Employee Wellness Blog

Deep Clean Your Office Before Flu Season

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Oct 05, 2015

Hygiene is important all year long, but it’s especially important during flu season. That’s because the flu can spread from person to person by germs left behind on shared objects. That’s why when someone comes to work sick, it won’t be long until you have an office epidemic on your hands.

Some places are more common hotspots for germs than other places. In your office, that includes anything that is shared or touched frequently. This means things like:

  • Sink faucet handles
  • Microwave door handles
  • Fridge door handles
  • Any other door handles
  • Light switches
  • Desk equipment like keyboards and phones
  • Coffee pot handles
  • Table tops
  • Elevator or vending machine buttons
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For Employee Wellness, Replace Pop with Water at Your Workplace

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Oct 01, 2015

You’ve hit the afternoon lull, and you need just a little burst of energy to push through to five o’clock. You think running to the vending machine to grab a pop is harmless and will give you that kick you need, right? Wrong!

Regularly drinking pop (or soda depending on where you live) and other sugary drinks is a huge health hazard. Not only does pop contribute to poor dental health and obesity, but it even increases your risk to develop diabetes, gout and heart disease.

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25 Quotes Every Wellness Coordinator Needs To Hear

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Sep 28, 2015

As the wellness coordinator at your company, you know what we’re talking about when we say things can get crazy. We want you to know that we support you, and what you do every single day is worth it to help your coworkers live happier, healthier lifestyles.

Check out these quotes to keep you pushing, even when the work gets tough:

“The most important things cannot be measured.” –W. Edwards Deming
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” –Theodore Roosevelt
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Create Business Buy-In for Employee Flu Shots

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Did you know that 5-20% of people get sick with the flu every single year?

Did you know that your business could take a huge hit because of the widespread nature of flu season?

It’s true. Flu season can severely impact your business. It can lead to losses in productivity, sick employees, and employees distracted by sick children.

The CDC and a variety of scientific research suggest that getting the flu shot and striving towards herd immunity is the best way to stay healthy during flu season. But a majority of people still aren’t being vaccinated.

So what can your business do?

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Tools for Corporate Wellness Program Evaluation

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Tools for EvaluationEvaluating your corporate wellness program is important on multiple levels. Obviously evaluation helps you to decide what in your program really works. Aside from affirming your success, evaluating your program allows you to:

  • Try new things with research to back them up.
  • Avoid wasting resources on things that simply aren’t working.
  • Prove yourself and your success to potential funders or program supporters.

So as you can (hopefully) see, evaluation is important. But it can be a daunting task. Don’t worry too much, though, because there are a number of tools that can help.

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How to Make Your Corporate Wellness Program More Human

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Sep 17, 2015

It’s time for corporate wellness programs to become human again. Yes, metrics are necessary to help us find out where we’ve been, where we are and where we want to be in terms of goals — but they are not the be-all and end-all of our efforts.

Let me explain.

Your employees drive everything your company does. Without them, you probably wouldn’t be able to do what you do, and you definitely wouldn't be able to do it as efficiently.

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Identifying and Overcoming Hurdles in Your Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Sometimes problems in your corporate wellness program will just jump out at you. Other times, things might seem off, and you’re not quite sure where the problem lies.

Well the first step to solving any type of problem is identifying exactly what that problem entails. If you’re feeling like your wellness program is just not running as smoothly as it should, or if you’re not seeing the results you expected, it might be time to do some digging.

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Asking Powerful Questions to Improve Your Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Sep 10, 2015

Getting feedback about your wellness program is a must. But did you know that the questions you ask play a huge role in the quality of the feedback you get?

Even if you’re taking everything your employees say and adjusting your program accordingly, you might not be building the best program for your company. When you seek feedback about your employee wellness program, you need to ask powerful questions to get the best information.

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The Essentials of an Onsite Company Gym

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Sep 03, 2015

If you don’t have a fitness center at work, you might not be aware of exactly what that entails. It’s natural to think of big, innovative companies like Google when you think of onsite gyms. What’s often forgotten, however, is that company gyms can range from large-scale, fully-loaded facilities to a single room with some mismatched exercise equipment.

No matter the resources you have, a workplace gym can be an absolute asset to your employees. The fitness centers that are cropping up at companies all over the country can provide a much-needed outlet for stress, a culture of wellness, and a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among your employees.

To take advantage of the benefits a company gym can offer, you only need to invest in the essentials.

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Using Intrinsic Motivation for Long-Term Results in Your Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

Long-term results should be the ultimate goal of your employee wellness program. What’s the point of investing in your employees’ health habits unless those habits are around for the long haul?!

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