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Many workplace fitness facilities — like standing desks, on-site gyms and showers, and easy access to walking paths — are mostly available to white-collar, higher-income workers who already face fewer barriers to exercise outside of work. (Shutterstock)

Workplaces can help promote exercise, but job conditions remain a major hurdle

To get more workers to be active, public health messaging must recognize the important role employers can play in creating the conditions for workers to focus on exercise.
A garment worker walks through a clothing factory in Montréal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. did not collect adequate information about workplace transmission. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes 

Lessons from COVID-19 for the next pandemic: We need better data on workplace transmission

Routine collection of work information from people testing positive for COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic would have enabled better understanding of the role of workplaces in transmission.
Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher fouls Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game on March 28, 2021 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

What employers can learn from the NBA about returning to work amid COVID-19

The NBA has largely managed to keep COVID-19 under control. Its success offers four important lessons for organizations on how to return employees to the workplace during and after COVID-19.
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Is workplace rudeness on the rise?

Growing alarms over a ‘rudeness epidemic’ make it seem like incivility in the workplace is on the rise. The data suggest otherwise.
A study by the Apicil Chair in Health and Work Performance at EM Lyon business school highlights the link between chronic pain and engagement in work. Nopphon_1987/Shutterstock

Chronic pain, a silent yet devastating disease in the workplace

A new study shows that stress, fatigue, and even feelings of injustice are felt more strongly by those who have been suffering from chronic pain for three or more months.
Bangladeshi child labourers work at a balloon factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Consumers must demand products made under favourable working conditions. (AP Photo/A.M Ahad)

The end of dangerous working conditions starts with informed consumers

The food we eat and the products we use should not contribute to human misery. While companies hold some blame, so do consumers who avoid dealing with the consequences of their purchasing decisions.
Many companies, such as Ben & Jerry’s, Zappos and Nike, allow employees to nap at work. (Shutterstock)

If you’re not sleeping at work, you should be fired

Progressive organizations recognize that fatigued employees can’t perform at their best. Naps at work can increase alertness and improve performance.
New research indicates women are much happier when they work with other women, as opposed to men. Here a scene from the set of ‘Ocean’s Eight’ with Cate Blanchett and Rihanna looking happy working together.

Women feel better when they work with other women

Men have defended gender segregation by treating women who cross over into male-dominated occupations with scorn and ridicule.
While office workers often worry they sit too long while on the job, research suggests standing at work increases the risk of heart disease. (Shutterstock)

Standing too much at work can double your risk of heart disease

Annoyed you don’t have a sit-stand desk? Spare a thought for those workers who have to stand all day: Standing may double the risk of heart disease.

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