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Gender Bias Found in Bystander CPR

Findings from a new study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania indicate that women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent...

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Approximately 60 percent of a person’s life expectancy is driven by factors outside of the doctor’s office – our individual behaviors, as well as social and environmental factors[1]. As part of its continued effort to address social determinants of health, the Aetna...

The Pay Off for Enhancing Trust and Engagement?!

Companies with highly engaged workforces realize: SAFETY:48% fewer incidents QUALITY: 41% fewer defects RETENTION: 25-65% less turnover PRODUCTIVITY: 37% less absenteeism PROFITABILITY: 147% earnings per share performance in relation to their peers...

New Target Date For Electronic Recordkeeping

OSHA’s proposed changes to the E-Recordkeeping rule are still being revised; however, the target date for electronic injury submissions is now December 1, 2017. It’s possible that the date will be delayed again, but many businesses impacted by the rule are...

Honor National Kindness Day

It’s the little things that matter, and the acts that matter the most are often free! Kindness Day came about when a collection of humanitarian groups met on November 13, 1997 and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. What will be your declaration of kindness – at work...

October 2017 Safety Update

First, Haz Com Changes Coming Soon: OSHA is planning to submit a proposed rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard to align it with version 7 of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS is updated every two years,...

An ‘Internal’ View of Wellness Programs

Karen recently moderated a panel discussion at a breakout session for CAIs recent 2-day conference. Three very different businesses showcased their workplace wellness programs and each had a unique focus. They openly shared their initiatives and successes as well as...

Target Raising Minimum Wage

A people centered approach — doing what is best for employees and their families, is what is best for businesses and their customers. A first step is paying a living wage. Target became the first low-wage chain to announce it will raise pay to $15 an hour by...

It’s More Than Winning Versus Losing

A recent article on the need for psychological safety to ensure high performing teams caused a bit of pause. Not that the overall concept was a problem – psychological safety is essential for high performing teams as well as for employee well-being. In fact, for us,...

On the Horizon: OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout Standard Update

Since the 1989 LOTO Standard was adopted, technology has changed the methods for controlling hazardous energy. Therefore OSHA plans to issue a Request for Information (RFI) in April 2018 regarding potential updates to the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard. Apparently...

Dimensions Makes the 2017 Best for the World list!

Inc. 500/5000 tells us who’s growing the fastest. This list, the Best for the World list, tells us who’s the best. Best for workers, best for communities, best for the environment. Fast growth is one measure of a business’s success, but it is no longer enough. The...

Health Plan Increases And A Changing Landscape

The individual health insurance market is a bit jittery based on instability related to all the uncertainty. Unfortunately, this is expected to cause a significant increase in pricing. Not good news to those who must purchase their own insurance policies. However, the...

What’s New: GRI OHS Draft

Are you familiar with GRI? Founded in the U.S. in 1997, GRI – Global Reporting Initiative – is an international non-profit organization helping businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical...

Honing Our Inner Compass For Change

There has been an incredible amount of research on the power of habits and what keeps habits glued in place. Science has proven that neural pathways in the brain are formed and strengthened when we practice something over and over again, becoming habits. These ‘habit...

Honing Our Inner Compass For Change

There has been an incredible amount of research on the power of habits and what keeps habits glued in place. Science has proven that neural pathways in the brain are formed and strengthened when we practice something over and over again, becoming habits. These ‘habit pathways’ have powerful control on our daily interactions, activities, behaviors and reactions. Whether it’s angry reactions, impatience, jealousy, a negative mind, eating – or not eating – certain foods at certain times, emotional eating, not exercising, smoking – okay, you get it – whatever the emotional, physical, or cognitive habits that we have developed are wired in our brain to become a packaged response.

Are Your Employees Aligned with Your Purpose?

In collaboration with fellow B-Corp, Imperative and Ascendant Global Leadership (AGL), SHERPA Sustainability Institute expands its 2017 Research Study on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The focus is on understanding how to better align frontline workers with the values and purpose of the company.

Are You Throwing Money to the Wind?

A recent HBR Blog mentioned that employee engagement scores remain low even though organizations are spending millions – 100s of millions – of dollars to improve engagement. Why such poor results? The reason given is that most engagement initiatives are nothing more than ‘an adrenaline shot’ rather than seeking sustainable solutions and experiences that create a place where people want to work. Such sustainable experiences change working and being productive to “want to’s,” not “need or have to’s.”

The Organization & Individual Consequences of Distress

For quite a while now it’s been demonstrated that stress increases health risks such as heart disease, weakened immune system, cancers, and even the common cold. In addition, stress affects learning and decision making abilities. Increased perception of stress also increases the risk of premature death in humans as well as other social mammals.

Genuine CSR Requires An External AND Internal Focus: 10 Strategies to Consider

Start With A Purpose. That’s the advice given to startup companies - start with a purpose. Although written for startups, the points made should be considered by all organizations, especially those wanting to attract and retain the best talent. Employees want purpose & meaning, and to work for a company that is not only making a difference, but is one where the employees feel they are contributing towards that difference. This requires not just an external focus on corporate social responsibility as outlined in the blog, but an internal focus as well.

DIMENSIONS Honored as Best for Workers

On September 8, 2016, Dimensions was recognized for creating the most positive overall community impact by B the Change Media based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the independent nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured in the upcoming fall issue of B Magazine and on B the Change’s digital platform, bthechange.com. They were also honored at the first-annual Best for the World Celebration & Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School.

Linking Purpose, Health & Meditation

Many dimensions of wellness inform our overall well-being and physical health. Each dimension is interconnected with and influenced by the others. They include social, spiritual, emotional, psychological, environmental, professional and, of course, physical wellness. Most workplace wellness programs primarily–and often exclusively–focus on physical wellness. Doing so is not only shortsighted but also greatly limits the benefits for both individual and organizational well-being.

Discontinuous Productivity

At our last professional networking meeting we discussed the need for taking mini breaks at least every 90 minutes during the workday. Christine Carter coined the term ‘discontinuous productivity’ which is very appropriate since these “breaks” make a great contribution to productivity.

Is Worksite Wellness ‘Stuck’?

Or is there merely a gap between research and practice? Or, is there just a huge groundswell to maintain the status quo? Or perhaps a little of both? There certainly seems to be a ‘stuckness’, at least with certain worksite wellness program elements.

What Happens When Safety is ONLY a Priority

There were 4,679 Work Related Fatalities in the USA in 2014. 4,679. Here’s a powerful quote from Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, "No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people."

Is Your Workplace Psychologically Safe?

Innovation and engagement are highly sought in today’s workplace. These are the modern organization’s equivalent to the alchemist “philosopher’s stone” that could turn base metal to gold. But innovation and engagement require learning behaviors.

Moving Beyond Physical Safety – Changing the Work Climate

Only when employees believe that the environment in which they work is “safe” will they risk fully engaging with their work. That may sound like common sense, but its less common than many companies believe. Management has to realize that employees hearing it is safe and believing it is safe are not necessarily the same. If managements’ actions do not support their words, signs, or posters then no amount of telling is going to make employees believe. And although you may have a physically safe workplace, subtle incivility and animosity might make it an emotionally and psychologically unsafe environment thus inhibiting full engagement.