Employee Wellness Blog

The Flu vs. The Flu Shot: Which Side Will You Pick this Flu Season?

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Every year, there are two opposing sides that emerge during flu season. There are people who support the flu shot. And then there are people who don’t—so basically they support the flu.

We think it’s about time you picked a side. To make that a little easier—and to help you choose the right side—we’ve put together a brand new ebook. You can download it here to learn more before choosing your side.

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Getting Back to the Basics of Employee Wellness

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Today, it seems like health trends and fads spread faster than we can actually think about them. Before you can look at the details, the latest diet has swept across your Facebook and Pinterest pages. As a result, health fads can become a widespread practice before anyone has even stopped to think about whether or not they work—and in some cases whether or not they’re safe.

That’s because some of the health trends that sweep our nation are hard to think about. Some are confusing and complex. They can even be a little manipulative at times. And they’re all cluttered with emotional cues and calls-to-action that seem appealing, but also easy.

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You Need a Mantra in Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Kind of a like a motto or a catchphrase, a mantra is a word or phrase you repeat pretty often. Usually, a mantra is associated with a particular task, situation, habit or goal. It’s meant to help center and focus you, as well as to support you on a particular journey.

Mantras are often used in health and personal development to keep people focused on their priorities. They’re usually specific and meaningful to an individual—even if they don’t necessarily make total sense to the rest of the world. Repeating a mantra provides a brief moment of extra, personal motivation.

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25 Quotes About Wellness Your Employees Need to Hear

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Sometimes the best words of wisdom come from people you’ve never met. That’s so true when it comes to employee wellness. People have been focused on health for so many years. Since the beginning of time, we’ve been looking for ways to feel better and live longer.

It’s no surprise, then, that some people have said some pretty profound things about being healthy. Use their words of wisdom for your own healthy inspiration. Share them with your employees to inspire a healthy revolution in your office.

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10 Rules for Living a Healthy Life at Work

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

You spend most of your waking hours at work. That means it’s important to have healthy habits you can rely on that exist solely in the workplace. These healthy habits are a great foundation on which to build your healthy life both inside and outside your office.

Now we know that stress can have a negative impact on your health—and rules can cause stress. So think of these rules more like a set of guidelines to help you along in your health journey.

Take a look at our ten rules for working clean below. If there are any rules you break on a regular basis, brainstorm some adjustments you can make to turn that habit around.

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Here Are Some Wellness Trends You Might Actually Want to Consider

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Aug 08, 2016

Health trends aren’t always the best way to a healthy lifestyle. We’ve all seen our fair share of ridiculous (and bogus) wellness fads. There will always be quick fixes and diet tricks on the market that promise incredible results—and honestly, they’re usually too good to be true.

That doesn’t mean all health trends are bad, though. In fact, there has been a huge focus on health in recent years, and that’s led to some really awesome wellness trends we can all get on board with.

One of those “trends” is employee wellness. The somewhat recent interest in healthy lifestyles has made its way into the workplace—which is a great thing because many Americans spend a majority of their waking hours at work.

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Reduce the Stress You Cause in the Workplace

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Aug 04, 2016

To be blunt, you cause stress where you work. As a leader, as a coworker and even as a subordinate. You cause someone stress where you work.

Just to be clear, that’s okay! It’s perfectly normal to cause stress at work because work can be a stressful place. Something you do—whether it’s completing a task, asking a question or joining a project—will likely cause stress for someone else.  That’s because many work roles are interdependent, and many projects are impacted by multiple people.

The problem with stress, though, is that it makes tough situations even more difficult. Stress in the workplace can damage relationships, but it can also negatively impact mental and physical health. In stressful situations, productivity takes a hit and problems become much more difficult to solve.

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25 Things to Do Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Aug 01, 2016

Some healthy choices come with almost instant benefits. Whether it’s doing something to ease some stress, develop relationships, or even start a healthy shift inside your body, those things are the building blocks for healthy habits.

So even if building up strong habits seems intimidating, there is reason to get started on your health journey today! You’ll be surprised how much better your tomorrow feels if you just get going.

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These Are the Flu Shots We're Offering in 2016

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Jul 28, 2016

There are two primary types of flu virus that circulate each year and cause the office epidemics you’ve come to dread—Influenza A and Influenza B. Experts and flu shot creators have come up with a variety of options to help the public avoid both types of the flu.

The two primary umbrellas under which those options fall are trivalent and quadrivalent vaccines. Trivalent flu vaccine protects against three strains of the flu—the two Influenza A strains predicted to circulate most and the one Influenza B strain predicted to circulate most.

Quadrivalent vaccine protects against four strains of the flu—the two Influenza A strains predicted to circulate most and the two Influenza B strains predicted to circulate most. Essentially quadrivalent flu shots offer the same coverage as trivalent plus coverage against one more strain of Influenza B. Obviously that’s a bit wider coverage, and therefore a bit better protection.

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Employee Health Is a Reward for Your Workforce

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Your body deserves to be healthy. It wants to be healthy, and it craves being healthy. That’s why you feel better when you’re in good health.

That’s just a simple fact about how we’re made as humans. No matter your health status—overweight, underweight, inactive, too active, stressed or bored—your body wants to be healthy. It’s true for every single person.

So why do you keep pushing employee wellness as a solution to a problem, or a punishment for bad behavior?

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