Proactive vs. Reactive Corporate Wellness Programs

Posted by Abena Osei-Kwabena on February 14, 2017

 

To date, most people rely on reactive healthcare services, that is, they visit healthcare professionals only when a problem arises or a condition worsens. However, the benefits of a proactive healthcare approach can actually save more lives.

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Topics: Wellness trends, healthcare, proactive, costs, health education, prevention, smoking cessation, corporate wellness program, cancer, lifestyle changes, reactive, stress, absenteeism

How Moving Helps You Avoid Downtime and Feeling Exhausted

Posted by Trista Chan on January 17, 2017

Do you feel that despite sitting all day, you are left feeling exhausted and tired before the clock strikes 7?  Most of us are guilty of a sedentary lifestyle. A lifestyle where we wake up, drive to work, sit for 8 hours in front of our computer screens, go home and doze off to sleep while watching TV or reading a book.

One might wonder how all the energy burns out without consciously doing any physically challenging activity.  Well apparently, less physical activity is the reason behind being unusually tired and exhausted.  It may sound counter-intuitive, but over the past years, numerous research has proven that physical activity is vital for us to stay healthy. Moving is important to stay active and energetic all day long.

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Topics: Wellness trends, Tips, benefits, Exercise and fitness, healthcare, workplace, Habit

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

4 Principles for Creating a Wellness Program

Posted by Trista Chan on September 27, 2016

Today’s most successful companies know that creating a healthy environment for employees is the most direct way to achieve an increase in productivity and encourage employee loyalty.


With so much time spent at work, it goes without saying that a healthy work environment is vital to your employee’s health. Creating a successful wellness program can ensure that your employees are happy and healthy, and therefore more productive at work.


The following are 4 principles to consider when looking to implement a successful wellness program for your company.

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Topics: Wellness trends, Employee Engagement, Best Practice, workplace

Employee Programs Best Practices: Setting the right kind of goals

Posted by Nicholas Raditsis on September 20, 2016

Setting goals effectively is critical to employee success! Whether they be long or short term goals, the process of goal setting should be a combined effort between an employee and their manager.

Goal setting also helps to focus on employee’s problem areas. The goal is to develop skills, increase knowledge and to raise confidence by having some quick wins. 

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Topics: Wellness trends, Tips, Employee Engagement, HR, Stress Management, Employee Success

Understanding the Numbers Game - The Real ROI Story for Engagement and Wellness Programs

Posted by Jane Wang on September 13, 2016

Unhealthy and disengaged employees are costing North American businesses a whopping $1,100,000,000 per year. Smart organizations are looking to wellness and engagement programs to change their costs, with the average corporate wellness program averaging at $700 per year. But the average participation rates for these programs are below 30%: many organization have little to no tracking of metrics or ROI. This often has people questioning whether wellness programs actually deliver returns, but the real question you should be asking is what type of wellness programs can reduce claims and lower insurance premiums.

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Topics: Health cost, Wellness trends, roi, Employee Engagement, Best Practice

The Trillion Dollar Price Tag on an Unhealthy Workplace

Posted by Jane Wang on August 1, 2016

If serious health risks caused by stress, poor diet and lack of exercise aren’t enough to make a case for the dangers of an unhealthy work environment, how about 1.1 trillion dollars?  

According to the Milken Institute, studies show that unhealthy workers cost North American employers approximately that much in lost productivity every year.  Sure, a job well done often requires sacrifice - extra hours, sometimes skipping meals, rearranging the exercise routine – but at what point does that sacrifice become counterproductive?

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Topics: Health cost, Wellness trends

Unlocking the Hidden Values of HR

Posted by Emily Guterres on May 19, 2016

TIME STAMP: 3 MINUTE READ

You may have heard it before, “ HR is a cost center.” “What does your HR department do exactly?” At most times, the questions about HR’s value are not asked politely.

In 2016, engaged productive employees are the biggest investment and reap the greatest rewards. CEO’s are increasingly investing in health and wellness programs because it may be the single, most powerful enhancer of employee engagement. When business leaders recognize the remarkable benefits of a healthy workplace to the organization, they are more likely to commit the time and resources to support and implement the program.

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Topics: Health cost, Wellness trends, roi, HR, benefits