What Wellness Programs Don’t Do for Workers
The idea of employee wellness is not new, but it has not always been an $8 billion industry in which employer-subsidized fitness memberships, meditation classes, and catered meals are the norm. In 1864, the Pennsylvania Mine Safety Act was codified into law, promising Pennsylvania mine workers minimal ventilation to help prevent the black lung, and marking the beginning of occupational health legislation in the United States. A few years later, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts put a more proactive plan in motion and became the first state to institute a factory inspection program. By 1891, the federal government had caught on, mandating minimum ventilation requirements in mines across the country, and prohibiting operators from hiring children under the age of 12…
Workplace Preparation for Natural Disasters in View of Hurricane Dorian
As the East Coast braces for yet another hurricane, we should contemplate the impact that natural disasters can have on employees and employers, both personally and professionally. While individuals prepare their homes and employers prepare their businesses for the physical damage, employers will benefit from also assessing the practical and legal implications surrounding the unpredictable events Mother Nature throws our way—and planning accordingly…
Not just a busy time: What to do when you feel overwhelmed at work
No one wants to feel overwhelmed, especially at work. And while it’s sometimes hard to shake off these feelings, identifying the signs early can help you manage them and continue performing at your best — both at work and in your personal life.
To start with, it’s crucial to understand the difference between being stressed and feeling overwhelmed.
While being stressed usually results in you working harder and doing more to find a resolution, being overwhelmed makes you feel less motivated to do anything about what is causing your stress. So if you are unsure if you are stressed or overwhelmed, take a step back and look at how you are responding to the situation….