BLR News

11/4/2002

BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor Offers Insights into Workplace Stress

OLD SAYBROOK, CT – November 5, 2002 Job stress is taking a toll on employees trying to maintain their equilibrium in an environment characterized by layoffs, job insecurity, and overwork. An in-depth look at the problem, including the role managers play, is presented in the current issue of Business and Legal Reports’ OSHA Compliance Advisor.

The relationship among job stress, health, and worker injury is investigated. The feature-length article also reveals which management styles cause job stress, and which styles help keep the problem at bay.

Employer solutions are laid out by Dr. John Arden, the author of a new book entitled, "Surviving Job Stress." Arden, who trains psychologists and runs a job stress program for Kaiser Permanente, says Employee Assistance Programs are not enough. Companies need to do all they can to increase worker well-being and satisfaction, like providing health insurance, opportunities for exercise, and child care.

But employees have a role to play as well, Arden argues. He believes enhancing brain chemistry and function through proper nutrition is essential to battling the effects of job stress. And, he points to the benefits of leaving work at the office, which he calls "off-centering the job." Arden also advocates good sleep-hygiene techniques, like staying away from the computer before bedtime. "When you stare at a bright screen, the brain’s pineal glands get the message from the retina that it’s light out. So the body produces less melatonin, which is essential for good sleep."

Notes BLR managing editor Judy Ruddy: "Readers have expressed considerable concern about the causes and effects of job stress on their employees. The current issue of BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor gets to the heart of the problem, with commonsense ideas for employers who want to do more."

A must-read publication for thousands of safety professionals for more than 15 years, the OSHA Compliance Advisor includes the latest news, compliance-related developments from Washington, and updates on relevant state legislation and legal decisions.

OSHA Compliance Advisor is published twice monthly by Business & Legal Reports Inc., the national compliance publisher. Learn more about BLR products and services by clicking on www.blr.com. For additional information, contact Judy Ruddy at (800) 727-5257, ext. 2122 or e-mail jruddy@blr.com.