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Four Reasons Your Employees Are Disengaged

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Sep 10, 2014 9:23:44 AM

The greatest competitive advantage in today’s economy is an engaged workforce, yet at least one study shows that only 13 percent of employees are fully engaged. About one-quarter are actively disengaged — that is, so unhappy at work that their productivity is significantly compromised.

Why do employees feel so disconnected? The reasons are many: They may feel underpaid, unappreciated, fearful of getting laid off, stuck in a dead-end job, or weary of office politics or demanding customers.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Could Behavioral Counseling Help Overweight Americans Lose Weight?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Sep 5, 2014 10:14:55 AM

Losing weight is hard.

Most people who need to lose weight are aware that they need to reduce calories and increase exercise in order to shed the excess weight. Yet, success eludes them.

A literature review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last week points to a possible solution – intensive behavioral counseling for overweight patients who have heart disease risk factors and metabolic syndrome, as well as those at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Topics: Health News, Workplace Wellness

Kicking the Soda Habit: A Win for Your Workforce and Your Bottom Line

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Sep 3, 2014 8:25:40 AM

Lowering your company’s health-care costs is a complex enterprise — one that will require lifestyle changes among your workforce. But small changes can pay off in big ways: By simply cutting out sugary drinks, new research suggests, the soda drinkers at your company could slash their odds of developing costly and serious medical conditions.

We’ve long known that sugar-added beverages promote weight gain. But according to a study of 6,800 adults, colas, fruit punches, and sweetened teas also appear to promote illness even in people of normal weight.

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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness

Surprising Reasons Your Employees Need More Sleep

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 27, 2014 7:29:59 AM

We all know what’s driving the obesity and diabetes epidemics: too much eating and too much sitting, right?

Actually, mounting research points to a third culprit, too — and one that may be easier to fix: sleep loss.

A new research review, covering 15 years of studies and published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, suggests poor sleep compromises glucose metabolism, drives up appetite, and slows calorie burn.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Help Them Lose Weight: The Role of the Employer

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 19, 2014 1:26:43 PM

It’s tempting to view obesity as a failure of personal responsibility and to expect your overweight employees to slim down on their own.

Perhaps your company takes a hands-off view: It’s not our place to suggest employees lose weight. Besides, we can hardly control what others eat or whether they exercise.

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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness

3 Common Problems Employers Face With Wellness & How You Can Avoid Them

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 12, 2014 8:25:22 AM

Creating a healthy workplace can be challenging, no question. With both employees and managers resistant to change, some common problems tend to crop up.

By recognizing these problems ahead of time, you can identify solutions now to avoid dealing with them in the future, saving everyone time, effort, and money. The payoff will be healthy employees who are more motivated and more productive.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

5 Signs Your Wellness Program Is Failing

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Aug 7, 2014 8:19:00 AM

You’ve recognized that employee health is vital to keeping productivity high and insurance costs low. To help your employees improve their health, you’ve chosen to invest in a corporate wellness program. But since implementing the program, you haven’t seen the results you were hoping for. Stressed out and unhappy, your employees appear to be eating as much junk food and taking as many smoke breaks as ever. What could have gone wrong?

The fact is, when it comes to employee wellness programs, your wellness ROI is going to reflect the effort that your organization puts into your program. While your wellness program gives you the framework and the tools you need for change, it’s still up to your organization to utilize those tools in ways that support and motivate your employees.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

See More Immediate Results by Focusing on Key Risk Behaviors

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 31, 2014 8:02:05 AM

In my first three blogs, I focused on what’s really behind employee disengagement – personal barriers and lack of personal motivation. In my final blog today on employee disengagement, I would like to discuss the importance of applying personalized health coaching to reduce key risk behaviors most responsible for chronic conditions.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

How Do You Calculate ROI for Weight Loss Programs?

Posted by Alere Health & Wellbeing on Jul 29, 2014 9:10:00 AM

How much is employee obesity and poor health costing your company?

We’re not just talking about monetary healthcare costs – although those can certainly be extensive. But you should also consider the reduction in productivity that also comes along with stressed-out, unhealthy employees. Your employees are your greatest assets, and you want them to be happy, healthy, and productive.

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Topics: Weight Management, Workplace Wellness

Motivation to Improve Poor Lifestyle Habits Must Come From Within

Posted by Norm Ryan on Jul 24, 2014 11:52:01 AM

Last week, I discussed the importance of identifying and resolving personal barriers that keep employees from engaging with their health. Today, I will discuss why employees also need help discovering the personal benefit of making a change – the “what’s in it for them”, or what we refer to at Alere as the “personal motivator”.

Personal motivators are “intrinsic” motivators that come from within based on a person’s internal core values, preferences, desires, etc. A personal desire to make healthy changes develops when a person identifies the specific long-term gratification he or she will receive if they take action. Here are a few of examples: an obese person wants to be able to walk around without knee or back pain; a smoker wants to run in marathons; a person who never exercises wants to feel better mentally as well as physically.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

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