Category: bullying

Be Fair

Workplace Health, Injustice, and Your Mother

Your mother always told you life wasn’t fair. In few places did her words ring truer than workplaces where favoritism, bullying, discrimination, or broken promises rule the day. But if life’s not fair, it may be no small consolation that, when facing an unjust and uncivil work environment day in and day out, life may not be very long either. One study has shown that workers who felt they were treated unfairly at work — compared to well-treated workers — had a 55% greater risk of heart disease, even after controlling for other risk factors. Organizational Injustice Organizational unfairness, or injustice, refers to a pattern of exposure to...

Napo spotlights the causes of stress at work

Napo Lovably Spotlights the Causes of Worker Stress

The psychosocial and environmental interplay of stress at work are foregone conclusions among regulators, thought leaders, and many employers across the globe, especially in Europe. In the United States, with the exception of NIOSH’s Total Worker Health strategies, the drivers of stress at work remain largely ignored. In the US, we take the reactive viewpoint that an individual’s response to stress is more important than the causes of stress. In doing so, employers grant themselves license to put the onus for solutions on employees, too. Whereas the rest of the industrialized world endeavors to address stress by balancing employees’ job control and demands, offering scheduling flexibility, limiting overtime,...

Blind Spot

Hostile Workplaces and Overtime Linked to Obesity

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on employers’ increasingly aggressive efforts to get workers to lose weight, igniting the inevitable social media hullabaloo from pro- and anti-wellness pundits. The article featured a table, Obesity by Occupation, which reported the prevalence of obesity in 10 categories of occupations (ranging from 40.7% for police, firefighters, and security guards, to 14.2% for  economists, scientists, and psychologists). But the newspaper and the pundits missed the scoop. When the reporters discovered the obesity-per-occupation stats in a study published earlier in the year, they glossed over the most important findings. The study, Prevalence of Obesity Among U.S. Workers and Associations with Occupational Factors — published in the...