The 5 Pillars of Employee Behavior Change: Pillar #5

By Melissa Suzuno Nov 8, 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, Pillar #3 here, and Pillar #4 here.

The fifth pillar focuses on environment. How can you create an environment that makes it easier for employees to stick to healthy habits? Read on to find out!

Finding the Focus for Your Employee Wellbeing Program

By Melissa Suzuno Aug 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

Wellbeing can be a tricky concept to define. That’s why we spent a blog post diving into what we mean by this term and why we think it’s important to distinguish between wellness and wellbeing. One of the reasons why we prefer “wellbeing” is that it’s more broad and holistic. It doesn’t just include how you’re feeling physically, but your mental and emotional states as well.

If you’re on board with all this, you may still be wondering what this means for your company and your employee wellbeing program. Let’s take a look at some of the main areas where wellbeing and work intersect and how this might impact your wellbeing offerings.

The Unexpected Benefits of Boosting Employee Fitness

By Melissa Suzuno Jul 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

“I can’t go a day without working out.” “Going for a run just puts me in a better mood.” “I’m a much nicer person when I go to the gym.” These are all statements that we’ve heard (or perhaps even uttered ourselves at some point!). And it turns out that science backs up these anecdotal observations: Physical activity really does have a positive impact on our wellbeing in multiple ways.

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.

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.

Exercise literally makes your brain bigger

By Irene Malatesta Apr 1, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Many great thinkers today have called exercise the “magic pill” for the many physical and mental health ailments employees face, and with good reason. Hundreds of research studies have been conducted to measure the impact of exercise on everything from depression and anxiety to cognitive improvements and of course, greatly improved physical health. Exercise has even been shown to create new brain cells and new connections between parts of the brain, as well as activation of the parts of the brain responsible for memory!

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