Employee Wellness Blog

5 Ways to Boost Workplace Positivity

Posted by Seraine Page on Thu, Mar 14, 2019

Who wouldn’t love to feel more optimistic at work? 

It’s no secret that positivity boosts employee wellness overall.

When employees feel appreciated and respected, they’re more likely to bring a cheerful, can-do attitude into the workplace. Create a toxic work environment, and you’ll watch moods and productivity plummet.

Ready to give negativity the boot? 

Here’s five ways to start promoting positivity in the workplace:

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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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Find Your Zen With Our Free Printable 2019 Calendar

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Thu, Jan 03, 2019

At TotalWellness, we love helping people reduce stress—both in life and in the workplace. Like with our straightforward pricing for biometric screenings or our worry-free wellness program, Beata.

And there's no better stress reliever than llamas. Sweet natured, friendly, and blessed with awesome hair, llamas are also full of good advice. Let llamas show you how to find calm amidst the chaos. Download your free calendar today!

But before you download your copy, read through some of our tips on how to handle and cope with stress in a healthy way. 

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Gratitude Challenge 2018: What Are You Thankful For?

Posted by Seraine Page on Mon, Oct 29, 2018

Gratitude. 

It’s one word with a big meaning. 

Essentially, gratitude is being thankful for what you have or showing appreciation and kindness to others. With Thanksgiving around the corner, what better time to reflect on what you’re grateful for in your life? 

That’s why we’re introducing the 30 days of gratitude challenge.

What’s The Gratitude Challenge? 

Throughout the month of November, the “Gratitude Challenge” encourages people to deeply reflect on the topic of gratitude. By participating in a daily gratitude challenge, it helps you to consider all that is good in your life. It creates a moment for reflection and changes negative thinking patterns in your brain. Plus, it offers moments to show your appreciation toward others. 

Best of all, it’s easy to do. 

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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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Here’s How to Set the Mood For a Positive Workday

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Mar 05, 2018

Your attitude in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you walk into work feeling grumpy, chances are, you’ll walk out of work feeling grumpy, too. Having a negative mindset at work can lead to added stress, trouble concentrating, and irritability – and none of those are great for your work performance. Arriving to work with a negative attitude can also hold you back from forming any positive social connections in the office.

 While we don’t always have complete control over our physical surroundings, we are capable of controlling our mindset. Developing a positive mindset before the workday will help you stay productive, optimistic, and mentally healthy – no matter what the day throws at you. So, instead of swatting at your alarm clock and spending your morning dreading the work ahead of you, try out these tips to help you set the mood for a positive workday: 

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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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How to Realize When You're Being Negative (And What to Do About It!)

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Jan 15, 2018

We are all guilty of being a Negative Nancy every once in a while. But being a pessimist can have some major health consequences. This is because a negative attitude and mindset can increase tension and stress in the body. In fact, studies have found that the potential health consequences of pessimism can include: 

  • A weaker immune system
  • Chronic stress
  • Higher risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Chronic aches and pain 

In contrast, a 2015 study found that optimists were more likely to eat healthily, keep a healthy BMI, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy blood pressure. Keeping a more positive and optimistic attitude can help you feel happier and healthier.

Unfortunately, we can’t always control our negative thoughts or attitudes – especially if we’re unaware of them! But with a little bit of practice and some self-awareness, you can learn how to identify negative thoughts and transform them into positive ones. 

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Our 10 Best Blog Posts From 2017

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Dec 18, 2017

This year, we made an effort to provide our readers with relevant and helpful content for workplace health and wellness. With a few weeks to go, we've published 96 articles this year, so there is good chance you may have missed a few. To help you out, we compiled a list of our 10 most popular blog posts of 2017 and provided a summary below. Feel free to comment your favorites in the comment section below! 

#1: 7 Tips for Promoting Positivity in Your Workplace

A positive work environment boosts employee wellness. Which is why it’s no surprise that our most popular blog post of the year is all about workplace positivity. Practicing positivity and optimism has been linked to numerous health benefits, increased productivity, and less stress. We included seven tips to help you promote positivity at your company. Some examples include:

Check out the full blog post here!

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5 Reasons to Celebrate World Kindness Day at Work

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Mon, Nov 13, 2017

Today is World Kindness Day! This means that you have a great opportunity to celebrate and promote kindness at work. We encourage both employers and employees to express kindness as much as possible today and for the rest of the week. And if you don’t think kindness belongs in the workplace, think again! 

The power of kindness is often overlooked at the office. Many employees have the mentality that they are at work to work, not to “make friends.” However, research has found that expressions of kindness actually increase work performance and make the workdays more enjoyable.

Keep on reading to discover some of the benefits of promoting kindness in the workplace, and some ideas for celebrating World Kindness Day with your colleagues:

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