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Why your company (really, really) needs a stress management program

By Irene Malatesta Oct 24, 2017 12:21:37 PM

Most conscientious HR leaders today understand the importance of wellness programs for employee stress management.  Reducing workplace stress contributes to long-term employee happiness, worker retention and productivity, leading to a new trend in more comprehensive mind and body wellness initiatives.

The problem that many HR pros face? Convincing upper management that programs especially focused on stress management are not just “nice to haves” but rather, essential tools to improve both employee health and the health of the business. Stress leads to higher healthcare costs for businesses, lower productivity among employees, and lower employee morale, leading to lower retention and associated hiring costs. In short: Stress in the workplace is a big deal, and it’s worthwhile for the C-suite to take notice.

LifeDojo Secures $5.1 Million in Series A funding to Expand Global Behavior Change and Health Coaching Platform

By Irene Malatesta Feb 7, 2017 10:31:12 AM
Topics: news, press release

Employee wellbeing is worth it: 4 good reasons for employers to invest

By Irene Malatesta Jun 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s a disturbing trend: Americans seem to be getting less healthy with every passing year. According to the Economist, health premiums in America have more than doubled in the past decade. The proportion of adults who are clinically obese more than doubled between 1980 and 2010, to over 30%. This year, healthcare spending hit historically high levels as a share of GDP, and according to government projections, annual health spending is expected to grow an average of 5.8% during the period of 2014 through 2024.

Building Buzz: 10 ideas for marketing your next wellness program

By Irene Malatesta Sep 9, 2015 4:25:00 PM

If your company is launching a new wellness initiative next year, what will you do to ensure the program’s success?

5 insightful, classic TED talks about Happiness

By Irene Malatesta Jun 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM

We can all use a mental pick-me-up sometimes. When work and life feels difficult and demanding, hearing the hopeful, wise words of others can really give us an emotional boost and the energy to keep going.

Here are 5 inspiring, thought-provoking TED talks from the archives, all about the power of motivation, positive psychology and the journey toward happiness and fulfillment. We hope you find these as fascinating as we do.

LifeDojo CEO Chris Cutter in IdeaMensch

By Irene Malatesta May 27, 2015 6:00:00 AM

This month, check out the feature on LifeDojo CEO Chris Cutter in IdeaMensch, where he discusses his vision and influences, his productivity hacks, and of course his own health habits.

Topics: press

How to choose a stress management program: 5 questions to ask

By Irene Malatesta May 18, 2015 10:21:00 AM

Is stress really an “epidemic”? Sadly, yes, according to the United Nations International Labor Organization, which recently declared that occupational stress has reached “epidemic” levels with costs estimated at upwards of $200 billion per year. If your business is affected by this “epidemic” like most others out there, then the majority of your employees are suffering from high levels of stress. Not only is this stress probably making them less happy than they could be, it’s costing your company money.  Lots of it.

How do highly stressed employees cost businesses money? To name just a few things...

4 business lessons from Eastern philosophy

By Irene Malatesta Apr 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Once in a while, someone will ask us about the name of our company, LifeDojo, and they’ll want to know: What’s a Dojo, anyway?

“Dojo" is a Japanese term that literally means, “The place of the way.” Typically, it refers to a place or room where Japanese martial arts are practiced - a place of intense focus, mindfulness and learning. In one branch of Eastern Philosophy, the term describes the rooms or halls where monks engage in meditation.

Many of us study all manner of strategies and tactics to support our employees and work culture, but did you know Eastern philosophy has some of the best lessons of all? We can learn a lot from the ancient teachings of South and East Asia about how to build successful relationships and create the strongest possible team at work. Maintaining a solid, supportive environment where employees are excited to do their best starts with good listening, compassionate leadership, freedom to take the initiative, and positivity. Let’s look deeper at these 4 lessons.

New employee stress management programs bring renewed hope

By Irene Malatesta Apr 22, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Stress-related health issues at work are too serious—too deadly—to ignore. When we look at the diseases most likely to harm or even kill us (like cancer, heart disease, or diabetes) we find that they are overwhelmingly made worse or even caused by high levels of stress. With the growing body of research showing the harmful effects of stress, HR leaders have been trying many approaches to help their workers.

The bad news? Many of the corporate wellness programs out there don’t directly address stress. Some that do address it don’t really take into account the most effective, proven techniques for managing stress.

The good news is that there are evidence-based approaches to stress reduction that have already been found to work in the field of public health. These techniques can be brought to the corporate workplace world, and be used to help ease the pain of over-stressed employees. That’s where conscientious HR leaders have an opportunity to add incredible value.

Yoga that your employees can do at their desks

By Irene Malatesta Apr 15, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If we had to name a top list of activities employees could use to improve their fitness, happiness and creativity--no matter what their age, location or level of current fitness—yoga would be near the top.

Not only does yoga reduce muscle tension and improve flexibility, it’s a great way to create a calm mental break in a frantic, busy work day, so you can recharge your brain and be more productive. What you might not know is that you don’t need a lot of space, time or props to try it.

According to a study by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive stress injury (RSI) affects some 1.8 million workers per year. One government study puts the cost of RSI between $17 billion and $20 billion a year.  A major cause of RSI, which includes carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, is long, continuous use of computers at work. Sedentary office workers are especially at risk.

Clearly we'd all be better off with a stretch! Here are five basic yoga stretches that can help your stiff, sore, stressed-out staff get through the work day happier, more relaxed, and you guessed it-- more productive.


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