Loneliness Kills— How it's harming your employees...and how to help them

By LifeDojo Team Jan 10, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Loneliness is more deadly than obesity and more common than most people think. The bottom line is this: untreated mental illness in the workplace is expensive. It costs as much as $1,600 per employee, per year and in terms of depression specifically, those who meet the criteria for the disease but receive no treatment for it use two to four times the healthcare resources of their colleagues. The result is higher rates of absenteeism and presenteeism, decreased productivity, more workplace accidents, higher disability costs, higher overall medical costs and ultimately, lower profits.

Of course, it’s not as if employers— specifically, Benefits and HR leaders— haven’t tried a variety of workplace programs to address the high rates of mental health issues. From EAPs to telehealth solutions to educational content and digital programs, employers have spent the money and taken the time to make big changes to improve mental health rates, always with the best of intentions.

Inspire (don't pester) employees to change with powerful stories

By LifeDojo Team Dec 15, 2016 6:10:00 AM

 

Employers have the best intentions. Mustering gusto and brave determination, they ll the company newsletter with upbeat descriptions of the latest opportunities awaiting staff: health screenings, tness challenges, leadership seminars and development workshops. Every time they think: This is it; this will be the one.

And maybe it is.

How to Harness the Underutilized Power of Intrinsic Motivation

By Chris Cutter Mar 22, 2016 6:07:00 AM

If you’ve ever been offered a bonus for hitting a certain number of sales or promised yourself a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream for sweating on the StairMaster, you understand the power of extrinsic motivation.

Using an external reward to promote a desired behavior works well for getting people to try something new or complete a one-off task. But it definitely has its limitations.

Take corporate wellness programs, for instance. Most are structured to provide incentives that encourage participation. If employees visit the gym a certain number of times per month or walk 10,000 steps a day, they’re rewarded with cash bonuses, gift cards, or other prizes.

On the surface, this is a smart investment for employers. Done right, workplace health programs result in increased productivity, diminished healthcare costs, and lower absenteeism. Plus, research shows that exercise supports the creation of new brain cells and can even activate parts of the brain responsible for memory retention.

It’s not easy to get great ROI from a corporate wellbeing program, but the first step in that direction is getting people engaged. Before you invest all those dollars in rewards, make sure you’re not relying too much on extrinsic motivation and ignoring the hidden power of intrinsic motivation.

How Workplace Wellbeing Can Help Retain Top Talent

By LifeDojo Team Nov 25, 2015 6:25:00 AM

This article originally appeared in Recruiting Blogs.

To Be Effective, Wellness Programs Should Be Inclusive

By Chris Cutter Nov 4, 2015 7:35:00 AM

This article originally appeared in SHRM Benefits blog.

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?

Wellness Programs: The Importance of Focusing on More Than Just Engagement

By Chris Cutter Aug 6, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Nearly 80 percent of employers offer some form of wellness program, according to a 2015 Business Wire survey. And for good reason: An effective program provides a slew of benefits, from increased employee productivity and morale to a better healthcare bottom line.

But with so much conflicting information surrounding employee wellness programs, it’s easy to implement a program that doesn’t address the health issues you’re passionate about or generate the ROI your business needs.

Unfortunately, this is a growing problem in the corporate world. As wellness spending skyrockets, employers are beginning to ask whether all of that money is delivering the results they’re looking for. And as business leaders search for an answer, one thing has become clear: A wellness program that isn’t rooted in long-term behavioral change won’t deliver the results you want.

Ready, aim, prepare, shoot! 4 steps to wellness that works

By Chris Cutter Jun 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

 

In today’s always-on business world, it’s harder than ever for employees to devote time to health and wellness. More and more companies are looking for creative ways to promote the well-being of their workers, but some are hesitant to adopt wellness programs for a few surprising reasons.

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.

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