Smart Drugs In The Office, Taking Mental Health Seriously, Building A Culture Of Trust And HR Tech Trends #FridayFinds

Welcome to a new week of HR and workplace wonders! As an HR professional, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest trends and news in the field. Since we know how busy your week can get, we’re here to help with a quick wrap-up of some of the most shared and talked-about articles.

Here are this week’s most popular HR articles:

Like It or Not, “Smart Drugs” Are Coming to the Office

A probable future or a popular theory? Either way, it leaves room for many arguments of all kinds – moral, legal, medical and so forth. Carl Cederström analyzes how these drugs have become common amongst American students and are now becoming more and more popular among professionals looking to improve their brain function.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Oxford show that one of these drugs has significant cognitive benefits for those who do not suffer from sleep deprivation, improving their ability to plan and make decisions, with an added positive effect on learning and creativity. But do you want your employees to be on drugs at work?

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What Happens When Major Companies Take Mental Health Seriously

Did you know that approximately one in five American adults experience a mental health issue in a given year, and that mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44? (via)

Helping employees deal with these illnesses is a two-way effort. While there are laws in place that can offer protection, employees need to disclose the nature of their condition in order to get this protection. And that’s only to begin with. Companies who truly care about the wellbeing of their staff should go the extra mile in raising awareness about mental illness and creating employee wellbeing programs that can have a real impact.

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5 Ways a CEO Can Build a Culture of Trust

Chris Oberbeck, Chairman and CEO at Saratoga Investment Corp, shares some pointers into how you can build a culture of trust inside your company. One particular idea that resonated with me was Promise made, promise kept. While building a culture of trust is a challenging goal that requires significant resources and dedication, I believe in the power of simple principles such as this one.

A great article, with simple and powerful ideas that can help you build a remarkable company culture.

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5 Tech Trends That Will Change How We Work Forever

Since we’re big fans of technology trends in HR and the future of work, we relish new ideas and predictions on what the workplace of tomorrow holds for us all.

One particularly important aspect of tech advancements in the workplace is data security. According to a report by Intel, among data breaches, insider threats are responsible for 43 percent of data loss.

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Join us next week as we share more of our favorite articles. We’d also love to know what articles made your week and what topics you’d like us to talk about next week so comment away.

Happy weekend!

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