Author Archives: Paula Burkes

About Paula Burkes

Paula Burkes is a business writer at The Oklahoman. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-Healthier Beat Fellowship, which is supported by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Workplace-based health initiatives target smoking, mental health, nutrition #ahcj13

Is your workplace making you sick?

Experts at Health Journalism 2013 in Boston said it can — and does.

Bad bosses can cause employees to lose sleep, while smoking blue-collar workers face the toughest challenge kicking their nicotine habits and the highest stress jobs are those that are highly psychologically demanding, but with little autonomy, they say.

In one Harvard School of Public Health study of nurses who work in nursing homes, those who had bosses with poor management skills on average got 30 minutes less sleep than those with good managers, said Cassandra Okechukwu, Ph.D., an assistant professor of social and behavioral services at Harvard. Continue reading