April 1, 2013 | Volume 11, Number 7
Employers "Unresponsive" to Employee Needs: Survey
Same-Level Falls Sideline Workers for at least 31 Workdays
Exercise Improves Sleep: Poll
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
USFA Releases Fire Statistics for 2007-2011
Employers "Unresponsive" to Employee Needs: Survey
Employees talk about stress and more
Chronic stress affects over 33 percent of American workers, says a new survey by the American Psychological Associations' Center for Organizational Excellence.

The Work and Well-Being Survey reports that:
  • Only 39 percent of respondents believe there are chances for advancement in their workplace
  • Just over half (51 percent) said they felt valued at work
  • Less than 50 percent felt they are paid enough
  • Forty-seven percent find that their employers regularly seek input from employees but only 37 percent believe their organizations make changes according to that feedback.
In addition, the survey reports that only 36 percent of respondents think that their organizations provide sufficient resources for employees to manage stress and 44 percent believe their companies help them address their mental health needs.

The Work and Well-Being Survey, which polled 1,501 adults online last January, also provides data on gender disparities, and the extent of how employers facilitate work-life balance.

To learn more about the survey, read the press release or download the PDF.
Same-Level Falls Sideline Workers for at least 31 Workdays
Study done by Virginia Tech
Over 29 percent of same-level falls incurred at least 31 lost workdays, according to an article published in the Ergonomics journal. Using 2006-2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the study also reveals that:
  • Floors, walkways or ground surfaces accounted for most of the injuries
  • Lower extremities and the trunk were most affected
  • Female employees faced the greatest risk
  • Overall compensation costs shot up by 25 percent from 2006-2009.
It was found that employees in the following industries have the highest risk of falling:
  • Healthcare
  • Social assistance
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Accommodation and food services
For more information, read the abstract here.
Exercise Improves Sleep: Poll
The 2013 Sleep in America survey
The National Sleep Foundation conducted a recent survey showing a "compelling association between exercise and better sleep," according to the organization's press release.

Self-described exercisers say they sleep better, even though they sleep as long as self-described non-exercisers. Those who exercise reported "I had a good night's sleep" on work nights at a rate of 56-67 percent; those who did not exercise, only at 39 percent.

Vigorous exercisers were also shown to report less sleep problems, including insomnia. Non-exercisers are more likely to have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea symptoms include tiredness, snoring, and high blood pressure.

Also, the National Sleep Foundation survey revealed that spending less time sitting may also enhance sleep, and that exercising at any time of the day for normal sleepers does not affect sleep quality.

For more information, read the NSF press release.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Save on training for your employees
According to the National Safety Council, cognitively distracted drivers can miss up to 50 percent of their driving environment, including stop signs, pedestrians and red lights. And drivers talking on cell phones − handheld or hands-free − are four times as likely to crash.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Take some time to remind your employees that focusing on anything other than driving, including eating and drinking, reading a map, adjusting a radio or talking on the phone, while behind the wheel can put themselves and others in serious danger.

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USFA Releases Fire Statistics for 2007-2011
Documents available for free download
The U.S. Fire Administration has released a new set of fire statistics to help "the American public, fire departments, and first responders… keep their communities safe." The Fire Estimate Summary Series (2007-2011) features figures on specific types of fire or other fire-related matters, including:
  • Residential building and nonresidential building fires
  • Injuries, fatalities, and losses in dollars
  • Residential and nonresidential fires according to property use and cause.
Highlights of the data series include:
  • Residential fires decreased from 2007 to 2011
  • Injuries thereof fluctuated between 2007 and 2011
  • Nonresidential building fires decreased from 2007 to 2011
  • Injuries thereof fluctuated between 2007 and 2011.
Residential building fires also cost more than $6 billion in losses in 2011; nonresidential building fires, more than $2 billion.
Download the fire statistics.

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