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Annual Survey Shows Employees Want Work Flexibility

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Nov 12, 2018

Work flexibility is quickly becoming a must-have in the U.S. as work-life balance becomes a central focus for job seekers.

From freelancers to caretakers, employees have different reasons for wanting to work outside the traditional office environment.

And, it’s actually surprisingly more productive for employees, too.

At least that’s the way the 3,000 respondents who took FlexJobs’ annual survey feel — 65% of workers believe they would be more productive working at home than in a traditional office setting.

Some of the reasons:

  • Fewer distractions (75%)
  • Fewer interruptions from colleagues (74%)
  • Reduced stress from commuting (71%)
  • Minimal office politics (65%)
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Can Flexible Schedules Really Improve Employee Wellbeing?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Each year, more and more employers have realized that the strict nine-to-five workday schedule is outdated. Too many hours spent in the office can lead to chronic stress, poor health habits, and low job satisfaction.

In contrast, employees with flexible work schedules have been shown to have higher levels of job satisfaction and less absenteeism, along with reduced rates of turnover. By simply offering employees the ability to choose their own hours and work from home when needed, employers can improve the overall health and wellbeing of their employees.

If your company doesn’t currently offer some type of flexibility for your employees, we urge you to consider these five employee wellness perks of a flexible schedule:

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This is Why Employees Shouldn't Waste Another Vacation Day

Posted by Jamie Bell on Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Not vacationing this year? If you care about your health and wellness, you might want to reconsider! It's not uncommon for American workers to waste their much-needed vacation days. In fact, an estimated 662 million vacation days are left unused each year, according to ProjectTimeOff.com.

U.S. workers receive an average of 14 paid vacation days, so why aren't we using them? Some employees like to stockpile days off for future use, while others wait to get the payout for unused days. Some cite the difficulties in scheduling vacations, financial worries, failure to plan, or fear that taking their vacation days may be viewed negatively. While many of these may be legitimate concerns, using those days off are crucial for your health, happiness, and career. 

All work and no play leads to tremendous amounts of built-up stress. We are all aware that stress is harmful to our physical and mental health. It can cause problems ranging from ulcers to body aches to insomnia. Vacations are an irreplaceable antidote to stress – allowing employees to truly rest and recharge. Here's why taking a vacation is vital to your health and happiness:

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Wellness Essentials for Small Businesses (New Ebook)

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Thu, Oct 27, 2016

For small businesses, having a worksite wellness program is no longer an added bonus. Small business owners are adopting wellness programs to reduce health insurance costs, recruit and retain employees, and create a healthy workforce.

The good news, is you don’t need millions upon millions of dollars set aside in a wellness budget. All it takes to be successful in wellness is to tailor what you’re doing to what your employees need.

In our new ebook for worksite wellness professionals at small companies, Wellness Essentials for Small Businesses, we take a look at the logistics of a solid employee wellness program. 

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9 Affordable Incentives for Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

In recent years, there has been a huge movement towards providing incentives for employee wellness programs. It’s estimated today that on average, employers provide perks worth $521 per employee that participates in their wellness program. While it’s also estimated that for each dollar, the companies are seeing a significant ROI, the fact remains that some companies simply can't afford to spend that much building a wellness incentive program.

Here at TotalWellness, we believe that incentivizing your program really can improve your engagement. Here are nine ideas for employee incentives that don’t have to break your bank!

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How Employee Wellness Perks Are Being Used to Nab Top Talent

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Nov 03, 2014

When it comes to recruiting top talent, competitive health insurance and gym membership reimbursement may not cut it anymore. Facebook and Apple recently made headlines with the news that they will now offer financial support for female employees who wish to freeze their eggs.

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The Digital Detox: How to Break Away from Work While You're on Vacation

Posted by Jamie Bell on Wed, Aug 27, 2014

With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, many of us are getting ready to enjoy some well-earned vacation time. In today's world, however, breaking away from the office means more than physically not being there. Between waking up with our smartphones to checking social media, most of us will find ourselves responding to emails, returning voicemails and interacting with Facebook when we should be soaking up the paid time off. In fact, a recent TripAdvisor survey of 16,100 employed respondents reported that 77% percent of U.S. respondents say they have worked on vacation during the past year, with 91% stating that they check work e-mail while they're away.

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Taking a Vacation May Save Your Job (And Your Life)

Posted by Jamie Bell on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

American workers don’t use all their vacation days, leaving an estimated 577 million unused days on the table each year. Even when we do get the chance to get away, most of us take our work along for the ride, toting our laptops along and keeping our smartphones glued to our sides.

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It's Time to Shorten Your Work Week

Posted by Jamie Bell on Fri, Aug 08, 2014

The 40-hour work week sounds like a pretty relaxing schedule to a lot of employed Americans. In fact, the United States is widely considered to be the most overworked nation in the industrialized world. According to the International Labor Organization, Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers. The long hours and late nights are only getting longer and later, a problem that impacts our productivity, our health, and our relationships.

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How to Host a Healthy Company Picnic

Posted by Jamie Bell on Tue, Jul 01, 2014

With the weather heating up and the Fourth of July just around the corner, we can officially say that the season of company picnics has arrived. While it can be tempting to make things simple and suggest an all-out potluck, we don't think your wellness program would be best-served by a spread of mayonnaise-laden salads, fried chicken and high-calorie desserts. Host a healthy company picnic (without sacrificing flavor or tradition!) by following these tips: 

The Barbecue

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