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17 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Addressing Workplace Bullying

While news headlines focus on extreme acts of workplace violence, a more subtle force might actually be causing greater damage in today’s work environments — bullying. Anti-bullying campaigns are strongly resonating in today’s society as we see its firsthand effects, especially amongst children in schools. Bullying can result in long-term illnesses including heart disease as a result of stress, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or even suicide. Bullying in the workplace is no different and should be taken just as seriously as it can result in a range of workplace liabilities, and greatly effect employee health and productivity.

11 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Promoting Health and Wellness in the Workplace

Prolonged sitting during our work day is literally killing us. According to recent research, individuals who sit for more than 11 hours each day are 40% more likely to die within the next three years than those who sit for less than 4 hours a day. Additionally, it has been noted that 90% of most adults’ leisure time outside of work is spent sitting as well. These facts seem to target most 9 to 5 office workers as they rely on a computer to do their work, leaving them sitting or inactive most of the work day. But what we must realize is that sitting for long periods of time disrupts our metabolic functions, and a decreased metabolism over time will lead to serious health concerns.

4 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Maintaining Productivity through Dependent Care Options

Employees everywhere are faced with the stress of balancing the demands that work and family life create. These demands become even more substantial when coupled with caring for a special needs child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 110 children in the US have some form of autism. Although there are varying degrees of the disorder, parents of children with autism face additional challenges as frequent medical appointments and school meetings increase. These parents’ productivity and focus at work can be greatly disrupted when they are forced to arrange backup care options for their child.

27 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Building Employee Trust through Secure Compliance Reporting

A low level of employee satisfaction in the workplace has become an increasingly important issue in today’s workforce. In addition, studies are now showing that workforce distrust is also on the rise. According to a recent article, 1 in 5 employees (about 22%) claim they have experienced retaliation in the workplace after reporting misconduct through an employee whistle-blower. Additionally, employees have reported verbal abuse and exclusion from managers and even other employees after voicing their concerns. Consequently, employee distrust towards executive management is increasing, and employees are unhappy.

20 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Then and Now: Supporting our Veterans in the Workforce

Post World War II, returning Veterans were facing the same weakened economic conditions as current war Veterans are facing today. According to a recent article, the unemployment rate in 1944 was estimated to be as high as 34%. This was largely due to the fact that about 15 million Veterans would be returning back to the workforce when the war ended. Fortunately, the 1944 Servicemen’s Readjustment Act assisted these Veterans in finding jobs and funding their college education. With almost 50% of all college students being military personnel and an increased pride of hiring Veteran workers, these individuals were able to make the adjustment back into the workplace and boost the economy.

14 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

The Effects of Strengthening Employee Appreciation

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, about 90% of workers who feel that their organization values them and their contributions are likely to be much more productive and efficient workers than those who feel undervalued. Additionally, 50% of individuals feeling undervalued at work anticipate leaving their current organization due to these feelings. While these statistics are not surprising, it’s important to note that high turnover rates due to undervalued employees should not go overlooked as they can produce real financial consequences for many organizations.

6 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Social Media as an Indicator of Depression

The power social media holds in today’s world is truly at an all-time high. In fact, a recent article is suggesting that popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become outlets for individuals who may be suffering from depression. Mental health experts are now advising not to disregard certain posts on social media that contain dark or distressed “spur of the moment” feelings, as they may be warning signs of depression or potential danger to those individuals.

27 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Getting Your Employees Motivated in Wellness

Whether it’s through the help of a corporate wellness program or not, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle can positively impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Similarly, generating a healthy workforce can, without a doubt, increase your business’ bottom line. As health care costs and employee absenteeism are reduced, employee engagement and productivity will significantly increase. Results such as these are most consistent with the implementation of a corporate wellness program, but the key to achieving ROI is dependent on employee participation.

15 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

A Stress-Free Tax Season

Research has shown that financial stress has a direct effect on a person’s physical wellbeing. This can also cause a significant impact on an employee’s work performance, as a financially stressed employee spends about 20 hours of work time per month dealing with personal financial problems. That being said, tax season often creates another level of anxiety and stress for workers. Many employees are struggling with the financial burden of having their taxes prepared, as this can cost up to hundreds of dollars when taken to major tax service corporations or to an accountant. Additionally, many of these same workers are missing out on substantial tax credits because they are unaware that they are eligible for them.

8 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Caring for the Caregivers

According to this week’s article, “Aging America Creates Demand for Health Care Workers,” the health care and social assistance fields are projected to make up about ¼ of the total 20.2 million new jobs likely to be created in the US by the year 2020. This may be to be due to the fact that about 33.8 million baby boomers will have retired by 2020. Although increasing numbers of retired workers means more job openings for the economy, a quarter of the US workforce is still expected to be made up of older, baby boomer-aged workers.