Work Smart Corporate Wellness Blog
This Work Smart Corporate Wellness Blog highlights articles from our Corporate eBrief, Path To Wellness that has been publishing employee wellness information since 2002. It focuses on employee and corporate wellness strategies for the beginner to the seasoned professional. Our hope is that it will provide you with how-tos and update you on significant research and statistics that may assist you in your wellness initiatives. For specific wellness topics, use the search feature at the top of this website.
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Difficult People and Managing The Emotional Contagion Research shows that employee and leader temperaments are highly contagious. Emotions are contagious. Employees are not emotional islands. Rather, they continuously spread their own moods and receive and are influenced by others’moods. When your employees work in groups, they literally can catch each others’ emotions like viruses, a phenomenon known as emotional contagion. Emotional contagion is a three-step process through which one person’s feelings transfer to another person. The first stage involves non-conscious mimicry, during which individuals subtly copy one another’s nonverbal cues, including movements, posture, and facial expressions such as a frown. Some believe this is reflective of our evolutionary past, as being highly attuned to other people’s negative emotions was directly linked...Read More
Mental Illness Awareness Week For many years, I was the educational consultant to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Toronto, Ontario. In that capacity, I promoted mental health and awareness around mental illness. One of my proudest accomplishments was in developing several mental illness awareness workshops for frontline workers, agencies and caregivers that brought understanding and support strategies to those that worked directly with those experiencing a mental health challenge. Knowledge Equals Hope Today, through my own business, I still find that the most satisfying part of presenting is going into work with a group of participants who are fearful of mental illness, and opening their eyes to the realities of mental health and resilience. The proverbial light bulbs go...Read More
I deliver dozens of workshops each year on stress and work-life balance. Many of my participants ask me about my personal work-life balance, thinking that as the ‘expert’ this has been an issue that I have completely conquered. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Four Main Causes of A Lack Of Balance: Role Overload. Work-To Family Interference. Family-To-Work Interference. Caregiver Strain “My oldest is playing AAA hockey which requires a lot more travel. My husband has been away more with his job. I developed pneumonia and was down and out for a couple of months. I moved my grandmother moved from her home into a nursing home. My youngest broke his collar bone. I had to stay late to finish...Read More
Skill Shortage Leading To Family Friendly Programs Why are family friendly programs placing front and center when we look at top-rated companies? Currently, there is a skill shortage and this is only going to deepen as our baby boomers move further into retirement. Those that have the skills will have their pick of companies to work for and among the top attractors employees look for is the ability to maintain and develop a positive balance between their professional and personal life. When it comes to retaining top talent, a company that promotes a positive work-life balance has employees who report high job quality. High job quality = retention = bottom line success. What are family friendly programs? The World Health...Read More
Workplace Wellness Next Level You have been offering wellness programs for several years now. Are your programs becoming stale? Obsolete? How can your wellness program be improved? For many companies, previously, their wellness program was seen as a “nicety” or “value-add” to their benefits plan. Now Next Level Wellness programs are designed in a more conscious way to target specific cost drivers and the programs are more integrated into the fabric of the organization. How do you move your workplace wellness program to the next level? Workplace Wellness Next Level Step One: Assess how comprehensive your wellness program is Does your organization have an overall health policy stating it’s intent to protect and promote the health of all employees? Do...Read More