Excessive prescription of opioid medication is doubling the risk of long-term disability among injured workers, and highlights the need for workers' compensation schemes to take urgent action, says a leading occupational health researcher.
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.
A major employer's anonymous behaviour feedback system allows it to quickly identify unsafe practices and resolve them informally, stopping inappropriate behaviour from escalating and requiring formal disciplinary action, its executive director of people and culture says.
Employers have a duty to minimise workers' psychological stress and can do so by proactively boosting office morale and enforcing manageable workloads, a recruitment expert says. Meanwhile, employers have been warned that problem gambling can have a significant impact on the workplace, and offered tips to help struggling staff.
Employers have been urged to use R U OK? Day this week to kick off and maintain strategies promoting positive mental health at work, while the Mental Health Commission has found an electronic stress-reduction intervention provides "good value for money" for employers, in addition to numerous benefits not included in the economic modelling.
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.
The widow of a worker who contracted a rare disorder at work in 1986, and died from a similarly rare condition 30 years later, has been denied $400,000 in death benefits because of a gap in the scientific literature on the link between the conditions.