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4 Ways to Avoid a Toxic Work Environment

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Jan 21, 2019

There’s nothing beneficial about toxic behaviors in the workplace.

Whether it’s office drama or constant negativity, the weight of a toxic environment is apparent to everyone who walks in the door — from the CEO to the customer.

It takes consistent policies, proper management, and open communication to keep destructive behaviors to a minimum. Otherwise, bad business practices get out of hand fast.

With preventative measures in place, it’s easier to keep a healthy work environment employees will thrive in and love.

Below, we share insights to what exactly a toxic work environment is and four easy ways to prevent it in your workplace.

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5 Tips for Productive Meetings That Won't Drive Employees Crazy

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Let’s face it: meetings can be lame — especially early morning ones that go on for way too long.

If you can’t explain what your meeting is about in 20 seconds or less, you probably need to rethink why it’s needed in the first place. By only calling relevant meetings with clear agenda topics, you’ll waste less of everyone’s time.

Meetings can be time suckers or time savers, depending on how each one is run. With a bit of tweaking, though, meetings can still be productive and fun.

Ready to get employees excited about coming to meetings? 

Try these five tips at your next meeting:

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Why Employee Money Illness Makes Your Company Sick

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Nov 26, 2018

You may notice when an employee is out with the flu. But have you ever noticed when an employee is money sick?

A house lien. Medical bills. Car repossession. Divorce.

The list of ways your employees can be financially sick is endless. As you may know, employee financial health is crucial to the wellness of your company.

How can you help?

We share our research and tips below.

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7 Healthy Habits For a More Productive Work Day

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Oct 18, 2018

Do you ever look at famous successful business people and wonder: how do they do it?

If you’ve seen famous entrepreneurs like Mel Robbins, Tony Robbins, or Warren Buffett in action, it seems they all have endless energy to spend.

Why?

They make healthy habits a priority.  They are as busy as the rest of us, if not busier.

Mel does hot yoga regularly (and she actually hates it).

Tony does consistent meditation.

Warren sits and thinks. A lot.

While their particular habits may not appeal to you, there are plenty of options to lead a healthier, more productive life at home and work.

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Can a Desk Plant Improve Employee Wellbeing?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Aug 23, 2018

Your physical workspace is more important to your health than you might think! Office employees spend about 40 hours a week at their desks, which is why a healthy workspace is important not only your work performance but to your physical and mental health as well. One of the easiest ways to make your workspace a little healthier and more enjoyable is by adding a plant. Research has shown that by simply adding a plant to your desk, you’ll help boost your wellbeing.

The 2015 Human Spaces report, which studied 7,600 office workers from 16 countries to examine the impact of the physical office environment on employees, found that employees who work in office environments with natural elements (including natural sunlight and greenery) report a 15% higher level of wellbeing, and are 6% more productive and 15% more creative. Unfortunately, the researchers also found that about 58% of workers have no live plants in their workspaces – despite the positive effects office plants have on employees.

Indoor plants offer a wide variety of incredible wellness benefits. Keep on reading to learn about how office plants can affect your wellbeing. Plus, we include some tips on which types of plants you should get for your workspace! 

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Try Out These 11 Tips to Defeat the Afternoon Slump

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Ah, the dreaded afternoon slump. It’s a classic hallmark of office life. As soon as 2 p.m. hits, it feels like all your energy is gone and you can’t seem to concentrate on work no matter how hard you try. Fortunately, there are a few healthy tips you can keep up your sleeves to use help beat those pesky afternoon slumps.

Check out these 11 energy-boosting tips that will help you finish the workday strong: 

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How to Keep Vacation-Minded Employees Productive and Engaged Over Summertime

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, May 07, 2018

Summertime is just around the corner! With longer days and beautiful weather, it’s no surprise that work might not always be your employees’ top priority throughout the season. In fact, 25% of people report feeling less productive in the office over the summer months. That’s why it’s crucial for employers to learn and implement some new strategies for successful summertime management.

While productivity and engagement are two critical factors for most employers, it’s important to realize that employees deserve a little fun during this lively season. Below, we share seven tips to help employers keep employees productive and engaged over the summer – without sacrificing the excitement the season has to bring.

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Here’s How to Enjoy Caffeine the Healthy Way!

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Apr 02, 2018

If a hot cup of coffee is the first thing you think about after waking up in the morning, you’re not alone! According to research from Villanova University, about 90% of Americans consume caffeine in one form or another every single day. With more than half of American adults consuming more than 300 milligrams of caffeine each day, caffeine consumption isn't dying down anytime soon. 

For many full-time employees, consuming caffeine is an easy way to get a quick jolt of energy and feel more productive in the office. However, choosing unhealthy caffeinated beverages or going overboard with caffeine can lead to some negative health consequences – which is why it’s important to make healthy choices when getting your caffeine fix. Below are five tips to help you enjoy caffeine without it disrupting your health:

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Transition Into Daylight Saving Time With Ease With These Foolproof Tips

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Mar 08, 2018

Spring is almost here! That means it’s time to “spring forward.” Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11th at 2 a.m. While it’s exciting to think about longer days and warmer weather, Daylight Saving Time can sometimes be a difficult transition for many full-time employees. 

The loss of an hour can take its toll. In fact, the week after Daylight Saving Time has an increased rate of car accidents – which are often blamed on sleep deprived or drowsy drivers. A study by the University of Colorado at Boulder found an increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents the first six days after the clocks spring ahead. The study reported that in the first six days of Daylight Saving Time there were 302 deaths and a cost of $2.75 billion over a 10-year period.

Springing forward is much more difficult for your body than “falling back” is in November. Getting sleepy before bedtime becomes more difficult due to the changes in the amount of daylight, which can throw off your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock). When sleep cycles are disrupted, it can take about a week to start getting back on track. Losing even just an hour of sleep can cause drowsiness throughout the day that can lead to accidents or difficulty concentrating at work. 

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9 Healthy Habits All Remote Employees Should Practice

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Many employers have realized the positive effects of implementing a flexible work environment. That means that many full-time employees spend time working from home on either a full-time basis or an as-needed basis. As of 2016, 43% of U.S. employees reported that they spent at least some time working remotely, according to a study by Gallup. With telecommuting becoming increasingly popular, it’s essential for employees to learn how to stay healthy, happy, and productive while working from home. 

Working from home has many perks. A 2016 study from TINYpulse surveyed over 200,000 employees across all work arrangements to find that remote workers claim to feel happier, more valued, and more productive. While these are all great perks that contribute to employee wellness, working from home can also make it a bit more difficult to practice healthy habits during the workday.

Between access to a kitchen filled with unhealthy snacks, long hours, and the temptation to work from bed all day, remote working can present some challenges for living a healthy lifestyle. To help combat this, we are sharing nine tips and strategies to help remote employees practice healthy habits during the workday.

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