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Do your employees love their job?

May 21 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, gratitude at work, happiness at work, improving employee productivity, Massachusetts health, employee loyalty, leadership skills, employee experience, workplace loyalty, company leadership, work productivity loss, millennials, employee benefits, hr, turnover, company culture

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I recently asked the question “Do You Love Your Job”? In the nearly 1,000 likes and 72 comments on my article, the overwhelming response was YES people love their jobs. For employers it is a constant challenge to create an environment where employees are happy, love their jobs, and want to stay.

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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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Step Away From The Desk and Connect

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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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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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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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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The Bottom Line: Do Employee Wellbeing Initiatives Impact Profits?

March 19 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, Massachusetts health, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, leadership, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, worksite well-being, leadership support for wellbeing, work productivity loss, creative leadership, productivity, money, benefits, employee benefits, managers, hr, healthy workplace, employee performance, wellness strategy, wellness program, mari ryan, strategy, hero scorecard, bottom line

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