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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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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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Expert Interview: Sarah Mann

April 24 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, 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, connection at work, social connections, friendships at work, wellness strategy, wellness program, strategy, job security, work stress, stress management, stress, engagement strategey, diversity, inclusion, networking

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Sarah Mann is the Principal and Connector in Chief of Spark HR Solutionswhich provides practical and strategic HR solutions to business challenges, enabling organizations to leverage their talent and meet objectives.

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Expert Interview: Janet Swaysland

April 17 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, millennials, productivity, money, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, employee engagement, intrinsic motivation, managers and wellbeing, healthy workplace, employee performance, communication, employee camaraderie, wellness strategy, wellness program, strategy, financial wellbeing, retirement, job security, work stress, stress management, financial stress, stress, resiliency, janet swaysland, engagement strategey

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Janet Swaysland of Bluefire Partners works with leaders and teams to understand what's working and what's in the way; create new structures and frameworks for more effective communication; devise creative approaches to content and channels; and help internal teams up their game and gain new influence across the organization. In this expert interview we discuss how to spot employees who are genuinely engaged workers. We also explore when an employee is motivated, what are they connected to that motivates them? Most importantly, we talk about the business impact of an engaged workforce.


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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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Expert Interview: Brian Luke Seaward

April 03 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, millennials, productivity, money, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, intrinsic motivation, wellness strategy, wellness program, financial wellbeing, retirement, job security, work stress, stress management, chronic stress, financial stress, brian luke seaward, stress, bullying, luke seaward, resiliency

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Brian Luke Seaward is a renowned nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of stress management, mind/body/spirit healing and corporate health promotion. We know stress permeates our workplace culture in negatively impactful ways. This interview explores how we define wellbeing in relationship to stress, what causes stress, and what we can do to address its effect in the workplace. 


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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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Expert Interview: Lora Fickett

March 13 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, millennials, productivity, money, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, intrinsic motivation, financial wellbeing, lora fickett, retirement

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Financial wellbeing is an important dimension of our overall wellbeing. In this interview with Lora Fickett, CPA, we explore how financial wellbeing causes stress for employees and the role employers can play in supporting employee wellbeing from the financial perspective.

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Expert Interview: Nettie Nitzberg

February 27 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, workplace culture, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, productivity, benefits, managers, hr, leaders, intrinsic motivation, erg, employee resource group, nettie nitzberg, employee resource groups, connection at work

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In this expert interview with Nettie Nitzberg, of West 5 Consulting, we explore the topic of employee resource groups (ERG) and how they foster connection in the workplace.

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A Surprising Key to Improve Employee Communication: Go Bowling!

February 26 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, workplace wellbeing, leadership, ceo, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, worksite well-being, creative leadership, mental health, employee benefits, health program, laura putnam, leaders, employee engagement, intrinsic motivation, managers and wellbeing, healthy workplace, employee performance, communication, employee camaraderie

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I have fond childhood memories of bowling. It was a fun thing to do on a cold, wintry weekend. In New England, we have candlepin bowling, so regardless of age or skill level you could still participate and still have fun.

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