Wellness Program Engagement: New Hire Edition
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Being the new guy or new girl at work isn’t fun. It’s nerve-wracking; you don’t know anyone; you don’t know how things work. Starting a new job is always scary … It’s like the first day of school.”. Sean Mayer, actor. Alas, your workplace wellness program shouldn’t cause new employees nervous anticipation or stress. Engaging new employees should begin during onboarding and continue long after they’ve gotten their feet wet. Don’t Spring It on ’Em. Confirm early on that they’re aware of the program, due dates, requirements, and other important components. Require Less of New Hires.
4 Simple Ways to Reduce Health Risks AND Bring the Fun
JANUARY 31, 2017
Company culture is important because it impacts your organization. It can inspire employees to reach new levels of success, or it can dissuade them from trying. It can create a sense of community amongst employees, or it can alienate them. Our wellness programs support culture and care; however, we don’t create or build cultures, we support and influence. Wellness isn’t one-size-fits-all, and companies have culture long before we arrive. We incorporate wellness into existing cultures to reduce health risks—while also bringing the fun. Will your employees be proud of the program? It starts here.
5 Sure-fire Ways Even the Most Well-Planned Wellness Program Can Fail
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Building a wellness program that fires on all cylinders can sometimes feel like waking up early on a Saturday. Sure, it may seem like a piece of cake in theory, but it’s way more difficult when the task is actually at hand. In addition to ensuring that your program design aligns with your company objectives, you also need to think about ways to encourage engagement, decide on a set of metrics to measure the results of your efforts, and consider all the other variables that go into your program. With that said, here are some of the most common mistakes that we’ve seen over the years.
Our 4 Favorite CES 2017 Wellness Innovations
JANUARY 12, 2017
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.
3 Ways to Create a Positive Workplace Culture that Actually Sticks
APRIL 19, 2016
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
How on-site services can transform a wellness program
JULY 5, 2016
As you may have heard, we recently announced an exciting partnership with Concentra , a recognized leader in occupational and urgent care services. Through this partnership, clinical on-site services are now available to employers looking to offer their employees treatment for on-the-job injuries, illnesses, and other types of care. Whether it’s physical exams, vaccinations, or treatment for injuries, the value that these on-site centers bring to the table is undeniable. mean, who wants to drive to a hospital after they were just injured at work?
All Hands on Deck: Building a Culture of Collaboration to Achieve Greatness
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
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
Making Your Mark: 5 Branding Essentials to Inspire Program Engagement
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
First impressions matter. That’s true whether you’re meeting someone for the first time, tasting a new type of food, or cranking up the volume on a new song. Good, bad, or indifferent, those first few moments—regardless of how brief—will inevitably have a long-lasting influence on your opinions, attitudes, and decisions going forward. It’s no different when it comes to your wellness program. Make a great first impression, and you could be looking at some solid participation and engagement numbers all year long. Get it wrong and you might find those numbers lacking. Find Your Voice. Ask a Pro.
Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?
Going for Gold: How to Strengthen Company Culture
MAY 17, 2016
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?
The Art of Exercising Without Exercising: Adding Physical Activity to Your Daily Tasks
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
The human body literally burns calories for a living. Yet, many of us suppress our natural, calorie-burning superpowers by sitting around way more than we should. We sit at work for hours. Then, we sit while relaxing at home after work. All this inactivity isn’t good for us. Study after study has linked sedentary behavior to increased health risks. That’s why it’s so important to look for ways to stay active during your day. It doesn’t take much. You don’t have to go to the gym two times a day to increase your activity. But what is the average office worker to do? Take a Stand. Measure Up.
Name-calling… The Perfect Boost for Your Wellness Program
AUGUST 1, 2016
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
OCTOBER 18, 2016
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
JUNE 7, 2016
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
Sometimes we need a little help
APRIL 26, 2016
“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
3 Ways to Improve Your Mental Well-being Each Morning
JUNE 21, 2016
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. MentalHealth.gov. 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.
Return on Wellness: Making Your Company a Great Place to Work
OCTOBER 25, 2016
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.
5 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating Habits at Work
JUNE 14, 2016
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.
Cool Tips to Stay Active in Frosty Weather
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
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.
How to Keep Your Team Motivated until the End
JULY 19, 2016
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?
Spotlighting Men for National Men’s Health Month
MAY 31, 2016
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 importance of your Learning Culture and Experience
The Communication Expertise Wellness Programs Should Provide
MARCH 29, 2016
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.
Why Lifestyle Changes Are More Impactful Than Fad Diets
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
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
Nailing Your Step Goal Without Stomping on Your Boss’s Toes
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
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.
Five Ways to Encourage Exercise in the Workplace
JUNE 28, 2016
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.
What’s in It for Me? Crafting an Incentive Strategy that Produces Results
AUGUST 16, 2016
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?
Can Technology Lead You Down the Healthy Path?
DECEMBER 13, 2016
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.
Preparing Healthy Family Meals That They Will Actually Eat
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
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.
Chew on This! Fending Off Your Inner Food Zombie
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
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
AUGUST 8, 2016
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.