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Sitting is the new smoking. Long periods of sitting, even if you get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity in during the day, can be harmful to your health. If you have a sedentary desk job, you may find it difficult to move throughout the work day.
Try to “deskercise,” which refers to exercise that can be done during the workday right at your desk. The National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has a deskercise poster you can download at no cost. Choose two exercises on the poster and do them twice a day. The exercises include cardio, strength, and flexibility. Challenge your coworkers as well to get active at their desks. Here is the link to download the poster: www.nchpad.org/fppics/deskercise%20poster_updated.pdf.
Americans may like to complain about how the rest of the country is too lazy, but when they’re asked about their own work habits, they tend to suggest they could use more time to veg.
A poll of 2,000 U.S. workers conducted by Groupon, the daily deal site, found that a third say they work too hard and 40 percent say they work too many hours.
The study reaffirmed past research that has shown that American workers, who are entitled legally (and culturally) to far less vacation than their counterparts in other western countries, often don’t take advantage of the little vacation offered to them by their employers.
The typical American employee, the survey found, takes 11 days off per year. That’s just one day more than the standard two weeks of vacation that employers have historically offered entry-level workers.
Eleven days of vacay might not sound that draconian, but the study showed that most of those days are hardly put to use for downtime. Six of the 11 are spent on errands, housework or caring for sickly offspring.
Forty-one percent of respondents said it had been at least six months since they’ve felt completely relaxed and free of stress.
Of course, how one defines stress is subjective, and plenty of experts have argued that “good stress” is healthy. It can motivate people to get things done.
There is similarly no universal answer to where to draw the line on work-life balance.
The good news appears to be that, although Americans may feel they’re worked to the bone, they appear to be aware of the emotional and psychological toll of their work habits, said Groupon officials who conducted the survey.
“We knew that many Americans were stressed because many of them come to Groupon every day looking for ways to relax,” said Silvija Martincevic, who oversees health, beauty and wellness deals, in a press release accompanying the study. “However, we were surprised at just how stressed they really are.”
When presented with options for how they would choose to relax on their own for a day, women chose, in the following order: Spa or beauty treatment, going to the beach and going to the gym. For men, it was beach first, followed by a spa treatment and finally, playing video games.
It is telling that employees were more likely to say they worked too many hours than that they worked too hard. A number of prominent employers in recent years have put in place more generous vacation policies and flexible work schedules, based on the reasoning that strict hour requirements don’t necessarily lead to more productivity, and instead often lead to bored and resentful workers.
The internet can be a great information resource that is quick and easy to use. You can find breaking nutrition news, healthy recipes, and sound nutrition advice. Like other media outlets, however, the web can also be crowded with misinformation and poor nutrition guidance. Here are tips to help make you a whiz on the web in searching for credible nutrition and health information.
Perform an “advanced search” to help limit the search to be more specific to your needs. For instance, you can search within a specific site or domain. The three-letter suffix on a website address such as “.com” or “.edu” is the domain. Some domains may be more credible than others.
Remember, dependable sources often state where information is coming from, who funds the studies or organization, and what credentials and education qualify the writers on the topic. For more information, download the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach publication.
Survivor’s Guide to Healthy Web Surfing and Phone Apps (N 3418), store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/N3418
As your local health insurance expert, we wanted to inform you about a new federal overtime law that requires employers to begin paying overtime to salaried, full-year, white collar employees who make less than $47,476 annually. This new law resulted from updates to the Department of Labor's overtime regulations.
The income threshold of $47,476 has not been adjusted for regional differences, so this will most likely have a greater impact on businesses in the Midwest.
If you have questions, please give IBC a call at 712-277-2424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to discuss any questions you have about this new law.
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The arrival of summer temperatures can leave some employers unsure about how to set dress standards that are both in line with the company image and in compliance with the law. The tips below may be helpful.
Make Sure Dress Code Policies are Clearly Communicated
An employer's dress code will more likely be observed if it is communicated in a clear and unambiguous manner, including:
Be Conscious of Non-Discrimination Laws
Federal law generally permits employers to establish dress codes which apply to all employees or to employees within certain job categories. However, employers subject to laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) should keep the following guidelines in mind:
Uniform Policies Must Comply with Wage and Hour Laws
Uniforms present unique challenges for employers. Generally, if an employer requires that employees wear a particular color, such clothing would not be a uniform. However, if a specific type and style of clothing is required or if clothing containing the employer's emblem or logo must be worn at work, such clothing would generally be considered a uniform.
If an employer requires its employees to bear the cost of their uniforms, their wages may not be reduced below the required minimum wage or overtime compensation.
Note: Be sure to comply with any applicable state and local laws, and consult with an employment law attorney to identify issues that may be unique to your workplace.