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Well at Work

This blog covers the latest news and research in corporate wellness with insights on improving health, reducing healthcare costs, and fostering a wellness culture at work.

Well at Work

Study: Job Insecurity Compromises Employee Health

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About one in five workers in a recent study of Michigan residents perceived their jobs as being on the chopping block. But that wasn’t the worst finding in the report, which was recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine [Safety.BLR.com]. That nod goes to the fact that these employees rated themselves in poorer health than their more secure counterparts and had increased rates of major anxiety and depression.

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Well at Work

The Cost of Chronic Pain

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Stay-at-home parents are a rare breed these days, with more and more families opting for two incomes and endless juggling of childcare and babysitter needs. And with this added stress comes unexpected pain, according to a new study out of the George Washington University School of Public Health [ScienceDaily.com].

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Tags: Health, Stress, Neck, Pain, Work, Neck Pain, Family

Well at Work

4 Things Fit, Productive People Do Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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For most people in the working world, the 3 o’clock to 4 o’clock hour is one of the least productive ones. Mid-afternoon fatigue sets in and it’s difficult not to see the day’s finish line approaching. At that point, it’s challenging not to shift into autopilot and coast home, getting little accomplished. But by recognizing the body’s rhythms and making a few scheduling adjustments, it’s possible to make “3-to-4” one of the more valuable hours of the day. Here’s how:

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Well at Work

Why You May Want to Think Twice About Working Late

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Clocking in more than eight hours a day at the office can increase your risk of heart disease, according to a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology [AOL.com].

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Well at Work

How Work-Related Stress is Hurting Your Heart

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Working a high-stress job can increase your risk of heart attack or death from heart disease, according to a new study published in The Lancet [NYDailyNews.com].

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Well at Work

5 Ways to Boost Your Health When Working at Home

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Working from home provides a chance to save time otherwise spent on commuting, meetings, and office chitchat. It’s also an opportunity to eat cleaner, move more, and live healthier. For many people, however, working from home offers more distraction than even the most hectic day at the office. But with a little planning, it’s possible to overcome those obstacles and make the most of the situation.

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Well at Work

How Your Health Habits Affect Your Productivity at the Office

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Employees with poor health habits are typically less productive compared to employees who practice healthy habits, according to a new study published in Population Health Management [Phys.org].

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Well at Work

Office Politics: Drop Out of the Race

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Are you paranoid about office clicks and the gossip they spread at your job? Turns out, simply worrying about such things can end up causing you rejection from your colleagues, according to a new study published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

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Tags: Stress, Work, Attitude

Well at Work

Calling in Sick Can Keep You Safe

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You shouldn’t feel guilty or scared about using your paid sick days. Workers who take advantage of this benefit are 28 percent less likely to suffer nonfatal work-related injuries, according to a new report from the government’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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Well at Work

Why Some Companies are Paying Their Employees to Get Healthier

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Employer-provided health care benefit costs are expected to rise seven percent in 2013, and employers are looking for ways to control costs and offering incentives to healthier employees, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health [EmployeeBenefitNews.com].

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