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Our 4 Favorite CES 2017 Wellness Innovations


Ah, CES®. Also known as Christmas for electronics enthusiasts. Every year, the Consumer Technology Association hosts CES , debuting hot new consumer electronics products and mind-blowing innovations to the delight of techies the world over. And those interested in health and wellness can delight, too, as many wellness- and fitness-focused products debuted this year. And while CES never fails to reveal innovative creations, not all see market success, or even market release. Sadly, some just flounder into oblivion. But, we’re optimistic …. Move over bulky wrist-based trackers. Track Glucose.

Breaking Bad: Habits & Wellness


Can you put a date stamp on building new habits? If so, how do you determine the due date? Some researchers think it takes at least 21 days to form a habit; others are certain it can take as many as 66 days before that routine is locked in. Is there really a science that determines internal drive or any other unique factors that compel us to do what we do (or don’t do)? Making Habits Personal. As part of our wellness program at Viverae®, we established a 21-day monthly challenge called Your Challenge. Now what does this accomplish? Well, it makes the challenge all about the individual.

All Hands on Deck: Building a Culture of Collaboration to Achieve Greatness


We all know that teamwork is an essential ingredient to any successful endeavor. Whether you’re working to build a prosperous business, win a World Series title, or simply trying to achieve a personal wellness goal, you need a rock-solid team to help bring home a victory. This comes second nature to most of us who grew up working on school projects with other students, joining forces with our pals on athletic teams, or participating in other group activities. So why then do so many companies struggle with interdepartmental collaboration? Communication is essential. Featured

3 Ways to Create a Positive Workplace Culture that Actually Sticks


Every leader should aim to create a positive workplace culture. According to research, it reduces healthcare costs, engages employees, and fosters loyalty. Pretty rewarding, right? But workplace culture can deteriorate pretty quickly when not cultivated. When a company is experiencing stress from rapid growth, the first thing that goes out the window is culture. Rituals that were once celebrated or revered suddenly lose their place on the priority list. So how do you nurture your workplace culture to ensure it’s eternally successful? 1. Be its Biggest Fan. Hire the Right People. Featured

The 4 HR Topics and Trends You Need to Act on Now

Compliance isn’t going away. If anything, it might actually become more complex at the state and local levels as the federal agenda begins to take shape. Download the “2017 Kickoff” whitepaper for an in-depth look at what to expect in the coming year.

Going for Gold: How to Strengthen Company Culture


In a few short months, we’ll get to hear those famous words, “Let the games begin!” ushering in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But here at Viverae, we couldn’t wait that long! Recently, we hosted the third annual Viverae Olympic Games  right here in Dallas, Texas. Those who participated had a blast competing for gold, silver, and bronze in challenging and exciting events like the water balloon toss, dunk tank, and the always-entertaining inflatable obstacle course, among others (we do our own stunts ’round here). Why did we take a half day off work to goof off together as a team?

Name-calling… The Perfect Boost for Your Wellness Program


As I type this, Viverae’s extensive annual open enrollment process is well under way. For Human Resources professionals, this can be one of the busiest times of the year as we scramble to add new benefits, review bids from current and prospective vendors, and determine how to best implement and communicate these changes across our organization. One of the biggest, positive changes which can be made during this time is the incorporation of a new wellness program. What’s in a Name? Your program’s name leaves a lasting impression on both potential new members as well as its current members.

Eliminating Excuses From Your Lifestyle Once and for All


We all do it. We start off with the best intentions—whether it’s a new weight-loss goal, fitness plan, or whatever—but then life happens, and we’re left picking up the pieces as we try to figure out where it all went wrong. That’s when excuses creep up and rear their ugly head. If you look hard enough, you can find an excuse for pretty much anything that doesn’t go your way. And, unfortunately, many of us do exactly that. It’s so much easier to blame supposed forces beyond our control than it is to take responsibility, come up with creative solutions, and make some tough choices.

Encouraging Financial Wellness in the Workplace


Most companies genuinely care about their employees. And for good reason. Employees are the backbone of every organization, and your most effective asset as you work to grow your business. One of the best ways to express your appreciation is to make sure your team has access to resources and information to help them enjoy a healthy lifestyle. As we move into June and celebrate Employee Wellbeing Month, we’re pleased to introduce a new series of blogs to help you do just that. Typically, when we talk about health and wellness, many of us immediately latch on to nutrition and exercise. Featured

The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

Choosing an applicant tracking system should be exciting, not confusing. We've developed a quick guide to everything you should look for while going through your selection process, to free you from the stress often associated with choosing a new ATS.

Cool Tips to Stay Active in Frosty Weather


There’s a lot to love about the holiday season: get-togethers with the family, tasty feasts, giving and receiving awesome gifts, and, if we’re lucky, maybe even a little snow. But the downside to all these festivities is that sometimes it’s a little too tempting to kick back on the couch and watch Netflix under a warm blanket instead of braving the freezing temperatures to get in that workout we keep promising ourselves. But physical activity is just as important as nutrition when the temperature drops. Sure, missing a few workouts here and there isn’t a big deal. Grab Some Gear. Warm Up.

Return on Wellness: Making Your Company a Great Place to Work


With rising healthcare costs wreaking havoc on annual budgets everywhere, it’s no surprise that an ever-growing number of employers have turned to wellness programs to slap a bandage on the bleeding. While the value that these programs bring to the bottom line is undeniable, the benefits of a well-implemented wellness program go way beyond mere dollars and cents. Where these programs really shine is in building the intangibles that can make a company an awesome place to work. Don’t believe me? Check out Fortune magazine’s latest “ 100 Best Companies to Work For ” list.

3 Ways to Improve Your Mental Well-being Each Morning


This week, we’re continuing our June blog series for Employee Wellbeing Month with a focus on mental health. 1 in 5 American adults experienced a mental health issue in 2014. Mental health is your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Some people who experience mental health conditions feel isolated because of an associated stigma; however, mental health conditions are actually very common and treatable. Your mental health is influenced by many different things, including brain chemistry, life experiences, and family history of mental health conditions. Get Active.

Sometimes we need a little help


“We’re so good at knowing what we don’t know.” – no one ever. Oftentimes in life, you know that you’ll eventually figure out how to get through a situation. But when it comes to wellness, it’s absolutely imperative to be on the right track for several different reasons, including to ensure you’re not wasting efforts and to keep up any sliver of momentum you have. And honestly, the quality of your life may depend on it. So, when it comes to total well-being for employers and employees alike, how do people get the support they need? Taking charge of one’s health can be a daunting task. Featured

10 Ways HR Can Save The Day

HR rarely gets the recognition it deserves. As is the case with many heroes. Whether it be recruiting or benefits or compliance or retention (etc. etc.), HR is saving the business world, one task at a time. Discover the ten ways HR is a hero and exactly what that means for you and your business.

5 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits at Work


They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I don’t know about all that, but developing smarter eating habits is definitely a step in the right direction for those looking to improve their health. Continuing our series for Employee Wellbeing Month , this week’s blog focuses on ways to encourage healthy eating habits at work. We spend so much of our time working. So it only makes sense that eating healthier during work hours can have a dramatic impact on your team’s overall health. Indeed, the benefits of enjoying a healthy diet at work are well documented, and for good reason. Get creative.

How to Keep Your Team Motivated until the End


Unless your name is Rocky Balboa, staying motivated can be a real struggle (even if you are, it can be tough). Yet, regardless of who you are and what you’re trying to accomplish in life, it’s impossible to reach your goals if you can’t stay focused and maintain some forward momentum. This is especially true when it comes to wellness, where every decision you make, good or bad, has a cumulative effect on your health. Without a doubt, it’s always easier to keep going than it is to start over from scratch every time you decide to jump back in the game. What the heck is a wellness champion?

Why Lifestyle Changes Are More Impactful Than Fad Diets


Once again, it’s time to brace yourself for fad diet season. As we quickly approach the holidays and the New Year, you’re bound to start seeing more and more articles pop up online, promising super-secret weight-loss tips and fast ways to shed inches on your waistline. We go through it every year, as many of us overindulge during the holiday season then beat ourselves up and promise to do better next year. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight, build muscle, or just feel healthier, these fad diets claim to have all the answers. The thing is, most of them just don’t work. Featured

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Can Technology Lead You Down the Healthy Path?


There’s no question that modern technology has made life easier for us. Just a few short years ago, it would’ve been impossible to do even half of the things that we can now do digitally. Indeed, most of us go through our days carrying enough technology in our pocket to make James Bond envious. Unfortunately, all that convenience comes with a price, as the same tools that help us save time and accomplish more have also made us more sedentary. Nowadays, there’s no shortage of wearable technology, fitness trackers, and mobile apps to help keep us in tip-top shape. Sleep Trackers. Budgeting Tools.

Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?

Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.

Nailing Your Step Goal Without Stomping on Your Boss’s Toes


Ten thousand of anything can be difficult to reach; however, when it comes to wellness, the general recommendation is that we should all be walking 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) in order to lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular fitness, and maintain weight. Regardless of how many steps you’re trying to reach, consciously working toward a personal step goal is an excellent way to keep your health on track and increase your daily activity. But taking the time to achieve that goal can get you into some serious hot water with the boss. Especially if you’re going through crunch time.

Spotlighting Men for National Men’s Health Month


June is National Men’s Health Month. It’s a month dedicated to raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection among men. As most women can attest, getting a guy to the doctor can be as difficult as getting him inside a mall; however, the reality of a skipped doctor’s visit is much more serious than a missed shopping outing. 1 in 2: The likelihood of a man developing cancer in his lifetime. 1 in 7: The number of men who will develop prostate cancer. Credit: American Cancer Society. It’s time to take men’s health seriously. Men’s Health Tips. Featured

The Communication Expertise Wellness Programs Should Provide


Effective communication. You’ve heard it before. It’s an integral component of a successful wellness program. And to get the desired result, it takes a lot of people—clinicians, copywriters, designers, marketers, video producers, to name a few. Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience.”. Steve Burnett, The Burnett Group. But once communications are handed off to clients, we don’t go all “bye, Felicia” and just leave them to it. As part of our service offerings, we support our clients with a dedicated client communications team.

What’s in It for Me? Crafting an Incentive Strategy that Produces Results


Good health is its own reward. But it shouldn’t be the only prize your employees receive for participating in your wellness program. With many employers looking to improve participation, incentives are becoming increasingly common. Yet many program administrators can find themselves struggling with the nuances as they work to find the magic combination that motivates employees to take action. That’s especially true for companies implementing a wellness program for the first time. To help, Viverae® has prepared a wellness program incentives best practices guide. Motivate them to stop smoking?

Leaving performance reviews behind: Where to start [Guide]

Is your company ready to move beyond the annual performance review? Where do you start? What are the keys to success? In this guide, you’ll gain an understanding of: the forces driving change, three foundations of success and take a deep dive into the skills gap many managers have that will sink your efforts before they start and how to address them.

Preparing Healthy Family Meals That They Will Actually Eat


Many of us have family visiting us during the holidays. While this can lead to some memorable times, it can also lead to frustration as you struggle to prepare healthy meals that everyone will enjoy. Naturally, with so many personalities at the dinner table, trying to concoct crowd-pleasing meals can sometimes seem like the next installment of “Mission: Impossible.” But if you tackle this challenge with the right approach, you can step away having saved the day and looking like a hero (take that Tom Cruise). Instead, I want to cover a few tips to help you get started. Cover all the Bases.

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Five Ways to Encourage Exercise in the Workplace


You don’t have to be a professional athlete or a personal trainer to understand the value of exercise. Concluding our series for Employee Wellbeing Month , this week’s blog focuses on fitness in the workplace. Conventional wisdom says that nutrition is the boss when it comes to wellness. After all, it takes more time and effort to go to the gym and burn off calories than it does to not eat that candy bar in the first place. That may be true, but getting routine exercise and enjoying an active lifestyle can make a big difference, especially when it comes to productivity at work. Get creative.

Chew on This! Fending Off Your Inner Food Zombie


Do you mindlessly sip on soda at your desk, or sneak off to that conveniently placed vending machine for a Cheez-It® fix before an important meeting? If so, you’re not alone. Even the most health-conscious of us have food habits that pull us to mindlessly snack throughout the day. We don’t even know we’re doing it! My personal kryptonite seems to be pistachios while I read through my email in the afternoon. while back, we talked about how to fight back against food cravings at work , but what about those times when you snack without even thinking about it? And for good reason. Pretty cool, huh?

Say What!? Launching Your Wellness Program with Loud and Clear Communication


Just because you have a spiffy new wellness program doesn’t mean that employees will race each other to sign up. Although workplace wellness programs are more common than ever before, there are still many employees who don’t fully understand what a wellness program is or how it works. If this is your company’s first time launching a wellness program, you want to make sure employees are aware of all this exciting new benefit can offer. This is where your communication skills come into play. Holding that meeting or webinar on a Friday afternoon probably isn’t the best way to grab attention.

Innovation Buster: How Losing Your Best Employees is Killing Innovation

Employees at the front lines often have better ideas for innovation than others within the business, but when they walk out the door, they take those ideas with them. Want to innovate better and faster than the competition? You need to hold onto your best employees and the ideas they have. In this session we will explore how various pieces of the talent life cycle are related to retention and examine more than 20 strategies and ideas for improving retention outcomes for your business.

Managing Your Finances Like a Boss During the Holidays


There’s no shortage of nutrition and exercise tips to help you keep your waistline intact during the holidays. But what about your wallet? While this time of the year is supposed to be full of family gatherings, tasty feasts, and tidings of comfort and joy, financial worries can sometimes get in the way and leave us feeling stressed, long after all the festivities have come and gone. All that added stress can have a devastating impact on your well-being if you let things get out of hand, which is all too easy to do. Get Organized: It’s easy to overspend when you don’t have a game plan.

Peer Pressure! Boosting Your Wellness Program with Peer Challenges


Few things in life are more satisfying than overcoming adversity. Who didn’t get a kick out of acing that final exam back in school? And don’t we all feel that rush of victory when we put the finishing touches on a difficult work assignment? Crushing obstacles can motivate us to grow as individuals and inspire us to achieve new levels of professional growth. That’s why wellness challenges are among the most effective tools in the wellness program toolbox. They also tap into the strength of peer pressure. But peer pressure doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. Here’s why: Engagement.

The Fit and the Furious: Quick Tips for a Summer Body


It’s time to break out the flip flops, suntan lotion, and bathing suits, because summer is right around the corner. Personally, I love this time of year. Summertime means hanging out with friends and family, enjoying a little sun and sand, and showing off that nice toned body you’ve been working on all year. Oh, what’s that? You skipped the gym a few too many times this year? Don’t worry. Even if you’re not in swimsuit shape already, you still have a little time to shed a few pounds and get that fit summer body you promised yourself way back in January. You know the drill. Bring a friend.

Five Ways to Increase Wellness Program Enrollment


You may have an amazing program design, an excellent communications strategy, and a carefully planned incentive structure, but without solid participation numbers, even the most well-crafted wellness program can fail. Continuing our month-long, program-launch blog series, this week’s post focuses on tips to help you drive enrollment and get your program off to a great start. Before you begin looking for ways to improve your enrollment numbers, it’s important to look at why some employees choose not to participate. Others feel like they don’t have enough time.

2017 Compliance Checklist: Stay on Top of Today's Complex Regulatory Environment

Staying compliant is hard. Understanding complex regulations can be even harder. Where does your organization stand? Download the new Compliance Checklist for step-by-step instructions on how to stay compliant with each regulation.

Fighting Back Against Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month—a time of hope, reflection, and awareness as we support those affected by this terrible condition and tip our hats to all the brave survivors who continue to fight. It’s also a time for us to take a stand through various volunteer and fundraising opportunities, and focus on what we can do to fight back. Breast cancer affects so many of us. According to the National Cancer Institute , 1 in 8 women may be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. That’s an alarming statistic, but the numbers aren’t all bad news. Limit Alcohol Use. Featured