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Wellness Programs

Is There A Difference Between Employee Wellness And Employee Well-Being?

Alan Kohll | Posted 07.21.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

A lot of people use the words "wellness" and "well-being" interchangeably. Still others define them as two separate concepts. I wanted to take a close...

7 Foolproof Ways to Develop Healthy Habits at Work

Alan Kohll | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

The best way to make health work is to make it a habit. Committing health to habit can put your healthy decisions on autopilot. This means you'll do them without really thinking about them, which can make health so much easier!

Creating A Corporate Wellness Brand That Works For Your Company

Alan Kohll | Posted 06.30.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

Creating a brand for your corporate wellness program has the same types of benefits as creating a corporate brand. Your wellness program brand ensures your program is recognizable. It helps you create something with which your employees can relate.

ROI vs. VOI: Which Is Better For Evaluating Your Wellness Program?

Alan Kohll | Posted 06.20.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

In any business operation, it's best not to let your resources go to waste. You want your time, efforts and money to go as far as they possibly can. This idea can be easier said than done when it comes to abstract business operations like employee wellness.

7 Things All Great Wellness Coordinators Do Every Day

Alan Kohll | Posted 04.14.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

If you're the wellness coordinator at your company, you know how difficult the job can be. There are a variety of things to focus on from preparation to evaluation and everything in between.

A Roadmap to Wellness Program Success [Infographic]

Alan Kohll | Posted 03.31.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

Your employee wellness program probably has a lot of great things to offer. Sometimes your employees need a little direction when it comes to engaging...

8 No-Excuse Habits for a Healthier Workday

Alan Kohll | Posted 03.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Alan Kohll

Take the time to test out these excuse-free habits. Stick with or adapt the ones you love, and be sure to share them with your coworkers. Remember, there's no excuse not to have a healthy workday!

8 Wellness Activities Better Than a Worksite Gym (and probably more affordable, too!)

Alan Kohll | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

Building a gym at your workplace can be a great perk for your wellness program. Unfortunately, putting in a gym can require a lot of logistical nightm...

Employee Wellness Programs Use Carrots And, Increasingly, Sticks

The New York Times | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business

It may be an offer employees simply can no longer refuse. Workers increasingly are being told by their companies to undergo health screenings and enro...

Can Your Employer Demand Intrusive Medical Testing? Court Says Yes

Donna Ballman | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Donna Ballman

Does your employer have any business sticking its nose into your body (now there's a picture you wanted in your head) by ordering you to undergo medical examinations and biometric testing to determine if you are likely to become ill? According to one court, the answer is yes.

6 Ways to Spice Up Your Wellness Program

Alan Kohll | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

Let's face it. Everything can get boring from time to time. The best way to avoid that lull in your employee wellness program is by intentionally making your program fresh and exciting. Here are some strategies to use for an exciting wellness program.

End 'Fat-Shaming' Employee Wellness Programs

Al Lewis | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
Al Lewis

If a colleague makes repeated references to your weight and threatens to take away your lunch money if you don't lose weight, that's bullying. But if your employer does exactly the same thing, that's corporate wellness.

10 Essential Characteristics of a Wellness Coordinator

Alan Kohll | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Alan Kohll

Everyone does the job differently, and that's just fine. If you're going to manage your company's wellness program well, though, it'll help to work on these ten characteristics.

Flu Shots as a Corporate Wellness Strategy

Alan Kohll | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Alan Kohll

As flu season quickly approaches, it's important to consider your business's role. Not only do corporate flu shots and employee wellness complement one another, but a flu shot clinic can be an absolute asset to any corporate wellness program.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Child for a Successful Life

Irene Ross | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Irene Ross

A few simple things will help you give you child a heads up for a happy, healthy and successful life -- and, remember, many of the community programs can be easily replicated in your own area.

Does Participation or Engagement Drive Success in Corporate Wellness?

Alan Kohll | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Alan Kohll

When it comes to your employee wellness program, participation and engagement are not the same thing. It's important to distinguish between the two because the first might boost numbers, but the second will ultimately determine your success.

How Do You Get People to Change? Incentives In Wellness Programs

James E. Porter | Posted 06.11.2016 | Business
James E. Porter

Incentive programs are seen as a major aspect of most corporate wellness programs. Dr. Jon Robison, co-author of the book HOW TO BUILD A THRIVING CULTURE AT WORK says that these (extrinsic) incentive programs don't work.

Beware: 'Wellness' May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Judith Feder | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Judith Feder

For years employers have offered worksite wellness programs, ranging from newsletters or gym memberships to high stakes incentive programs that change your insurance premiums by thousands of dollars if you lose weight, reduce your blood pressure or blood sugar levels, quit smoking or achieve some other health outcome.

Obamacare Provision Is Hurting Workers Who Don't Join Wellness Programs

Reuters | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business

"Wellness-or-else is the trend."

Your Company's Biometric Data Is In... Now What? How Corporate Wellness Programs Pay for Themselves

Jeff Hyman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

They already know that their wellness programs are paying dividends that will only get better over time. It's time for all companies large and small to make the investment, as it's one of the best things you can do for your company and for your employees.

Three Surprising Hazards of Worksite Wellness Programs

Leah Binder | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Bad wellness programs send the message that your boss thinks you're an idiot. This typically isn't a good strategy for improving morale, though it does improve motivation to update your resume.

The True Cost Of Smoking Revealed

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business

Smokers may feel the ultimate toll of their addiction, but its their bosses who are footing the bill in the meantime, according to a new study. E...

Design for a User-Friendly and Human-Centered Workplace

Jethro Heiko | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Jethro Heiko

There is a need for a new way of working, one that is designed for the end-user, the worker, the human. It is not just about adding wellness programs to unhealthy work -- it is about designing work so that it is itself healthy.

Creating a Health-Promoting Work Environment

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

More and more companies are enrolling their workforce in health and wellness programs to cut staggering health care costs, reduce absenteeism and foster productivity as well as morale and loyalty, according to several studies on recent changes in employer-based health care policies.

Should You Take A Sleep Vacation?

Linden Schaffer | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Linden Schaffer

According to Dr. William Dement of Stanford University, for most Americans, sleep debt occurs so gradually that people often attribute their fatigue to other things such as stress or illness. The travel industry has taken notice, and the newest emerging trend for 2012 is sleep vacations.