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20 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Then and Now: Supporting our Veterans in the Workforce

Post World War II, returning Veterans were facing the same weakened economic conditions as current war Veterans are facing today. According to a recent article, the unemployment rate in 1944 was estimated to be as high as 34%. This was largely due to the fact that about 15 million Veterans would be returning back to the workforce when the war ended. Fortunately, the 1944 Servicemen’s Readjustment Act assisted these Veterans in finding jobs and funding their college education. With almost 50% of all college students being military personnel and an increased pride of hiring Veteran workers, these individuals were able to make the adjustment back into the workplace and boost the economy.

14 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

The Effects of Strengthening Employee Appreciation

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, about 90% of workers who feel that their organization values them and their contributions are likely to be much more productive and efficient workers than those who feel undervalued. Additionally, 50% of individuals feeling undervalued at work anticipate leaving their current organization due to these feelings. While these statistics are not surprising, it’s important to note that high turnover rates due to undervalued employees should not go overlooked as they can produce real financial consequences for many organizations.

6 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Social Media as an Indicator of Depression

The power social media holds in today’s world is truly at an all-time high. In fact, a recent article is suggesting that popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become outlets for individuals who may be suffering from depression. Mental health experts are now advising not to disregard certain posts on social media that contain dark or distressed “spur of the moment” feelings, as they may be warning signs of depression or potential danger to those individuals.

27 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Getting Your Employees Motivated in Wellness

Whether it’s through the help of a corporate wellness program or not, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle can positively impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Similarly, generating a healthy workforce can, without a doubt, increase your business’ bottom line. As health care costs and employee absenteeism are reduced, employee engagement and productivity will significantly increase. Results such as these are most consistent with the implementation of a corporate wellness program, but the key to achieving ROI is dependent on employee participation.

15 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

A Stress-Free Tax Season

Research has shown that financial stress has a direct effect on a person’s physical wellbeing. This can also cause a significant impact on an employee’s work performance, as a financially stressed employee spends about 20 hours of work time per month dealing with personal financial problems. That being said, tax season often creates another level of anxiety and stress for workers. Many employees are struggling with the financial burden of having their taxes prepared, as this can cost up to hundreds of dollars when taken to major tax service corporations or to an accountant. Additionally, many of these same workers are missing out on substantial tax credits because they are unaware that they are eligible for them.

8 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Caring for the Caregivers

According to this week’s article, “Aging America Creates Demand for Health Care Workers,” the health care and social assistance fields are projected to make up about ¼ of the total 20.2 million new jobs likely to be created in the US by the year 2020. This may be to be due to the fact that about 33.8 million baby boomers will have retired by 2020. Although increasing numbers of retired workers means more job openings for the economy, a quarter of the US workforce is still expected to be made up of older, baby boomer-aged workers.

1 Feb. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Retirement Benefits Prove Important For Employee Retention

It’s no surprise that retirement has become a significant issue for workers everywhere. In fact, beginning in 2011, the first baby boomers will turn 65 years old at a rate of 10,000 people per day. According to this week’s article, “The Rising Price of a Cheap Retirement Plan,” employees are now taking a prospective employer’s retirement benefits into deep consideration before making a final decision. Employees want retirement stability and many companies have begun to recognize this.

26 Jan. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Coping with Loss in the Workplace

This week’s article, “Am I Legally Required To Give Bereavement Leave?” suggests that although there is no federal law that requires employers to offer bereavement leave for their employees, the details of a company’s bereavement policy should be made clear. Organizations should outline for their employees specifics of the policy such as the number of days they are allowed, whether the time is paid or unpaid, and whether it is allowed for strictly family members or for friends as well.

18 Jan. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Distress or De-Stress

We’ve all heard about the adverse effects that stress can have on our bodies. It can trigger a range of symptoms including increased blood pressure, memory lapses, anxiety, or depression. We’ve also heard that long term effects can lead to ulcers, heart attack, or even stroke. Recent studies have now also shown us that stress can even lead to changes within the brain. This week’s article from TIME Healthland reveals that according to a study conducted by Dr. Rajita Sinha, long term effects of stress can actually shrink certain parts of the brain that regulate our emotions and metabolism.

11 Jan. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

How to Ensure Employee Retention

This week’s blog, “The True Cost of Turnover Revealed!” by Tim Sackett explains that that there is no true equation for determining how much employee turnover costs an organization. Sackett believes that companies should spend less time attempting to calculate the exact number that turnover costs and instead remember why this issue affects your organization in the first place. Plainly stated, by reducing turnover you save your organization money that could be better spent to reinvest into your business and increase your bottom line.

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