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Mari Ryan

Mari Ryan is the CEO/founder of AdvancingWellness and is a recognized expert in the field of workplace well-being strategy.

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A Force for Good

December 10 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, sustainable businesses

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Each morning I skim the headlines of The New York Times. In the evening, I usually watch both the local and national news. I often end up feeling very discouraged by stories about things that are damaging our planet or diminishing the lives of the people who live here.

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Expert Interview: George Pfeiffer

November 27 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, well-being model

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George Pfeiffer is the founder and president of the Workcare Group in Charlottesville, Virginia. He draws from almost four decades of experience in worksite health promotion and provides consulting, training, and program design services for corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan discusses with George the evolution of workplace well-being programs.

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Workplace Well-being: More than preventing heart attacks for middle aged white guys

November 26 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness

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My first corporate job was for a life insurance company in Hartford Connecticut. Since I’d never worked for a big company, I had no idea what to expect. The on-site cafeteria and gym were really convenient. The bowling alley and the squash courts - was this typical?

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Expert Interview: Patty de Vries, MS

October 30 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, employee burnout, physician burnout, well-being model

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Patty de Vries. Patty is the Director of Strategic Projects for the Stanford Medicine Well MD Center. She is presently building working relationships with hospitals and university programs, and generating networking support for current and upcoming projects.

In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan discusses with Patty de Vries burnout and the employee well-being model Stanford created to respond to this issue for physicians and employees.

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Is Your Workforce Burned Out? Stanford’s Well-being Success Model

October 29 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, physician burnout, employee burnout

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At some point you’ve probably felt like you were running out of gas. Perhaps you were in the midst of a major project, experiencing a particularly busy time of year (think holidays or family visits), or just had one too many things go wrong over the course of a day. Occasionally feeling run down and frazzled is inevitable. But when this is your life every day, chances are you are burned out.

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Expert Interview: Dak Kopec - Human Centered Design

October 24 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, human-centered design

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Dak Kopec is an expert in the field of human-centered design and environmental psychology for design. He holds a doctorate degree in environmental psychology, two masters’ degrees, one in architecture and one in community psychology, and an undergraduate degree in health sciences. Dak is the former Director of the Boston Architectural College’s Master of Design Studies in design for human health program, and he is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Graduate Program in healthcare interior design at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

In this expert interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan explores human-centered design and specifically how that applies to the workplace.

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Is Your Workplace People-Centric?

October 23 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, trends, people-centric

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We often hear from organizational leaders that “people are our most important asset.” Yet if you spend even a few minutes reading reviews on employment sites like Glassdoor, it becomes apparent that those words do not always translate into the daily reality of the workplace.

Some leaders truly recognize that they cannot achieve their business goals without an actively engaged, purpose-driven workforce. In the book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for you People Like Family, Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia demonstrate why it is important to put people above profits. Chapman tells the story of how they created a workplace at Barry-Wehmiller where people feel trusted and cared for.

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Expert Interview: Tom Ciccotti Part 2

October 16 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness, wellness technology, well-being technology

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Tom Ciccotti is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Shortlister. Shortlister is a technology platform and team of subject matter experts used by the nation’s top employers and benefits consultants to help them identify their ideal vendor match for products and services in the wellness and HR technology space. Think e-Harmony or Match.com for finding vendors in these markets.

In this expert interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan explores the research conducted by Tom Ciccotti's firm Shortlister, on employer’s preferences and buying behaviors with regard to well-being program technology.

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Workplace Well-being Technology - What the Research Says

October 15 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, trends, wellness technology, well-being technology

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Designing a comprehensive workplace well-being program can be complicated. There are many aspects to consider as you make decisions surrounding which tools and resources your program will provide. Today, most employee well-being programs utilize some type of technology for program administration and management. But selecting this technology can be a daunting task.

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Expert Interview: Tom Ciccotti

October 10 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, corporate wellness

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Tom Ciccotti is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Shortlister. Shortlister is a technology platform and team of subject matter experts used by the nation’s top employers and benefits consultants to help them identify their ideal vendor match for products and services in the wellness and HR technology space. Think e-Harmony or Match.com for finding vendors in these markets.

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