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5 Reasons Wellness Programs Benefit from Technology



There’s a technology platform for everything these days. Do you want to know what the weather’s like outside without opening your blinds? No problem – there’s an app for that. Are you interested in tracking your revenue in real time? You can with technology. What about taking photographs without a professional camera? Just grab your phone.

HR departments have always been technology enthusiasts, and that is why these people will be the first to tell you that a company-wide wellness program better operates on a platform. We have to agree that technology enables you to maximize ROI from your wellness initiatives, while helping your workforce get healthy and become more productive. Here are five reasons wellness programs benefit from technology.


The one thing that could be missing from your wellness program

Wellness programs are a relatively new prerogative for HR, and taking an active role in employee wellbeing is important in ensuring that your talent stays healthy in a world where the line between work and personal life is blurry. However, while most HR wellness programs have taken progressive steps to help team members stay active and eat a healthy diet, they often overlook one critical component of health: Mental wellness.


Mental wellness events that could give your culture a makeover

Corporate culture is one of the most popular topics in HR today. We are starting to see unprecedented new job titles pop up, such as Chief Culture Officer. Moreover, items like recognition, engagement, and work-life balance have become priority items among HR, all with the goal of ensuring that team members are happy working for the organization. One aspect of corporate culture however, that ironically gets overlooked, is ensuring that the team is mentally well. While the importance of mental wellness is something we want to emphasize, we also want to give you some examples of events you can hold to promote mental wellness and give your corporate culture a makeover.


Corporate wellness programs: can they work in any environment?

How one organization has implemented a thriving workplace wellness program despite the challenges that shiftwork presents.


In the era of obesity, health is at the top of the list of concerns for people, health care professionals, and now organizations. Many progressive companies are taking steps to introduce wellness programs at work in an effort to help their workforce become healthier.


It seems that BC Ferries has found the secret to success. This organization has successfully implemented wellness programs at work as part of their Safety, Culture and Employee Engagement Program, which has not only helped their team become healthier, but it has also increased performance at work.


Mental Health: Here are Exercises & Challenges for HR to Incorporate into their Wellness Programs

Most people know that it’s impossible to tell if a computer works by simply observing the keyboard and monitor – you need to turn it on and see how it is functioning. People are like computers in this way. They can look perfectly fine from the outside, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect what is going on inside.

Unfortunately, many HR wellness programs overlook the importance of mental health. Programs tend to focus on the exterior – the body – and neglect the interior, or the mind. This has a major impact on productivity.

According to a 2013 study, workplace stress levels in Canada have doubled since 2009. Employees who are overworked may experience a decline in physical performance, fatigue, insomnia, a change in appetite, irritability, restlessness, anxiousness, a decline in concentration and, ultimately, depression.

So, what can be done to help team members manage stress and stay mentally healthy? Give your wellness program a boost by challenging your team to these exercises to help reduce stress and improve mental health.. (more…)

Does your Q4 planning include employee wellness goals?

The intrinsic link between bottom line results and employee mental health.

Now that we’re approaching the final stretch of 2015, many companies are evaluating this year’s performance and are strategizing around how to fill gaps in the remaining quarter. No doubt, closing new business, upselling accounts and meeting financial quotas are high ranking priorities. But what about your people? Where do they factor in?

Employees are your most expensive asset, and research continuously underlines that engaged employees are intrinsically linked to high performance. These types of employees are motivated, trust in the company objectives and culture. In other words, achieving 2015 results this quarter is highly dependent on the engagement levels of your employees.

So what makes an engaged employee?


I watched every corporate wellness program fail. And then I did this.


From the moment I landed my first corporate job, I realized something pivotal, which would shape the rest of my career and drive the inspiration behind my startup company, Sprout: Both people and companies share a desire to do and to be better.


The Three Things that Olympic Coaches and Great HR Departments Have in Common

Most sports fans would agree that behind every great team is an amazing coach. While the players are the arms and legs of the team, it is the coach – the backbone of the team – that ensures that their players are healthy, happy, and aligned.

In many ways, businesses operate like a sports team. Everyone must move seamlessly together, operate efficiently, and rise above the competition under their leadership. It is often the greatest HR teams that understand this concept, and apply coaching techniques in their workforces. Here are some of the things HR can do to inspire the workforce like a coach does their team.


Wellness at Work: What these HR departments are doing right that most others do wrong

Many businesses are breaking tradition with innovative concepts to improve the company culture – allowing employees to take flexible hours, providing open concept work spaces, and offering the option to work from home.

For some workplaces, their ideas have had such a profound impact that they are actually influencing HR policies – particularly when it comes to wellness programs. These companies understand that taking health and wellness programming to the next level is actually improving how their employees work and bottom line results. See what these companies are doing right.


Five statistics that illustrate an undeniable connection between employee health and productivity.

“Employees are your most valuable asset” – everyone has heard this truism, but while we put effort into hiring the right people and training them for the job they perform, we don’t always ensure that they are in the best physical and mental condition to do their job.

Athletes are encouraged to be in their best physical and mental condition for game day, and, because so much is depending on employees performing their best, we should treat employees the same way. Here are five facts that prove that employee health is tied to productivity.


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