Case 6A

Key point of the case: Working extra long hours caused dead of an intern. He has no sign of stress, he is always relaxing. Because of fatigue and exhaustion, he died during the shower.

Challenges: There are many banks as well as work place requires working in long hours can cause serious health problem to employees. Working extra hours became like a competition in working place that everyone wants to be better than others. A global review had been launched, looking at issues including staffing and working hours at several levels.

Case 6B

Key point of the case: Wellness program is carried out in company which offer health benefit and care for employees. Employees’ good lifestyle can maintain the good operation of the company

Challenges: The wellness program is not really working effectively for many reasons. First the employees hardly know about it and make use of. Heavy handed, punishing, mandatory wellness programs are common reasons for employees feeling dissatisfied with a program. Too many program focus on physical. There would need a effective one.

Key concepts, theories and models:

Workplace safety law consists of federal and state regulations imposed on businesses in an effort to keep employees safe from harm. These rules apply to nearly all private sector employers. Standards are in place to reduce the risk of accidents and illnesses in the workplace, and government agents have authority to investigate violations and issue citations for noncompliance. Offenders are subject to monetary fines, and in some cases, imprisonment and other criminal penalties
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations: The first step for employers who are concerned about compliance issues is to gain a general understanding of what the law requires. In 1970, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). This legislation can be viewed in terms of the rights it creates for workers, and the obligations it places on their employers. 
With respect to workers’ rights, the OSH Act generally provides that each employee must be told about hazards existing at the workplace, and receive training in how to avoid those hazards. Employees also have a right to information about the health and safety laws applicable to the business. They must have means to file a complaint with the government if it appears the laws are being broken, on a confidential basis, and without fear of retaliation.

Example of Safety Rules. (Sources:

Example related to case 6

  1. Smoking Cessation Programs

It’s no secret that, on average, team members who smoke cigarettes cost their employers more money due to health issues compared to non-smokers. Some workplaces have found it in their best interest, both ethically and economically, to offer smoking cessation programs to their team members. Union Pacific Railroad offers a smoking cessation program that consists of lifestyle coaching, as well as pharmacological assistance, to their team members. Their program has helped reduced the number of their team members who smoke from 40% in the 1990s, to 17% in 2007. What makes this program great? Union Pacific Railroad clearly understands that pharmaceuticals alone may not work for all team members. The addition of coaching for team members trying to quit smoking may be the difference between success and failure. — See more at:

2. Wellness program of Google

It’s commonly known that working at Google is rad. In Mountain View, the campus has a slide in case employees are tired of taking the stairs; the East Coast office houses ping-pong tables, nap pods and LEGO stations. Employees can shower, get their laundry done, get massages and even swim at work.

Google has also created a People & Innovation Lab (PiLab) to conduct research and development within its People Operations (its version of HR). The company is extremely invested in finding unique ways to improve the health of its employees.

Employees can also enhance their knowledge of various subjects through a Googlers-to-Googlers education program. The classes span from subjects like management and public speaking to kickboxing and parenting — and as the name suggests, all classes are taught by Google employees to Google employees. One engineer Chade-Meng Tan famously started a class on mindfulness that soon became his job title — Jolly Good Fellow — and a book called Search Inside Yourself.


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