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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

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: Disease, Work, Flexibility

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How to Be a Better Boss

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By stimulating the minds of your employees, you’ll also help protect their mental health. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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$6,000 a Year: The Cost of Employing a Smoker

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Got an extra six grand? That’s the additional annual cost, on average, a company has to cover in order to hire a smoker over a nonsmoker, according to a new study out of Ohio State University.

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Offices With Windows: A Healthier Way to Work

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A small study on workplace environments yielded some interesting results. Compared with those in windowless offices, employees exposed to natural light slept an average of 46 minutes more per night.

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Tags: Sleep, Health, Work

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Stressful Jobs Cause Serious Side-Effects

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Almost 30 percent of workers admit to experiencing near-constant work-related stress. And two new studies provide chilling details on just how damaging those negative feelings can be.

While psychological stress has long been suggested as a culprit in the development of type-2 diabetes, nothing had been proven. Until now.

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Tags: Health, Work, Longevity, Stress

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Give Yourself Credit for Every Change You Make

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You would assume that signing up for workplace health programs can only lead to benefits, but unfortunately, negatives always have a way of popping up. According to a Mayo Clinic study in the American Journal of Health Promotion, those who join office-based wellness programs — which usually revolve around weight loss and fitness — and then fail to utilize the services can actually suffer a decline in their mental health.

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Don’t Let Your Computer Crunch Your Neck

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Forget medication and opt for a yoga mat to help ease your neck pain. A study in the Journal of Pain concluded that practicing yoga is an effective treatment for neck pain while also improving psychological well-being. 

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Tags: Neck, Work, Neck Pain

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Office Buddies Can Protect Your Health

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Having friends in high places could help you land a promotion, but even being pals with your cubemate can offer huge benefits. Here’s why.

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Tags: Health, Stress, Disease, Work

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The Fallout from Job Burnout

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Physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion are telltale signs of a burnt out employee. Those symptoms are usually accompanied by weight gain, insomnia, and anxiety. But to make matters even worse, a new Israeli study highlights how burnout can be your ultimate undoing.

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Study: Sustainable Engagement Improves Employee Wellbeing and Company Success

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While more than 100 studies have found a connection between employee engagement and work performance, a study from Towers Watson takes the case one step deeper [Harvard Business Review].

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Tags: Health, Work

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