Fit for Work: Reshaping the Way You Approach Workplace Wellness
MARCH 7, 2017
Good health means different things to different people. For some, it can mean waking up alert and ready to take on the day. For others, it can mean mastering some new stress management technique, or finally getting their finances in order. For someone grappling with a chronic condition, it can be as simple as getting through the day without an episode. So, why do so many companies approach wellness from a singular perspective?
The Health Screening Everyone Needs
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”. Lies, all lies! When it comes to your health, not knowing could be gravely dangerous. You may feel fine. You may look healthy. But that doesn’t guarantee everything is OK beneath the surface. Know Your Numbers. A Biometric Screening is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The process involves having your body composition measured, blood pressure checked, and a quick blood sample for your cholesterol and glucose levels.
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.
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.
The Essential Guide to Recruiting Performers
When your company needs to bring on new talent, it's tempting to do whatever it takes. But hiring just anyone isn't the solution. Download JazzHR's, The Essential Guide to Hiring Performers, to learn how you can create a scalable recruiting process that results in great hires.
Breaking Bad: Habits & Wellness
APRIL 5, 2016
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.
Food for Thought: Boost Your Brainpower with These Healthy Foods
MARCH 28, 2017
We’ve all been there. It’s lunch time and instead of satisfying that rumbling belly with something healthy, you decide to split a pizza with your co-workers or go check out that new taco joint that just opened down the street. Then you stumble back to work like a zombie straight out of an episode of The Walking Dead, feeling physically and mentally drained. The only problem is that you still have work to do, and sleepwalking through the rest of the day just isn’t going to cut it.
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.
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.
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.
Breadth vs. Depth: How Does Your Wellness Provider Stack Up?
MARCH 21, 2017
The health and wellness industry isn’t exactly known for being straightforward or simple to navigate. And with so many changes in the air, including regulatory updates, emerging technology, and new trends, it doesn’t look like it will be getting easier any time soon. That’s why when it comes to selecting a wellness provider, it’s best to heed the priceless advice of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and shop around.
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.
Why 30-Day Instagram Workout Challenges Work
JANUARY 26, 2017
Instagram challenges seem to be taking over the world … or our Instagram feeds, at least. Each day, fitness fanatics and New Year’s resolution go-getters join a new 30-day workout challenge. And the craze doesn’t seem to be letting up soon, as the photo-sharing site’s popularity soars. If you’re not overly familiar with Instagram, that’s OK. We can’t all be blessed (or cursed) with being born into a technological generation that can text before talk.
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.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience
Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]
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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?
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.
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.
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.
Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance
Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Training Program Best Practices
Can you hear the collective groan when you launch that new compliance course? Do you get complaints both public and private from trainees about the uselessness of the training courses you've launched? Is there anything that can be done about it?
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.