Category Archives: fairness

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… Read More »

NICE! Good Work Is the Key to Good Employee Health

On June 19, 2015, while the U.S. federal government was determining how much employers should be allowed to fine workers for high blood pressure and cholesterol, the United Kingdom’s quasi-governmental National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) was doing something beneficial for employee wellness. NICE issued evidence-based guidelines for management practices and policies that support employee health.… Read More »

At Work, But Out of Whack

Effort-Reward Imbalance Underpins Worker Stress It may be hard to get your brain around abstract models of stress, especially when they don’t line up with the usual fright-or-flight illustrations or seem remediable by the relaxation tips commonly sold as solutions. But if we care about workers, and how employers may be able to help them, we can’t ignore the harmful… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »