When you find yourself nodding off while at work, church or that interminable committee meeting, you may be more than tired or bored. Your brain may be telling you that it needs to shut down, even if just briefly, in order to be at its best.
Research into the causes of obesity continues to fuel the debate over “nature versus nurture,” and likely will for some time. Are some of us more prone to being overweight by virtue of our genetic heritage? Or does lifestyle, including diet and activity level, largely determine one’s girth? Well, on both counts . . . yes.
Let’s face it. Some of us succumb to road rage. We end up venting our over-the-top frustrations on some unfortunate soul. And others of us are victims of road rage, finding ourselves essentially being assaulted on the highway. Well, regardless of which side of this divide you fall on, experts have some advice to help keep things under control.
Survivors of disasters or traumatic events are at significant risk for developing such problems as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and substance abuse. To address this risk, organizations that have suffered a traumatic event often arrange for critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) for affected employees, hoping this short-term psychological intervention will prove helpful. But it’s not that simple.
A recent survey of frontline managers demonstrates a disturbing lack of self-doubt about their capacity to lead. In fact, 72% of the 1,100 managers surveyed indicate they have never questioned their ability to be an effective leader. While some may regard self-doubt as a liability, in moderation it helps motivate us to realistically assess our competencies and learn new skills.
What’s the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 to 44, which includes a core demographic in the workforce? Depression. We all realize that depressed employees use more sick time than their mentally healthy counterparts, but we may not understand that this is true even when their depression is being treated.