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Expert Interview: Michelle Spehr (Part 2)

September 11 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness program, wellness strategy, workplace culture, mindfulness research, mindfulness at work, mindfulness, leadership support for wellbeing, leadership skills

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videoMichelle Spehr, MA, M.Ed., MCHES, CWWPC is the co-founder and Chief Framework Officer of the Mindful City Project. With more than a decade of consulting experience, her contributions to this initiative, include developing frameworks that strengthen the capacity of communities to apply mindfulness in ways that positively change mindsets and reinvent how people connect and work together. Michelle also works as a health and wellness consultant at the Benefit Services Group, Inc. In this role, she helps employers identify and apply creative solutions that address well-being at both the employee and the organizational levels. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in both Communications and Health Education. Her professional credentials include certifications as a masters-level health educations specialist in worksite wellness consultant and a faculty designation from WELCOA.

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Expert Interview: Michelle Spehr (Part 1)

September 04 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, Wellbeing, hr, wellness program, wellness strategy, workplace culture, mindfulness research, mindfulness at work, mindfulness, leadership support for wellbeing, leadership skills

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Michelle Spehr, MA, M.Ed., MCHES, CWWPC is the co-founder and Chief Framework Officer of the Mindful City Project. With more than a decade of consulting experience, her contributions to this initiative, include developing frameworks that strengthen the capacity of communities to apply mindfulness in ways that positively change mindsets and reinvent how people connect and work together. Michelle also works as a health and wellness consultant at the Benefit Services Group, Inc. In this role, she helps employers identify and apply creative solutions that address well-being at both the employee and the organizational levels. Michelle earned her Master’s degree in both Communications and Health Education. Her professional credentials include certifications as a masters-level health educations specialist in worksite wellness consultant and a faculty designation from WELCOA.

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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, workplace culture, gratitude at work, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, happiness at work, improving employee productivity, Massachusetts health, employee experience, employee loyalty, workplace loyalty, leadership skills, 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 women, working women, women at work, wellbeing for women, Worksite Wellness, Personal health, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, workplace maternity policies, workplace family friendly policies, workplace paternity policies, workplace culture, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Massachusetts health, behavioral science, medical billing codes, wellness, workplace loyalty, leadership skills, leadership, benefits, employee benefits, paid family leave

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

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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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The Secret to Employee Engagement: My Tour of Zappos

April 16 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in engagement strategey, zappos, amazon, resiliency, job security, workplace stress, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, workplace culture, gratitude at work, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, happiness at work, appreciation at work, wellness, environment, work environment, cultural competence, leadership skills, workplace loyalty, employee loyalty, employee experience, employee happiness, measuring wellbeing, leadership, company leadership, cfo, ceo, 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, friendships at work, social connections, workplace communications, employee communications, connection at work, strategy, wellness strategy, wellness program, mari ryan

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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 wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Worksite Wellness, employee wellness, worksite well-being, productivity, c suite leadership, ceo, company leadership, Wellbeing, managers, hr, benefits, leaders, workplace culture, financial wellbeing, money, bottom line, cfo, sales, measuring wellbeing, employee happiness, employee engagement, work productivity loss, leadership skills, work environment, improving employee productivity, gallup, talent management, wellness program

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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 Worksite Wellness, Personal health, Wellbeing, Community, Culture, Worksite Culture, gratitude at work, worksite wellbeing, appreciation at work, workplace wellbeing, happiness at work, workplace volunteer programs, improving employee productivity, workplace culture, Massachusetts health, wellness, employee experience, employee loyalty, leadership skills, employee happiness, leadership, company leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, worksite well-being, office lunch, lunch break, work productivity loss, employee wellness goals, mindfulness, creative leadership, millennials, productivity, eap, money, assistance, employee benefits, benefits, managers, middle management, health program, employee performance, healthy workplace, friendships at work, social connections, strategy, wellness strategy, wellness program, talent management, wellness technology, 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 workplace stress, Worksite Wellness, Personal health, Wellbeing, Culture, Worksite Culture, worksite wellbeing, happiness at work, Massachusetts health, behavioral science, wellness, environment, employee experience, employee loyalty, leadership skills, cultural competence, measuring wellbeing, ceo, company leadership, leadership, employee happiness, employee wellness, cfo, employee wellness goals, millennials, money, employee benefits, benefits, hr, employee engagement, middle managers, behavior change, intrinsic motivation, social connections, wellness strategy, wellness program, stress, chronic stress, bullying, financial stress, caregiver, job security, work stress

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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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