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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“It’s The Best Time Of The Year”…or so the song goes. The holidays are here and it is time to focus on wellness and fun, but for many employees, the holidays are often filled with anxiety, dread and guilt. As an employer, you can control some of the variables that create holiday stress. Start by minimizing overtime, ensuring realistic deadlines and reminding people of the resources that are available to them such as their Employee Assistance Program or community agencies. Try giving your team a holiday pick-me-up from the hustle and bustle of the season. Promote health and wellness in your organization by trying out some of these low or no cost ideas: Promote Hydration. Bring Your Own Water Bottle Day...Read More
When designing your comprehensive workplace wellness program, it is essential that you build evaluation into the process. If it is not considered right at the beginning, it will be hard to measure whether or not your initiatives are truly effective and worthwhile. Step One – Determine Benchmarks Initial research should examine: Employee activity levels before the program is started Employee health Current costs of illness to benefit programs Stress levels Absenteeism patterns Employee satisfaction Retention rates Productivity and performance Some of these can be assessed through your initial Employee Health Assessment Survey, while others would come from your HR data. ******************* Step Two – Measurement After the program has been running for at least a year, follow-up research should be...Read More
On any given day, 10 to 15 per cent of Canadians are experiencing a work-limiting mental disorder. Over the course of a year, 20 to 25 per cent of the population will experience mental disorders. Over the course of their working lives, up to 40 per cent of workers will experience a mental disorder. Fewer than 30 per cent of those who need treatment actually get it. Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The first full week in October was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and...Read More
Although a significant cost to an employer, there are many intrinsic benefits to providing employees with a comprehensive benefit plan. For most employers, it is the ability to find and keep highly qualified employees that is the key driver to providing these benefits and becoming an employer of choice. Despite cost containment efforts in recent years, employer spending on benefits programs for employees represents a significant cost and is currently averaging about $8,500 per full-time equivalent. And according to a recent report by industry experts at Mercer, these costs are going to continue to increase, “Affordability in a global context is taking on increasing importance as labour cost vies with the need for productivity growth to remain competitive. Sustaining benefits...Read More
From the small, mom-and-pop shop to large corporations, to even entire governments, we are plagued with shared stories of workplace bullying, harassment, and drama. And not surprisingly in today’s political climate, there is no shortage of media coverage on the ill effects of a toxic workplace. There is a difference between routine workplace hassles and working in an environment that stresses you out to the point of dread and illness. According to one definition, a toxic workplace is a workplace that is marked by significant drama and infighting, and where personal battles often harm overall productivity. One of the main contributors to a toxic workplace is a toxic leader A toxic leader, is not just a poor boss. They are...Read More