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Getting Past Your Past with Julie Christiansen and Barbara Grumme

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Business Trends: Productivity - Are You Trendy?

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Research from the last few years shows some alarming trends in the business world, proving that sometimes, it pays in dividends to swim against the current. For example, did you know that since 1997, the average payout in employee health benefits has experienced an increase from 6% to a whopping 14% per annum? Private health insurance and disability expenses, including workplace compensation currently costs US business $1 trillion dollars per year! You read that right - $1 TRILLION dollars!

The National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, found that employees with diabetes miss an average of 8.3 days per year compared to non-diabetics - which constitutes a loss of 14 million lost work days per year in the US alone. Staggering, isn't it? Did you know that the stress response causes the body to produce blood sugar, putting people at higher risk for developing diabetes? And would you believe that between 1990 and 1999, Canadian EAP programs reported a 220 percent increase in stress c…