Holiday Money Worries Can Impact Workplace Productivity

holiday debt mhn iStock_000067474679_SmallFor many of us, the holiday season brings added financial pressures and demands, which may in turn affect work performance. When employees are stressed financially, both their health and productivity can suffer.

 

Current research is highlighting the importance of managing financial worry. Continue reading

Nov. 9th Webinar: Boost Your Financial Health

Good health means more than eating right, being active and seeing your doctor once a year. Taking charge of your finances can be just as important a part of your overall wellness, and can even affect your lifestyle.

 

Health Net is offering a telephone/webinar-based class that can increase your awareness and help you boost your financial health. Continue reading

Smoking: It’s Also Bad for the Bottom Line

November 17 marks the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an annual observance encouraging smokers to kick the habit. We’ve all heard about the negative health effects of tobacco use, but may not be as aware of the economic costs associated with it – in both the workplace and society as a whole. Continue reading

Employee well-being: the case for work-life balance and how to foster it

MHN Vacations SAF 1481_rgbMore companies are beginning to realize the business benefits of allowing employees more flexibility as a means of achieving work-life balance. Workplace flexibility impacts recruitment, retention, engagement, and productivity. In fact, more than half of employees surveyed by the Society of Human Resource Management cited flexibility to balance work-life issues as a “very important” aspect of job satisfaction.1 Continue reading

The Impact of Depression in the Workplace

Surviving at work after layoffsDepression is a common medical illness that affects nearly one in 10 Americans each year.1 Unfortunately, half of employees affected by major depression are not diagnosed and usually go untreated, according to the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health. The good news is that treatment works: 80 percent of people with depression improve significantly with appropriate treatment, and almost all individuals receive some symptom relief and benefit from medical care.2 Continue reading

Stamping Out the Stigma: Focusing on Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

SOS-LogoSuicide claims the lives of more than 42,000 people in the U.S. each year, and unfortunately, the numbers are rising.1 During National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, mental health professionals, public health experts and others are joining forces in an ongoing effort to reverse that trend. Raising awareness and providing education – both at home and in the workplace – can make a big difference in preventing the next suicide from happening. Continue reading

Elements of a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Business Team Listening To Presentation At DeskOne quarter of all Americans rate their workplace as fair or poor in providing a healthy work environment, according to a new survey by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Stress is of particular concern, with 43 percent of working adults saying their job negatively affects their stress levels. Continue reading

How to Successfully Lead Employees Through Organizational Change

Group of business people at the officeAdvice for managers

You’ve heard the old adage: If there’s one constant in business, it’s that change is inevitable. Also inevitable is employee resistance to change; there will always be some who do not welcome – and maybe even fear – change. The role of leadership during the transition cannot be underestimated; it has a definite impact on the process and the outcome. Continue reading