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Is your wellness program sick and tired?

Jon Denoris | 20 March 2014

Many employers feel duty-bound to offer some sort of 'wellness' program. But many of these are stale, predictable and ineffective. So here's a strategy to refocus and re-energize both your progam and your people.

Google, open minds and extended life

Janet Howd | 09 December 2013

Google's launch of Calico earlier this year to seek new ways to fight the aging process was met with some amusement and much skepticism. But the business plan of this novel venture is by no means novelty-based.

Workaholism: hard but not smart

Brian Amble | 07 November 2013

Workaholics may work hard, but they don't work smart. In fact according to a new Italian study, thanks to the mental and physical strain they put themselves under, workaholics tend to have poor job performance.

When should you quit a toxic company?

Linnda Durré | 05 September 2013

Do you sacrifice your health, ethics and conscience by tolerating a toxic workplace? It's just not worth it. As Janis Joplin said, 'don't compromise yourself. It's all you've got.'

The fear of closing doors

Peter Vajda | 07 August 2013

Do you wear crazy-busy as a merit badge? Have you ever thought that it might be a good idea to slow down and not try to keep every possible option open? Or does that thought fill you with dread that you'll miss out on something?

Depression link to long hours and overwork

Brian Amble | 05 August 2013

Employees who work long hours and are habitually overworked are a staggering 15 times more likely than average to develop depression, a new Japanese study has found.

Smokers need not apply

Brian Amble | 05 March 2013

A Florida healthcare provider has announced that new hires at seven of its hospitals must not use tobacco in any form – even in the privacy of their own homes.

Bring mental ill-health out into the open

Gavin Bates | 02 August 2012

In the workplace, just as in society in general, mental health issues are something of a taboo. They just don't get discussed – but since when has ignoring something ever made it go away?

A positive difference

Brian Amble | 26 March 2012

Workplace counselling services can make a significant and lasting improvement to the lives of people with work-related stress and other problems, new research has found.

Vocal support

Janet Howd | 08 March 2012

Our voice can't be expected to perform at its best if it is asked to do so for hours on end or if it is pushed constantly to the furthest limits of pitch or volume. What it needs is a little support.

Blowing smoke

Dan Bobinski | 07 February 2012

Soon you might get fired eating too many Krispy Kreme donuts. Why? To save on health care costs, your company has instituted a policy that allows them to fire overweight people. OK, so this is fictional for now - but for how much longer?

Top tips for spirituality in the workplace

Nicola Hunt | 08 December 2011

Even in the mainstream business environment, dealing with the challenges of the working day actually offers a great playground and outlet for developing our spiritual selves and for sharing our light with others.

Happier, healthier flexible workplaces

Brian Amble | 08 December 2011

Flexible workplace initiatives aren't just window-dressing. Flexibility brings with it improvements in employees' health and well-being, reduces absenteeism rates and boosts employee commitment.

The price of insomnia

Brian Amble | 04 October 2011

Insomnia is costing the US economy some $63 billion a year in lost productivity, with every unfortunate sufferer costing their employer between $2,280 and $3,274 annually.

Violence: when we lose touch with our soul

Peter Vajda | 16 September 2011

Violence – be it in the workplace or elsewhere - is about one issue, and one issue only: power. And only when we understand this and understand the disconnection that leads up to violence can we start to learn how to cope with situations without resorting to violent behaviour.

Take time out to exercise

Brian Amble | 02 September 2011

New research that has found taking time out of your working work week to do some exercise may lead to increased productivity - despite the reduction in work hours this entails.

Stress of commuting worse for women

Brian Amble | 25 August 2011

Daily commuting is more stressful for women than for men, a new study by researchers in the UK suggests.

Making a two-professional relationship work

Peter Vajda | 19 August 2011

When two people spend an inordinate amount of time pursuing their careers, is there also time to pursue their relationship? The answer, of course, is 'it depends'. Here are some signs that a dual-professional relationship might be in trouble – and some ideas about how to fix it.

Want to bury your head?

Brian Amble | 21 June 2011

If the goings-on in your workplace sometimes leave with an overwhelming desire to emulate an ostrich and bury your head in the sand, we have just the thing to help you.

Vacation? What vacation?

Peter Vajda | 03 June 2011

The dividing line between work and leisure is becoming more blurred than ever – and most of those who do go away on vacation will remain electronically tethered to their work. But as Peter Vajda reminds us, that's not a spiritually, emotionally, physically or psychologically healthy place to be.

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