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Expert Interview: Star Dargin

May 08 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, gratitude at work, wellness, employee happiness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, millennials, productivity, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, employee engagement, intrinsic motivation, managers and wellbeing, healthy workplace, employee performance, communication, employee camaraderie, wellness strategy, wellness program, strategy, job security, work stress, stress management, stress, engagement strategey, authentic happiness, purpose, happiness, science of happiness, gratitude

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Star Dargin is the CEO of Star Leadership, LLC. In her roles as speaker, teacher, facilitator, consultant, and coach, Star and her associates have worked with many leaders, executives, managers, and business owners in all phases of their personal, professional, and organizational growth. In this interview she shares her expertise in the science of gratitude and its application in the workplace. 

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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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Expert Interview: Silvia Garcia

May 01 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, employee happiness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, millennials, productivity, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, employee engagement, intrinsic motivation, managers and wellbeing, healthy workplace, employee performance, communication, employee camaraderie, wellness strategy, wellness program, strategy, job security, work stress, stress management, stress, engagement strategey, authentic happiness, purpose, happiness, science of happiness

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Silvia Garcia is the CEO and Founder of Feel Logic and HappiestPlacestoWork.org, and former Director of the Coca-Cola Happiness Insitute. Her work focuses on helping organizations get a competitive advantage by helping employees thrive. Through Silvia's expertise, we gain a better understanding not only of what true happiness is, but what employers can to do support employee happiness in the workplace.

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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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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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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 as a Talent Management Strategy: Video

March 27 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, happiness at work, 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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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.”

I looked at her and said, "Wow, that’s a really strong statement. I’m curious, can you tell me a little bit more about why wellbeing is so important for your talent management strategy?"

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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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Expert Interview: Leigh Stringer

March 20 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, happiness at work, improving employee productivity, wellness, leadership skills, work environment, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, Leigh Stringer, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, work productivity loss, productivity, money, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, employee engagement, financial wellbeing, top line, sales, bottom line

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The focus of wellness programs used to be on reducing health risks, with the goal of reducing health care costs. Now we understand that the financial benefits of employee wellbeing are most impactful on a company's bottom line. No one knows this better than Workplace Researcher and Strategist, Leigh Stringer, of EYP Inc. In this interview, Leigh details the research and strategies used by top companies to compete for the top line as well as the bottom line through the use of employee wellbeing.

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