Leveraging the Opportunity in Open Enrollment

Posted by Laura Carter on August 8, 2017

Open enrollment season does not traditionally elicit much excitement among HR professionals or the employee population they serve. There is a lot of administrative work involved and employees are usually inundated with an overload of dry communications materials.

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Topics: Tips, Employee Engagement, HR, benefits, Best Practice, Employee Success, Corporate Wellness

5 Ways to Build Positive Work Relationships

Posted by Abena Osei-Kwabena on June 27, 2017

 
Developing a positive and motivating work environment is a top priority to make your workplace more enjoyable and less stressful. A positive work environment not only helps professionals physically, mentally and emotionally, but also influences their overall productivity.
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Topics: Employee Success, workplace, Corporate Wellness, productivity

Long-Term Impacts of Ergonomics on the Body

Posted by Abena Osei-Kwabena on May 23, 2017



It’s no surprise that having the right posture is an important factor in leading a long and healthy life. Humans are designed to move! But the current conditions that we put our bodies through whether we're spending long hours working or watching those hilarious Youtube videos can have a negative impact on our bodies. Read More

Topics: Corporate Wellness, corporate wellness program, long-term, health, ergonomics

The Corporate Benefits of Employees Who Sleep

Posted by Abena Osei-Kwabena on April 11, 2017

According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted in the U.S., less than 40% of adults are getting enough sleep. To be productive, adults are recommended to sleep for a minimum of 7 hours on average per night. Being deficient in sleep is costing companies $63 million in lost efficiency.

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Topics: Corporate Wellness, nap, productivity, culture, sleep, national health interview survey, performance, quality of work

Employers Turn to Workplace Wellness to Help Reduce Health Care Costs

Posted by Trista Chan on April 4, 2017

Employees are the assets of any organization, and to sustain these assets and benefit from their long term service, it’s vital to maintain their wellbeing. With the increase in awareness around living a healthy lifestyle, many employers now offer workplace wellness programs to their employees. These programs help in reducing healthcare costs and providing long term benefits to employees and their families. These programs also provide knowledge on eating a healthy diet, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and leading a happy and healthy life.

According to the reports of the Society for Human Resource Management, more than 70% of employers offer wellness programs to their employees, which is almost a 10-15% increase compared to previous years.

It’s expected that everyone, during some stage of their life will face some sort of health issue, whether it be due to an unhealthy diet, sleep deprivation, alcohol, or hereditary causes.  So by utilising the benefits from wellness programs employees can make positive changes in their health and overall productivity by reducing absenteeism, stress and increasing their performance and efficiency.


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Topics: roi, Employee Engagement, HR, Best Practice, workplace, Corporate Wellness, prevention

Holistic Wellness Apps and Behavioral Change

Posted by Jane Wang on December 6, 2016

We all know that mobile applications (apps) have the potential to help people increase their physical activity, but little is known about the behavior change techniques marketed in these apps. 

The majority of apps available today incorporate fewer than four behavior change techniques...

 

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Topics: Wellness trends, Habit, Corporate Wellness, partnerships

Optimity and Excellence Canada

Posted by Jane Wang on November 15, 2016

Optimity is delighted to announce that it is working with Excellence Canada to provide followers of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month® with first-hand experience using our rewards-based wellness initiative through a free trial.

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Topics: Wellness trends, Habit, Corporate Wellness, partnerships

The Power of Small Habits

Posted by Jane Wang on November 2, 2016

 In our busy work life we can often get so worked up and focused on taking enormous actions in order to achieve our goals, but research shows that taking small, measurable changes that slowly build up to bigger goals can actually be easier, and more beneficial in the long run.

 

Small changes are easier to adopt and they shift the dynamic of our ability and motivation to be able to embark on a challenging journey. Small wins also help you feel like you’re accomplishing something, whether as focusing on larger goals tends to feel like you are fighting a never ending battle. This is why small changes and wins are so important, because they give us that motivation to keep going and working towards those bigger goals.

 

Here are 3 tips on how to start creating positive habits:

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Topics: Wellness trends, Best Practice, Habit, Corporate Wellness