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September 25, 2020

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Job Security, Finances Strongly Related to Increased Anxiety During Pandemic

For people still employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, job insecurity and financial concern are associated with greater symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a new ...

Women Less Likely to Receive Pay for College Internships

The odds of women receiving pay for a college internship are 34% lower than for men, according to new ...

Study Highlights Mental Health Risks Facing Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

A new study finds healthcare workers in the United States are struggling with a suite of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reports healthcare workers are at greater ...

Ergonomics Expert Says Work Smarter at Home

Millions of office workers have been sent home to work remotely in the midst of COVID-19. But how many of them have gotten in guidance or equipment to support good ergonomics. Static posture or ...

Why Governments Have the Right to Require Masks in Public

Requirements for consumers to wear masks at public places like retail stores and restaurants are very similar to smoking bans, according to a group of experts who argue that mask requirements to stop ...

Troubling Connection Between Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination and Health of Mothers, Babies

Perceived pregnancy discrimination indirectly relates to increased levels of postpartum depressive symptoms for mothers and lower birth weights, lower gestational ages and increased numbers of doctor ...

Three-Quarters of US Workers Can't Work Exclusively from Home, Face Greater Risks During Pandemic

About three-quarters of US workers, or 108 million people, are in jobs that cannot be done from home during a pandemic, putting these workers at increased risk of exposure to disease. This majority ...

Age Discrimination Laws Don't Protect Older Women as They Do Older Men

Older women in the workforce should be considered collectively as a unique demographic group that includes both gender and age if they're to receive adequate protection against workplace ...

Why Do So Many of Us Feel Guilty About Taking a Lunch Break?

New research from health psychologists explores why some employees feel guilty about taking their legally entitled ...

Paid Sick Leave Mandates Hold Promise in Containing COVID-19

Mandates like those found in the federal government's Families First Coronavirus Response Act may be helping to slow the ...

AI Management Can Benefit the Growing Online Workforce

New research shows that gig workers and others in the new crowd-work economy need more autonomy and clear purpose in online tasks to perform at a high level -- advantages that AI assistance offers. ...

PPE, Plus Training, Lowers Risk of COVID-19 for Health Care Workers

Health care workers carry a significant burden of coronavirus infections worldwide, but a new evidence review shows the rate can be lowered with the use of personal protective equipment combined with ...

Already Vulnerable, Gig Economy Workers in San Francisco Suffer During Pandemic, Survey Finds

A new survey of app-based workers in San Francisco underscores the financial vulnerability of workers in the gig economy -- and the coronavirus has made their plight much ...

Low-Income Workers Disproportionally Affected by COVID-19

Low-income workers in developing countries face a higher risk of income loss during the COVID-19 lockdown as it is less possible to conduct their jobs from home, suggests a new ...

COVID-19 Crisis: Millions of US Workers at Risk of Infections on the Job

New research shows that 14.4 million workers face exposure to infection once a week and 26.7 million at least once a month in the workplace, pointing to an important population needing protection as ...

Biometric Devices Help Pinpoint Factory Workers' Emotions and Productivity

Happiness, as measured by a wearable biometric device, was closely related to productivity among a group of factory workers, reveals a recent ...

Telecommuting Found to Have Little Impact on Corporate Careers

Working from home is known to be good for a strong work-life balance. However, telecommuting has also carried a stigma that employees who work remotely have difficulties rising in their career. New ...

Women Still Face Barriers to Breastfeed at Work

Despite the protections in place to support breastfeeding for employees, the burden still falls on working mothers to advocate for the resources they need, according to a new ...

Long Work Hours at the Office Linked to Both Regular and Hidden High Blood Pressure

Office workers who logged 49-plus hours on the job weekly were 70% more likely to have a hidden form of high blood pressure called masked hypertension, compared to people who work less than 35 hours ...

I Quit: How Poor Treatment by Customers Leads to High Turnover in the Service Industry

According to a new study, customer conflict plays a big role when it comes to service industry workers saying 'I quit' -- and how supervisors manage that conflict helps decide whether ...

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