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Vacation: Good for Employees and Good for Business

May 24 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Culture

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As the temperatures begin to rise and daylight extends later into the evening hours, it is easy to think about summer plans and vacation time. Yet, it appears that this is not on everyone’s mind. According to Project: Time Off, 55% of American employees left vacation time unused in 2015, leaving an astounding 658 million days unused. Only 47% of employees will use all their vacation time.

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Free to Roam: The Flexible Workplace

April 24 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Culture, Worksite Culture

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When I decided to start my own business after years of working in a corporate setting, I was looking forward to the flexibility that it offered. I would get to choose how I spent my time and what my day looked like, and where I did that work. Increasingly employees are asking for more flexibility in their workdays. They are asking for flexibility in when they work, where they work and how they work. Inherently as humans, we want to have choice. Autonomy is one of the key motivators that drives people to do their best and most productive work. Today, flexibility in the workplace is essential to attract and retain your workforce.

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Don’t Put a Band-Aid on a Bullet Wound: Root Causes of Employee Stress

March 14 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Culture, Worksite Culture

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Not long ago, I had a conversation with a Human Resource professional that went something like this. “For the past five years, on our employee engagement surveys there is a clear message about the stress in the workplace.” In that survey, employees were asked questions such as:
  • Choose the adjectives that best describes the culture of the organization
  • People who are successful in the organization (choice of options)
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Is there an app for that? Not exactly…

March 14 2017 / by Leslee McGovern, MS, RD, LDN, CWPM posted in Worksite Wellness

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As the Champion for our Wellbeing initiative, Advancing Our Own Wellness, I recently reviewed the aggregate data for our annual personal health assessment.

In our action plans we like to use the latest technology, testing it before we recommend new programs to our clients. For most any program we think, "Surely, there's an app for that!" But this time we weren't so sure...

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Workplace Well-being Trends 2017

February 01 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Wellbeing, Worksite Culture

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We’re off and running in 2017. As we work with our clients partnering for healthier workplaces, we see changes afoot. Here is our take on what we see happening in healthy workplaces in 2017.

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From Distracted to Driven

January 04 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Culture

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I feel like I am sliding into home plate as I settled into my chair. The meeting has already begun. I am rushing from my last meeting with barely time to take a bio break. I need a moment to switch gears, to get my thoughts prepared for the conversation for which I am physically present but not quite “in the room” yet.

Once I catch my breath, and I engage in the conversation, I notice that my mind is wandering. Random thoughts are running through my head. Did I remember to mail the mortgage payment? What time am I supposed to be at the event this evening? I feel the urge to reach for my cell phone. I’m finding I’m distracted by these thoughts and lose track of the conversation.

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Three Ways You’re Doing Worksite Wellness Wrong (And How to Get It Right!)

November 02 2016 / by Laura Ingalls CHHC, CPT posted in Worksite Wellness, Worksite Culture

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Most wellness programs are designed while looking through the lens of money. Who are the most expensive employees? What can we do to change those employees so they will cost less? What you get when this is your focus is policies that charge overweight, tobacco-using employees more money for health insurance than their slender, healthier counterparts and all but forces these individuals into programs that they may or may not be ready for or even interested in participating in.

These are the wellness programs where very little changes in overall employee health and the money you were hoping to save goes down the drain along with the additional cost of your failing wellness program.

 

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AdvancingWellness CEO Honored by CDC

September 30 2016 / by Laura Ingalls CHHC, CPT posted in Worksite Wellness

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AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan Recognized at Inaugural Work@Health® Conference:

ATLANTA, GA. On Friday, September 23rd, AdvancingWellness CEO, Mari Ryan, received the Outstanding Master Trainer award during the inaugural Work@Health® Conference co-hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASHLIN Management Group.

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Celebrating the Launch of Working on Wellness

November 02 2015 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness

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AdvancingWellness is pleased to celebrate the launch of the Working on Wellness program.
Last week we welcomed the first group of Massachusetts employers in to the program.
Working on Wellness is Massachusetts' newest initiative to support employers implementing comprehensive, evidence-based worksite wellness initiatives. The program specifically aims to reach businesses or organizations that are smaller, have low-wage workers, and do not have the internal capacity to implement a comprehensive wellness program.

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Workplace Wellness: The indisputable, the debatable and where we go from here

September 10 2015 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness

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Every HR professional has a full plate of responsibilities - and
workplace wellness has become a standard item on the menu. Especially in light of the Supreme Court's recent ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act, it is likely that workplace wellness is here to stay.  Meanwhile, workplace wellness is a field that has more questions than answers, and HR professionals are often left trying to sort out the pieces.

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