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Archive | June, 2008

Short takes: extreme wellness, underwear, WARN, EEOC, results killers & more

Extreme wellness – Imagine this: before your workday starts, you line up all your workers and measure their waistlines. That’s what employers and local governments in Japan must now do to comply with a new national law intended to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and vascular disease. The law sets thresholds on waistlines for people…

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Words to the wise

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Fortune posed that question to 25 prominent business people, civic leaders and celebrities. The answers run the gamut from marketing mantras to life philosophies. Here are excerpts from some of the responses that we liked: “I can’t remember who told me this, but I certainly didn’t grow up…

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Mental illness and the workplace

The Globe and Mail of Toronto is featuring an excellent series of articles on the stigma of mental illness as told through the personal stories of people who suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. The stories also include commentary and insights from family members. It’s a multimedia series, including videos, slides…

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Business jargon watch

There’s nothing quite like work jargon, but we can’t blame it all on U.S. business. It seems to be a global phenomenon, as the recent compilation of 50 phrases you love to hate in the BBC news attests. And be sure to play along with the Boss Speak Bingo Card (PDF). There aren’t any prizes…

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The high price of fatigue

In April, our monthly newsletter authored by Bill Bowler focused on sleep deprivation and the toll that it can take on safety and productivity (PDF). He cited the frightening story of a calamity averted when two pilots who were commanding an airline were found asleep at the wheel. It seems there’s been another recent case…

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