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:


Picking Your Battles at Work… and How to Win Them

March 18, 2014

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

In 20+ years in wellness, we’ve never met a single practitioner who claims to get everything they want to run their program. In most instances, they feel they’re under-staffed and under-budgeted for the monumental task of changing behaviors and bending the healthcare cost curve. It’s hard to argue — most organizations spend over 10 times more on sick care than they do on keeping healthy people healthy.

Since the economics of workplace health aren’t likely to change anytime soon, it’s vital that you learn where to fight and where to back off — so the stuff that matters gets done and you spend as little energy as possible on the things that don’t. Here’s how: