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Simple Tricks to Cope with Work-Related Stress

Posted by Jamie Bell on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Everyone knows the telltale signs of work-related stress: rushing to meet deadlines, answering emails at midnight, taking phone calls at all hours of the day, and/or snapping at your colleagues. When you’re under that kind of pressure, it can negatively affect your physical and mental health, relationships with coworkers, and diminish your work-life balance.

The next time you find yourself stressing over a demanding deadline, overwhelming presentation, or difficult manager, here are a few easy ways you can learn to cope:

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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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5 Simple Life Hacks to Make Time for Exercise

Posted by Jamie Bell on Thu, May 11, 2017

“I don’t have time” is the go-to excuse for skipping the gym. Work, family, and social commitments make it difficult to incorporate a workout routine into your everyday life, but it's definitely not impossible! The thing about exercise is that it doesn't have to be an hour of cardio at the gym or completing a triathlon. Exercise can be any activity that increases your heart rate and gets you to sit less and move more

When time is of the essence, the easiest strategy is to break down daily exercise into short, frequent stints throughout the day. Even 10 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day, can be enough to achieve the significant health benefits of physical activity. Once you’ve broken down your daily workout into easy, achievable time slots, you’ve opened up a world of exercise that doesn’t include an hour of cardio.

Here are 5 simple life hacks to help you make time for exercise on a hectic day:

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8 Office Exercises You Can Do Discreetly at Your Desk

Posted by Jamie Bell on Mon, Apr 17, 2017

 

When the mid-day slump strikes, it's unlikely that you'll be willing to get up out of your office chair and do a set of burpees in the hallway. If you want to get a little fitness routine in and boost your energy, try these subtle suggestions for exercises you can do at your desk without announcing your workout to your cubicle neighbors!

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5 Corporate Wellness Competitions to Host at Work

Posted by Jamie Bell on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Competition in the workplace had always existed, so including it in your corporate wellness program is a simple and super-smart strategy to boost participation and generate a ton of positive feedback. It's the perfect way to combine the trend of "gamification" with small incentives that can give employees defined goals, healthy competition and a true sense of teamwork. 

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How to Have a Healthy Halloween

Posted by Jamie Bell on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

It's pretty obvious to us that the door-to-door strolls around your neighborhood aren't enough to burn up all those candy calories on Halloween. Here are a few ways to make everyone's favorite eerie evening into a happy, healthy and safe experience for you and your family, both at home and at work. 

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Stop Forcing Employees to Participate in Your Wellness Program

Posted by Jamie Bell on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

As a corporate wellness program provider, it probably seems slightly counterintuitive for us to suggest that you stop forcing employees to participate in your wellness program. In fact, the idea of "disincentivizing" employees is actually growing in popularity; an Aon Hewitt survey demonstrated that 53% of employers plan to begin implementing disincentives in the next 3-5 years. 

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How One Organization Boosted Employee Engagement by 45%

Posted by Jamie Bell on Tue, Oct 07, 2014

If you're reading this blog, we know that you're ready and willing to devote the time, energy and money that it takes to build a brilliant worksite wellness program. Here's the rub, though: out of all of the companies that have wellness programs, only 24% of employees are participating (according to a Gallup study). Less than a quarter. We know that's not enough; you want your entire workforce to be engaged in their work and enabled to be productive and successful, whether that's physically, financially and/or emotionally. 

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The Corporate Wellness Strategies of America's Top CEOs

Posted by Jamie Bell on Thu, Oct 02, 2014
While the debate about America’s health care system rages on in the public sector, the  business community has been privately pioneering some incredible examples of corporate wellness. Business leaders from Coca-Cola, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Verizon and Walgreens are serving as a huge source of inspiration in the health industry, developing powerful policies and activities designed to support and improve the lives of their employees.

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How to Avoid a Sore Arm After Your Workplace Flu Shot

Posted by Jamie Bell on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Up to 64% of adults and children who receive the flu shot experience pain and/or soreness at the site of the injection, making it the most common side effect of the vaccine. Many patients unpleasantly describe it as feeling like they were "getting punched in the arm," and we understand that it can be a real discomfort for the one or two days it takes for the soreness to go away. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce or avoid this experience when you attend an on-site flu clinic this year

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