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When it comes to alcohol problems, all industries are not equal

On average, about 9 percent of U.S. workers drink in ways that contribute to absenteeism, higher health care costs and lost productivity, according to an analysis of government data. But in some industries, the toll can be much higher. At 15%, hospitality tops the list of industries with a higher than average prevalence of alcohol…

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Short takes: state depression rankings, PA vets, training, bias, health care, and more

Depression – How sad is your state? MSNBC reports on a recent study that ranks depression and suicide by state, noting that “Researchers found that states with easier access to mental health resources had lower suicide rates.” The top 10 saddest states in order: Utah, West Virginia, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Nevada, Oklahoma, Idaho, Missouri, Ohio…

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Planning for a recession

Economic news has been grim, heightening fears that we are facing a recession, if not already in one. It looks like we may all need to buckle down for the potential of a rough patch. Jared Bernstein, author and senior economist at Economic Policy Institute, offers a good explanation of what a recession is likely…

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Midlife suicide rate spikes

When you think about a demographic with the highest suicide rates, the male teen to young adult group automatically comes to mind. Among 15- to 24-year olds, suicide accounts for 12.9% of all deaths annually. It’s the second highest cause of death for males aged 25 to 34, and the third highest cause of death…

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Employers’ best practice guide for helping veterans reacclimate to the workplace

We’ve previously discussed the importance of helping the military to return to work. Of the 1.5 million troops that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, approximately one in every four is a “citizen soldier” serving in the ranks of the National Guard or the Reserves. In many cases, they will be returning to resume jobs…

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Aging and work

We all know that as baby boomers age, there are more and more older workers in the workplace. But how many centenarians do you have at your workplace? A rather remarkable 101 year-old British bloke has been in the news because he is training for the London Marathon. He has to fit his training in…

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