Entries in Workers (4)


Study: Employees More Likely to Call Out Sick on Slow Work Days

Pixland/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM, Sweden) -- Workers are more inclined to call out sick when they know it’s going to be a slow, boring day rather than when things are normal or busier than usual, a new study of six Swedish workplaces suggests.

Overall, researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm say workers are two-and-a-half times more likely to stay home with an illness if they know there’s not that much to do.

There are a couple of theories as to why this happens. One is that people just don’t feel particularly motivated to fight through an illness at work if it means they’ll spend most of their time doing nothing.

The second reason has more to do with bosses not wanting someone spreading their germs around, particularly if they know the office can manage fine without them for a day or two.

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Insomnia Costing US over $63 Billion in Lost Productivity

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Nearly a quarter of all American workers -- 23.2 percent -- suffer from insomnia, according to a new study, and that is costing the country $63.2 billion a year.

The study, published in the Sept. 1 issued of Sleep and led by Ronald Kessler, a psychiatric epidemiologist and professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, found that the lack of sleep is causing workers to lose 11.3 days of productivity annually.  Financially, that amounts to $2,280 per year.

As Kessler explains, “It’s an underappreciated problem.  Americans are not missing work because of insomnia.  They are still going to their jobs but accomplishing less because they’re tired.  In an information-based economy, it’s difficult to find a condition that has a greater effect on productivity.”

Researchers used a national sampling of 7,428 employees, which was part of the larger American Insomnia Study, to determine these results.

The study also found that insomnia affected only 14.3 percent of workers aged 65 and older, and that female employees were more prone to it than their male counterparts -- 27.1 percent to 19.7 percent, respectively.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Many Workers Report On-the-Job Weight Gains

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Unemployment remains high in America -- and so does the weight of those fortunate enough to have a job.

A new survey by finds many workers reporting weight gain in their current jobs.  The employment firm surveyed 5,600 workers and found that 43 percent of them said they have added pounds in their current jobs, while 18 percent reported they've lost weight.

Some of the factors that were cited by workers as contributing to their weight gain are:

-- Sitting at a desk most of the day, 36 percent
-- Workplace stress, 24 percent
-- Eating out regularly, 16 percent
-- Skipping meals because of time constraints, 13 percent
-- Workplace celebration food, 12 percent

Another contributing factor could be that 65 percent of employees were found to snack at least once a day, including 25 percent who snack twice a day.

CareerBuilder also found that 28 percent of companies are working to avoid this, helping workers maintain healthier lifestyles by providing gym passes, workout facilities and wellness benefits.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Wasting Time on the Internet Makes You More Focused

Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- According to KABC-TV/DT, scientists at the University of Copenhagen conducted a study on two groups of workers to show that wasting time on the Internet can make you more focused.

The workers watched a video of people passing a ball back and forth. One group was then shown a funny online clip while the other group returned to work.

The study showed that the first group made fewer mistakes when asked to recall the number of times the ball was passed.

The researchers concluded that workers are more motivated and focused when allowed to use the Internet freely.

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