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.

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!

A New Paradigm for Approaching Mental Health in the Workplace

By Chris Cutter Sep 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you have a stake in your employees’ health (and most HR, benefits, and people managers do), you’ve probably already realized that poor mental health among your employees is a massive and complex problem. And the larger your company, the more people who are likely affected by it (we’ll look at some numbers a bit later).

Poor mental health clearly comes at a tremendous cost to the employee who is suffering, but also to your company as well.

Yet because of the complexity of this topic, it can be challenging to address mental health issues in a timely and effective manner. In a recent webinar, we covered this topic in detail. If you'd like to dive right in, you can watch the on-demand recording here. In this post, we'll discuss the barriers to addressing mental health in the workplace and offer a new paradigm for overcoming these barriers.

3 Questions to Ask Before Launching a Wellbeing Program

By Melissa Suzuno Sep 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You can see the future, and it’s looking bright. Everyone at your company is feeling energized and enthusiastic about their work, connected to the people around them, and full of vitality.

Sounds great, right? It’s easy to imagine that a wellbeing program will solve all of your company’s problems and transform your employee experience. But it’s important to take some time to clearly define exactly what your goals are for your wellbeing program.

Here are three big questions to ask yourself before you launch any wellbeing program.

5 Simple Ways to Promote Wellness at Work

By LifeDojo Team Jul 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As an employer, you have a vested interest in your employees’ health. Not just because you work with them every day and care about them as people, but because healthy employees come to work more often, are more productive, and less stressed. Highly stressed employees, on the other hand, take almost twice as many sick days per year.

Many people want to make healthier lifestyle decisions, but don’t have time to do the research to separate fact from fad. It’s especially tricky now that we have information coming to us in all formats—TV shows, websites, and blogs, to name just a few.

Recognizing Employee Burnout: 4 Simple-to-Spot Symptoms You Need to Know

By LifeDojo Team Nov 7, 2016 7:05:00 AM

The statistics are concerning. One in three people reports being chronically stressed on the job, leading to as many as one million employees being absent every day of the year. Beyond this, chronic stress is driving up costs related to lower productivity, increased healthcare costs and dramatically higher turnover rates. In 2015 alone, the average employer saw one out of every six employees voluntarily leave their position before the year was over.

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.

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...

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.

Why your company (really) needs a stress management program

By Irene Malatesta Mar 18, 2015 7:00:00 AM

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.

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