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3 weeks ago

Five Reasons Corporate Wellness Is More Important Than Ever

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As the president of a corporate wellness company, Kinema Fitness, I have noticed a recent trend in the way companies are approaching employee-based wellness programs. Namely, companies are taking employee wellness more seriously now. They are truly trying to figure out the right solution to combat rising health issues and healthcare costs. Unfortunately, too many companies are trying to implement wellness programs with little to no experience or game plan for success. As a result, more programs fail than succeed.

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3 weeks ago

Workplace Wellness Program Trends.

A worksite health promotion initiative in the workplace ought to be designed to help mitigate an employee's healthcare needs as well as ensure that job goals are healthy and in balance.

Now a employee wellness initiative can't fix an illness as severe as Lupus, but it may assist the worker to better manage the physical needs and stress that may go along with such an ailment. Many females who suffer from premenstrual headaches often find themselves changing from one brand of birth control medication to another, but frequently, an employee wellness initiative can help identify methods to better alleviate such headaches without modifying prescription drugs.

Health and wellness products are not generally promoted within a corporate wellness initiative, although they are not discouraged. Worksite wellness initiatives are most frequently used to help staff members identify simple ways to enhance their health and well-being , through bettering nutrition and adding routine exercise.

A good corporate health promotion program should also tailor personal activities, meals or recommendations to each person depending on their own specific needs. The activity level for an individual recovering from a knee replacement surgery will be considerably different than the program for a normal healthy adult. Worksite health promotion will be unique.

A lot of companies find that offering an occasional on the job massage is adequate to promote an excellent spirit of workmanship in the workplace . It is indisputable that a massage feels refreshing, but studies have noted that a good deep tissue massage generally promotes good circulation, increased brain activity and increases alertness for several hours, all good factors in the workplace .

A workplace health promotion program isn't a surefire method to get all workers on the same page as far as their health and well-being , but it is a step in the right direction. When more and more companies promote wellness in the worksite it becomes the norm and workers are more likely to follow suit by taking responsibility for their own health and wellness by making better long-term options .

By: John Bate

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John Bates is the most prolific health and wellness expert of this generation. His work and more than 5,000 free employee wellness related handout, posters, guides, tool kits at Wellness Proposals and Infinite Wellness Solutions. On both sites you will also find a complimentary Wellness

3 weeks ago

Business :: Why do anonymous ethics hotlines work?

Despite the controversial context in which the word whistleblower has been used in the past couple of years, the term actually also refers to the business world, not just the one of classified information and top secret technologies. In fact, anyone can be a whistleblower - from a government employee who learns terrifying secrets to an entry-level employee who uses an ethics hotline to draw attention to improper conduct or fraud at the workplace. What do the two persons have in common? The medium; the existence of a safe, objective and, most of all, anonymous third party that receives the information and passed it on, without risking the identity of the whistleblower. In the business world, this medium is the employee hotline: an absolute necessity for modern companies that want to comply with national regulations and provide an ethical and pleasant workplace for all their employees.

An ethics hotline empowers the staff in many ways. Again, it's important to point out that the efficiency of such a hotline is due mainly to its anonymity. A character in a recent movie about the life of a famous whistleblower said that people tell the truth when they can hide behind a mask. Indeed, being open doesn't always work at the workplace. Some topics cannot be discussed openly in a meeting, nor confessed to a co-worker, because they are sensitive or uncomfortable. Unfortunately, there are countless cases of fraud, abuse and discrimination that occur all over the world and out of all the people that stand victims, only a small percentage take a step forward to reveal the things they have seen or heard. Usually, when they do this, they do it at great personal risks. They can be ridiculed for talking about how they are mistreated or they can be fired and blackmailed by superiors if they uncover fraud. However, the anonymity of an employee hotline allows them to speak openly about their concerns, without worrying that they will be punished.

An anonymous hotline is an essential component of the modern workplace and it is already obligatory in several countries. It empowers employees, allowing them to grow in an ethical workplace. In addition, it gives company owners an excellent solution to solving problems. An anonymous hotline encourages communication: if an employee has a problem he or she is more likely to talk about it during an anonymous, non-recorded phone call with a third party rather than bring it up at a company meeting. It addition, the operators at these hotlines are professional and well-trained. They know how to interview callers and, most importantly, they can discern fact from fiction, so that the company's reputation is not stained because of false accusations. Needless to say, notable calls will be reported to the company and if frequent employee concerns occur, they will be forwarded in the fastest time possible. All in all, employee ethics hotlines were created with the mission of solving business environment problems in a modern and civilized way. They promote respect, communication, honesty and they should be implemented in every company that wants to have these core values.

3 weeks ago

Lumber Liquidators linked to health and safety violations

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The following is a script from "Lumber Liquidators" which aired on March 1, 2015. Anderson Cooper is the correspondent. Katherine Davis and Sam Hornblower, producers.

Lumber Liquidators is the largest and fastest-growing retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, with over 360 stores in 46 states and revenues of more than a billion dollars a year. But hardwood isn't the only product they se

3 weeks ago

Are Employee Wellness Programs a Scam?

Last Updated Mar 17, 2009 11:23 AM EDT

The Takeaway: Health care costs are inching up (if not soaring) at companies across America, and in the current economic climate managers are desperate to cut these costs. And where there's desperation, there' usually someone willing to exploit it. That's just what's happening with the all those touting employee wellness programs, says Ruettimann. In her usual uncompromising tone, the blogger behind Punk Rock HR holds nothing back:

There is no wellness program in America that will lower the cost of your company's medical benefit program. If someone tells you otherwise, she is wrong. In fact, long-term studies from clinics and hospitals across America show that weight loss and lifestyle changes are temporary, at best, and that 95 percent of those who lose weight--and benefit from eating right and exercising--will gain back the weight within five years.... programs that focus on weight loss, stress reduction, and exercise cannot prove either a long-term reduction in benefit costs or an overall improvement to your workforce's health.

Don't be the last chump in America to wake up and realize that wellness programs are a scam and distract you from your real goals as a leader. Skip the lectures on calories and exercise. Stop devaluing your employment brand by trying to motivate your workforce to join the local fitness center and drink more water.... If your company spends time and money lecturing your workforce on the benefits of diet soda and cardiovascular exercise, you are running an adult daycare program instead of a business.

So does she have any alternatives to offer those scrambling to bring down health care costs? Of course she does. Ruettimann suggests a back to basics focus on rewarding performance. On top of that all you can do is "use your political capital to influence the debate on health care reform" and "ask your HR department to craft a compensation plan that will attract and retain the best and brightest employees." Check out Ruettimann's blog for many more strong opinions on all things HR.

The Question: Are wellness programs just a distracting intrusion?

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3 weeks ago

Importance Of Health And Safety Management Guidelines Within The Workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued voluntary protection program management guidelines to encourage employers to do more than just comply with regulations to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses. Although compliance with the law, including specific OSHA standards, is an important objective, an effective corporate safety program looks beyond specific requirements of law to address all hazards. It seeks to prevent injuries and illnesses, whether or not compliance is an issue.

This is precisely what some of the best workplace safety consulting firms are doing. Health and safety management system standards/guidelines are important for corporate safet

3 weeks ago

Occupational deaths among healthcare workers.

Recent experiences with severe acute respiratory syndrome and the

US smallpox vaccination program have demonstrated the vulnerability of

healthcare workers to occupationally acquired infectious diseases.

However, despite acknowledgment of risk, the occupational death rate for

healthcare workers is unknown. In contrast, the death rate for other

professions with occupational risk, such as police officer or

firefighter, has been well defined. With available information from

federal sources and calculating the additional number of deaths from

infection by using data on prevalence and natural history, we estimate

the annual death rate