Taking Advantage of Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Posted by Kellie Collier on Aug 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You may have noticed a new addition to your employee benefit package recently. Employee Assistance Programs, or EAPs, have become a new trend with employers who are looking to offer employees an avenue to address their mental and emotional well-being.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Can Employee Drug Testing Protect Employees?

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on Jul 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Random drug and alcohol testing in the workplace is often seen as a “gotcha” test for employees - but can drug testing also help protect employees?  It seems that the benefits of random drug and alcohol testing can be seen not just by employers, but also by employees. 

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

4 Steps to Building Positivity in the Workplace

Posted by Melissa DiStefano on Jul 12, 2017 9:18:31 AM

Why not smile and greet strangers with a hello? Why not lift up your coworkers to motivate them? Why not choose to be happy? The way we look at life on a daily basis can have a direct impact on the workplace and your work life. A positive work environment will always be a more enjoyable one and help drive more success – creating deeper connections and overall better quality of life.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

5 Ways to Beat the Heat While Working Outside

Posted by Kellie Collier on Jul 3, 2017 11:52:04 AM

In 2011, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched their Heat Illness Prevention campaign, which promotes the importance of water, rest and shade to better protect workers from the effects of heat-related illness. High temperatures and direct sun exposure resulted in 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related worker illness in 2012 alone and can induce severe health problems like heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat rash.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

6 Steps to Creating a Healthy Workspace

Posted by Kellie Collier on May 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In a 2015 study, Americans outranked Australia, Sweden and Switzerland for average hours worked among the world’s largest economies. In a typical work week, American workers log an impressive 34.4 hour work week and nearly four in 10 workers report logging 50+ hours at their job each week.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Stopping the Stigma Against Mental Health Claims in Workers Comp

Posted by Kellie Collier on Mar 2, 2017 12:22:32 PM

Yesterday, IWP had the pleasure of attending the Mental Health and Workplace Well-being conference in Boston, Massachusetts. This event, which was sponsored by The Alliance of Women in Workers' Compensation, brought together industry stakeholders from various backgrounds with one common goal – creating awareness for mental health issues within the workers' compensation.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, Workplace Wellness

Office Yoga Poses: Practicing at Your Desk

Posted by Kellie Collier on Jan 25, 2017 3:44:44 PM

Across the country, 36.7 million Americans practice yoga each year. Whether they’re practicing for health benefits, stress relief or overall enjoyment, stepping on a yoga mat has been proven to heal both body and mind.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

3 Steps to Help Your Employees Reach a Healthier Work Life

Posted by Kellie Collier on Dec 28, 2016 1:56:17 PM

In a 2007 study by the American Psychological Association (APA), work was found to be a top source of very or somewhat significant stress for adults. A similar study by APA conducted in 2014 reported an increase of extreme stress levels in adults that had a negative impact on their mental and physical health.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Incorporating Wellness Into Your Workforce

Posted by IWP on Aug 8, 2016 8:30:00 AM

With the rise in health care costs across the nation, companies are now incentivizing their employees to lead healthier, more active lifestyles in an effort to contain costs. Wellness programs have become a quick response to change poor-health habits and identify risk factors of the company population. According to a RAND employer survey, 80 percent of employers with a wellness program screen their employees for health risks and use the results for program planning and preventative interventions.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

10 Steps to a Safer Workplace

Posted by Kellie Collier on Jul 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Workplace safety is more than knowing the nearest fire exit. From slips and falls to repetitive motion, work injuries can arise in any industry at any company at any time.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

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