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Value of Investment (VOI) vs. Return on Investment (ROI)

+++ Battle of the Metrics! +++ The workplace wellness industry has been all a buzz lately with the prospect of moving from ROI to VOI to evaluate program efficacy. On the one hand, it is great that we are moving away from ROI – since the literature is clear that these programs do not produce […]

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3 Easy Ways to Find Out If Your Organization is 400 Years Behind the Times, and How to Fast Forward to Today

As crazy as it sounds, your organization might still be stuck applying approaches  to organizational and employee wellbeing based on 17th century science. If so, your efforts to improve morale and workplace productivity may be as fruitless as trying to convince your boss that the world is flat. How Organizations Are Stuck The best way […]

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Out of the Mouths of Babes – What We Can Learn About Human Behavior From Our Children

Sometimes, no matter how many times we learn a lesson – we just cannot seem to change the way we do things. Over the past 30 years, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of studies have consistently shown that people do best with sustainable change when it comes from within – without pressure or coercion; in […]

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A Little Nutrition Sanity – Sugar: The Other White Powder – Rhetoric vs. Reality

The latest round of sugar bashing probably traces its origin back to an article by the lawyer (not nutritionist) Jon Banzhaf in the “New Scientist” in 2003 in which he argued that “fats and sugars can act on the brain in the same way as nicotine and heroin.” In a piece in “The New York […]

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5 Ways to Identify a Credible Nutrition Source: What We Can Learn From Our Cats and Our Cars

OK, so I have written on this topic before but my recent prowling on LinkedIn has motivated me to revisit it. This discussion will work best if, like me, you have at least one of these two qualifications: You are not a veterinarian, and You don’t know anything about cars. If, like me, the workings […]

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How to Leverage the Power of Language to Support A Thriving Workplace Culture

Words have an amazing power to impact the way people think and feel. As the great English writer/storyteller Rudyard Kipling put it: “Words are the most powerful drugs used by mankind. Not only do words infect, egotize, narcotize and paralyze, but they enter into and colour the minutest cells of the brain.” In our new […]

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The 3 Common Mistakes That Doom Workplace Culture Initiatives

Getting started on the journey toward a thriving workplace culture cannot be done in a vacuum. People support what they help create, so it’s crucial to involve employees in the process to provide opportunities for employee engagement and also to foster long-term support for positive change in the workplace. However, you’ll want to avoid these […]

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Here We Go Again! Jumping on the Obesity Epidemic Bandwagon

It was plastered all over the media with the usual, in exceedingly poor taste, accompanying pictures of headless fat people: Obesity, Excess Weight Gain in US Continue Upswing And, as could be expected, everyone proceeded to go off again on how we simply must do something to stop this seemingly unstoppable epidemic. But there is […]

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Organizational and Employee Wellbeing: “Creating the Conditions” for Change

We are constantly asked the question, “if I don’t use incentives, how do I motivate my employees to _____?”(work harder, be safer, be healthier, participate in programs, etc.). Our response is always the same. Though motivation at the workplace is an extremely important issue, this is simply the wrong question to ask, because motivation is […]

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Weight Loss Challenges are a Popular Workplace Offering… But Are They a Good Idea?

Incentive-based wellness programs aimed at weight loss are not actually improving the health of your employees or saving you money. In fact, there is compelling evidence that promoting weight loss in the workplace is not just ineffective – it can be unintentionally, yet seriously harmful for both employees and organizations. According to recent survey data […]

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