Employee Wellness Blog

Join the Movement for a Happier World: Celebrate International Day of Happiness at Work

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Mar 19, 2018

Being happy is an important aspect of health and wellness. When you’re not happy, your body feels it. It’s challenging to stay productive and focused, and you’re a lot less likely to make healthy choices when you’re feeling unhappy. Because happiness is so vital to wellbeing, the United Nations declared March 20th the International Day of Happiness. It’s a day to recognize and celebrate the importance of happiness in lives of all different people around the globe. 

The International Day of Happiness should remind employers of the value of a happy workplace. Since many Americans spend a good portion of their time in the office, it’s important that they work at a company that prioritizes employee happiness. A principal responsibility of an employer is to create and promote a happy work environment. A happy work environment is not only good for a workforce, but it’s good for the bottom line, too. According to LiveHappy.com, unhappy employees cost employers $300 billion each year in lost productivity. 

There are many different reasons why a happy workforce is critical to the success of a company. An office that is filled with happy, engaged employees who love their roles is guaranteed to have more loyalty, less stress, and better recruitment outcomes. Some of the top benefits of a happy work environment include: 

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3 Strategies to Become a More Proactive Wellness Coordinator

Posted by Becky Squiers on Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Wellness coordinators don’t always get the recognition they deserve. They are responsible for a variety of tasks, as well as the preparation and evaluation of wellness initiatives. As a wellness coordinator, your attitude can not only make or break employee participation but can impact how well an employee does throughout the wellness program. Taking a positive, proactive approach to your wellness program can make wellness initiatives more popular and effective.

Being a proactive wellness coordinator means taking action when it comes to your wellness program. A proactive wellness coordinator will reach out to employees, encourage them, and empower them to make healthy changes in their lives. Taking a proactive approach to employee wellness is more effective than a reactive approach for many different reasons:

  • Health and wellness is an ongoing process – there is always action to be taken.
  • Activity is contagious, so the more effort you put into employee wellness, the more your co-workers will, too.
  • A positive, proactive approach sets employees up for success by providing a strong foundation that helps employees develop motivation, excitement, and momentum. 
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8 Ideas for Making Your Employees Feel Special on Employee Appreciation Day

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Feb 26, 2018

Employee Appreciation Day falls on Friday, March 2nd this year. If you haven’t taken advantage of celebrating Employee Appreciation Day in the past, now is your chance to do so! Expressing gratitude and letting your employees know you appreciate them is one of the best ways to keep employees engaged and motivated in the workplace. 

However, many employees don’t feel appreciated by their employer or company. A report from Globoforce found that 40% of surveyed employees claimed they weren’t recognized at all over the past year. This is unfortunate because both employees and employers benefit from employee appreciation and recognition. Employees who feel appreciated tend to be more loyal to their company, view their boss as trustworthy, and feel more satisfied with their role. 

If you haven’t planned something special for your employees yet, no need to worry. Check out some of these ideas to show your employees that they are appreciated:

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4 Questions Your Employees Have About Wellness Programs

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jan 11, 2018

For many employers, the most challenging aspect of workplace wellness programs is getting enough employees to participate. Just because your company offers an excellent employee wellness program doesn’t always mean your employees will be jumping up and down in excitement to get involved. 

One reason for this is many employees have questions about the benefits and purpose of corporate health initiatives – and rightfully so! You can’t expect employees to just start competing in challenges or changing their workplace habits without being educated first. An effective wellness program will explain its goals and answer any questions employees might have.

If your company isn’t seeing the participation rates desired, it might be because your employees aren’t fully educated on the benefits, initiatives, or purpose of your employee wellness program. Below are some common questions that employers should address with their employees to help educate, motivate, and inspire employees to get involved:

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Can Flexible Schedules Really Improve Employee Wellbeing?

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Each year, more and more employers have realized that the strict nine-to-five workday schedule is outdated. Too many hours spent in the office can lead to chronic stress, poor health habits, and low job satisfaction.

In contrast, employees with flexible work schedules have been shown to have higher levels of job satisfaction and less absenteeism, along with reduced rates of turnover. By simply offering employees the ability to choose their own hours and work from home when needed, employers can improve the overall health and wellbeing of their employees.

If your company doesn’t currently offer some type of flexibility for your employees, we urge you to consider these five employee wellness perks of a flexible schedule:

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Here’s How to Spot Burnout in the Workplace (And What To Do About It)

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Americans work a lot. In fact, full-time U.S. employees report working an average of 47 hours per week, which is about an hour and a half more than they reported a decade ago. Research also found that nearly four in 10 full-time employees report logging 50+ hours a week.

Crazy hours at the office often lead to busy, overly stressed employees who don’t have time to care for their health and wellness. These employees are susceptible to workplace burnout. Burnout in the workplace not only has detrimental effects on employees but damaging effects on the company itself.

Some of the negative effects of employee burnout can have on a company include:

  • Decreased productivity
  • Increased PTO/sick leave
  • More errors and workplace accidents
  • Higher turnover rates 

Even more shocking is the high-cost employers pay for employee burnout. According to Harvard Business Review, the psychological and physical problems of burned-out employees cost an estimated $125 billion to $190 billion a year in healthcare spending in the U.S.

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Easy Ways to Boost Employee Morale

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Poor office morale is bad for everyone. The business itself suffers from the loss of productivity, managers have to deal with high turnover rates, and employees are just plain unhappy. Research has shown the strong link between job satisfaction and work performance. Unhappy and disengaged workers don’t put in their full effort, and they are likely looking for other jobs. 

Signs of low employee morale shouldn’t be hard to spot. According to Dr. Laura Hills, some common warning signs of low employee morale include:

  • Increase in absenteeism and tardiness
  • Staff conflicts
  • Increase in errors
  • Uncooperative attitude
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Lack of commitment
  • Low participation
  • Opposition to authority
  • Silence during meetings 

If any of these signs are present at your company, don’t fret. While you might think office morale is completely out of your hands, the truth is that as an employer, you control many elements of the work environment that contribute to employee happiness. So, if your employees need a morale boost, try out some of these tips:

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What Employers Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Aug 31, 2017

While it can be a touchy subject, addressing drug use is a key component of workplace health and safety. With opioid abuse increasing at a startling rate of 500% in the last seven years, opioid misuse might be one of the biggest health threats to your workforce. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared the abuse of prescribed medications in the U.S. an epidemic.

Opioids are a class of drugs that have morphine-like effects. This includes oxycodone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine, and many others. Medical professionals prescribe opioids as a treatment for moderate to severe pain caused by workplace injuries, surgeries, or, in some cases, chronic pain. While these drugs are effective in treating pain, they can also produce euphoria or a high, which makes them more prone to abuse.

Using these prescriptions for anything other than its medical purpose is considered to be abuse. This abuse can include mixing the medication with alcohol or taking more than the recommended dose – leading to many health consequences and even death. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids every day. 

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The Dangerous Link Between Overworked Employees and Their Health

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Research has made it clear: you don’t want workaholics running your business. It’s not uncommon for American employees to be working more than the standard 40 hours a week. In fact, according to 20-Something Finance, the U.S. is the most overworked developed nation in the world. They also stated that 85.8% of males and 66.5% of females work more than 40 hours of a week. 

It’s important to realize that working 55+ hours a week isn’t “overachieving,” it’s just plain unhealthy. A 2015 research article suggests that employees working a 55-hour week face a 33% increased risk of stroke than those working a 35 to 40-hour week. The side effects of long hours are more than just physical, too. Working crazy hours diminishes the opportunity for a healthy work-life balance, which can mentally drain employees.

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure your company promotes the health of your employees. If your company demands that employees put in overtime hours over an extended period of time, it’s time to make some changes – for both the sake of your employees and your company. Let’s take a look at some of the negative impacts of long hours:

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10 Companies with Epic Wellness Programs That You’re Going to Want to Copy [New eBook!]

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Workplace wellness programs are more innovative now than ever. From incorporating wearables to hosting daily yoga classes, companies are stepping up their wellness game. Employers who are dedicated to promoting workplace health, happiness, and productivity are taking a fun and holistic approach to employee wellness. These efforts help drive employee participation and create results that last.

Because we know that brainstorming creative and effective wellness ideas can be a bit challenging, we decided to round up 10 companies with phenomenal wellness programs and summarize their initiatives in an easy-to-read eBook. This eBook will serve as your insight into some of the most successful and dynamic wellness programs. These healthy companies are guaranteed to inspire you with some fresh ideas and creative wellness strategies.

So, if you’re curious about what other companies are doing to create a winning wellness program, look no further! We created the ultimate idea eBook to help you spice up your workplace wellness program. Here’s a sneak-peek of what you’ll find in our free, downloadable eBook:

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