Crisis Management – Employment Law attorney Robin Shea says, “If you are an employer, you will probably get sued from time to time, whether or not you did anything wrong. But don’t make it worse by actually doing something wrong.” She dissects Chris Christie’s recent press conference and offers Three workplace lessons from Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate.”
Workers’ CompWorkers’ Compensation Issues to Watch in 2014 – Rising rates, a move to integrated disability, the effects of the ACA, state legislative efforts and more: Mark Walls of March tells you what to expect in the coming year. Related: OSHA;s Top 10 List. (Also see our last week post: Compliance Matters 2014 for other trends.)
Retention – Suzanne Lucas, aka Evil HR Lady, informs us about a new survey showing that one in five workers are looking to leave their current employer. She asks, Are Your Employees Looking for a New Job? — and offers suggestions for how to keep them. That is, if you want to keep them. Scott Gerber polleds eleven entrepreneurs for signs that it is time to get rid of a key player on their team.
Tobacco Use & Cancer – Dan Diamond, managing editor of the Advisory Board’s Daily Briefing offers an overview of progress in the 50 years since as a nation, we declared war on smoking – “Smoking rates have since fallen, a lot. More than 40% of adults smoked in 1964; today, it’s less than 20%” – but tobacco use is still too high. In his post Where there’s smoke, there’s cancer, he presents geographic maps depicting current smokers and cancer. Related: OSHN on Tobacco use in the United States: Basic facts and trends
Stress – Stress is part of everyday life and can be beneficial. But high levels over a long period can be seriously bad for our health. The British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy designed a test to help you spot symptoms of stress and find out how well you are coping with the pressure of everyday life. Take the Stress test
Diabetes Prevention – A new study found that taking an extra 2,000 steps a day cuts heart attack risk for pre-diabetics by 8 percent. The study showed that “people who are already on the way to developing diabetes could significantly reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke by walking for just an extra 20 minutes a day for a year.”
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