The Corporate Wellness Blog

Top 5 Trends from Health and Wellbeing at Work 2017

March 9 2017

The only way is up - growth industry It was our first time out at Health and Wellbeing at Work, so we took a little time to talk to other vendors and speakers about the event this year. The consensus was that the number of exhibitors and the speaker programme had really expanded on last year’s offering. This mirrors what we are all seeing in the growth trends for the wellness industry. Read More

The psychology of activity trackers: how do they encourage long-term behavior change?

January 11 2017

How activity trackers encourage positive, long-term behavior change Activity trackers can be a core component of any wellness program. Though they are a relatively new arrival to the health and wellness sector, as of 2014 they were already being worn by one in ten over-eighteens in the United States, alone. Both small and streamlined, these smart devices provide up-to-the-minute intel that can be transmitted to a smartphone app or browser. Read More

To Multitask, or Not to Multitask? How it Costs Productivity

January 3 2017

In today’s society, with instant access to information (and each other), it’s easy to convince ourselves that multitasking is the way to go. If you can multitask, you can be the ultimate productive worker. Let’s be honest, how many of us have said, «I’m a great multitasker»? Sorry to disappoint you, but you’re probably not. New research suggests that multitasking actually decreases productivity rather than increasing it. Can You Really Multitask? Read More

The Healthiest Christmas Meals Around The World

December 20 2016

There are about 30 major holidays over November, December and January, celebrated by many diverse cultures across the globe. Many of us have the chance to indulge in more than one with friends, family and neighbors. We’ve started with Christmas as an example, but would love to hear about your favorite feasts! Christmas can be a time to spend with family and friends and, of course, to eat. There’s really nothing better than when all the traditional foods come out, as they can remind you of your childhood, certain family members and even the history of your country, all in a single bite. Read More

At The Economist - Harnessing M-Health

December 8 2016

From CEO Anna Gudmundson Last week I had the privilege of speaking about m-health and demographics at The Economist’s Ageing Societies conference, which brought together over 180 global leaders and policymakers from business, finance and healthcare to debate the opportunities and challenges of longevity. It’s an increasingly important discussion as our society – and workforce – continues to age. According to WHO forecasts, the share of the global population aged over 60 will nearly double by 2050, from 12% to 22%. Read More

How can staff fitness impact absence management?

November 9 2016

By Katie Scott 7th November 2016, for Employee Benefits Need to know: • Employees who have an active lifestyle are more likely to fend off illnesses and diseases • A health and wellbeing initiative should be targeted at all staff, not just those who are already physically active and engaged with fitness • Investing in employee health can have knock-on effects on productivity, as well as an organisation’s bottom line Read More

Sleep and How it Impacts Your Success

October 19 2016

There are lots of different keys to success: drive, ambition, knowledge, and so forth. But sometimes our biological systems have just as much of an effect on our success as our intellect and one of the most important elements is sleep. Getting enough quality sleep is more important than some might think, as it’s really what powers you through your entire day. If you get enough sleep, it’s extremely likely that you’ll be more successful as you’ll have enough energy to keep you going and meet your goals. Read More

Wellness: Crisis, Opportunity for Change, or Both?

October 11 2016

From CEO Anna Gudmundson Healthcare systems are overloaded, healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP are increasing and demands from our increasingly unwell populations are growing. We also see that public healthcare systems are underequipped to deal with the increase in stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health related issues. Only 2.7% of people in the US are categorized as having “a basic healthy lifestyle, which includes exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, avoiding smoking and maintaining a normal body fat percentage. Read More

Conscious Capitalism: How Being Good, is Good for the Bottom Line

September 21 2016

For more than a century, some in the industrialized business world followed an all-too-familiar pattern. Capitalists often chased wealth, power and accomplishment without balanced regard for their employees or the environment. Running beneath this historic status quo, however, there has been a slow but steady undercurrent of change that is being adopted by some of the world’s biggest companies: conscious capitalism. Widely believed to have been pioneered by The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick back in the 1970’s, the business philosophy has since been popularized by global business leaders like Whole Foods CEO and co-founder John Mackey and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. Read More

The World Over: How Employee Benefits are Evolving with Globalization

September 6 2016

Prior to globalization, any given company’s employee benefits were fairly straightforward. Employees hired were rewarded with an amount of vacation, medical leave, retirement planning and health insurance that reflected their seniority, specific location or country. As globalization has proliferated and thousands of companies now conduct business across borders, , corporate benefits packages have diversified. As human resources departments scramble to keep up with a company’s geographic expansion, the benefits that employees take for granted can vary wildly from firm to firm. Read More

It’s a No-Brainer: How Mental Health Programs Can Revolutionize Your Company

June 1 2016

Two centuries ago, American statesman Thomas Jefferson summed up his thoughts on exercise as: “A strong body makes the mind strong.” While the third U.S. president’s sentiment may still hold water in some ways, modern science may argue that the opposite is true. Studies have shown that lasting and long-term health starts between our ears and moves throughout the body from there. Particularly within the confines of an office, where external stressors like deadlines, profit margins and employee evaluations bombard the working individual, it has proven crucial to cultivate mental fortitude. Read More

Oh The Places You’ll Go: On the Benefits of Walking

May 26 2016

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “Life is a journey, not a destination,” one assumes he meant it in a philosophical sense. Emerson was likely indicating that happiness and contentment are not tied to life’s many benchmarks, but instead are found in the appreciation of life’s day-to-day pleasures. However, when it comes to the many benefits of walking – whether it’s a work commute, a walk-and-talk meeting with a colleague or a way to avoid splurging on an Uber after an evening work event – that famous quote can also be interpreted literally. Read More

A Different Level of Care: How Businesses Can Reduce Health Insurance Costs

May 25 2016

For many companies, health care spending is an expensive fact of life, and for most, these costs rank second only to wages. In 2008, Price Waterhouse Cooper found that more than half of the $2.2 trillion spent on health care in the United States, or $1.2 trillion, was considered “wasteful spending.” This category includes unnecessary tests, procedures and prescriptions as well as money spent treating preventable conditions like obesity, musculoskeletal conditions and some mental health conditions. Read More

Which Benefits REALLY Define The Best Places to Work?

May 5 2016

You can’t refresh your LinkedIn feed without seeing yet another listicle claiming to be the final and definitive list of the best places to work. Whether they’re breaking it down by country or on a global scale, it seems every media outlet wants to give you 10, 15, 25, or 100 of the best places to work, ranked for your convenience. At best, it’s an oversimplification; at worst, a popularity contest. Read More