Employee Wellness Blog

4 Ways to Talk about Stress at Work (Without Creating More Stress!)

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, May 02, 2016

Stress at WorkStress has been linked with a variety of health problems—mental and physical alike. In fact, 80 percent of workers have reported feeling stress on the job. Nearly half have even said they need help in learning to manage their stress levels.

Your employee wellness program is one way to address your employees’ stress levels. Your wellness program is designed to encourage employee well-being. It’s designed to help your employees feel good so they can work even better.

The challenge, however, is that you might inadvertently be the cause of some of the stress your employees feel. It just comes with the territory of being in a leadership role.

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10 Healthy Foods to Snack on During Work

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Healthy Snacks for WorkSnacking on healthy foods throughout the day can be an excellent healthy habit to adopt. It can help keep your energy up so you can stay productive all day long. It can curb the distraction of a rumbling stomach. It can even help to keep your metabolism and digestive system moving throughout the day.

All of those great benefits are only true of healthy snacking though. Snacking on junk food will make you feel sluggish, bloated and tired. Junk food is also usually filled with empty calories meaning unhealthy snacks can make you feel even hungrier than before you started munching.

The best way to implement a healthy snacking regimen into your workday—and your employees’ workdays—is to be sure you know what to snack on. Take the time to find some healthy snacks you enjoy. Share this list with your employees to encourage healthy munching in your office.

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Celebrate Good Times in Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Apr 25, 2016

People are notoriously bad at celebrating their own victories. Humility is important. But celebrating your victories can be equally important in making healthy lifestyle changes.

Every health victory—no matter the size—can and should be celebrated. The celebration will help you to have more victories and build up lifestyle filled with healthy progress.

Your employee wellness program puts you in an excellent position to help your employees celebrate their healthy victories. Your program can make it just a little easier for your employees to let loose, revel in the moment and celebrate the progress they’ve made.

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In Case You Missed It: Positive. Productive. Powerful. [Webinar Recap]

Posted by Becky Squiers on Fri, Apr 22, 2016
You’ve heard us preach it time and again—positivity is important for employee wellness. You might be wondering how we landed on that message. Or even how you can use that information in your own wellness program.

We covered both of those questions and more on our recent webinar. If you missed the live showing, don’t worry! You can catch the recording below. If you're more of a reader, check out the slides here. Read on for a quick peek at what we discussed.

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6 Potential Privacy Breaches You Didn’t Know to Worry About at Your Corporate Wellness Events

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Employee privacy can be a very common barrier to corporate wellness participation. Many employees worry their health data won’t be safe when collected at the workplace. They also might worry that their health data could end up in their employers’ hands.

At most wellness events, the concerns employees have about privacy are addressed and the risk is minimized. If you work with a vendor for things like biometric screenings, there are probably certain safeguards in place to keep your employees’ health information safe.

As their employer, privacy is definitely something you need to focus on. It’s true at any wellness event. Any time health data is involved, privacy is important. Employee health data is very sensitive information. Different employees might value that information differently. So a high level of focus on privacy across the board is vital.

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Behind the Scenes of Our Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Apr 14, 2016

TotalWellness Wellness ProgramWe throw a lot of wellness advice and information at you every single week. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and tough to take all of that information and apply it to your workplace. It can be difficult to figure out exactly how things work in the real world.

We want to give you a peek at something we know works in wellness—the program we use at TotalWellness! We really try to practice what we preach to all of you. Our program is simple. It’s focused on positivity and inclusivity. We try our very best to include all elements of health.

And, it’s really fun because our employees invest in it! In fact, last year we had almost 100% participation in our employee wellness program. So here’s how it works…

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Picking Up Where Your Employees’ New Year’s Resolutions Left Off

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Resolutions for WellnessIt’s that time of year. We’ve officially reached the point where we all look around, wondering where our motivation has gone.

The truth is, for a majority of your employees the fire for healthy change has faded. What on January 1st was a raging flame of determination has become a dull glow of frustration. For all too many of us, this is the case!

New Year’s resolutions are fantastic. The New Year provides a great jumpstart to healthy goals across the nation. The reality, however, is that building a healthy lifestyle can be hard work. Life can get in the way of even the best laid plans, which can explain why over half of resolution makers don’t stick with their goals past six months.

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Go the Extra Mile with Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Apr 07, 2016

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Make Employee Wellness Easy! 7 Ways to Develop Healthy Habits

Posted by Becky Squiers on Mon, Apr 04, 2016

The best way to make health work is to make it a habit. Committing health to habit can put your healthy decisions on autopilot. This means you’ll do them without really thinking about them, which can make health so much easier!

You can harness the power of healthy habits in your employee wellness program. Employees with healthy habits are healthier because it’s easier for them to make good decisions. Outside of all the benefits of a healthy workforce, your employees could be less stressed about wellness and therefore more engaged with your wellness program.

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Creating a Corporate Wellness Brand That Works for Your Company

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Creating a brand for your corporate wellness program has the same types of benefits as your corporate brand. Your wellness program ensures your program is recognizable. It helps you create something with which your employees can relate. Good branding can also make your program more attractive to employees because it helps you to maintain consistency and cohesiveness.

There are a few traditional brand elements that are predetermined when it comes to your wellness program. Your audience, for example, is already defined. The same is true of your position and your goals. These things are a given due to the nature of working in wellness.

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