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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Supportive Conversations “I never realized how prevalent Depression is in society…Very sad. We need to do more to combat this issue.” This was the feedback that I received after delivering a webinar to Human Resources professionals this past week. Though it was only an hour, we had a wonderful opportunity to cover the signs, symptoms, treatment options and stigma issues around Major Depression, Bi-polar Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorders. For many, this was their first look and insight into what these three illnesses are all about. And I agree with them, that it is sad that Depression still has such a detrimental impact on our workplaces and our communities. One of the other comments received was around...Read More
Issue: Is Your Wellness Program A Return-On-Investment? With so many companies investing in workplace wellness, it comes as a surprise that research shows that few companies assess the health needs of their employee population before deciding which wellness services to invest in. Even more surprising, is that only about a third of companies evaluate and measure how their programs impact the health and wellness of their employees or their bottom line. Assess how your workplace wellness program stands up: Does your organization have an overall health policy stating your intent to protect and promote the health of all employees? Does your organization have a strategic plan to developing and sustaining a healthy workplace and is it based on employee needs?...Read More
Disability Management Many managers and team leaders, like yours, still don’t have the understanding or the resources to help employees after they have taken leave for depression, anxiety, addiction or other mental-health issues. Thousands of workers each year do not return to work and end up on permanent disability because of this lack of understanding on disability management. Previously, stigma and a lack of knowledge, prevented many workplace health and safety programs from including mental-health issues. More than a decade ago, the Global Business and Economic Roundtable Roadmap to Disability Management, presented a wide range of recommendations for detecting mental illness, and reducing the workplace factors that could cause or contribute to it. It placed more responsibility on employers in helping mentally...Read More
This is a hard time of year. Summer and vacation time may be a forgotten memory. Weather is changing, indicating that winter is just around the corner. Year-end is looming. Making budget is an issue. Holidays are approaching. The pressure is all around us. It is also the time of year that seasonal depression (SAD) may take hold. SAD is more than the blahs or the blues. It’s symptoms can include lethargy, sadness, disconnection, an inability to concentrate, sleep issues, a sense of worthlessness and even thoughts of suicide. I find this time of year hard and I know I am prone to experiencing the winter blahs. I know that getting outside into the daylight is one way to combat...Read More
Wellness Budget It’s tough. As wellness practitioners it can be very difficult to justify your wellness programs through a return-on-investment lens. You know it is the ‘right thing to do’, even if the ROI is not easily or immediately seen. To ensure viability and sustainability of your wellness programs, a clear understanding of the budgeting process is needed. Budgeting has three distinct areas: budget principles, budget justification and budget sustainability Budgeting Principles: How is your budget decided? • Top-down budget planning? – This is where the wellness department is given a finite dollar amount and you must run your program within that defined limit. You decide which programs are most important and how to include new initiatives. •...Read More