Employee Wellness Blog

Should You Care How Much Sleep Your Employees Get?

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Mar 11, 2019

A good night’s sleep is a must.

When the body is in sleep mode, it repairs cells and supports healthy brain function. Hitting the sack and getting high-quality sleep maintains physical and emotional health levels, too.

Deprive yourself of sleep too long, and the results are disastrous.  

When the body is in a sleep deficit, it impacts everything from mood to physical reaction times.

It can also impact the quality of work as it changes parts of the brain, including problem solving. According to the World Sleep Society, 46% of individuals with regular sleep disturbances report missing work or making errors at work.

World Sleep Day is March 15, a perfect day to raise awareness about the importance of not compromising quality sleep.

Want to spread the word on why sleep isn’t just a luxury? Read on.

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10 Energy Boosters to Try Today

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Mar 07, 2019

Some days call for more energy than others.

If you're feeling drained or tired, it can be hard to muster up the energy to get things done. When you have a huge to-do list, it can be alluring to use the fastest energy-boosting methods possible.

As tempting as energy drinks may be, those will give you a grand boost and an equally grandiose crash.

Before you reach for an energy drink, you may want to consider the side effects other than a temporary energy surge. One study by the International Journal of Health Sciences showed the sugary drinks raise blood pressure and gastrointestinal upset.

So, what’s a tired, overworked person to do?

We’ve rounded up 10 energy boosters for you to try out ASAP:

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6 Key Messages to Share During National Nutrition Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Mar 04, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month.

While it’s great to promote the message of healthy eating for at least 31 days, getting employees excited about a nutritious diet can be tough.

Not many people are jumping up and down with excitement to eat kale. 😜

Nevertheless, this awareness month presents a perfect opportunity to share key nutrition points with your employees.

Here’s a few National Nutrition Month ideas and messages that may encourage your employees to try a little more kale:

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7 Healthy Snacks for Work to Supercharge Your Day

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Feb 28, 2019

When the break room donuts are calling your name, it can be hard to stay on track with eating healthy. Sometimes it seems willpower isn't enough to keep you away from those high fat, high-sugar comfort foods.

But, prepping healthy snacks in advance can help you fight the urge to indulge.

By preparing ahead of time and bringing healthy snacks to work, you can cut the very real temptation down. Keeping delicious — yet nutritious — options readily available makes it easier to make a smart choice when you get hungry.

Not sure what to pack?

Here’s a look at 7 healthy snacks for work:

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Q&A with an IO Psychologist on Being More Productive

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Feb 25, 2019

If you wish you were more efficient and productive at work, you’re not alone.

In fact, the demand for increased work productivity is so great that there’s a field of research dedicated solely to it: Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Or, IOP for short.

Over the years, Dr. Kara Fasone, an I/O psychologist and wellness researcher, has applied psychological principles within organizations to help employees maximize their self-awareness, motivation, and performance. She's created and managed a variety of people-focused processes related to employee engagement, talent management, career development, and workplace wellness.

With all her inside knowledge of productivity in the workplace and more, we wanted to pick her brain on best practices.

Below, Dr. Fasone, also the creator of the Wise & Well Academy, shares advice on increasing employee work performance, measuring productivity, and fostering a sense of self-awareness. 

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The [Biometric] Results Are In

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Feb 21, 2019

Each year, TotalWellness collects extensive data to better understand the health status of U.S. employees. In 2018 alone, we conducted over 100,000 biometric screenings across workplaces in the United States.

Our biometric screenings consist of a variety of health measures including:  

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Waist circumference

These screenings offer pertinent insight to the well-being and health of employees — both men and women. From C-suite leadership to blue and white collar workers, we’ve screened everyone in-between to get a thorough idea of employee wellness. Once the results are finalized, we share a report with each company’s wellness team to better support employees through wellness programming.

Now, we want to share the nationwide results with you.

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How to Deal With Winter Blues in Your Office

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Feb 18, 2019

It's cold. It's dark.

And you really don't want to get out of bed.

Chances are your employees feel the exact same way. Unfortunately, the winter months often lead to lower morale and less workplace productivity.

Sound familiar?

Read on to learn how seasonal weather impacts your employees and how to keep your employees motivated during the dreariest time of year.

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14 Ways to Spread Kindness at Work

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Feb 14, 2019

Kindness can change your life and your perspective. 

Studies also prove people who give to others report feeling happier. What’s more, givers are more likely to continue to do so in the future.

Giving doesn’t have to be expensive; it just needs to be genuine.

To show your employees and coworkers kindness, a simple gesture like lending a helping hand during a tough project can be enough. Or, if a coworker’s car is in the shop, offer to carpool to work.

Regularly doing meaningful gestures will make you feel good, and it creates a more harmonious environment at work and in life in general. Scattering kindness is shown to improve relationships, reduce stress, and even lower blood pressure.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share a list of ways to spread kindness.

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7 Heart Health Facts to Share During American Heart Month

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Feb 11, 2019

In case you missed it, it's American Heart Month.

While you’re passing around candy hearts, you might also consider passing out heart health facts to your employees to spread the word about heart disease.

And while Valentine’s Day hearts might be cute, heart disease is not.

Cardiovascular disease impacts nearly half of American adults these days, according to one new study. Unfortunately, heart disease impacts much of the working population. Research found it’s also responsible for more healthcare costs than any other injuries or diseases.

Luckily, heart disease prevention is possible. Making healthier lifestyle choices — like quitting smoking — can reduce the chance of someone developing heart disease. Helping employees understand the risks of heart disease and the symptoms of a heart attack may ultimately save their life.

Need a good fact sheet to print off and distribute?

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Health and Wellness Coaching: Is it Right for Your Company?

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Feb 07, 2019

As an employer, you want to see your staff as healthy as possible.

With the constant rise of healthcare costs, employers are learning that adding preventive measures for chronic health issues makes sense to maintain a healthy workforce.  

Studies show wellness coaching programs boost quality of life in several areas, which could explain why more companies are bringing corporate wellness coaches into the workplace. By working with a wellness coach, employees have a better chance of reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes.

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