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How to Ensure Workplace Wellness Programs Still Excite Workers

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Sep, 26, 2022

Are you and your employees getting burned out on your workplace wellness programs?

When leadership and team members aren’t getting the right support from wellness programs, change is the only way to improve it. The Great Resignation has proven that mediocre jobs with so-so health benefits don’t cut it anymore. People are willing to leave jobs that leave them feeling too stressed and unhappy.

A recent survey uncovered evidence of just how true that is. Deloitte connected with independent research firm Workplace Intelligence and surveyed 2,100 employees and C-level execs across four countries: the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

The most shocking aspect of the survey? Nearly 70% of C-suite individuals surveyed are seriously considering quitting for a job that better supports their well-being. You know it’s rough when even the boss wants to quit.

Now is an excellent time to focus on keeping employees productive and engaged and focused on their wellbeing — especially with the rise in costs for everything, including healthcare. Take time to reevaluate ways to keep workplace wellness programs relevant and keep workers (and leaders) on board.

Below, we share how to keep the spirit of wellness alive in your workplace.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

The 11 Smartest Fall Health Tips to Keep You and Your Staff Well

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Sep, 22, 2022

Fall is here.

With the changing of seasons comes the need to make lifestyle changes, too. It’s a great time to reset your health routines and continue healthy habits. A cornerstone of healthy fall habits will keep your immunity strong and your mind clear as you wrap up another busy year. Staying active, taking essential vitamins, and prioritizing self-care are just a few of the ways to do it.

This list will cover fall-specific health tips like:

  • Staying mindful of eating healthy foods (not just comfort foods)
  • Keeping skin moisturized to prevent chapping and bleeding
  • Getting an annual flu shot before the end of October
  • Focusing on financial wellness before the holidays

Read on for the full list of smart healthy fall tips!

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

How Social Media Effects on Mental Health Create FOMO and More

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Sep, 19, 2022

Ever wonder about the social media effects on mental health?

Given that many working professionals have at least one social media account, it’s a topic employers should explore when it comes to employee mental health. While social media platforms are great for keeping in touch, there’s also a trade-off of decreased mental health for many.

On average, people spend almost two and a half hours on social media sites daily. Mindless scrolling doesn’t come without a price: Researchers are finding too much social media has a negative impact on mental health.

This post will share insights into how social media impacts the mental health of employees and alternative healthy ways to spend time instead.

Here’s a closer look at the social media effect on mental health:

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

How to Create Your Game Plan to Tackle Flu Season in Your Workplace

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Sep, 12, 2022

Do you have a strategy for tackling flu season in the workplace?

Flu season is coming up fast. In order to keep workers healthy, encouraging flu shots early in the season is essential.

The flu alone costs employers roughly $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalizations and outpatient visits for adults each year. That’s not even taking into consideration Covid cases.

Getting your employees vaccinated is the best way to help fight these costs and keep your employees healthy and safe from the flu. But there are also other prevention measures to take, too, that will help your team stay healthy this flu season.

Here’s a look at how to create your game plan for this year’s flu season:

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Topics: Workplace Flu Shots

5 Free Health and Wellness Classes For Wellness Champions to Try

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Sep, 08, 2022

Looking for free health and wellness classes?

Whether you want to share them with your team or wellness committee (AKA your workplace wellness champions), providing resources puts valuable wellness information in front of the people who need it most.

Best of all, if it’s engaging and useful, employees are more likely to be on board with “taking” a class.

In a time when many companies are cutting back on budgets, watching funding is essential. But it’s important to take into consideration the impact it may have on wellness committees and members' abilities to launch new wellness campaigns, attend wellness events, and bring fresh ideas to the table.

This post shares five valuable courses that are worth going through — and all for free!

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

What You Can Expect for the 2022-23 Upcoming Flu Season

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Aug, 29, 2022

Are you and your team ready for the upcoming flu season?

While Covid-19 stole the limelight for the last few years, health experts warn that the flu is still out there, too. Flu season begins in October and runs through May.

A recently released 2021-22 influenza season report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  indicated that while last year’s activity was considered low for the season, the flu cases also extended well beyond the normal flu “season.” CDC reports show flu cases increased to between eight million and 13 million between October 2021 and June 2022. That’s up from just over 2,000 cases reported for September 2020 to April 2021.

Wondering what will happen this year?

Here’s a look at what to expect for the upcoming flu season, how to prepare, and insight from two naturopathic physicians on prevention steps to take.

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Topics: Workplace Flu Shots, In the News

How to Handle Stressful Situations at Work Like a Pro

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Aug, 25, 2022

How good are you at knowing how to handle stressful situations at work?

Learning how to appropriately manage your workplace stress can make all the difference when it comes to your health, mental state, and productivity. No matter how much you love your job or what you do, there is always going to be a certain amount of stress that comes with it.

In the workplace, stress can come at you from all angles. Whether it’s an angry client, an awkward colleague conversation, or making a mistake on a big project, mounting stress that’s not taken care of can lead to physical and mental health concerns.

If you’re looking for some better ways to handle stress, we’ve got your back.

Check out these tips below for tackling stressful situations at work.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces, Wellness at Work

9 Simple Ways to Improve Employee Wellbeing

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Aug, 22, 2022

Employee wellbeing — how is it faring in most companies these days?

This won’t be a shocker for most: Employees are unhappy. As a result, their wellbeing is suffering, too. Overall, globally, unhappiness has been on the rise for the last decade.

Recent Gallup research found that emotionally, the second year of the pandemic was more draining than the first one. Stress, worry, and sadness plagued more people and set new records in 2021 for Gallup’s Negative Experience Index survey. Unfortunately, those negative feelings leak over into the work experience, too.

So what can you do to help improve employee wellbeing? Here’s a look at some simple ways to take charge of creating a healthier and happier workspace for your team:

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces, Wellness at Work

Why a Workday Shutdown Ritual is a Good Idea for All Workers

Posted by Seraine Page on Wed, Aug, 17, 2022

Nowadays, many employees work remotely and the lines of when work ends and relaxation begins are quite blurred.

That’s where a workday shutdown ritual can be helpful.

Even if it’s as unceremonious as closing a laptop and putting it away, it’s a way to mentally and physically disconnect from work in a healthy way. By creating an end-of-day routine, workers can create a more restorative period of time off — whether it’s just for the evening or for a whole weekend.

 Here’s a look at why every employee should consider a workday shutdown ritual:

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

The 7 Workplace Distractions That Are Unhealthy for Employees

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Aug, 11, 2022

Workplace distractions.

These pesky diversions in the workplace can prevent productive workflows and even create unhealthy behaviors in some cases. From cell phone usage to clutter and gossip to last-minute meetings, distractions galore exist if you let them. Without a doubt, these distractions lead to productivity loss, and, in some cases,  poor health.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to avoid or manage distractions that cost you time and energy.

Below, we cover the top unhealthy distractions and how employers can help workers avoid these time-sucking traps.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

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