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This is our little spot for collecting new and interesting items of note in the areas of workplace wellness, including health and safety, employee engagement, and workplace interaction (conflict management, team-building, etc.). We'll also be tracking business issues that impact on employee morale and their general mental health and well-being.

Please note: We have begun to compile the current HR & wellness-related event listings on a separate Events page.

Recent Posts:

A winning attitude and personal support key to success

Study finds ten strengths associated with high achievers, including winning attitudes and good support

Toxic bosses are bad for your health and bad for your corporate reputation

Bully bosses have unhappy and dissatisfied employees who seek to get even with the company, even though they do not realize it

Employers need to do more to encourage staff to switch off at home

Less than 50% of U.K. organisations surveyed provided their employees with guidance on how to switch off in their down time

Bullying makes men leave the labor market

Long-term consequences of workplace bullying on sickness absence: women generally go on prolonged sick leave or use antidepressants, men often choose to leave

Male athletes more likely to choke under pressure

Study finds women can respond better to competitive pressure than men in tennis tournaments, calls for further investigation in other real-life settings

Want to exercise more? Get yourself some competition

New research finds that competition pushes people to exercise far better than friendly support

High status job means you are less likely to respond to treatment for depression

International study finds high status job means that you are less likely to respond to standard treatment with medications for depression, may have implications for clinicians and their patients, employers and public policy

How workplace stress contributes to cardiovascular disease

A model has been created that illustrates how economic globalization may create stressful employment factors in high-income countries contributing to the worldwide epidemic of cardiovascular disease

Study identifies specific work factors that predict sleep problems

Study finds quantitative job demands, decision control, role conflict, and support from a superior in the workplace were the most consistent predictors of troubled sleep, characterized by difficulty initiating sleep or disturbed sleep

Mindfulness in the workplace improves employee focus, attention, behavior, new management-based research concludes

Injecting a corporate culture of mindfulness not only improves focus, but the ability to manage stress and how employees work together

Why retailers need to pay attention to the smell of their stores

Open, minimally stocked spaces can leave customers feeling as anxious as overstocked stores -- but scent may be the solution

Worrying about work when you are not at work

Employees on their own time had more difficulty detaching from work tasks that had been left uncompleted, especially when these were important to them

Green office environments linked with higher cognitive function scores

Improved workplace air quality could greatly increase the cognitive function performance of workers

Anxious? Depressed? Blame it on your middle-management position

Symptoms of depression were reported by 18% of supervisors and managers compared to 12% for workers

Men may feel more threatened by female bosses, research finds

Men are more threatened by female supervisors and become more assertive in advocating for themselves in negotiation exercises, which can disrupt the workplace dynamics, stifle team cohesiveness and negatively affect team performance

Key professions losing staff due to lack of support for student mothers

Nursing, teaching and social work are losing thousands of potential recruits as student mothers drop out of higher education due to a lack of support from universities

No short cuts: innovation work is about presence, ordinary labor

Innovation work is a mundane and messy business in which people have to understand how the material and physical nature of creating new knowledge is linked to place and time as well

Working long hours linked to higher risk of stroke

Working 55 hours or more per week is linked to a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and a more modest (13%) increased risk of developing coronary heart disease

Men more likely to achieve targets if they are set goals

Study finds women perform better than men in the no goal setting, but men thrive in both of the goal treatments, suggesting that men are more responsive to goals than women

Managers: Beware of gender faultlines

Gender faultlines appear when gender differences solidify into cliques, typically when members of one gender share other demographic traits and professional interests, such as age, job responsibilities and time served

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