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On average, between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu during the annual cold and flu season — which typically runs from November to April. Each year, between 3,000 and 49,000 people in the United States die from flu-related issues. Cold and flu viruses are often passed between people and along surfaces in the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people are most contagious the first two or three days after catching a cold and for about five days after being infected with the flu — even before symptoms develop.

Here’s some very useful information:

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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s time to start preparing. And that doesn’t just mean food. This is a great opportunity to come up with mindful strategies on how to avoid the overindulgence of those oh-so-good but oh-so-unhealthy foods. While it is important to enjoy ourselves and our families, it doesn’t have to mean we throw away all of our good habits.  Here are some tips to having a happy and healthy thanksgiving!

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The weather is getting cooler, but your produce choices are heating up. These amazing superfoods are either hitting their peak in the garden or can easily be found in your local farmers market or grocery store. They’re the perfect excuse to get cooking on cool nights! Information from Health Magazine: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307323,00.html

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Distractions are everywhere. If you have ever ended the day without accomplishing most of the tasks on your to-do list, or if you are constantly feeling as if there are not enough hours in the day to complete your work, you might benefit from more effective strategies for managing your time.

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To effectively manage stress, we need to address it in at least three areas of our lives: our physical health, our mental health, and our sense of purpose. Here are some stress-relieving tips for each of these areas.

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Diversity in the workplace includes having a group of employees with a wide range of different backgrounds, lifestyles and cultures. Diversity includes differences in terms of race, age, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and other characteristics. We all bring something unique to our work environment. Celebrate and embrace diversity and enjoy the opportunity to learn about those around you. Please review the resources below and complete the training.

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Business ethics is a standard of acceptable behavior on the job. It is a set of rules by which to judge decisions and conduct in the workplace.

Ethical conduct on the job involves knowing what is right and wrong according to the established standards and consistently doing what the University’s ethics and conflict of interest policy requires. Ethics involves all employees.

Please review the University’s Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Policy along with the Fraud Policy. Once you have read the policies, please complete the training.

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You are invited to take a 30 minute online training to gain even more beneficial insight in sexual harassment. The training will teach you:

• How to differentiate between the two main kinds of harassment

• How to understand and follow workplace policy

• How to report incidents and cooperate in investigations

• How to help promote and maintain a comfortable, productive work environment

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