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Culture of Accountability

February 18 2019 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, accountability, organizational culture, company culture

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Most of our careers include that one conversation you never forget. For me, it took place over 20 years ago. I was managing an outsourced operation at a Wall Street Financial services company. The conversation was with a person who was displeased with the turnaround time for my team’s deliveries. I remember her scolding, “If you say you are going to do something, you darn well better do it.” Keep in mind, I was a seasoned business professional, selected to lead this team because of my business acumen and experience. Yet, here I was being treated like a child.

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Remote Workers: Out of sight, not out of mind

February 04 2019 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, employee performance, remote workforce, telecommuting

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When I started my career, going to work meant getting in my car, sitting in gridlock, working until quitting time, then doing it again in reverse. Today, while many workers still follow this daily routine, increasingly it is not the norm for others. More and more workers are trading rush hour traffic for the “slipper commute” from the kitchen, with their morning cup of coffee, to their home office or dining room table.

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This distressing trend is closer than you think

January 21 2019 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, employee performance, prescription drug misuse, opioid crisis

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While sitting in rush hour traffic recently, I heard a report on the radio about the opioid crisis. The story reported that, “for the first time in U.S. history, a leading cause of deaths — vehicle crashes — has been surpassed in likelihood by opioid overdoses.”

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Kicking off a productive new year

January 07 2019 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, time management, employee performance, improving employee productivity

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We know the facts. 365 days in a year. 24 hours in a day. 60 minutes in an hour. It’s the same for all of us. Have you ever noticed how some people seem to get a lot done while others seem to be overwhelmed and unable to answer an email in a timely manner?

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Is Your Workplace Family Friendly?

December 17 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, family friendly workplace

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I noticed something unusual while attending a meeting at the Google offices in Cambridge, MA. Dogs and babies. Babies and dogs. It was a good indicator that this workplace would rate highly as a family friendly workplace.

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A Force for Good

December 10 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, sustainable businesses

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Each morning I skim the headlines of The New York Times. In the evening, I usually watch both the local and national news. I often end up feeling very discouraged by stories about things that are damaging our planet or diminishing the lives of the people who live here.

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Workplace Well-being: More than preventing heart attacks for middle aged white guys

November 26 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness

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My first corporate job was for a life insurance company in Hartford Connecticut. Since I’d never worked for a big company, I had no idea what to expect. The on-site cafeteria and gym were really convenient. The bowling alley and the squash courts - was this typical?

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Is Your Workforce Burned Out? Stanford’s Well-being Success Model

October 29 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, physician burnout, employee burnout

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At some point you’ve probably felt like you were running out of gas. Perhaps you were in the midst of a major project, experiencing a particularly busy time of year (think holidays or family visits), or just had one too many things go wrong over the course of a day. Occasionally feeling run down and frazzled is inevitable. But when this is your life every day, chances are you are burned out.

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Is Your Workplace People-Centric?

October 23 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, trends, people-centric

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We often hear from organizational leaders that “people are our most important asset.” Yet if you spend even a few minutes reading reviews on employment sites like Glassdoor, it becomes apparent that those words do not always translate into the daily reality of the workplace.

Some leaders truly recognize that they cannot achieve their business goals without an actively engaged, purpose-driven workforce. In the book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for you People Like Family, Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia demonstrate why it is important to put people above profits. Chapman tells the story of how they created a workplace at Barry-Wehmiller where people feel trusted and cared for.

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Workplace Well-being Technology - What the Research Says

October 15 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, hr, employee well-being, human resources, workplace wellness, corporate wellness, trends, wellness technology, well-being technology

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Designing a comprehensive workplace well-being program can be complicated. There are many aspects to consider as you make decisions surrounding which tools and resources your program will provide. Today, most employee well-being programs utilize some type of technology for program administration and management. But selecting this technology can be a daunting task.

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