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Restraining health care prices requires workforce productivity gains, not wage cuts alone
Cost containment will require not wage reductions alone, but broad productivity gains derived from the use of fewer or less-skilled employees to produce any given service, the study concludes. (2015-06-08)

Fairness at work can affect employees' health
Employees' experiences of fairness at work can impact on their health, according to a new study involving the University of East Anglia. (2016-05-10)

Corporate social responsibility can backfire if employees don't think it's genuine
A new study looks at what happens when a company's employees view its efforts related to corporate social responsibility as substantive (perceived to be other-serving and genuinely aimed at supporting the common good) or symbolic (perceived as self-serving and performed primarily for reputation and to enhance profits). (2016-09-07)

Mere expectation of checking work email after hours harms health of workers and families
The study demonstrates that employees do not need to spend actual time on work in their off-hours to experience harmful effects. The mere expectations of availability increase strain for employees and their significant others -- even when employees do not engage in actual work during nonwork time. (2018-08-10)

To boost customer satisfaction, owners should pay attention to employee job satisfaction
A new study from the University of Missouri has found that CEOs who pay attention to employees' job satisfaction are able to boost both customer satisfaction and (2011-06-01)

Coping with abuse in the work place
A new study from the University of Haifa assessed the tools employees are using to cope with the stress of abusive treatment from a supervisor and how effective those tools are in terms of employee well-being. (2012-01-04)

Workplace flexibility still a myth for most
While many companies boast of flexible, family friendly workplaces, a study by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College finds workplace flexibility is limited in scope, and who it is offered to. (2014-03-17)

Managers can help prevent employees from working while sick
A new study indicates that managerial support can help prevent employees who work extremely hard out of an obsessive drive ('workaholics') from forcing themselves to attend work when feeling sick. (2017-08-09)

PTSD rate among prison employees equals that of war veterans
Prison employees experience PTSD on par with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, a new study from a Washington State University College of Nursing researcher found. (2018-07-13)

Employees should build reputation before using work-family programs
Employees often suspect that participating in work-family programs could harm their careers, and prior research studies have shown they are right to be worried. Employees who use the programs are at risk of fewer promotions and lower wages than those who do not. (2011-05-03)

Elder care responsibilities hurt worker productivity, well-being
Employees who are caregivers for elder dependents report lower work performance than employees whose dependents are children. Work performance and well-being were most adversely affected for employees in a situation in which who were caregivers for an elder dependent and felt they couldn't share their concerns with co-workers or family. (2001-03-14)

Leisure activities, job crafting can make company 'misfits' more productive
Finding meaning outside of work and proactively tailoring duties on the job may help people who fail to gel with a company's culture stay engaged and become more productive workers, according to researchers. (2016-10-20)

Women up to 10 times more likely to have poor body image than men
Women are up to 10 times as likely to have poor body image as men, even when they are clearly not overweight. (2001-05-09)

How incivility spreads in the workplace
Condescending comments, put-downs and sarcasm have become commonplace in the politically charged workplace, and a new study shows how this incivility may be spreading. (2016-08-10)

Engaged employees are good, but don't count on commitment
The notion that highly engaged workers will continue to work tirelessly for organizations despite diminishing resources often isn't true, according to Clemson University psychology professor Thomas Britt. (2009-05-13)

Don't mix business with pleasure
In working life it's now almost expected that employees answer work-related emails after hours, or take their laptops with them on holiday. But the blurring of boundaries between work and personal life can affect people's sense of well-being and lead to exhaustion. This is according to Ariane Wepfer of the University of Zurich in Switzerland who, together with her colleagues, published a study in Springer's Journal of Business and Psychology. (2017-12-12)

Savvy employers will implement NICE smoking cessation interventions
Savvy employers will take heed and implement the smoking-cessation recommendations published by the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence, says an editorial in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2007-05-03)

Taking a short smartphone break improves employee well-being, research finds
A Kansas State University researcher has found that short smartphone breaks throughout the workday can improve workplace productivity, make employees happier and benefit businesses. (2014-07-07)

Wanted: More female managers
Do common stereotypes about female characteristics keep the number of women in management roles low? This is the question posed by Janka Stoker and her colleagues from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in their study looking at the factors which relate to managerial stereotypes. Their findings, published online in Springer's Journal of Business and Psychology, suggest that increasing the proportion of female managers is an effective way to overcome managerial stereotyping. (2011-03-22)

AGnES supports general practitioners
General Practitioners can delegate visits to patients and medical work to qualified employees. In this way, they can provide care to more patients. Neeltje van den Berg and coauthors from Greifswald and Neubrandenburg Universities present the (2009-01-13)

Employee volunteerism? Only if you think your boss is ethical
A new study shows that people who perceive their employer as committed to environmental and community-based causes will, in turn, engage in green behavior and local volunteerism, with one caveat: their boss must display similarly ethical behavior. (2017-11-07)

Performance appraisal success depends on frequent feedback and good standard setting
Appraisal of employees often gets a bad press, but recent research suggests if it involves frequent feedback between the formal appraisal and good prior planning and communication of standards then it can be successful and appreciated by employees. (2017-11-17)

Credit counseling increases productivy, lowers financial stress, study finds
After one year, clients of credit counseling reported decreased concerns about personal finances, lower levels of stress from money problems, and improved personal financial wellness; and they demonstrated increases in work productivity and job outcomes, according to researchers at two universities. (2000-12-06)

Common working conditions hurting both workers and employers
New research from North Carolina State University shows that an increase in professional business practices such as outsourcing, hiring temporary workers and focusing on project-based teams is having a detrimental effect on workers and likely poses long-term problems for employers. (2010-07-13)

Reattaching to work is just as important as detaching from work, study finds
Employees who mentally reattach to work in the morning are more engaged at work, according to a new study. (2019-03-18)

Motivation in their work reduces stress among IT consultants
Information technology (IT) consultants experience less stress when they carry out assignments in a working environment that motivates them. It also helps IT consultants experience less stress if they are able to manage their own work and if the demands placed on them in their work are reasonable. This is revealed in a psychology thesis from Gothenburg University, Sweden. (2011-02-28)

The dark side of helping coworkers
If you show up at work tired, you may want to focus strictly on your own tasks. New research suggests helping coworkers in the morning can lead to mental exhaustion and self-serving behavior in the afternoon that ultimately can create a toxic work environment. (2017-05-10)

On-the-job injuries hurt home health care industry
Training can alleviate some of the pain that occupational injuries bring to the long-term care industry, according to Penn State researchers. The study looked at injuries among home health aides. (2010-08-09)

Unhealthy choices cost company health care plans billions of dollars
One out of every four dollars employers pay for health care is tied to unhealthy lifestyle choices or conditions like smoking, stress and obesity, despite the fact that most large employers have workplace wellness programs. (2015-12-10)

Hostile boss? Study finds advantages to giving it right back
In a result that surprised researchers, a new study found that employees who had hostile bosses were better off on several measures if they returned the hostility. (2015-01-20)

Envious employees can turn hospitality industry hostile
Guest relationships can become collateral damage when hotel employees envy the relationships co-workers have with their bosses, according to an international team of researchers. (2010-09-28)

Creativity: A question of impulsiveness
How can employees' working time be organized so as to enable them to perform in the best possible way when completing both creative and routine tasks? Two economists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg investigated this question and made a surprising discovery. Which working model works best depends on employees' impulsiveness. (2019-05-23)

Customers less tolerant of employee rudeness than incompetence
Rude behavior among employees can negatively affect consumer perceptions -- even when the incivility isn't directed at the customer. (2010-07-22)

Landmark study to define work-life balance across cultures
Australian and international experts will contribute to the development of a practical measure of work-life balance for use by Australian industry and government. (2006-10-18)

Creative staff lead to satisfied customers says study
Organizations in the service sector that have more creative employees enjoy higher levels of customer satisfaction, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. (2016-10-14)

A chemical investigation of employees -- How to distinguish a blue collar from a white one
A group of Russian and Kazakh scientists headed by prof Skalnyj from RUDN University (Moscow, Russia) analyzed the level of toxic and essential trace elements in hair of petrochemical workers involved in different technological processes. (2017-02-20)

These four values lessen the power of transformational leadership
Transformational leadership is considered one of the most effective ways to motivate and inspire employees. However, new research finds cultural values significantly limit its effectiveness. (2019-05-16)

Sickness records can predict employee deaths
Employees who take long spells of sick leave more than once in two years are at a higher risk of death than their colleagues with no such absence, conclude researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-08-14)

Productivity rises when companies are facing closure
In companies that are slated to be shut down, productivity increases during the phase-out period itself. When management is busy dealing with matters other than daily operations, employees shoulder a greater responsibility for their work -- and efficiency is enhanced. According to business economist Magnus Hansson at Örebro University in Sweden, this shows that it is possible to boost productivity considerably without investing. (2008-05-09)

ASHG opposes H.R.1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act
The American Society of Human Genetics opposes H.R.1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, introduced on March 2 and scheduled for markup by the House Education and the Workforce Committee today. If enacted, this bill would fundamentally undermine the privacy provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. (2017-03-08)

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