Is it really any wonder that the World Health Organization considers stress to be the “health epidemic of the 21st century?” Stress weighs heavily on the minds (and bodies) of employees today:
Burnout isn’t always about work. That new mom for whom you just threw a “welcome back” party – the one with the increasingly dark circles around her eyes? And that dad with three kids under 10, who looks like he’s struggling to stay awake during afternoon meetings? Parenting burnout, not work burnout, is what’s hurting these people.
A recent study of parental burnout published in Frontiers in Psychology found that the symptoms mirrored that of work burnout: exhaustion, emotional withdrawal, and feelings of inadequacy. The study found that 12% of parents surveyed suffered from high levels of burnout – that is, experiencing all of these symptoms in a single week.
62 percent of professionals say they typically eat lunch at their desks. This stat likely comes as no surprise to most professionals. In fact, I would argue it may be even higher in Silicon Valley where non-stop work at all hours is usually regarded as a point of pride.
What is leading to all these “desktop diners”? About a third of employees say they feel pressured by their managers to work through lunch. While it may seem like working through lunch equals greater productivity, creating a culture where employees take a true break mid-day can have positive effects on your business and your employees’ health.
In her latest post, Grokker CEO Lorna Borenstein urged us to make it personal. As Lorna tells us, “By making employees and their families the focal point of your company, you create a community.”
Numerous studies have shown that social support plays a key role in both health and overall happiness. A January study found that people who feel socially connected to family or friends have lower health risks. Researchers found that socially-integrated teens were 48 percent less likely to be obese, and older adults who were socially integrated were 54 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure.
Karl’s co-workers have noticed that he hasn’t been himself lately. Once collaborative, energetic, and deadline-driven, Karl now snaps at people in meetings, is lethargic, and requires multiple reminders to submit his reports. He always seems to be watching the clock, yet constantly complains about feeling like he doesn’t have enough time in the day to get everything done.
Karl is exhibiting classic signs of burnout. Coined in the 1970s by the psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, there is no single, widely accepted definition of burnout1. However, it’s become a fairly widespread modern malady, due in part to our always-on culture.
The modern office is full of nutritional minefields: Donuts on Monday morning, unlimited candy jars, cake on Sarah’s birthday ... (and it seems like it’s always someone’s birthday).
Employees with poor nutritional balance report 21% more sick-related absences and 11% lower productivity than healthier colleagues. Better nutrition means more time on the job and more alert and focused employees. It’s good business to make sure your employees are fueled well for work, but it’s not always easy to convince them to make healthy food choices.
Here are six tips to get your employees’ nutrition moving in the right direction:
The old saying “my job is killing me” may really be true. New studies featured by Harvard Business School in “The Relationship Between Workplace Stressors and Mortality and Health Costs in the United States” by Joel Goh, show stress at work is responsible for about $190 billion in healthcare costs in the United States.*
Every single year, there are at least 450 million days of missed work for full-time workers. The result? Lost revenue, to the tune of billions, and increased stress for workers and business owners, who all suffer under the weight of the sickening side-effects of stress induced illness in the workplace. Issues such as high-blood pressure, mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism, and other stress created illnesses plague the American workplace.
Reap the rewards of a culture of wellness in the workplace.
Every disruption has its upside, and in today’s workplace, that’s good news since change is the mantra being heard from every sector of business. But embracing change is quite challenging for most managers and business owners. How do you please the Millennials, who comprise more than one of three in the workforce, and also offer something worthwhile that will benefit all members of your staff? Businesses are realizing the importance of an amazing culture but the reality is that most are still not getting it right.
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While 50 percent of companies with more than 50 employees have wellness programs, they are not achieving the desired employee health improvements, the New York Times, recently reported. Wellness programs can work, if properly conceived and implemented -- the problem is they rarely are.
Typically, workplace-wellness programs employ a “carrot-and-stick” approach where the employee is financially rewarded for participation through lower health-care premiums and penalized with higher premiums if they do not participate.
There is a scary trend right now, well there has been for quite some time actually, of people feeling like they are required to work through their lunch, eating at their desk whilst tapping away and thinking about anything other that what they are eating. Not only is it a seriously unhealthy habit to pick up but it can also make you gain weight. The decrease in physical activity plays a part but it’s also down to us not focusing on what we’re eating, this lack of attention can result in us almost forgetting what we have eaten, making us feel hungrier, quicker. So, if you find yourself reaching for the biscuit tin mid afternoon, perhaps it’s time to step outside on your lunch break, rack up some steps as you walk to a park or your favourite coffee shop and eat your lunch in relative leisure.
Here are my top 5 things that I like to do on my lunch break that leave me feeling refreshed and geared up for a long afternoon at work;
There is a wellness revolution happening in corporate America. As the secret has gotten out that healthy employees are more productive and handle stress better, companies have been scrambling to put together wellness programs for their employees. It makes sense from a business perspective. Having healthy employees can increase profitability, sales, and morale. But are employee wellness programs actually improving the health of employees and companies?
We know that workplace wellness programs have endemically low participation rates (Grokker’s Deborah Holstein has some tips for solving that problem), but how are well attended wellness programs working out? Well, it depends.
Workplace wellness programs are an awesome way to improve employee health, happiness, and productivity. But these programs can only be effective if employees participate, and disappointing participation levels are endemic. So what can your company do to make sure that employees get all of the benefits of a workplace wellness program? The answer might lie in a little bit of competition.
People are powerfully motivated by competition, rewards, and teamwork. Therefore, incorporating these elements into a wellness program is likely to improve health outcomes for employees and increase participation levels. So how exactly do you incorporate these elements? Why, using wellness challenges of course!
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