The Corporate Wellness Blog

Calculating the Potential ROI of your Company’s Corporate Wellness Program The question for most organizations isn’t if they should implement a well-being program, but which one and what the scope should be. This doesn’t mean goals, strategy or accountability go out the window, or that wellness programs fall…

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The only way is up – growth industry It was our first time out at Health and Wellbeing at Work, so we took a little time to talk to other vendors and speakers about the event this year. The consensus was that the number of exhibitors and the speaker programme had really expanded on last year’s offering. This mirrors what we are all seeing in the growth trends for the wellness industry.

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How activity trackers encourage positive, long-term behavior change Activity trackers can be a core component of any wellness program. Though they are a relatively new arrival to the health and wellness sector, as of 2014 they were already being worn by one in ten over-eighteens in the United States, alone. Both small and streamlined, these smart devices provide up-to-the-minute intel that can be transmitted to a smartphone app or browser.

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In today’s society, with instant access to information (and each other), it’s easy to convince ourselves that multitasking is the way to go. If you can multitask, you can be the ultimate productive worker. Let’s be honest, how many of us have said, «I’m a great multitasker»? Sorry to disappoint you, but you’re probably not. New research suggests that multitasking actually decreases productivity rather than increasing it. Can You Really Multitask?

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There are about 30 major holidays over November, December and January, celebrated by many diverse cultures across the globe. Many of us have the chance to indulge in more than one with friends, family and neighbors. We’ve started with Christmas as an example, but would love to hear about your favorite feasts! Christmas can be a time to spend with family and friends and, of course, to eat. There’s really nothing better than when all the traditional foods come out, as they can remind you of your childhood, certain family members and even the history of your country, all in a single bite.

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There are lots of different keys to success: drive, ambition, knowledge, and so forth. But sometimes our biological systems have just as much of an effect on our success as our intellect and one of the most important elements is sleep. Getting enough quality sleep is more important than some might think, as it’s really what powers you through your entire day. If you get enough sleep, it’s extremely likely that you’ll be more successful as you’ll have enough energy to keep you going and meet your goals.

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From CEO Anna Gudmundson. Healthcare systems are overloaded, healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP are increasing and demands from our increasingly unwell populations are growing. We also see that public healthcare systems are underequipped to deal with the increase in stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health related issues. Only 2.7% of people in the US are categorized as having “a basic healthy lifestyle, which includes exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, avoiding smoking and maintaining a normal body fat percentage.

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For more than a century, some in the industrialized business world followed an all-too-familiar pattern. Capitalists often chased wealth, power and accomplishment without balanced regard for their employees or the environment. Running beneath this historic status quo, however, there has been a slow but steady undercurrent of change that is being adopted by some of the world’s biggest companies: conscious capitalism. Widely believed to have been pioneered by The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick back in the 1970’s, the business philosophy has since been popularized by global business leaders like Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.

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Prior to globalization, any given company’s employee benefits were fairly straightforward. Employees hired were rewarded with an amount of vacation, medical leave, retirement planning and health insurance that reflected their seniority, specific location or country. As globalization has proliferated and thousands of companies now conduct business across borders, , corporate benefits packages have diversified. As human resources departments scramble to keep up with a company’s geographic expansion, the benefits that employees take for granted can vary wildly from firm to firm.

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Two centuries ago, American statesman Thomas Jefferson summed up his thoughts on exercise as: “A strong body makes the mind strong.” While the third U.S. president’s sentiment may still hold water in some ways, modern science may argue that the opposite is true. Studies have shown that lasting and long-term health starts between our ears and moves throughout the body from there. Particularly within the confines of an office, where external stressors like deadlines, profit margins and employee evaluations bombard the working individual, it has proven crucial to cultivate mental fortitude.

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