Category: Health & Wellness

  • Less stress is best: our seven HR consulting tips to de-stress your workplace

    While a certain degree of stress in the workplace can be expected, too much of it isn’t healthy for employees. Furthermore, it can hinder a company’s productivity by increasing turnover and absenteeism.

    According to a survey on anxiety and stress by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, seven in 10 adults who experience work-related stress say it affects their personal relationships, mainly with spouses.

    The survey’s results show the main sources of workplace stress are deadlines, 55 percent; interpersonal relationships, 53 percent; staff management, 50 percent; and dealing with problems, 49 percent.

    But, most workers aren’t comfortable talking with their employer about their stress. Fewer than 40 percent of employees who said stress interfered with their work spoke with their employer about it.

    That’s unfortunate because managers can play an important role in creating less stressful work environments and helping employees address and manage stress.

    Here are seven ways to de-stress your work environment

    1. Allow flexible work schedules, if possible. This can reduce stress related to commuting, child care concerns, and overall work-life balance.
    2. Communicate openly with employees. Keep them informed of departmental and company changes. Ask for their feedback and be available to talk anytime.
    3. Speak positively and give sincere compliments of work done well. Recognize ... Read More
  • Stay Home – Cold and Flu Season is Here. Sick? Stay Home!

    As we move into the winter months, cold and flu season will affect many of our employees; however, most of these employees won’t stay home to recuperate.  Instead, they’ll drag themselves into the office when they are feeling sick and end up making several co-workers sick in the process.  The sick employee isn’t intentionally trying to spread their germs around, but they feel the need to come to work for reasons related to responsibility, perception, and financial burdens.  There’s now a new term to describe this trend “presenteeism”.

    According to a new study by Staples, 90% of American workers go to work when they are knowingly contagious.  This percentage is up from 80% in 2012 and 60% in 2011.  In addition to showing up for work sick, approximately 50% of employees will not get a flu shot.  So why are people at work when they shouldn’t be?  The term “presenteeism” has been coined to describe this trend.  Presenteeism can be as costly to an employer as absenteeism.  For example, germs can be spread to healthy workers resulting in other employees not being able to come into work. Another example is even though the sick employee is present at work, they are ... Read More

  • How Employee Wellness Can Affect the Bottom Line

    Today, healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, so it is not surprising that wellness is a topic of discussion at home, in our schools, at all levels of government, and in the workplace.  The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward a more successful existence.”  Therefore, workplace wellness programs exist to encourage and assist employees in taking steps to be well. Workplace wellness programs are employer-sponsored or employer–sanctioned activities aimed at helping employees stay healthy, avoid preventable illnesses, and replace bad health habits with good ones.  Below are some programs that organizations have offered to their employees:

    • Health risk assessments.
    • Smoking cessation classes
    • Reimbursement/Discount of gym memberships.
    • Flu vaccinations.
    • Healthy food options in workplace cafeterias.

    Not all wellness programs need to be costly to the employer.  Basically, making employees aware of healthier habits can improve their overall well being.  Organizations have implemented some of the below low cost ideas:

    • Promote lunchtime walks
    • Post signs in the stairwell to remind employees to walk up the stairs.
    • E-mail or post on the intranet, health tips for employees
    • Create and maintain a Wellness bulletin board

    Wellness is not just about weight and cholesterol anymore.  It encompasses such areas as work/life balance, stress, depression, ... Read More