Category: work-life fit

Starbucks employees in Seattle have advocated for predictable, secure scheduling

The Wellness Industry Snoozes Thru the Predictable Scheduling and Clopening Debate

For a group that purports to be committed to wellbeing and helping employees get a good night’s sleep, the wellness industry sure is quiet about the issue of “clopening.” Wellness experts harp on the importance of sleep, and vendors hawk sleep-tracking devices, apps, and programs. But nary a word is spoken about the job conditions  necessary to assure workers have the opportunity to get the sleep they need. It’s hard to get eight hours of sleep if you’re only home for five or six hours between your evening shift and your morning shift. And that’s where “clopening” comes in. The term commonly applies to schedules in...

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Waking Up To How Sleep and Work REALLY Interact

  By this time, most of us are well-versed in how sleep — more accurately, the lack of it — affects work. Injuries, errors, accidents, and health care costs have all been linked to sleep loss and shown to affect business results. What’s more, as reported by McKinsey in the article “The Organizational Cost of Insufficient Sleep,” there’s a host of psychosocial and cognitive problems that have been linked to sleep loss, including impaired attention, concentration, creativity, learning and memory, decision making, and relationship formation. Some studies have even shown that lack of sleep is associated with unethical behavior and have proposed specific pathways in...

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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. In the U.S., where we lean on behavioral programs and medicalized approaches to try to manipulate worker health, NICE’s focus on workforce management and policy may seem…um…foreign. But as often mentioned in this blog, much of the rest of the economically advanced world long ago realized that management...

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Long Hours Grind Away at Employee Wellbeing

Of all the job conditions known to undermine the wellbeing of employees, few have been as well studied as long work hours and overtime. While we still need convincing evidence that reducing work hours may improve health, the body of knowledge about how work hours erode worker health should persuade employers that this is an area with considerably more potential for health improvement compared to conventional approaches like screenings and lifestyle interventions. A review of data from the Whitehall II study (which I described in my previous post about effort and reward balance) found that risk of heart disease, including fatal heart attacks, increased as the...