Top 5 Health and Wellness Trends for HR Managers

It can be hard to make your company stand out. Savvy human resources managers are learning one of the best ways to cut through the clutter is to offer irresistible ongoing benefits that can attract new candidates and retain employees. One of today’s top workplace trends is simply providing a positive experience. Sounds simple enough, …

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Vacation time is here: A revisit to the value of vacations

The Fourth of July was yesterday. Many American workers are on vacation this week because they get a full week off while only expending four days of vacation time. There is a great deal of value in taking vacation. According to Elizabeth Scott, M.S., in The Importance of Vacations, for Stress Relief, Productivity and Health there are …

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Want to increase productivity and wellness in one easy step?

Wouldn’t you love to have one easy way to increase employee productivity and employee wellness all at one time? You would be a hero to your management. Want to know what the secret is? Keep reading. Change the furniture A study performed by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that …

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Is your wellness program illegal according to the EEOC?

With pronouncements such as “sitting is the new smoking” and the surge in Type II diabetes, wellness programs have become very popular today. Many companies see multiple benefits to wellness for both the employee and the company. But there is a dark side to these plans declares the EEOC and they have declared some plans …

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Want to be more productive? Take a break!

The image of the head down employee toiling away for hours on end is a fairly typical one in business. Taking a break has long been recognized as an important component of the work day. Union contracts from the early days to the present always have a two break schedule written to them. The Fair …

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Wellness and Gamification: A Podcast

At our Naked HR Radio site we interviewed Mike Tinney, President of FIX and Utilifit. His goal is to fight the epidemic of obesity in the US, and increasingly in the world, by getting people up and moving. Even if this movement is for a short period it can have a major effect on someone’s …

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Future Friday: Technology and Employee Fitness

  I was reading an interesting post on technology that started with the words “I’m writing these words at 2.5 miles per hour.” Well it was obvious this was not someone riding either a train or bus to work. Even in bad traffic 2.5 mph is a bit slow. Delving into the article revealed a …

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Wellness, Like Many Things, Begins at the Top

Because of a summer cold I have not been able to exercise the last two weeks. And let me tell you I can feel it. So when I came across an article on wellness I read it with interest. The thrust of the article was that wellness, like company culture, begins at the top. In “Key …

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2nd Report on SHRM Atlanta: Building a Better City – Social Awarness

I had the opportunity to sit in on a lunch where there was a panel discussion composed of a distinguished panel discussing the subject of Building a Better Atlanta. The panel consisted of the Mayor of Atlanta, Kaseem Reed, Sam Williams of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Mike Cote the CEO of Secureworks and Ed …

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Smoking and Weight: The Effect on Employment

Two other blogs caught my eye this week. One dealt with economic impact of weight on earnings and the other the lifetime cost of a pack of cigarettes. The first was from Freakonomics and was titled The Wage Effect of Fat. This blog discussed a study on obesity and the effect on hourly earnings, with …

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