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In this section you’ll find links to industry news related to work-life balance.



US – Financial Stress Drives Absenteeism (HR Reporter)

A majority of HR professionals describe the financial health of their employees as no better than fair, and young workers are under the most financial stress. These stresses manifest themselves in the form of increased absenteeism.


US – The U.S. Fails Working Parents Across the Board (Huffington Post)

Following the White House Summit on Working Families, an infographic shows why being a working parent in the U.S. is comparatively tough. One of the major reasons is access to affordable child care.


UK – Five Ideas to Help Employers Make Life Less Stressful for Employees (Huffington Post)

With stress and anxiety being cited as the number one reason why employees call in sick, it's time that employers start taking it seriously.


UK – Survey: 12% of Employees Take Time Off for Stress (Employee Benefits)

More than one in ten (12%) of UK employees have taken time off due to work-related stress, according to research by Canada Life Insurance Group, UK Division.


UK – Mental Health Services a ‘Car Crash’ (BBC)

Mental health services in England are “a car crash” and the health secretary is not taking the problems seriously, according to the outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


UK – £15 Billion a Year is Lost to Health-related Presenteesim (Training Journal)

Steelcase‘s new head of UK and Ireland says there are real economic reasons why he emphasizes employee wellbeing... “In the UK alone, £15 billion a year is lost to health-related presenteesim and 60% of lost work days are due to stress. In companies where workers report high levels of stress, healthcare costs can rise by 50%. Conversely, where workers are fully engaged healthcare costs for employers drop by 41%.”


IRELAND – Mental Health Services in Danger of Moving Backward (Irish Times)

A combination of Staff shortages and slow changes to work practices means progress in some areas of Ireland’s mental health services has ground to a halt.


IRELAND– Work-Life Balance Among Challenges Facing Irish Businesses (Irish Independent)

One of the key business trends Irish companies must deal with is increased attention to work-life balance. WPO’s own Susan Clarke weighs in on the state of the Irish business community.


PANAMA – Mortgage Loans up 10% Per Year (Newsroom Panama)

With an influx of workers from both North and South America, the number and value of home mortgages is steadily increasing across Panama. This could mean that employees would benefit from financial assistance programs that can help alleviate mortgage and money-related stress.


CANADA – How Employees Can Learn to Cope with Stress (Globe and Mail)

While employers play a key role in helping their staff to deal with stress at work, employees must also bear some responsibility for their health. This means keeping the four pillars of health in balance – mental, physical, financial and career.


CANADA – Strategies to Help Employees Save (Benefits Canada)

One of the biggest enemies of productivity is a wandering mind. Employers can address this issue proactively by helping employees think of ways to save and manage money effectively.


CHINA – Shining a Light on Depression (Beijing Review)

According to statistics from the Chinese Association for Mental Health, the incidence of depression is about 3 to 5 percent in the country, and nearly 200,000 people commit suicide every year because of the mental illness. Treating depression requires an annual combined expenditure of about 60 billion yuan, or $9.6 billion.


SINGAPORE – Government and Unions Work Together on Work-Life Balance for Low-Wage Workers (Channel News Asia)

Finding new ways to make work-life balance and time with families accessible to lower-wage employees in Singapore is a major focus of joint effort between labor unions and government groups.