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Well at Work

This blog covers the latest news and research in corporate wellness with insights on improving health, reducing healthcare costs, and fostering a wellness culture at work.

Well at Work

Health News: Exercise Can Alleviate Work-Life Balance Stress

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Is the tug-of-war between work and home life stressing you out? There's a simple way to combat it, according to a new study published in the journal Human Resources Management. The solution: Lace up your gym shoes and work out.

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Tags: Stress, Home, Work, Family, Pressure

Well at Work

15 Healthy Resolutions for the Workplace

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Most people create New Year’s resolutions based on their personal lives. They resolve to lose weight, travel more, and spend more time with family. But few give much thought to how they might improve the part of their lives that commands the most time and energy: work. Though it’s natural to want to separate work and personal life, our modern technological culture makes it increasingly difficult to do so. Because of that, it’s even more necessary to take action to establish habits for a healthy workplace. With that in mind, here are 15 healthy resolutions for the workplace.

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Tags: Work, Lunch, Hydration, Health

Well at Work

Employees Motivated to Work Harder When They Feel Appreciated

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Want to keep your employees happy and motivated? Show your appreciation. Employees who feel their work is appreciated and recognized by their boss are more likely to work harder, according to a new study by Glassdoor, an online career site.

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Tags: Work, Motivation

Well at Work

Why Employers Should Want Employees to Use Vacation Days

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Just because an employee is skipping vacation days to work, it doesn't mean they're being more productive or they're more satisfied at work than employees that take all their allotted vacation time. In fact, a majority of human resources professionals believe that employees who use their personal time off are happier and more productive, according to a new study from the Society for Resource Management.

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Tags: Leisure Time, Work

Well at Work

U.S. Employers Rank Stress as Top Workplace Issue

 

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Stressed at the office? You're not alone. Stress is the number one workplace issue according to the 2013/2014 Towers Watson Staying@Work Survey, conducted by Towers Watson in collaboration with the National Business Group on Health. While employers ranked stress as the top issue facing employees, above physical inactivity and obesity, only 15 percent said that decreasing stress and anxiety was a top priority of their company's health and productivity programs.

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Tags: Health, Stress, Pressure, Work

Well at Work

Back Pain Progression is a Troubling Trend

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Anyone who has spent their 9-to-5 behind a desk can confirm that lower-back pain is a serious threat to employee performance. And according to new research published in the Journal of Pain, up to 70 percent of us will experience such pain in our lifetimes. What’s worse, many of those symptoms will turn chronic.

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Tags: Health, Back Pain, Pain, Work

Well at Work

Healthy Employees = A Healthy Bottom Line

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While the stock market swings and sways every day, there’s one factor that can steady and strengthen a business’ performance—the health of its employees. Companies that earned the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s Corporate Health Achievement Award (which recognizes the healthiest and safest companies in the U.S.) have outperformed the S&P 500 over the last decade. That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Tags: Health, Work

Well at Work

Loyal Workers Earn More

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It pays to stand behind your employer. Michigan State University researchers surveyed over 10,000 eastern European workers and while worker loyalty bolsters a business’ bottom line by lowering turnover costs, they found that employees benefit as well by earning more money.

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Well at Work

Cash Helps Employees Trim Their Waistlines

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The most powerful feature of any successful office weight loss challenge isn’t emotional support, but rather financial incentives, according to a new study in the Journal of Health Economics.

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Tags: Health, Weight Loss, Work

Well at Work

Flexibility: A Concern for the Workforce

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A group of Iowa manufacturers recently opened their factory doors to Iowa State University researchers, with the hope of learning about the health and wellness of their employees. Based on the analysis done, investments in employee wellness programs will soon follow. Here’s why.

The majority of employees—as much as 85 percent—had significant restrictions in joint flexibility.

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Tags: Flexibility, Disease, Work

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

Live Better

America: A Nation of Couch Potatoes

A new study from the University of Alabama found that the average person is getting less than two minutes of rigorous exercise a day.

Nutrition

7 Fresh Juices to Start Your Day

Juice these fruit and veggie blends to start your day.

Well at Work

Health News: Exercise Can Alleviate Work-Life Balance Stress

Researchers found that working out can help ease stress and increase confidence in dealing with work-life balance issues.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.