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Road to Recovery: Admitting Americans Are Struggling With Finances

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“When thinking about wellness, financial wellness is the first thing that comes to mind,” said no one ever. Wellness is usually synonymous with physical health; however, employees actually regard financial stress as their number one concern —five times greater than personal health. So discounting financial wellness and its role in overall well-being is— to put it nicely —a tad ignorant.

4 Simple Ways to Reduce Health Risks AND Bring the Fun

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

The Complete Guide to Buying an Applicant Tracking System

With 200 + offerings in the market, choosing the right applicant tracking system can be a challenge. To help, we have developed a comprehensive buying guide highlighting what you should look for along each step of the decision process. Download the guide and ensure that the ATS you choose is the right fit for your organization.

Our 4 Favorite CES 2017 Wellness Innovations

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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.

The Health Screening Everyone Needs

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“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.

Going for Gold: How to Strengthen Company Culture

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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.

Wellness Program Engagement: New Hire Edition

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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.

Are You Closing Candidates and Getting Them Onboarded Efficiently?

Once you choose a candidate to hire, the real work begins of trying to get them to accept your offer. And even if they do, you still need to get them onboarded efficiently. Are you doing a good job managing these steps? Take a 30-second assessment for a free evaluation of your job offer and onboarding processes.

Making Your Mark: 5 Branding Essentials to Inspire Program Engagement

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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.

Breadth vs. Depth: How Does Your Wellness Provider Stack Up?

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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.

5 Sure-fire Ways Even the Most Well-Planned Wellness Program Can Fail

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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.

Fighting Back Against Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know

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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.

7 Steps to Attract and Engage More Candidates

Want to improve the candidate experience of your job application and drive more candidates to apply? This guide covers: presentation of your careers page and jobs, length and complexity of your online application, application technology, and candidate acknowledgement.

Encouraging Financial Wellness in the Workplace

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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.

Food for Thought: Boost Your Brainpower with These Healthy Foods

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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.

The Communication Expertise Wellness Programs Should Provide

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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.

Peer Pressure! Boosting Your Wellness Program with Peer Challenges

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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.

5 Key Aspects of Accurate Human Resource Management Systems Pricing

Simplify your software evaluation process with this free Human resource Management Systems software pricing guide! Don't let price confusion keep you from selecting the best HR software for your organization's needs. Download your free guide today!

Spreading the Word: The Internal Communication Checklist

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There’s no shortage of challenges for the modern executive to tackle. From keeping up with the latest industry changes to one-upping the competition, it’s no surprise that so many business owners spend the majority of their time keeping things moving forward instead of focusing on how well they communicate from within. That’s a shame because I’ve always believed that an excellent internal communications strategy is the key to building a cohesive team capable of achieving great things.

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Can Technology Lead You Down the Healthy Path?

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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.

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Eliminating Excuses From Your Lifestyle Once and for All

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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.

Fighting Through Adversity: How to Achieve Your Goals When the Going Gets Tough

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We’ve all been there. You set an ambitious wellness goal for yourself at the beginning of the year and then get busy crafting an amazing, fool-proof plan to achieve it. You hit the drawing board, cover all the bases, and then hit the ground running. You get off to a great start and everything seems to be going swell, when—all of a sudden— it happens. You hit a setback. And then, without warning, all your hard-earned progress gets thrown out the window as you struggle to regain your momentum.

The Goldilocks ATS Story

When your business is growing, choosing the right recruiting technology can be a challenge. How do we cut through the noise? We turn to fairy tales. Seriously. We use the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears to break down the applicant tracking system market.

Chew on This! Fending Off Your Inner Food Zombie

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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.

Preparing Healthy Family Meals That They Will Actually Eat

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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.”

3 Ways to Create a Positive Workplace Culture that Actually Sticks

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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.

Cool Tips to Stay Active in Frosty Weather

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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.

A Walk In Their Shoes

Speaker: Angie Verros, Founder, Vaia Talent

In today's competitive job market, how candidates perceive your firm impacts who you attract and hire. Guess what? If your candidate experience rocks, you'll be able to attract top talent! Have you ever considered what it's like to be on the other side? How great would it be if we took their bad experiences and turned them around by using our instincts? Today you will learn how to use simple human elements in order to showcase your employer brand and convert more applicants to amazing hires.

Why Lifestyle Changes Are More Impactful Than Fad Diets

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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.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Mental Well-being Each Morning

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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.

Name-calling… The Perfect Boost for Your Wellness Program

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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.

Spotlighting Men for National Men’s Health Month

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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.

New Ways to Engage and Source Talent - All In Less Than 24 Hours

Speaker: Derek Zeller, Director of Recruiting Solutions, Engage Talent

In this session, we’ll examine the critical essentials you should know about the type of tech you are looking for and what you should know before engaging with candidates - everything from where to get the information you need, to which sites and books are good to read. By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new candidates to your managers more quickly.

Five Ways to Increase Wellness Program Enrollment

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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.