wellness initiatives

How one employer helped reduce mental-health-related disability leaves

A recent study by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed that the economic burden of depression has increased to over $210 billion per year.1 Not only is depression in the workplace a huge financial cost, it also takes a toll on both the affected employee and his or her coworkers. In his latest blog post, […]

Can poor posture affect your workforce?

Our mothers always told us to sit up straight and, odds are, you rolled your eyes and ignored her request. As we’ve grown older, we’ve realized the importance of proper posture. Now we remind ourselves to sit up straight, not hunch our shoulders and stop slouching. But, while we are at least more conscious of […]

What’s really impacting your employees’ health and productivity?

Proactively addressing employee wellness as a way to promote better quality of life for employees and minimize future impacts on productivity is finally getting the attention it deserves. Whether it’s implementing wellness programs, working with your EAP provider or offering annual health screenings — workplace wellness strategies are hot topics. And, these conversations show no […]

Accommodations: It’s not just about the chair

As a disability consultant, I’m one of the first to help employers realize that employees with chronic pain — or another type of disabling illness or injury — can benefit from workplace accommodations, such as a chair. The chair is an important part of the puzzle to help an employee’s productivity, depending on his or […]

Successful accommodations for fragrance sensitivities in the workplace

While your choice in perfume or fabric softener may not seem like a serious decision, it can cause a person with fragrance sensitivity to have some unfortunate health issues. A fragrance sensitivity is an allergic reaction or irritation to chemicals in certain products1 — a topic I introduced in one of my first posts for […]

4 tips for boosting employee wellness

Healthy employees can have a measurable, positive impact on productivity and your overall business. A 2009 study in the American Journal of Cardiology found that after a six-month worksite health intervention that included things such as health education, nutrition counseling and physical activity promotion, average employee annual medical claim costs decreased 48 percent for the […]

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