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Surprising Benefits of Gratitude in the Workplace

Posted by JD Thornton on Mon, Dec, 01, 2014

The holiday season is a wonderful time to reflect and recognize the good in our lives, whether it's family, friends, or a great job, we all have things we are thankful for. While you may think gratitude is a soft, fluffy feel-good topic, it can have a huge impact on your company. Research finds that having an attitude of gratitude releases dopamine in the brain, which then boosts feelings of well-being, increases optimism, and improves physical health. In turn, these benefits serve to boost productivity, decision making, and problem solving. Many people also report higher levels of energy, enthusiasm, determination, and alertness.

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

10 Easy Wellness Snacks for Work

Posted by JD Thornton on Mon, Nov, 24, 2014

Picture this: You’re working hard, deep in thought, focused on your ever-growing to-do list. Suddenly, hunger strikes. Mindlessly, you reach down and open your bottom desk drawer. As you glance down to choose a savory treat, you are suddenly aware of just how much sugar and salt is staring back at you. Just how many calories are those candy bars and potato chips adding to your waistline?

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Topics: Healthy Workplaces

Are Employee Biometric Screenings Legal?

Posted by JD Thornton on Thu, Nov, 20, 2014

There has been a lot of talk lately about employer sponsored wellness programs, especially following the EEOC’s lawsuit against Honeywell. There are a number of concerns circulating around the issue, so we wanted to present you with both sides of the story.

A Little Background

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a suit in October against large corporate employer Honeywell. The EEOC raised concerns in its suit regarding the wellness program and linked insurance incentives at Honeywell.

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Topics: Biometric Health Screenings, Wellness at Work

Boost Creativity in the Workplace With Physical Activity

Posted by JD Thornton on Mon, Nov, 17, 2014

A 2005 study in the Creativity Research Journal revealed a link between moderate aerobic exercise and increased mental function, primarily an increase in cognitive creativity. Possibly the most fascinating element was not only that exercise increased creativity, but that the effects were both immediate and sustained over time. The report found that two hours after a moderate aerobic exercise, creativity was effectively experiencing the same benefits as immediately following the exercise.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

Why Mental Health is an Essential Element of Employee Wellness Programs

Posted by JD Thornton on Thu, Nov, 13, 2014

According to the World Health Organization, as many as 450 million people worldwide suffer from a mental or behavioral disorder, and the average costs for employees with depression may be 4.2 times higher than those incurred by a typical employee. Mental health issues such as depression can lead to other health problems and snowball into a hefty chunk of change, both for you and your employee.

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Topics: Wellness at Work

6 Ways to Increase Water Consumption In Your Office

Posted by JD Thornton on Tue, Aug, 05, 2014

Experts tell us that the body consists of at least 60% water, in varying levels throughout our anatomy. It is well-known that water consumption is vital for survival, but our society often forgets the benefits of water consumption, especially in the workplace.

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