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Positive Tests Climb During Pandemic

Source: Positive Tests for Fentanyl, Heroin, Opioids Climb During Pandemic Tom Valentino, Senior Editor Addiction Professional Rates of positive tests for heroin, non-prescribed fentanyl and non-prescribed opioids each saw significant increases during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published by Quest Diagnostics. The study, which was published by the journal… Read More


Election Year Politics Protocols for Office Talk

Election Politics Protocols for the Office Most of us are familiar with the old adage cautioning against discussing politics in polite company, but at least one survey a few years ago indicated that employees do not heed this advice in the workplace.  According to the survey by Vault.com, 66% of respondents say  that their coworkers… Read More


Lockdown changed your personality?

Our personalities are shaped by our experiences and social interactions, so how might the months of being isolated from friends, family and colleagues have altered us? There wasn’t just one lockdown – we all had our own experience. Some people were forced into months of unbroken solitude, others trapped for weeks on end with an… Read More


Laid Off Returning and Laid Off

Nearly one third of people that have gone back to work after being laid off during the coronavirus pandemic have lost their jobs again, study finds As many as 31% of workers who were initially added back to payrolls after COVID-19 layoffs have been laid off again, a study from Cornell University showed. In addition, another… Read More


How to Cope With COVID Fatigue

How to Cope With COVID Fatigue Maddy Meislin on July 23, 2020 tags: Managing Stress, Wellness Many are feeling a sense of “COVID fatigue” – pure exhaustion from the pandemic. With so much daily uncertainty and harsh reality on the news, we are growing more stressed with little room to do the coping activities we are accustomed to doing…. Read More


Covid Workplace Airborne Risk?

U.S. companies fear workplace coronavirus precautions do not address airborne risk Caroline Humer 5 MIN READ NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. companies are raising new questions about coronavirus in the workplace how they can make workplaces safe after the world’s top public health agency acknowledged the risk that tiny airborne droplets of the novel coronavirus… Read More


25% at Risk COVID-19 Illness

Nearly 25% of workers are at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19 if infected, according to new analysis from Kaiser Family Foundation. This signals that employers may want to embrace remote work options longer than expected and better prepare for bringing workers back to the workplace. The analysis estimates that 37.7 million workers, or… Read More


Overdose Deaths on the Rise

Tom Valentino, Senior Editor – Addiction Professional Overdose Deaths on the Rise Again Amid COVID-19 Suspected overdose submissions to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Overdose Data Mapping Application Program from January to April this year are up 16.6% vs. the same period in 2019, according to an ODMAP report. Fatal overdoses are up 11.4%… Read More


CDC & employers’ road to reopening

CDC Dive Brief: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a flowchart outlining the actions employers should take before reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers should first consider whether reopening will be consistent with applicable state and local orders and whether they are prepared to protect employees at a higher risk for severe illness,… Read More


Supreme Court won’t define ADA’s standard

Supreme Court Brief: The U.S.  Supreme Court declined April 27 to take up a case that would resolve the question of what, specifically, a plaintiff bringing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit must prove. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year held that a district court correctly instructed a jury to apply… Read More


Telehealth and the coronavirus crisis

As the coronavirus crisis pandemic causes new levels of stress and isolation, workers are increasingly turning to their employer-provided mental health plans. In turn, employers are mobilizing to support their workers as they adapt to the new surreal reality of work life. “The disruption in behavior and the uncertainty has led to a lot of… Read More


Let’s Wash Our Hands

Let’s Wash Our Hands  – Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19   Let’s Wash Our Hands. The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is now a worldwide pandemic. It already in over 114 countries and continues to grow. There are things we can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The American Red… Read More


Governor has Directed all Nevadans

Governor Steve Sisolak has directed all Nevadans to stay home and for all nonessential businesses to close to the public for 30 days. All gaming machines, devices, tables, games, and any equipment related to gaming activity will be shut down effective midnight tonight. These COVID-19 Risk Mitigation measures will be fully effective as of noon… Read More


About the Coronavirus Outbreak

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak? CDC is responding to the coronavirus outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and… Read More


Exercise Can Boost Brain Chemicals Sapped by Depression

By Janice Wood ~ 2 min read A new imaging study shows that intense exercise boosts two critical neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) — resulting in better mental fitness. Published in The Journal of Neuroscience, the study’s findings offer new insights into why exercise could become an important part of treating depression and other neuropsychiatric… Read More


Stress Survival Skills

There are eight essential Stress Survival Skills that work in combination to help you make decisions. They focus on preventing distress and enriching the quality of your life. Everyone has a form of the skills below, some which bring about negative change; most bring out a positive change. Decide which skills you want to strengthen?… Read More


Taking Care of Yourself at Workplace

Taking Care of Yourself at Workplace and Combating  workplace stress throughout the day with regular interventions. Whittle away at stress rather than doing something about it only when you hit the wall at day’s end. Think “preventive maintenance.” The goal: leaving work feeling less exhausted. Target four areas: 1) The Body – Create means of… Read More


Anger in the Workplace

If you blow up at disappointments, rage at inconveniences, or bark at others’ mistakes, then you probably recognize your anger management problem. Are you still struggling to get a handle on it? The change you want entails education about anger, self-awareness, and triggers; practicing alternative responses; logging attempts at change; practicing response tactics; apologizing to… Read More


Social Isolation Hits All-Time High, Demands Care Access Boost

Sixty-one percent of people report social isolation, up 7 percentage points from last year’s figures. By Sara Heath Three in five adults experience loneliness and social isolation, pushing the social determinant of health and mental health challenge to its highest level on record, according to the 2020 Loneliness Index from Cigna. Using survey data from… Read More


APPLICANT’S APPEARANCE & LOOKS SOMETIMES IMPORTANT IN HIRING DECISIONS

You sometimes will find it useful to consider an applicant’s appearance or looks when you make hiring decisions. Perhaps you do not like this. But it can help you when a applicant’s looks impact employee productivity. Of course, you must hire applicants who possess job-related skills needed on the job. And sometimes applicant appearance or… Read More


Intermittent Leave Challenges

Employees are guaranteed the ability to take leave under certain circumstances. FMLA give them the right to take up the 12 weeks of leave per year should they meet the requirements. That doesn’t mean that this type of leave isn’t abused. The leave is designed to provide time off for major events and or health… Read More


Can EAP Use Be Required by an Employer?

January 4, 2020 Can EAP Use Be Required by an Employer? Question: Can we require our employees to use an employee-assistance program? We have an employee who made a physical threat against her supervisor to a member of HR. We want to make that employee consult with a therapist at an EAP as a condition for… Read More


Why EAP services are important

Quint Studer, Special to the Pensacola News Journal How to help employees use EAP service Have you ever heard this statement? Leave your personal life outside the door when coming into work and don’t bring work home with you. I have. Separate your personal and work lives was, and at times still is, a common… Read More


25 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

These 25 expert tips will help you fight holiday stress relax and actually enjoy the holidays. Do you get stressed-out around the holidays? Holiday stress-busting tips The shopping and crowds. The back-to-back diet-busting parties. The interminable chats with the in-laws. We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful… Read More


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