How to Reduce Your Employees’ Stress During Holidays

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The holiday season can bring a combination of fun and excitement as well as stress and anxiety for your staff. While the majority of workers enjoy December as it brings more cheer to the office, as well as goodies from vendors and maybe even a company party, not everyone feels the same. A recent study by staffing firm Accountemps found that while half of workers report being more cheerful at work this time of year, 35% say they feel more work-related pressure. Top factors affecting employee stress: • Balancing work and holiday obligations (32%) • Taking time off and returning…
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Employee Assistance Programs in Times of Need

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Natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, cause extensive property damage, physical injuries and loss of life. The distress might not end there, however. Mental health experts say that many victims of disasters experience post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety in the months following these events. The loss of loved ones, jobs, material goods and livelihoods are all traumatic experiences for victims, according to one Red Cross official. Employers helping their workers cope with experiencing a disaster will generally find that having an employee assistance program (EAP) in place is invaluable. An EAP is an intervention program designed to help…
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PTSD Claims a Growing Workers’ Comp Problem

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An emerging trend in workers’ compensation nationally is workers filing post-traumatic stress disorder claims from events that they experienced on the job. These events will typically be something traumatic like witnessing a violent event while on the job or the aftermath of a horrific accident – but not always. Most recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that a Federal Express Corp. driver diagnosed with PTSD in part due to his manager’s demands and stress of a really bad day is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In that case, William D. Hart vs. Federal Express Corp. et al., the court upheld…
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