Employee Wellness Blog

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.

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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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Pros and Cons of an Unlimited PTO Policy

Posted by Jamie Bell on Wed, Jun 04, 2014

Any employee's ears would perk up at the idea of unlimited vacation days. This doesn't come as much of a surprise when you contrast the dream of endless time off with the idea that Americans are working more than ever, averaging more than 48 hours a week according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. 

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7 Companies with Astonishing Workplace Wellness Perks

Posted by Jamie Bell on Tue, Feb 11, 2014

When it comes to worksite wellness program benefits, there are some companies that go the extra mile. While some may see scuba diving and smoothie bars as superfluous perks for employees, these seven businesses know that these extra benefits are what makes them some of the best companies to work for in the world.  As a result, they are able to have a higher retention rate, garner top talent and stay sharp in their competitive industries.

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10 Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Corporate Wellness Program

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Aug 19, 2013

It's been a rough couple of months for corporate wellness. First, there was the depressing 2013 RAND report on corporate wellness. Next the State of Nebraska had to defend their wellness program results. And, just last week faculty and staff at Penn State protested their new wellness program.

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