Employee Wellness Blog

Bridge the Generation Gap in Your Worksite Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, May 28, 2015

Millennials are slowly but surely infiltrating your workforce with degrees and experience under their belts. Boomers might also be a bit slow to retire, so they’re still doing great work for you too. If the two end caps are now working for your company that means Generation X from the middle ground is probably prominent as well.

It might seem like something weird to have to consider. But, depending on your company, you might be working with one, two or all of these generations. Different generations are motivated by different things. When it comes to designing and promoting your wellness program, this can definitely be a bit of a challenge.

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Start a Community Garden with Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, May 21, 2015

If you’re looking for an innovative way to increase engagement with your corporate wellness program, we’ve got news for you!

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Stress Takes a Toll on Your Body—and Your Wellness Program (Infographic)

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, May 18, 2015

Stress is common—especially in the workplace. Your wellness program should address some of the stress-related health problems your employees are facing. Even if it means admitting the workload is a bit rough.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cut everyone’s workload to something super easy. You can use your wellness program to address stress by educating yourself and your employees, encouraging stress-relieving habits at and outside of the office, and recognizing that stress can play a role on the physical health of your employees.

Check out this infographic to learn how stress can affect the body. There are even some bonus tips for relieving stress at work and at home. Enjoy!

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In Case You Missed It…The Shifting Corporate Flu Shot Landscape Webinar

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, May 14, 2015

We recently hosted a webinar about the corporate flu shot landscape, and how it will be changing in coming years. If you weren’t able to make it to the webinar, that’s okay! All you need to do is:

  • Check out this blog recap
  • Watch the webinar recording
  • Let us know if you have any questions
  • And, keep your eye on our content for future webinar opportunities

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The In’s and Out’s of a Plant-Based Diet

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, May 11, 2015

With all the miracle diets in the world, it’s important to consider some of the simple benefits of getting back to the basics. Opting for a plant-based diet is one way to do just that.

Alright, alright…this isn’t something you can really mandate in your corporate wellness program. But, it is something that’s important to consider and share with your employees. The more knowledge your workforce has, the more healthy decisions they’ll be able to make. So, let’s get started.

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Getting Employee Feedback about Your Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, May 07, 2015

Getting feedback about your wellness program is important in all stages of implementation. It’s helpful to ask your employees about the program before it starts, while it’s going, and after new initiatives. This will help you be sure you’re giving your employees things they truly want and need.

So, easier said than done, right? Here are some TotalWellness tips for getting employee feedback about your program.

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13 Office Mood-Boosters for Your Workplace Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, May 04, 2015

Workplace morale is a huge factor in employee health. It’s also a great predictor of company productivity. While there are a number of long-term company changes you can make to develop a positive company culture, we know those are easier said than done.

Here are a few quick and easy ideas to improve employee morale and create a happy office environment right now.

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Fingerstick or Blood Draw at Your Biometric Screening?

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

If you have a wellness program, you should definitely have regular biometric screenings. A staple event at these screenings is a blood test to measure things like cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides. These metrics give employees a baseline to help motivate them toward healthy behaviors. 

If you choose to do an onsite screening event, there are a few different ways to get a blood sample for these types of tests. You can draw blood with a fingerstick, or a venipuncture blood draw.

It’s important to look at the two options carefully and decide which works best for your company. You might want to consider what your employees wanted from wellness when you sought feedback from them (and you should’ve sought feedback!).

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How to Encourage Healthy Eating in Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Apr 27, 2015

Sometimes there’s a fine line between what you should and shouldn’t encourage your employees to do. After all, you’re a part of their work life, so you shouldn’t go traipsing into their personal life too much. That doesn’t mean you can't care about their well-being in all aspects of life. 

So, how do you address something like a healthy diet? Here are some ideas that can help you encourage healthy eating without being too pushy!

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8 Mistakes Companies Make in Employee Biometric Screenings

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Everyone makes mistakes, and that’s just fine. But, when it comes to biometric screenings, why not learn from other people’s mistakes? That way, you can save your precious mistakes for something smaller…like opting for the cheapest (and worst-tasting) coffee for the break room.

Mistake 1: Not Screening Regularly

Regular screenings are what help you to catch health trends among your employees. If you don’t offer health screenings regularly, you won’t be able to measure improvements or stop declines in their tracks. Even though we’d love to see you every single month, we aren’t saying you need screenings quite that often. Aim for one health screening each year so your employees have time to make some adjustments and really see the outcomes of their efforts.

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