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.

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.

Dispelling the Myths of Workplace Wellness Programs

By Chris Cutter Sep 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You’ve probably observed a disconnect between the ideal version of workplace “wellness” and the all-too-common reality. In the ideal version, you have an office full of motivated, healthy employees who participate in your programs and achieve lasting results. But if you’re like a lot of other benefits and HR leaders, your reality looks a little more like this: minimal enrollment, low participation, and few lasting results.

Why is there such a big discrepancy here? There are a number of myths circulating around workplace wellness programs, and the perpetuation of these myths is preventing employers from helping employees make lasting health improvements in their lives.

We discussed these myths, and explored the science-backed solutions to those myths in more detail in a recent webinar, but you can keep reading here for the quick overview.

In this post, we’ll uncover and dispel the four prevailing myths in the wellbeing and health industry that hold back the true potential of behavior change in your employee population. Some of the insights include: the role of information and knowledge in habit change, the time it takes to change a habit, the downside to social challenges, and whether distinct programs are necessary for specific types of habits.


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.

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.

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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