Cigarette smoking is a life-threatening habit, decried by every major health organization across the globe. The tobacco epidemic is so pervasive that the World Health Organization (WHO) supports World No Tobacco Day, held annually on May 31. This day is meant to “demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries,” according to WHO.
The largest threat comes from preventable deaths, with about 6 million people dying each year from tobacco use.
Onboarding is a trending term in the world of HR, but not everyone knows what it is or how to do it.
What is Onboarding?
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, “Onboarding is the process by which new hires get adjusted to the social and performance aspects of their jobs quickly and smoothly, and learn the attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors required to function effectively within an organization.” Onboarding takes training and orientation programs to the next level. Unlike a traditional orientation program, onboarding is a systematic process that extends well beyond the first day of employment. The goal of the onboarding process is to cultivate a long-term relationship between the employer and the employee while fostering a feeling of belonging and an affirmation of making the right choice.
Why is Onboarding Important?
A study published in the Academy of Management Journal, found that the first 90 days of employment is a pivotal time period for employees to build rapport with a company, its management and their co-workers.
Wage and hour self-audits are vital for every organization and allow employers to identify employees making above or below their position’s average wage. This is crucial for keeping salaries close to industry averages and avoiding potential discrimination lawsuits. A useful way of identifying overcompensated or under-compensated employees is to employ the use of a “red circle” and “green circle” mechanism. The red and green circles method is straightforward and provides a simplistic way of grouping employees.
Before an audit begins, your company will evaluate the market and analyze the pay ranges for your industry. After establishing the ranges, look at employee salaries and see who falls above or below the range for their position. Overpaid employees fall into the red circle category and underpaid employees fall into the green circle.
One in three kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese. If the trend continues, this generation will be the first in our history to live shorter lives than their parents. The good news is, with sound nutrition and opportunities for physical activity, kids thrive.
Observed on the last week of April each year, Every Kid Healthy is a campaign to ensure that every child is well nourished, physically active, healthy and ready to learn.
The benefits of regular exercise are numerous and include increased lean muscle and bone strength, decreased body fat, a healthy weight, and improved psychological well-being. Children should get a mix of structured and unstructured physical activity each day. Structured activities include sports, games and gym classes. Unstructured activity is the type your child gets throughout the day. Activity needs vary by age:
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), more than 1 in 3 Americans, or over 77 million people, are considered to have inadequate health literacy, which means that they have difficulty with common health tasks like reading a prescription drug label or making a wise health care decision.
It is estimated that low health literacy costs the United States $106 billion to $238 billion annually and accounts for 7 to 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.
Company culture is the unifying element that holds everyone in an organization together. Culture encompasses the written and unwritten behavioral norms and expectations of those within the company.
Why Is Company Culture Important?
According to Alternative Board’s 2016 Small Business Pulse Survey, 93 percent of entrepreneurs believe that promoting company culture is good for productivity and creativity.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds us that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. These simple suggestions make it easy to start shifting to healthier choices:
All food and beverage choices matter, which is why the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) created MyPlate, a symbol for healthy eating that is designed to provide a simple visual reminder to help us make healthy food choices.
New administrations bring new challenges to the professional realm, and the Trump administration is no exception. Many of the former administration’s health care initiatives are being rolled back or halted. This leaves employers in an uncertain place in regard to compliance regulations and reform laws. This uncertainty comes in addition to the already complicated day-to-day tasks of an organization, leaving many feeling vulnerable.
The following are five important issues that should be closely monitored in 2017:
Unraveling of the ACA and Ensuring Employees are Educated Health Care Consumers: A new administration is now in office and President Donald Trump is vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first wave of this dismantling came in an executive order that directs federal agencies to waive, delay or grant exemptions from ACA requirements that may impose a financial burden. Other measures are promised to come later in the year, and experts agree that the “wait and see” approach is best for employers until a clear directive is issued. This means employers should focus their energy on increasing employee health care knowledge in order to make employees more educated consumers.
Tax season is fast-approaching, which means big opportunity for scammers. Are you doing everything you can to educate your employees about these risks?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published five common tactics used by scam artists over the phone. Keep an eye out for these strategies in case you’re targeted this tax season.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, causing about 610,000 deaths annually. Heart disease is also an extremely expensive disease—costing the United States about $207 billion annually in the cost of health care, medications and lost productivity.