Posts Tagged Wellness


The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa is “a wake-up call” for HR professionals to take precautions with employees who travel to or are stationed in areas affected by the epidemic, says one medical expert.

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September 25, 2014


Everyone is busy. Our inbox, calendars, to-do lists and screens run our lives.  Everyone is working a second shift and we don’t take vacations. Life moves fast.

September 17, 2014

On April 16, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Robin Schooling (@RobinSchooling) about "Who's Responsible for Workplace Wellness?"

In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets from the chat:


April 16, 2014

If you’re an HR professional, you’ve probably been tasked in the past few years with creating a workplace wellness program–or ramping up the one that’s already in place. Consulting with health and wellness experts, and with other HR professionals to understand what they’re doing at their organizations, was likely a first step in the planning process.

April 14, 2014
Cancer costs employers in the U.S. about $19,000 annually per 100 employees in lost work time and medical treatments, according to new research findings by the nonprofit Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI).
Specifically, lost work time and underperformance at work (presenteeism) due to cancer costs employers $10,000 per 100 workers, while medical and pharmacy treatments cost about $9,100, IBI found.
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April 7, 2014

With flu season at its peak and certain strains of the flu requiring longer recovery periods, workplaces are experiencing a spike in the frequency and duration of flu-related absences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that it may take anywhere from a few days to two weeks to recover from the flu this season.

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February 5, 2014

When people were asked why they weren’t participating in their employer’s wellness program, most said they felt confident they could make changes on their own, according to new research from the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

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January 19, 2014

Workplace wellness programs can significantly lower health care costs by helping workers to better manage chronic diseases. However, encouraging workers to adopt healthier lifestyles may not noticeably reduce an employer's health costs or lead to lower net savings for otherwise healthy individuals, according to a new Rand Corp.

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January 16, 2014

We begin the New Year with strong motivation to build on our experiences and set out to rid ourselves of the shortcomings of the past. We aspire with greatness to set goals and romanticize our dreams for the coming 12 months. So often, we focus on overcoming our weaknesses or eliminating our bad habits – quit smoking, eat healthier, drink less, exercise more. We cherish dreams of greatness for the year ahead, hoping to be not only better, but to attain perfection by ridding ourselves of everything we do poorly.

January 15, 2014

The research, literature and advice available for employers around the issue of workplace wellness initiatives is massive.  Not only can one access reams of data that supports the benefits of implementing such programs but there are also a number of HR vendors (technology, service, and consultative) that can assist in management should your organization choose to focus on employee wellness. 

January 8, 2014

With the November 2013 release of An Employer’s Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention, the nonprofit National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) culminated a three-year initiative to help emplo

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December 6, 2013

Washingtonian magazine has selected the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for its 2013 list of 50 Great Places to Work in the Washington, D.C., area.

“We are thrilled to be named one of the Washington area’s top employers,” said Henry G. “Hank” Jackson, SHRM president and CEO. “SHRM educates HR professionals and employers on workplace best practices. So we are gratified for the recognition that SHRM ‘walks the talk.’ ”

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November 25, 2013

Three national health organizations have published guidance for worksite wellness programs that use risk assessments and biometric screenings to collect health information from employees.

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October 30, 2013

My Work Sabbatical & Digital Detox

I recently did something that only the bravest men and women dare to do in our day and age. It was wild and unprecedented and took a great deal of self-control to see it through. I put down my smart phone, shut my laptop when I was finished working and passed along my iPad to my daughter to play Angry Birds for a little while. I, the sometimes queen of social media, took a social media sabbatical. What’s even crazier than the fact that I underwent a digital detox is the fact that I actually enjoyed it.

September 10, 2013
As more Baby Boomers approach age 65, they are confronting the complexities of making first-time Medicare enrollment decisions.
“At many companies, retiring used to mean transitioning from your employer’s health plan to a retiree health plan,” said Paula Muschler, manager of the Allsup Medicare Advisor. “Now, rather than selecting from one or two employer-provided options, more individuals are faced with trying to navigate through dozens of different Medicare plan options,” Muschler said in a media release.
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August 15, 2013

On May 29, 2013, the U.S.

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May 31, 2013

Wellness programs are an increasingly common feature of employee health benefits, but additional guidance is needed to stop employers from violating federal equal employment opportunity laws, labor advocates told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at a May 8, 2013, meeting in Washington, D.C.

May 21, 2013


Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). And about 10,000 sudden cardiac arrests occur while victims are at work, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) data.

Placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace, along with providing a proper management system and training for employees on how to use the devices, can mean the difference between life and death, proponents argue.

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April 9, 2013

Large U.S. employers—those with at least 1,000 workers—remain committed to providing active employees with health care benefits. But they are taking more aggressive actions to improve health care delivery and manage rising costs, according to a nationwide survey by consultancy Towers Watson and the nonprofit National Business Group on Health (NBGH).

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March 25, 2013

People’s reactions when entering BMW’s brand-new 25,000-square-foot health care center are typically the same. After walking through the automatic glass doors, most pause to gaze about and take in the large atrium lobby, where sunlight pours in through a glass ceiling.

“When people first walk in the door they usually just stop and look all around and then tell us that it is the nicest doctor’s office they have ever seen,” said Bill Raulerson, director of site operations for the BMW health care center.

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March 19, 2013