Start a Mentor Program to Boost Wellness Program Participation

Quick Summary: Through corporate mentoring programs, protégés gain career guidance by interacting with experienced people, using them as sounding boards for business ideas and problem-solving. HR directors and wellness managers can “steal” a page from corporate mentoring plans (which help firms attract, develop, and retain talented workers) and apply the concept to employee health and…

Get Better Feedback: 7 Online Survey Mistakes You Can Avoid Next Time

Quick Summary: Want more employees to tell you what they like and loathe? Surveying them online can generate immediate, powerful, anonymous feedback that fuels your programming and benefits decisions Your employees will respond to online surveys more often if you avoid these common mistakes. 1. Don’t begin before setting objectives. Before considering questions to ask…

Why Catch Phrases Don’t Communicate — and What You Can and Should Say Instead

Quick Summary: Catch phrases such as “I understand” and “I’m sorry” are a barrier to sound communication in the workplace. You’ve heard these phrases. Maybe you say them yourself. Learn what you’re really saying and how to say what you really mean. Think about the times you’ve heard someone say “I’m sorry” so insincerely, you…

Ideas for Communicating Health to Your Millennial Employees

Quick Summary: Millennials, the children of Baby Boomers, are significantly different from previous generations in many ways. These differences can present both challenges and opportunities for those trying to communicate with them. If your organization doesn’t yet employ millennials in large numbers, you soon will. Born from about 1980 to the mid-1990s, this group is…