What Do We Know About It Post 1

Sport |

Armed with little if any knowledge of how creatine works, athletes at all levels have taken an unknown health risk and invested large sums of money in hopes of gaining a competitive edge. (more…)

Caffeine, Genes Tied to Bone Loss in Older Women

Women's Health |

An appetite for coffee and chocolate can take its toll on the bones of elderly women, especially those with a particular genetic mutation, researchers report.

The investigators found that in a group of women whose average age was 71, those who consumed the most caffeine had significantly lower bone mineral density (BMD) after 3 years compared with women who consumed the least. BMD is a marker of bone strength. Women with two copies of a gene with a mutation in the vitamin D receptor were even more prone to bone loss, the report indicates. (more…)

Creating an Effective Employee Manual Post 3

Entertainment |

Revised Policies: If you have given every employee a printed version of the handbook, give them each a copy of the new policy to be filed in it (a good reason to produce your handbook in loose-leaf format). If you maintain printed versions that are available to employees centrally, post the revised policy in a central place and notify employees to read it. Hold managers responsible for ensuring that the employees who report to them are informed on a timely basis of policy changes. Send an e-mail message containing the new policy or announcing the policy change to every employee. (more…)

Creating an Effective Employee Manual Post 2

Entertainment |

Communicating Policies to Employees

If It’s Your First Handbook: If you have never published an employee handbook before, the initial presentation of the handbook should be carefully planned to ensure a clear understanding of the policies and a positive attitude toward compliance. If policies in the handbook formalize previously “unofficial” procedures, or change how employees “thought” it worked, give employees time to digest the new handbook and remove feelings of “surprise” by releasing it before its effective date. (more…)