Work Smart Corporate Wellness Blog
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The second is this Work Smart Wellness Blog which addresses workplace challenges and strategies to promote a comprehensive workplace wellness program.
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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We welcome your input, your questions and your best practices. Have a specific topic in mind? Use the search button to find posts that address specific stress or wellness issues.
Supportive Conversations. We need to get over our fears and we need to treat the person who may be suspected of dealing with Depression with the confidence.Read More
Workplace Wellness: Return On Investment Through Participation.Read More
Employers must reduce stress that can double the risk of disability associated with depression and they need to make disability management a priority.Read More
Dealing with sexual harassment can be very difficult and unfortunately more than a quarter of working Canadians have experienced it or been effected by it.Read More
Motivation Workplace Wellness. It is not until someone has a clear mental picture of the future that they can hope to be successful.Read More
Building Your Wellness Budget. As budgeting and resources continue to be a barrier to offering a comprehensive wellness program, practitioners need to be able to effectively present their budgets and their rationale to top-level management.Read More
Workplace Wellness and Leaders. In the quest to achieve a strong, and flourishing company, the leadership team must be physically and mentally healthy.Read More
Measuring Wellness Outcomes.Read More
Celebrating October’s Mental Illness Awareness Week and Healthy Workplace WeekRead More
Many employees forego the break, fearing being judged poorly by their managers. Wellness tips on how to encourage healthy eating at work.Read More
Although a significant cost to an employer, there are many intrinsic benefits to providing employees with a comprehensive benefit plan. The key is to balance.Read More
There is a difference between routine workplace hassles and working in an environment that stresses you out to the point of dread and illness. One of the main contributors to a toxic workplace is a toxic leader.Read More
Stress Still The #1 Lifestyle Risk. Towers Watson survey indicates that stress is still the number one lifestyle risk and that employers and employees couldn’t be any farther apart when reporting the top sources of stress in their workplace.Read More
Wellness Programming For Boomers – As Boomers approach retirement, there are many questions and uncertainties that are causing stress and may be impacting their performance in the workplace.Read More
Leaders Effectively Handling Workplace Change – Change can be scary – it can be difficult – it can cause anxiety. However, contrary to popular belief, People Don’t Hate Change.Read More
Redefining Employee Vacations. In today’s fast paced work culture, vacations are an investment in our individual and organizational health.Read More
Celebrations And Social Gatherings Are An Important Part Of Workplace Culture. One of the most often neglected areas of workplace culture is the social support that is given and received in our teams. It is seen as an ‘extra’, a social nicety, or something to focus on if you have time.Read More
A study finds that being stressed may be linked with more trips to see the doctor. Find out who we are talking to, how Canadians rate and the changing healthcare landscape.Read More
We have all heard of our Fight and Flight response. Check out most of the articles on stress and you will see headlines such as “Stress: The Number One Killer”, “4 Way Stress Is Destroying Your Body” and “How Stress Is Killing Your Libido”. Is it an outdated system in today’s modern world? Does it still serve a purpose? What else can we rely on? New research is helping us to further understand our stress response and we are learning that there is so much more that we have access to. Fight and Flight is not outdated. It serves a purpose, but as leaders, there are other systems that can build our resilience and that can help our team to THRIVE. Our teams are facing multiple stressors, from deadlines and more tasks to do than there is time, to personality conflicts and mental health challenges, and difficulties balancing personal lives. But most of these stressors are not threats to our life and do not necessitate our Fight and Flight response. Fight and Flight should only be activated in an emergency situation, like the fire alarms going off or the car in front suddenly coming to a dead stop. These other issues require a different response. Our stress response is simply our body’s reaction to circumstances in which it feels it needs more strength, stamina, and alertness in order to survive, thrive and return our body’s physiological and psychological systems back to normal functioning. Our stress response gives us the power to tackle challenges and come out on top. But like any power, it can be harnessed for productive ends or mishandled in ways that have destructive results. The amount of stress we feel given a certain set of circumstances is directly proportional to the degree in which we feel our skills and resources are adequate in addressing them. Far too often our interpretation of events around us involve inadequacy, personalization, and anger. When we see these issues in this way, we inappropriately invoke the Fight and Flight Response as if we were dealing with an ’emergency’. If this happens, […]Read More
Critical Questions In Putting Wellness Programs Together.Read More