The 5 Pillars of Employee Behavior Change: Pillar #4

By Melissa Suzuno Nov 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You have high hopes for your employee wellbeing program—you’re going to motivate and inspire your employees to eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking… well, the list goes on and on. And while you may have good intentions, if you’re like the majority of HR and benefits leaders, you’ve probably seen a bit of a gap between your hopes and reality. It can be hard to get the numbers you’d like to see for enrollment and participation—not to mention lasting engagement and long-term behavior change.

Part of the problem is that many programs neglect the science of behavior change, which minimizes their chances of long-term success.

In this series, we’ll explore the five pillars of behavior change that will help you design an effective employee wellbeing program. You can find the posts on Pillar #1 here, Pillar #2 here, and Pillar #3 here.

The fourth pillar focuses on taking a person-centered approach to wellbeing. Read on to explore this concept in more detail!

3 Science-Backed Steps to Better Workplace Communication

By Hollis Kool Oct 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

I’m about to share a truth that may be a little hard to hear, but it needs to be said. Most of us are really bad at communicating—especially at work. There’s a reason why it’s so hard to communicate well in the workplace: We have to navigate the fine line between professional and social as well as the complex relationships we have with our coworkers.

But communication is such a big part of the employee experience that it can’t be neglected any longer. And it’s no secret that it’s a pain point at many companies. In fact, according to research by Deloitte, only 14% of companies believe their internal processes for collaboration and decision-making are working well, and 77% believe email is no longer a viable tool for effective communication.

It can be particularly difficult to change the entire nature of your workplace’s communication. Overhauling everyone’s communication style is a tall order. But, you’d be amazed at the way that changing your approach to communication can affect nearly all of the interactions happening around you.

Read on to learn about three tactics you can start to practice to work better in teams, improve interactions with your manager, help lead others, or find the right tone while you are in the break room.  

The Case for Investing in Employee Wellbeing Coaching

By Hollis Kool Oct 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

What’s the first thing you feel like doing after having a frustrating day at work? Coming home and complaining to your spouse, roommate, or best friend, right? Commiseration and validation of our emotions feels good, and usually brings us closer to others when we feel like they understand our experiences or feelings.

While you’re actually at work, though, it can be difficult to share your emotions in an appropriate or constructive way. You may worry that venting frustration, anger, or disappointment could get you labeled as a problem employee and hurt your chances of promotion and success at work. But what if there was a way for you to participate in the same type of commiseration and validation you experience in your personal life within a work setting?

Some employers have begun to offer real-time health and wellbeing coaching, effectively giving employees a way to express their emotions in a safe space at work. Keep reading to learn the benefits of including health coaches in your workplace wellbeing program, and why it’s worth the investment!

How Blue Apron Approaches Employee Wellbeing

By Melissa Suzuno Sep 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

How does a 5,000-person company with employees distributed in offices and warehouses around the country approach employee wellbeing? LifeDojo recently caught up with Hannah Bertiger, Benefits & Wellness Coordinator at Blue Apron to find out!

Read on to learn about Blue Apron’s current programs, goals, and nutrition tips!

How to Personalize Your Employee Wellbeing Program

By Hollis Kool Aug 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Here’s a common scenario: Your company decides to offer a wellness challenge, and you get a big group committed to running a 5k or walking 10,000 steps a day for a month. People seem excited and motivated at the beginning of the program. But by the end, or a few weeks after? That excitement has vanished.

Why does this approach to employee wellbeing tend to fade out? First off, once the ideal conditions and group encouragement are gone, most people revert back to their usual habits (you can learn more about how tricky it is to really create new habits here). But perhaps more importantly, it’s because the goal was set externally and isn’t necessarily relevant to each individual participant.

Want to know how you can start making personalized wellbeing programming that recognizes your employees as individuals? Read on to learn more about the benefits to personalizing your wellbeing program, and how to actually accomplish this. Let’s get personal.

10 Ideas for Marketing Your Next Wellness Program

By LifeDojo Team Jun 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You put a lot of time and energy into selecting the benefits you offer your employees. And, if you’re like 59% of employers, you’re including some type of wellness program in your offering. In theory, it should be easy. Who doesn’t want to improve some aspect of their wellbeing? The numbers confirm this: 87% of employees are open to employer-sponsored wellness programs.

But at the same time, according to research by Willis Towers Watson, only 33% of employees agree that the initiatives offered by their employer have encouraged them to live a healthier lifestyle.

You want your employees to be healthy. They want to be healthy (and don’t mind you offering assistance in this area of their lives). You offer programs to help them be healthier. And somehow all these points aren’t connecting.

So what gives?  


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