A short, weekly mindfulness program successfully reduced stressed among emergency despatchers with demanding schedules, suggesting such initiatives can be applied successfully to other challenging workplaces.
Workers who can mentally and physically detach from work after hours have fewer concentration problems, sleep better and are at lower risk of depression and exhaustion, according to a study on work breaks, which highlights the important role managers play in facilitating this behaviour.
High workloads and other organisational factors compel workers to go to work when they're sick, significantly increasing their levels of exhaustion and creating a vicious cycle that adversely affects employers, Swedish researchers have found.
Over-confidence and a subjective perception of low risk are contributing to a "remarkable under-reporting" of needle stick injuries, as well as poor observance of vital safety response measures, research on the healthcare sector has found.
Deciding whether to disclose a mental health condition to an employer can be complicated for workers but a "decision aid tool" can ease the process and reduces the stress it causes, Australian researchers say.
Visible efforts to boost workplace social capital, centred around collaboration and a shared understanding of tasks, can do more to improve workers' psychological wellbeing than high but static levels of social capital, European researchers have found.