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The stress that kills American workers

The stress that kills American workers

Finance
WORK can make you sick and shorten your life. That is the argument of a hard-hitting book* by Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In an obvious way, that claim is outdated. Health-and-safety rules help explain why deaths from accidents in American workplaces fell by 65% between 1970 and 2015. But one problem has not gone away: stress. As many as 80% of American workers suffer from high levels of stress in their job, according to a survey entitled “Attitudes in the American Workplace”. Nearly half say it is so debilitating that they need help.Firms are at least aware of the issue. A study in 2008 by Watson Wyatt (a consultancy that is now part of Towers Watson) found that 48% of organisations said job-related stress affected performance. But...
Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

Technology
An employee of the Hawaii agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts about an imminent missile attack earlier this year said he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job. The worker wrote an email to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's administrator saying another staffer witnessed all three people on duty asleep. The email was dated Jan. 14, the day after the alert went out. The employee's name wasn't released. A different agency worker mistakenly sent the warning that a ballistic missile was heading to the islands, leading hundreds of thousands of people to believe they were about to die in a nuclear attack. The button pusher thought it was a real emergency even though other workers understood it was an exercise. The agency later fired him. It took the age...
Firms will have to justify pay gap between workers and bosses

Firms will have to justify pay gap between workers and bosses

Business
The country's biggest public businesses may soon have to publish the gap between the pay of their chief executive and an average worker.Business Secretary Greg Clark says directors of all companies with more than 250 employees will be required to disclose and explain this difference - known as the "pay ratio".Equal pay campaigners, business and investor groups welcomed the plan.But the TUC said it was "a first step" and even tougher rules were needed.In recent years shareholders have become increasingly vocal over executive pay levels, and have voted against what they see as excessive pay awards, most notably the high sums paid to former WPP boss, Sir Martin Sorrell. But top level remuneration, particularly chief executives, is often linked to the perform...
Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Health
In the 70th year since the foundation of the NHS, health workers make up one in eight of people recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. More than 60 awards have gone to people working in the NHS. Professor Sue Hill, chief scientific officer for England, said she was "both humbled and absolutely overjoyed" to be made a dame for services to the 100,000 Genomes Project. Midwives, nurses, psychiatrists, GPs and volunteers have also been honoured. Prof Hill said: "Across my career I have had the privilege and honour of working with dedicated and committed healthcare professionals, patients and their families. "This award is not so much about my individual contribution but a recognition and celebration of our joint efforts to ...
Walmart's perk for workers: Go to college for $1 a day

Walmart's perk for workers: Go to college for $1 a day

Finance
How Walmart is taking on Amazon Going to college just got a lot less expensive for Walmart workers. Under a new benefit program, employees will pay just $ 1 a day to earn a degree, the company said Wednesday. Walmart will cover the remaining cost for tuition, fees and books. All Walmart and Sam's Club workers in the US will be eligible as soon as they've been with the company for 90 days. It applies to all part-time, full-time, and salaried employees. For now, the degree choices are limited to an associate's or bachelor's degree in either business or supply chain management, but the company may offer more choices in the future, a spokesperson said. Workers must pursue the degree at one of three colleges: the University of Florida, Brandman University or Bellevue U...