Mental health has become an increasingly important piece of the ever-evolving benefits puzzle.
The field of human resources is changing. In our HR Redefined series, we give innovators a medium to share personal reflections, professional advice, and best practice guidance.
No one wants to put the health of their employees at risk—but far too often, safety falls on the back burner due to lack of time or resources.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of 80,000 office and administrative workers suffer on-the-job injuries each year. Many of these are preventable by tackling commonly overlooked hazards, like eye strain and environmental toxins.
In 2017, over 62,776,640 people searched “get healthy" on Google. Doing so is part of a familiar nationwide declaration that this will finally be the year to lose those five pounds, cook every night, cut out sugar, exercise four times a week, the list goes on. But more often than not, life gets in the way of the commitment it takes to execute on these goals. Let’s be honest—between work and family, it can be hard to find time to make healthier choices. But what if your workplace offered resources to make it easier? Fortunately, many HR teams are already on the case, introducing a variety of employee health and wellness initiatives and perks.
Your employees have been working feverishly all year long, and the holidays are finally around the corner. But just as the company is working to wrap up all end of the year projects, a bug starts going around the office. It’s inevitable that a handful of employees will catch something during flu season, but HR and managers can team up to stop the spread and keep sick employees at home until they are well enough to return to work.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 Americans die per day as a result of an opioid overdose. This crisis has grabbed national attention and on October 26, President Trump declared the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. With the number of those affected at an all time high, the workplace is not immune to the effects of opioid addiction.
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From job interviews to performance reviews, it often feels like employees are expected to be “perfect” at work. The workplace has traditionally been an environment where flaws are masked and images of professionalism abound.
Though technology has drastically changed the landscape of remote work, employees still spend an average of 26 minutes on their daily commute into the office. Long and tiresome commutes decrease employee productivity and can even interfere with physical and mental wellbeing.
There is a lot of buzz around bullying these days—particularly in education and online—but the truth is bullying is much more prevalent across the professional world than you may have thought. 75% of employees have either been a victim or witness of workplace bullying. The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) defines workplace bullying as a repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators. This can be conduct that is threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, and it may take the form of interference with work or verbal abuse.
It’s bright and early Monday morning -- too early for anything to go wrong just yet. Or so you thought. But as soon as you dive into your emails, you find that another employee has sent in his resignation.