Category Archives: work schedules

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… Read More »

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… 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 »

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… 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 »

Job Strain May Be Making You Ill

Job strain is a particularly insidious form of stress that goes far beyond overflowing inboxes or tight deadlines. It is characterized primarily by organizational environments and job structure in which employees have high levels of demands placed on them and limited control over those demands (that is, low “decisional latitude”). This is the demand-control model… Read More »