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Expert Interview: Sara Johnson, Ph.D. (Part 2)

August 21 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, behavioral science, wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, hr, behavior change, wellness strategy, wellness program, behavior science, organizational culture

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Sara Johnson, Ph.D. , as Co-president and CEO, leads the Business Development and Strategy Initiatives for Pro-Change Behavior Systems. Sara brings to her role over twenty years of experience in developing behavior change solutions in a variety of domains, including weight management, smoking cessation, medication adherence, and medical education. She has been the principal investigator on over $6 million dollars of research in National Institute of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of trans-theoretical model-based interventions. She is currently leading new research initiative to integrate individual and culture-level interventions to enhance well-being, increase engagement with evidence-based mobile apps that promote behavior change, and to develop interventions for pain self-management, sleep, and financial well-being.

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Healthy Behaviors Start with Workplace Culture

August 20 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, behavioral science, employee benefits, hr, behavior change, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, toxic workplace

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Expert Interview: Sara Johnson, Ph.D. (Part 1)

August 14 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, behavioral science, wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, hr, behavior change, wellness strategy, wellness program, behavior science

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Sara Johnson, Ph.D. , as Co-president and CEO, leads the Business Development and Strategy Initiatives for Pro-Change Behavior Systems. Sara brings to her role over twenty years of experience in developing behavior change solutions in a variety of domains, including weight management, smoking cessation, medication adherence, and medical education. She has been the principal investigator on over $6 million dollars of research in National Institute of Health grants to examine the effectiveness of trans-theoretical model-based interventions. She is currently leading new research initiative to integrate individual and culture-level interventions to enhance well-being, increase engagement with evidence-based mobile apps that promote behavior change, and to develop interventions for pain self-management, sleep, and financial well-being.

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Why is behavior change so hard?

August 13 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, behavioral science, employee benefits, hr, behavior change, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness

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Women’s Health: Why Employers Should Care

May 14 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace maternity policies, workplace family friendly policies, workplace paternity policies, workplace culture, Massachusetts health, behavioral science, medical billing codes, wellness, leadership skills, workplace loyalty, leadership, benefits, employee benefits, women at work, wellbeing for women, women, paid family leave, working women

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As we celebrate Mother’s Day in the US, it’s also a good time to think about women’s health. Today women make up 47% of the US workforce. That amounts to 74.6 million women in the civilian workforce. There is good news and bad news with regard to women’s health. Women are more likely to seek medical care than men, yet women’s health care is more costly. 

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Gratitude: A Leadership Standard of Excellence

May 07 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, behavioral science, wellness, employee loyalty, leadership skills, workplace loyalty, cultural competence, employee happiness, company leadership, ceo, cfo, employee wellness, worksite well-being, productivity, managers, middle management, employee engagement, connection at work, social connections, wellness strategy, Martin Seligman,, authentic happiness

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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G.K. Chesterton

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The Secrets to Happiness at Work

April 30 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, Massachusetts health, behavioral science, wellness, employee loyalty, leadership skills, employee experience, workplace loyalty, cultural competence, leadership, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, worksite well-being, leadership support for wellbeing, creative leadership, millennials, productivity, managers, middle management, employee engagement, connection at work, workplace communications, social connections, friendships at work, wellness strategy, wellness program, gallup, chronic stress, engagement strategey, hate your manager, Martin Seligman,, authentic happiness, purpose

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Are you happy at work? Happiness in the workplace has been a topic of interest for several years, and with good reason. With reports of low levels of engaged employees and employee turnover at the highest rate in years, employers need to keep employee happiness on the radar. Happiness in the workplace links not only to engagement and retention, but also to attracting the right talent to the organization.

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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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Wellbeing is the New Talent Management Strategy - And It Works. 

March 26 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace culture, Massachusetts health, behavioral science, wellness, leadership skills, work environment, employee experience, workplace loyalty, cultural competence, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, workplace food policy, creative leadership, millennials, productivity, money, benefits, employee benefits, managers, middle management, health program, employee performance, social connections, friendships at work, wellness strategy, wellness program, strategy, financial wellbeing, talent management, gallup

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Not long ago, I had a conversation with a Chief Human Resource Officer, and here’s what she said to me: “Wellbeing is the cornerstone of our talent management strategy.”

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Is Employee Financial Wellbeing Your Business?

March 12 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, happiness at work, Massachusetts health, behavioral science, employee loyalty, leadership skills, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, money, financial wellbeing

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When you think about financial wellbeing. What comes to mind? Does it mean having money in savings, paying your bills on time, having an investment or retirement plan? Are you one of those people who wait until April 14th to think about tax filing? Financial wellbeing really means different things to different people. Your employees are likely all at different places in terms of the approach they take to managing money.

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