As the first state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Washington has cultivated one of the largest cannabis industries in the United States. As of Jan. 2019, Washington had more workers in the industry (33,591) than any other state, according to cannabis website Leafly. Not surprisingl...
Mental illness is one of the most pervasive disabilities in the workforce. But unlike physical disabilities that may be outwardly noticeable, mental afflictions often go unseen in the office and, at times, unrecognized before the eyes of the law. A fairly recent change to Washington state law thr...
Workplace wellness programs that provide tempting incentives to employees who volunteer for optional health screenings, commit to exercise regimens, or improve their cholesterol levels have been contentious for some time now. But starting January 2019, they may become even more controversial. Tha...
Last year when a bombshell story set of investigations into alarmingly high injury rates at Tesla's electric car factory, the CEO Elon Musk emailed the entire company to express his concern and sympathy: “No words can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing,” he wrote. “Going f...
Research has consistently shown that when employees feel empowered, they have higher job performance, job satisfaction, and commitment to the organization. Many leaders seek to empower their employees by delegating authority and decision-making, sharing information, and asking for their input. ...
Americans place one thing above all others when assessing whether an employer is a good corporate citizen: how they treat their workers. That sentiment emerged from a November survey of 10,000 Americans by Just Capital, a nonprofit group founded by billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II that also...
 Last summer, business journalist Jill Suttie  took her niece clothes shopping in New York City. While she shopped, Suttie noticed that the music blaring on the store’s speaker system left her ears ringing and her nerves frayed. She could only stand it for about 30 minutes before she had to bolt...
Forklifts are some of the most dangerous machinery in the workplace, posing great risk of injury and death if operated improperly or not maintained to specifications. In fact, some of the highest rates of warehouse accidents resulting in deaths involve forklifts. Businesses that knowingly and repeat...
Psychological research suggests that the stick works better than the carrot. Corporate wellness programs seem like a win-win idea. In order to get employees to exercise more and take care of their health, businesses can simply reward them with bonuses if they reach a certain number of steps walked ...
Our jobs shouldn’t suck the life out of us. So in the current trend toward enhanced worker wellness, we’ve seen the spread of standing desks, office meditation sessions and healthy snacks in our places of employment. But those measures are just the first step. Recently corporate research firm ...