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The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees — and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line

Leigh Stringer, American Management Association, New York, NY, $27.95, 256 pages, July 2016, ISBN: 978-0-814-43743-8


We must function at our peak performance to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, and like Olympic athletes, we must incorporate healthy habits into our daily routine to do so. Studies show that unhealthy work habits, like staring at computer screens and rushing through fast-food lunches, are taking their toll in the form of increased absenteeism, lost productivity, and higher insurance costs. Companies such as Google, Apple, Aetna, and Johnson & Johnson have used innovative techniques to incorporate healthy habits and practices into the workday and into their culture that have enhanced employee energy and engagement.

This book includes real-life examples and the latest research supporting the assertion that it pays to invest in employee well-being. It reveals how to: create a healthier, more-energizing environment; reduce stress to enhance concentration; inspire movement at work; choose architecture that encourages beneficial behaviors; support better sleep habits; and heighten productivity within the confines of an eight-hour workday. These tips for immediate improvement and guidelines for building a long-term wellness plan will boost employee attitudes as well as the bottom line.

Survival Techniques for the Practicing Engineer

Anthony Sofronas, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, NJ, $49.95, 208 pages, July 2016, ISBN: 978-1-119-25045-6


The engineering field can be tough to navigate if you don’t know the rules, risks, or politics, or have a plan. Because the products and processes that we work on need to function correctly to prevent injury to people or damage to the environment, as well as satisfy the customer and the budget, engineering can be more complex than most fields.

This book draws on the author’s 45 years of experience to provide tools for dealing with these complexities and advice for becoming successful. It delves into the techniques young engineers, and even established engineers, can learn to...

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