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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Shop-Floor Monitoring Goes High Tech

July 29, 2015 — An advanced system based on discrete events paves the way for automated industrial monitoring. This system will enable managers to make better, more timely decisions, the developers ... read more

Highly Qualified Healthcare Workers With Migrant Background: Loss to the Country of Origin, Too Little Opportunity in Destination Country

July 20, 2015 — A recent intercontinental study using the example of women from sub-Saharan Africa has shown that, on the one hand, there is a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals but, on the other, huge ... read more

Nixoncare Vs. Obamacare: Comparing the Rhetoric and Reality of Two Health Plans

July 13, 2015 — Few people today would dare call President Richard Nixon a radical liberal. But 44 years ago, he proposed a health plan that went far beyond what today's Affordable Care Act includes. After the ... read more

For Those Over 50, Finding a Job Can Get Old

June 16, 2015 — In examining the US government's 2014 Displaced Worker Survey, the researchers discovered that someone 50 years or older is likely to be unemployed 5.8 weeks longer than someone between the ages ... read more

Increasing Regulation of Care Services Is Making the Sector Less Attractive for Workers

June 16, 2015 — Over 1.5 million people currently work in the care sector in the UK and as the population ages, the demands for care and employees will increase. However, the health and social care sector has ... read more

Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?

June 15, 2015 — Mobile phone data can provide rapid insight into employment levels, precisely because people's communications patterns change when they are not working, a study ... read more

Little Evidence to Support Skills Gap Claims

June 10, 2015 — A shortage of skilled workers is often why many employers say they struggle to find qualified employees to fill vacancies. However, a new economic analysis finds that some of the evidence used to ... read more

Restraining Health Care Prices Requires Workforce Productivity Gains, Not Wage Cuts Alone

June 8, 2015 — Cost containment will require not wage reductions alone, but broad productivity gains derived from the use of fewer or less-skilled employees to produce any given service, a new study ... read more

ER Doctors Stress Need for Good Communications With Police

May 26, 2015 — Not surprisingly, differences of opinion arise from time to time over a health care worker's duty to protect patient privacy and the police need to conduct a criminal investigation. A good ... read more

Occupational Sun-Safety Policies Examined for Local Government Workers in Colorado

May 20, 2015 — Few local government organizations in Colorado had policies on environmental controls, such as the provision of outdoor shade, or administrative procedures, including training and resource ... read more

Corporate Greed: That Gut Feeling You Have About Your CEO Is Spot on

May 15, 2015 — Researchers tested the assumption that self-interest is a universal trait of CEOs, showed that too much altruism can harm company performance, revealed the dark, self-destructive tendencies of some ... read more

Is It Time to Ditch Annual Performance Reviews?

May 11, 2015 — Most of us have had annual or semi-annual formal performance reviews, but psychologists reinforce, in a new article, the importance of continuous feedback on employee performance, and how the social ... read more

How Managers and Colleagues Can Help Staff Who Witness Workplace Aggression

May 6, 2015 — Just witnessing aggression or other bad behavior at work can affect our well-being, but the right support from employers and colleagues can limit the ... read more

Employers and Workers Can Join Forces to Keep Diabetes Under Control

May 6, 2015 — People with diabetes who enroll in a health plan tailored to their medical condition are more likely to stick to their medication and actively take charge of their own health care, research into the ... read more

New Framework for Integrating and Measuring Health and Safety Programs in the Workplace

May 5, 2015 — The overall well-being of American workers could be significantly improved through adoption of a new framework for integrating health and safety strategies in the workplace -- including use of a ... read more

California's 4.8 Million Low-Wage Workers Now Earn Less Than in 1979

Apr. 30, 2015 — Over the past 35 years, California's high-wage workers have seen steady increases in their paychecks. But low-wage workers, 4.8 million strong and about one-third of the state's workforce, ... read more

Alberta's Older Injured Workers at Disadvantage in Returning to Jobs

Apr. 30, 2015 — Workers over age of 65 are less likely to be offered rehabilitation, modified work duties despite greater risk for severe injury than younger employees, a new study from Alberta, Canada, ... read more

UK Doctors Unlikely to Be Able to Repay Student Loans

Apr. 20, 2015 — UK doctors are unlikely to be able to repay their student loans over the course of their working lives, amassing huge debts by the time they graduate, in some cases. What's more, there are clear ... read more

Major Occupational Health Groups Publish Guidance for Employers on the Impact of Marijuana in the Workplace

Apr. 13, 2015 — Experts have published guidance for employers aimed at helping them better understand the implications of marijuana use on the workforce as attitudes toward marijuana and laws restricting it continue ... read more

Older Workers Bring Valuable Knowledge to the Job

Apr. 1, 2015 — In the workplace, age matters - but hiring or promoting based on age-related mental abilities can be a minefield, according to new research. Older executives bring valuable skills to the job, such as ... read more

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