Understanding Your Employee Culture

April 14, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Much is written about the elusive culture of health mature wellness programs are striving for in American companies today. It’s sometimes positioned as the end game of a highly successful series of programs and policies that transform a workplace population from the US norm — 67% overweight, 15% smokers, 60% underactive, and more than half stressed and sleep-deprived — to one where most are moving in a positive direction and the healthy choice is always the default.


6 Ways to Boost Springtime Energy

April 09, 2014

Longer daylight hours are a psychological lift for many and provide an opportunity for wellness coordinators to emphasize energy-boosting springtime activities. Some ideas:

A Fresh Look at Best Practices In Wellness

April 01, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

If you’re a longtime reader you know we don’t put a lot of stock in so-called wellness best practice lists (read The Curse of Knowledge and Why We’re Stuck in Wellness). One of our primary frustrations is it takes the focus off what really matters to employees: communication, recognition, growth, respect, leadership, and compensation. If these key issues aren’t addressed in your organization, you’re working in a demotivating culture and pulling people into your wellness program is going to be tough, but not impossible.

Although wellness can’t directly affect all areas, the results can be a guide… setting the tone for how you operate. And you can have an impact on at least the top 4 best practices that matter most to employees.


Sports Spectacles Can Inspire Physical Activity

April 01, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Tour de France starts July 5, 2014

Every 4 years the Winter and Summer Olympics create an opportunity for inspiring your population to become more active. (In February, for example, thousands of participants in Go Gold boosted physical activity with our Winter Olympics-themed campaign.)

This summer offers a potential blockbuster chance to fire up the troops with a 101st Tour de France-themed program. More than a cycling event, the Tour is a major sports spectacle throughout Europe and, increasingly, the US. With the doping scandals of the past largely behind it, the sport of professional cycling is positioned to take off like a rocket.

Here are some ways to take advantage of media hype surrounding the Tour: