New Application for EHS Today America’s Safest Companies Recognition Now Available Online

EHS Today is accepting applications for corporations wishing to be considered for recognition as one of America’s Safest Companies. The award is corporate-based, not facility-based, and honors world-class safety efforts. Corporations wishing to apply for America’s Safest Companies must demonstrate support from management and employee involvement; provide innovative solutions to safety challenges; report injury and illness rates significantly lower than the average for their industries; support comprehensive training programs; believe that that prevention of incidents is the cornerstone of the safety process; have integrated safety into their corporate culture and communicate the value of safety to employees and customers; and substantiate the benefits of the safety process. “We believe that […]

Targets of Bully Bosses Aren’t the Only Victims

Bosses who are not only negatively impact the work environment for the workers they are bullying, but also for the coworkers of those employees who suffer from “second-hand” or vicarious abusive supervision. Abusive bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism and the silent treatment not only have a detrimental effect on the employees they bully, but they negatively impact the work environment for the coworkers of those employees who suffer from “second-hand” or vicarious abusive supervision, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire. In the first-ever study to investigate vicarious supervisory abuse, Paul Harvey, associate professor of organizational behavior at UNH, and his research […]

Stressed Employees Should Completely Disconnect from Work in Off Hours

New research indicates that while many busy and stressed employees stay connected to the job through smartphones, laptops or tablets during their personal time, they’d be better off unplugging and regaining work-life balance during their off hours.  YoungAh Park, assistant professor of psychology at Kansas State University and former businesswoman in the competitive South Korean work force, said that detaching from work mentally, physically and electronically will help stressed employees relax and recover. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done for some workers. “Competition in the workplace is getting fierce,” Park said. “People may worry about job security, want to increase their salary or advance in their career, so they feel […]

New Challenge Rewards Innovative EHS Programs, Solutions

Organizations of all sizes and industries are eligible to compete in the 2013 Innovation Challenge, which will recognize achievement in planning and implementing innovative programs that address critical EHS topics. The Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council (NSC) and Stewardship Action Council (SAC) launched this new challenge to acknowledge organizations that demonstrate creative thinking, strategic implementation and/or significant impact in their programs. “The challenge highlights an area of interest to many leading organizations and provides them with a format and opportunity to offer an approach and receive recognition. Innovative efforts can truly move things forward in EHS improvements,” said Laura Fiffick, senior director of the Campbell Institute. The two […]