Why Financial Wellness Needs to be Part of Your Wellness Program

Why Financial Wellness Needs to be Part of Your Wellness Program

Guest blogger: Peter Dunn, Personal Finance Expert To understand the need for financial wellness programming in the workplace, you must first come to terms with some very uncomfortable truths. Americans are consistently making increasingly poor financial decisions. In fact, our country’s economy is built on the back of these poor decisions. If Americans only purchased cars they could objectively…

To Achieve a Healthy Culture, Focus on 1 Thing

Guest Blogger: Health Enhancement Systems

We’ve worked with clients who have set somewhat ambiguous goals to “work on the culture.” When we ask what that means, there’s a momentary pause, then the list materializes in their mind: “Things like vending machine policies, alignment with our food service vendor, tying organization health goals to business goals, stretch breaks, you know…”

While all of these are worthwhile in their own right, they completely miss the point that culture isn’t something you do, it’s everything you do (For more, read Achieving a Culture of Health or Creating a Culture of Happiness). A culture is defined by what is expected of people and what is valued. It’s the sum total of all actions every employee lives day in and day out — from the boardroom to the assembly line. It’s what a company does when profits are pouring in and when a deep recession hits. It’s how managers treat subordinates when the pressure is on as well as when things are going smoothly.

Tell the Truth About Weight Loss in 2013

Guest Blogger: Health Enhancement Systems

It’s time to plan for New Year’s resolutions and it’s time to come clean about what it takes to lose weight, and more importantly, how to keep it off; little changes don’t work (NutriSum does, read real wellness program success stories here).

Most of the overweight population continues to be fed the notion that little changes here and there will add up to a healthy weight, when there is zero evidence that little changes work. None.

What Wildly Successful Wellness Managers Don’t Talk About

Guest Blogger: Health Enhancement Systems

We had a great client about 10 years ago who loved our wellness campaigns and implemented just about every new program we created. Her population seemed to love them too, with approval ratings consistently in the high 90s. But then her management changed and so did the wellness program’s emphasis — from the goal to inspire behavior change with fun, engaging, theme-based campaigns, communication, and on-site programs like health fairs, to one focused on “proven” ROI strategies.

Somewhere along the line her new manager adopted the unquestioning belief that wellness ROI was what top management cared about and any initiative that couldn’t demonstrate it wasn’t worth funding.

Finding the Right Media Mix For Your Wellness Communications

emi-newsletterSome companies, wanting to be cutting edge, have taken their workplace wellness communications entirely to the Web. They use emails, blogs, microsites, and other electronic ways to reach their audiences. Other organizations have decided to stick with tried-and-true print media, opting for the power of posters and health newsletters, to get the word out.

Still other groups like EMI Health know that to effectively reach an audience, it takes a smart mix of both print and electronic media working together. EMI Health empowers employees through newsletters, a Website, downloadable eBooks, one-minute videos, webinars, social media, meetings with personal health coaches, and more.