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Workplace Wellbeing Evaluation

February 15 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Massachusetts health, wellness, benefits, employee benefits, hr, evaluation, health program

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In my experience in managing workplace wellbeing initiatives and consulting to clients with existing programs, I often see that evaluating wellbeing initiatives is often overlooked.

 

Why you might ask, is it often overlooked? Many organizations just don’t take the time to make a plan for it or evaluation is added as an afterthought.

 

When we talk about an evaluation plan, we are referring to a systematic way that you are going to measure the results of your initiative. So why do you want to evaluate? The easiest answer is because you want to know if your worksite wellness initiative is working. Or even better, because you want to know if the initiative is efficient, effective, and has impact.

 

There are two approaches you can use to evaluating your programs: Process Measures and Outcome Measures.

 

Process measures examine the steps taken and activities required for implementation.

  • These measures include things such as participation, the response to activities and feelings that participants have about the program. Do employees like the way it is being delivered? Is the time of day convenient? Do they like the format? .

Outcome measures include changes to health risks, biometric measurements healthcare costs and productivity.

  • Examples include changes to individual health status indicators such as blood pressure, Body mass index, or they can be measured in terms of organizational data such as Short Term Disability. Absenteeism, changes in workplace policies, or medical costs.

 

Evaluation needs to be built in along the way as you are implementing your programs. This is very helpful to have information on what is working, what is not working, and what needs to be changed. Then you can make mid course corrections to ensure high participation rates and overall program success.

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Nourish or Nosh? Food at Work.

January 22 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Massachusetts health, wellness, work environment, employee wellness, food, nutrition, lunch, office lunch, lunch break

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Food is essential for life. Food is comfort. Food is love. Food is social. Food is cultural. Food is many things to many people. At work, food comes in many shapes and forms. In a previous blog, we noted that food plays many roles at work and can be deeply embedded in the organization’s culture. It is used to recognize and reward employees (company breakfasts), foster socialization and interaction between employees (ice cream socials), provide convenient sources of energy (vending machine) or it can be a perk (free snacks).

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Is your workplace building making you sick?

August 28 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Worksite Culture

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From Distracted to Driven

January 04 2017 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, Culture

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I feel like I am sliding into home plate as I settled into my chair. The meeting has already begun. I am rushing from my last meeting with barely time to take a bio break. I need a moment to switch gears, to get my thoughts prepared for the conversation for which I am physically present but not quite “in the room” yet.

Once I catch my breath, and I engage in the conversation, I notice that my mind is wandering. Random thoughts are running through my head. Did I remember to mail the mortgage payment? What time am I supposed to be at the event this evening? I feel the urge to reach for my cell phone. I’m finding I’m distracted by these thoughts and lose track of the conversation.

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Coping Mechanisms: When You’re Stressed What Works for You

June 25 2015 / by Laura Ingalls CHHC, CPT posted in Personal health

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As a worksite wellness health coach, part of my job is working one-on-one with tobacco users. Over the years, my clients and I have had a lot of good laughs together over the question, “Don’t you realize that smoking is bad for you?” Most of them have had this question posed to them hundreds of times by friends, family, and complete strangers. As they point out, “Of course I know smoking is bad for me. I would have to literally live under a rock to not know that smoking increases your risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. Lack of knowledge is not why I am still smoking.”

When you ask them why they still smoke despite their

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The Essence of Energy

September 25 2014 / by Mari Ryan posted in Personal health, Wellbeing

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The Essence of Energy - Well being Series

The world of worksite wellness has traditionally been almost exclusively
about physical health. Are you healthy, are you absent from disease, do you eat right, exercise, etc.? But in the world of wellness, a shift is underway. New research is showing a host of other factors contribute to your overall health and well-being, such as how connected you are to others, your finances, your purpose, your environment and community all play a large role.

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Healthy at Home

February 20 2013 / by advwellness posted in Personal health

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I’m lucky. Or at least I consider myself lucky. I have help with the small tasks in life that I don’t always want to do. For me that task is grocery shopping. In my household, I get lots of help when it comes to the grocery shopping. That is a good thing, since I’d rather do 100 other things than grocery shop. But it also has its drawbacks. As a result of someone else doing the shopping, all sorts of foods end up in the refrigerator and cabinets that I would not normally buy (think: chips, hot dogs, salami, pickles, ice cream). And even though I wouldn’t buy them, once they appear within arm’s reach, it is tempting to eat these things. Well, maybe not the hot dogs!

Without realizing it, our families, friends and others we interact with regularly have significant impact on our health behaviors. The way our families come together, the way we talk together as family and friends about our health choices and they way we support and encourage each other, all work to influence our health behaviors.

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Put Your Best Mouth Forward

April 10 2012 / by advwellness posted in Personal health

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We’ve all heard of the 99 percent, but what about the 80 percent? 80 percent of the US adult population has some form of periodontal disease. [1] Periodontal disease, which is defined as an inflammation of the tissues supporting the teeth, can be easily prevented or managed through performing good oral health habits.

Although our dental care may seem like a less integral aspect of our physical health, the truth is quite the opposite. Our mouths are at the center of our lives, allowing us to eat, drink and speak. Although our mouths are essential for living fulfilling lives, our care for our oral health often falls behind other elements on our master checklist.

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Are Our Employees Ready To Quit?

March 18 2012 / by advwellness posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness

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When it comes to tobacco use, our nation has come a long way. Between 1965 (when the first US general’s report came out) and 2000, rates dropped rapidly from almost 45% of American adults who smoked to approximately 25% in 2000 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). However, since 2000 rates have steadied out – at about 19.3% as of 2010. Smoking is still costing the US more than it can afford. Smoking costs US businesses $97 billion dollars each year in productivity losses alone (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008).

People smoke for a number of reasons, including relief from stress or other discomforts, distraction, enjoyment, a concentration aid, social reasons, or for added help in weight management. Whatever the motivation may be that leads to smoking, the result is always the same- addiction. Quitting smoking is never as simple as starting.

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Depression In The Workplace

February 27 2012 / by advwellness posted in Personal health, Worksite Wellness

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John sat at his desk, exhausted. Not being able to focus on his work that he was already behind on, he thought about how not only has he lost attention at work, but how his interest in most aspects of his life has also diminished. He realized his whole outlook had shifted. He no longer could see the positives, and could only dwell on the negatives.

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