Why Stress Is Bad For Your Body (And Mind) And What To Do About It

Stress Management

We’ve all heard people talk about being stressed out and most of us acknowledge feeling that way from time to time. Up to a point, stress is a normal part of life. But when stress becomes chronic, it can contribute to, and even cause, a host of health problems. In some situations stress can be an appropriate and even lifesaving response to events, according to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). For example, if you are faced with a car accident up ahead and have to quickly swerve to miss it, your body releases chemicals and hormones causing your pulse to quicken. You breathe faster, your muscles tense and your blood pressure goes up, too. Your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity so you react as fast as possible, with every part of your being aimed at survival. In less dramatic situations, such as being called upon to present a speech, you can also feel stress reactions in your body …

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How To Create A Competitive Benefits Package

How To Create A Competitive Benefits Package

As the war for top talent heats up, companies will have to work harder to recruit and retain the most desirable new hires. A strong benefits package can make the difference for job candidates trying to decide between your company and your competitor. But do you know what it takes to create a competitive benefits package? Do Your Homework Creating a competitive benefits package starts with information gathering: Survey your current employees to see if you’re offering the kind of benefits they want. Research your industry and competitors to find out what types of benefit offerings you’re up against. Look at your company culture and staffing needs to determine what kinds of employees you want to hire. Then explore what type of benefits those types of candidates are looking for. “Your benefits broker is a good place to start looking for information on what your competitors might be offering,” says Chris Costello, principal and founder of …

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Employers Increasingly Use Social Media To Find Job Candidates

Employers Increasingly Use Social Media To Find Job Candidates

Social media is now a part of daily life for the majority of Americans — and it’s becoming an important tool for human resource professionals searching for job candidates. New research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 84% of organizations are using social media for recruitment and another 9% plan to do so in the near future. Approximately two-thirds of American adults (65%) use social media compared to only 7% a decade ago, according to a Pew Research Center report. Considering the vast number of people who interact on social media, and the amount of information that can be gleaned from posts and profiles, it’s no surprise the social networking phenomenon has impacted employee hiring. For SHRM’s “Using Social Media for Talent Acquisition — Recruitment and Screening” survey, 410 HR professionals were asked how their organizations use social media to recruit and screen job candidates. Almost 90% of organizations reported they use social media to post job advertisements and three-quarters …

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Explaining Disability Benefits: Research Shows HR Needs To Do More

Explaining Disability Benefits: Research Shows HR Needs To Do More

If your organization offers disability insurance, what do your employees actually know about these benefits? The answer could be “far less than you think.” Two recent studies indicate that many human resource (HR) departments need to do a better job explaining disability insurance. While thorough information about health insurance and retirement plans is typically provided to employees, it appears that getting the facts about disability benefits to workers may receive less attention. According to a study from the Council for Disability Awareness (CDA), HR professionals generally do have a good understanding of the causes of disability. That indicates they should be able to provide clear and useful information about disability insurance to their employees – however, they aren’t necessarily doing this. For example, a survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Unum (a leading provider of disability benefits) last spring found that 88% of people who had received disability benefits felt their employers did not communicate important …

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Anxiety In The Workplace Lowers Job Performance

Anxiety In The Workplace Lowers Job Performance

Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) — and they can have a major impact on the workplace. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) found employees suffering from anxiety can be less productive. They may turn down promotions or avoid staff events or meetings with coworkers because of their condition, too. Now a study from the University of Toronto Scarborough and Rotman School of Management, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, concludes workplace anxiety can lead directly to lower job performance because it impacts the quality of relationships among employees and their managers and coworkers. “Workplace anxiety is a serious concern not only for employee health and well-being, but also for an organization’s bottom line,” said John Trougakos, PhD, and Rotman School of Management expert on organizational behavior. Dr. Trougakos and colleagues investigated the effects of workplace anxiety on officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian …

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