Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Wellness Potpourri!

I am reasonably certain that I have not before and will not again use the word “potpourri” in a post or probably in any other context.  It’s not a macho thing.  I just don’t like the word. But it sounds … Continue reading

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New Labor Secretary, NLRB Point to More Activist Workplace Regulation

From TLNT, one of my first reads each day, along with EHS Today and the WSL.  I’m always flattered to be picked up by folks of this caliber. New Labor Secretary, NLRB Point to More Activist Workplace Regulation by Howard … Continue reading

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Yes, I Am Tweeting….

Ok … this is my second try; this time with my twitter handle, @howardmavity. I have taken another tentative step into technology and writing.  I am now tweeting at: @howardmavity  My goal is to not only link some of my blogs … Continue reading

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Tired Workers Cheat And Use Bad Judgment

 I have always assumed that exhaustion affects our judgment, makes us sloppy and unsafe, and more prone to anger.  Behavioral research supports my assumptions.  Perhaps our first wellness step should be a campaign to get employees to sleep . . … Continue reading

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Is Employee Engagement A Fairy Tale?

My answer is “no,” but the article below reminds us that we must develop “engagement” strategies that recognize the highly imperfect nature of the work world and the effects of the loss of the old “social contract theory of employment.” To … Continue reading

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Icons and Idiots

I’d love to hear some comments about Bob Lutz book, Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk On Leadership.  Those in the auto industry must have especially interesting observations.   Read from the Economist review below: Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership. By … Continue reading

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Compactors In Retail Settings Can Be Deadly.

OSHA regularly cites retail employers for violations relating to their compactors and balers, many of which are old and ill-maintained.  I wish that we could say that deaths involving store contractors are rare, but that would not be true.  Please … Continue reading

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