Too much holiday celebration could hurt productivity among employees

As businesses enter the holiday season, employers should be aware of the impact winter celebrations have on employee performance. A recent study from Caron Treatment Centers found that roughly 64 percent of Americans have called in sick due to a hangover after attending a holiday party. Continue reading

The heavy toll of financial distress and helping workers cope with it

While the economy is picking up, many workers are still worried about how they will overcome debt and afford everyday expenses. At the onset of the recession in 2008, Americans amassed more than $2.5 trillion in personal consumer debt, with an average of $8,565 per household, according to the American Psychiatric Foundation’s Partnership for Workplace Mental Health. The organization, which advocates employers take active Continue reading

Staying safe in tight spaces

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes a confined space as an area that has few or limited openings for entry and exit, limited natural ventilation and is not intended for prolonged periods of occupancy. Confined spaces include mines, compartments of ships and other vessels, ventilation ducts, sewers and storage spaces, among many others. Continue reading