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Top Three Wellbeing Articles - Week of February 12th, 2018

February 16 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, employee experience, worksite well-being, productivity, eap, Employee assistance program, kga, employee engagement, pets at work

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Each week I read a number of wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week we focused on a theme of support for employees in the form of Employee Assistance Programs. Don't miss this blog "What motivates an employer to offer an EAP?" or this Expert Interview with Kathy Greer of KGA.

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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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Expert Interview: Kathy Greer

February 13 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, productivity, benefits, eap, mental health, Employee assistance program, substance abuse, kga, hr

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In this expert interview with Kathy Greer of KGA, Inc., we talk about employee assistance programs and the benefits they provide to both employees and employers.

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Top Three Wellbeing Articles - Week of February 5th, 2018

February 09 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, worksite well-being, creative leadership, mindfulness at work, meditation at work, Tara Healey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, mindfulness research

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Each week I read a number of wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week we focused on a theme of mindfulness in the workplace. Don't miss this blog "How to Influence Innovative Thinking and Motivate People: A Culture of Mindfulness" or this Expert Interview with Tara Healey of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

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Expert Interview: Tara Healey

February 06 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, wellness, company leadership, ceo, c suite leadership, employee wellness, worksite well-being, mindfulness, productivity, meditation, mindfulness at work, meditation at work, Tara Healey, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

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Is mindfulness in the workplace just a passing fad? Why is it becoming so popular? Why now? In this expert interview with Tara Healey of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we explore why mindfulness is here to stay.

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Top Three Wellbeing Articles - Week of January 29th, 2018

February 02 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, worksite well-being, work productivity loss, thinking outside the box, creative millennials, creative leadership, millennials

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Each week I read a number of wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week we focused on a theme of creativity in the workplace. Don't miss this blog "Fostering Creative Minds: Does Your Office Culture Kill Creativity at Work" or this Expert Interview with Rochelle Seltzer.

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Expert Interview: Rochelle Seltzer

January 30 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, wellness, employee experience, employee wellness, worksite well-being, creativity, thinking outside the box, creativity at work, inspiring creativity at work

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Does your workplace foster creativity? Do you feel most creative when you are at work? What does creativity have to do with wellbeing? In this expert interview with Rochelle Seltzer, we explore aspects of creativity at work. And don't miss our blog Fostering Creative Minds: Does Your Office Culture Kill Creativity at Work?

 
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Top Three Wellbeing Articles - Week of January 22nd, 2018

January 26 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, Wellbeing, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, worksite well-being, food at work, employee wellness goals, workplace nutrition, work productivity loss, overweight, obesity, workplace food policies, Leslee McGovern

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Each week I read a number of wellbeing articles from various online resources. Here are my top three picks from this week. I have added my comments about each article and would like to hear what you think too.

This week we focused on a theme of healthy eating in the workplace. Don't miss this blog 'Nourish or Nosh: Food at Work .' or this video interview with Leslee McGovern, RD, LDN.

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Expert Interview: Leslee McGovern

January 23 2018 / by Mari Ryan posted in Worksite Wellness, worksite wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, Massachusetts health, wellness, leadership skills, employee experience, leadership, ceo, cfo, c suite leadership, leading wellbeing, employee wellness, worksite well-being, food, nutrition, lunch, office lunch, lunch break, healthy meetings, food policy, workplace food policy

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It would be hard to get through a workday without food. Food can be a part of the culture in a workplace. But how healthy is the food in your workplace? In this expert interview, Leslee McGovern, MS, RD, LDCN, CWPM discusses nutrtion in the workplace and how organizations can serve as a role model by offering healthy choices.  You can also read our previous blog on food at work here.

 

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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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