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Eating Lunch At Your Desk? You Could Be Making Yourself Lonelier

April 23 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, employee wellness, food, lunch, office lunch, lunch break, healthy meetings, food policy, food at work, employee wellness goals, communication, employee camaraderie, connection at work, social connections, friendships at work, wellness program, gallup

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Have you ever eaten lunch at your desk? If you are like many people, this may be a daily occurrence. Perhaps you feel pressured to keep working, or you want to work through lunch so that you can head out early to beat the traffic.

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Top Three Workplace Wellbeing Articles - Week of April 16, 2018

April 20 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, improving employee productivity, worksite well-being, productivity, employee engagement, workplace stress, employee disengagement, workplace generations, multigenerational workforce

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Each week I read a number of workplace wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week's theme is employee engagement. Don't miss my blog about my visit to Zappos and an expert interview with Janet Swaysland, employee engagement expert.

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Expert Interview: Janet Swaysland

April 17 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, millennials, productivity, money, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, employee engagement, intrinsic motivation, managers and wellbeing, healthy workplace, employee performance, communication, employee camaraderie, wellness strategy, wellness program, strategy, financial wellbeing, retirement, job security, work stress, stress management, financial stress, stress, resiliency, janet swaysland, engagement strategey

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Janet Swaysland of Bluefire Partners works with leaders and teams to understand what's working and what's in the way; create new structures and frameworks for more effective communication; devise creative approaches to content and channels; and help internal teams up their game and gain new influence across the organization. In this expert interview we discuss how to spot employees who are genuinely engaged workers. We also explore when an employee is motivated, what are they connected to that motivates them? Most importantly, we talk about the business impact of an engaged workforce.


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The Secret to Employee Engagement: My Tour of Zappos

April 16 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, gratitude at work, appreciation at work, happiness at work, wellness, environment, employee loyalty, leadership skills, work environment, employee experience, workplace loyalty, cultural competence, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, leadership, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, worksite well-being, work productivity loss, thinking outside the box, productivity, employee benefits, managers, hr, employee engagement, intrinsic motivation, connection at work, workplace communications, social connections, friendships at work, employee communications, wellness strategy, wellness program, mari ryan, strategy, workplace stress, job security, resiliency, engagement strategey, amazon, zappos

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For the past several years, the business world and particularly the HR world has been focused on the concept of employee engagement. Way back in 2013, Gallup reported that only 13% of employees worldwide were engaged. The good news is that more recent reports indicate a higher percentage of workers engaged – 32% in the US. Since then, the race has been to find the secret to increasing employee engagement.

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Top Three Workplace Wellbeing Articles - Week of April 9, 2018

April 13 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, improving employee productivity, worksite well-being, productivity, workplace stress, stress management

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Each week I read a number of workplace wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

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The Business Imperative of Well-Being

April 10 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, improving employee productivity, wellness, leadership skills, work environment, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, work productivity loss, productivity, money, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, employee engagement, wellness program, financial wellbeing, sales, bottom line, talent management, gallup

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We hear about health care all the time. It represents 18% of GDP. Yet, what we're not hearing about is a change from the model we use here in the United States, which is an employer funded model. For now, it's here to stay. We also know that businesses profit from healthy employees. So what can you do in your organization to bring well-being to the forefront and make the connection between well-being and profitability?
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Do your leaders understand the business imperative of wellbeing?

April 09 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, gratitude at work, appreciation at work, happiness at work, workplace volunteer programs, improving employee productivity, Massachusetts health, wellness, employee loyalty, leadership skills, employee experience, employee happiness, leadership, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, worksite well-being, office lunch, lunch break, employee wellness goals, work productivity loss, creative leadership, millennials, mindfulness, productivity, money, assistance, benefits, eap, employee benefits, managers, middle management, health program, healthy workplace, employee performance, social connections, friendships at work, wellness strategy, wellness program, strategy, wellness technology, talent management, gallup

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I’d like you to think back to your first job. Your first corporate job. What was that job like? I was a clerk, coding premium payments at a life insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. It wasn’t a very intellectually challenging or stimulating job, but I quickly learned there was something that was really special about this place that I was working. 

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Expert Interview: Brian Luke Seaward

April 03 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, millennials, productivity, money, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, intrinsic motivation, wellness strategy, wellness program, financial wellbeing, retirement, job security, work stress, stress management, chronic stress, financial stress, brian luke seaward, stress, bullying, luke seaward, resiliency

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Brian Luke Seaward is a renowned nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of stress management, mind/body/spirit healing and corporate health promotion. We know stress permeates our workplace culture in negatively impactful ways. This interview explores how we define wellbeing in relationship to stress, what causes stress, and what we can do to address its effect in the workplace. 


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Why are your employees so stressed?

April 02 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, happiness at work, Massachusetts health, behavioral science, wellness, environment, employee loyalty, leadership skills, employee experience, cultural competence, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, leadership, company leadership, ceo, cfo, employee wellness, employee wellness goals, millennials, money, benefits, employee benefits, hr, employee engagement, behavior change, middle managers, intrinsic motivation, social connections, wellness strategy, wellness program, workplace stress, job security, work stress, chronic stress, financial stress, caregiver, stress, bullying

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It seems everyone I speak with these days is talking about his or her stress. In 2011, stress was described as the “21st century equivalent of the Black Death” For context on this, the Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It resulted in as many as 200 million deaths in Eurasia and Europe from 1347 to 1351. In 2016, the World Health Organization described stress as the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century” and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $500 billion a year.

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Top Three Workplace Wellbeing Articles - Week of March 26, 2018

March 30 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, improving employee productivity, worksite well-being, productivity, employee benefits, talent management, workplace stress, CMO, flexible work schedules, telecommuting

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Each week I read a number of workplace wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

In our social media postings this week, we focused on wellbeing as a talent management strategy. Don't miss our blog and video on this topic.

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