February 20, 2013
For many employees, work only adds to the huge pile of stressors they already deal with every day — about financial, relationship, health, family, or other issues. The American Psychological Association reports 41% of employees feel stressed out during the work day. It’s no secret that chronic stress takes a big toll on physical and mental well-being, not to mention job performance.
Managers wield powerful influence over employee morale, workloads, team communication, and job satisfaction. They can serve as motivators and role models to promote healthy behaviors that reduce stress; here’s how:
February 19, 2013
We put out a call to readers asking for their kokua (help) developing fun, creative promotions for our new Hawaiian-themed physical activity program. The response was overwhelming — more than 200 ideas were submitted. We’ve consolidated excerpts for you to download in this pdf.
February 12, 2013
CBS Evening News and Sunday Morning did a story on Mike Herr, aka Mike the Mailman at Penn State last week; it didn’t mention cholesterol, obesity, exercise, behavior change, or any of the other dozens of issues health promoters grapple with each week. Yet it contained powerful examples of someone living well — showing that quality of life isn’t measured by BMI or ROI, but in the way you interact with people every day.
February 12, 2013
Multiple studies have documented that a culture of happiness matters (read Creating a Culture of Happiness: The Link Between Happy Employees and a Thriving Organization), and we see the proof with the success of companies such as Zappos and Google. Top organizations are recognizing that happiness among employees predicts beneficial behavior, even beyond a person’s job description. Compared to their less happy counterparts, happy employees: