefits, including their EAP.
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Famed Arizona Biltmore Resort opens reservations for EAPA discounted rooms
Employee Assistance Professionals Association
Online reservations are now open for EAPA's reserved block of discounted rooms at the world-renowned Arizona Biltmore Resort. EAPA's discounted room rate of $179 USD per night is only about half the regular rate at this AAA Four Diamond hotel. Even better, EAPA has arranged for the usual $28 resort fee to be waived, so all EAPA attendees and their families will have FREE high-speed Internet in their guestrooms, spa access, putting green use and free shuttle service to the shopping and many restaurants at the nearby Biltmore Fashion Park.
This special conference rate is available throughout the 2013 World EAP Conference dates (Oct. 16-19, with preconference training courses Oct. 15-16) and can be extended three days before and after the conference. The Arizona Biltmore is the only Frank Lloyd Wright inspired hotel in the world and has been designated an Arizona Historical Landmark. Centrally located between downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale, it includes eight swimming pools, seven lighted tennis courts, a world-class resort spa, a salon and fitness center, five restaurants, two 18-hole PGA golf courses, retail shops and lawn games.
More than 60 percent of gun-related deaths in the US are suicides
The New York Times
While background checks might turn up people with severe mental illness who have been prone to violence, gun suicides are often committed by people whose history doesn't suggest a serious problem. In studies, a quarter to a third of those who killed themselves were not in contact with a psychiatrist at the time of death, and the majority were not on psychiatric medicines
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Tracking sensors invade the workplace
The Wall Street Journal
A few years ago when Bank of America Corp. wanted to study whether face time mattered among its call-center teams, the big bank asked about 90 workers to wear badges for a few weeks with tiny sensors to record their movements and the tone of their conversations. The data showed that the most productive workers belonged to close-knit teams and spoke frequently with their colleagues. So, to get more employees mingling, the bank scheduled workers for group breaks, rather than solo ones.
The problem with Yahoo's work-at-home ban
While much of the uproar over Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer's decision to require workers to work in the office has focused on its impact on young working moms, the decision could have serious implications for men and women in their 40s, 50s and 60s. It's no wonder that boomers have embraced working from home, occasionally or regularly. Many have work-life challenges just as vexing as those of young parents, including long commutes, doctor appointments and the unpredictable demands of caring for aging parents.
Report details flaws in Army's handling of PTSD, other behavioral health issues
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
An Army report released recently finds the service still has trouble diagnosing and treating soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, despite more than doubling its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers over the past five years. Confusing paperwork, inconsistent training and guidelines, and incompatible data systems have hindered the service as it tries to deal with behavioral health issues, the report said. It's a crucial issue: After a decade of war, soldier suicides outpace combat deaths.
Recognition programs appeal to workers' values
Employee Benefit News
While it's well-known that recognition strengthens employees' ties to the workplace — it ranks second only to pay among factors that will keep workers from job hunting — what's less understood is why. Behavioral psychologists say that a closer look at the human psyche can show employers how to build successful recognition programs by appealing to workers' sense of value and reinforcing strong behavior.
Substance abuse still plaguing modern society
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
The issue of substance abuse and substance-use disorders continues to be a growing problem within our modern society, with no apparent decline in sight. The World Drug Report estimated 200 million people, or about 5 percent of the global population, used illicit drugs in 2005, and this number has grown since that time. The incidence — as well as prevalence of substance-use disorders — continues to lead to significant costs for individuals, families and society at large, so steps need to be taken to curtail the continued growth and impact of the disorder.
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Fear in the workplace
It's hard to believe that anyone would deliberately try to invoke sadness or anger in those that they lead. These can manifest as negative and destructive energies in the workplace. So why is creating fear in the workplace still seen as acceptable?
Countering stereotypes can add to stress in the workplace
A new survey found that more women than men in the U.S. report higher levels of work stress, with some women saying that extra stress came from countering the stereotypes surrounding mothers in the workplace. The results of the annual survey by the American Psychological Association found that 32 percent of women said employers didn't provide enough opportunities for internal advancement, compared with 30 percent of men who said the same thing.
More employers setting up nap rooms for weary workers
Asbury Park Press via USA Today
Armed with technology and operating in a global economy, workers are a tired lot. Without the benefit of a brief afternoon nap, they have turned to habits both healthy and unhealthy to fight their fatigue, only to be faced with the same early-morning wake-up call the next day. Health experts have gone so far as to say worker fatigue is an epidemic that is weighing on workers' health and productivity. And employers who have ignored it — most of them — have done so at their own risk.
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