Ask us about our employee trainings and leadership workshops

Stop Calling Your Employees Losers!

 

When the hit TV show Biggest Loser first air on NBC in 2004, everyone got inspired to get up and lose weight. It created a remarkable movement getting people thinking more about what they eat and how much they move. Even employees, employers, and HR specialists got on board, causing workplace wellness programs to evolve.

While the biggest loser challenges had their place, the question we need to ask ourselves is, “Are they still relevant in 2021?” While the intention to help motivate employees to become more active and eat healthier is genuine, it can also be insulting and downright offensive. What message do you send to your employees when you challenge them to lose weight? Ways this can be interpreted range from “okay, wow, you think I am fat?” “What? Is my BMI now a liability for the company” “rude of you to assume I need to lose weight”?

There is no doubt that if you walked straight up to an employee and told them they could stand...

Continue Reading...

Hard Worker or Workaholic?

 

Do you have an employee that seems to live at the office? Does that person seem to be the first one to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself why they do that? Is it because they love their work? Are they struggling with a project? Or are they a workaholic?

Workaholism is a very real issue that goes unchecked by employees and employers alike. Workaholism is a compulsion to work excessively hard and long hours and it affects nearly half the American workforce. The term “workaholic” originates from alcoholism and describes a person who works compulsively at the cost of their sleep and social functions, such as meeting friends or family.

Workaholism is a serious problem that is becoming even more prevalent due to the COVID pandemic. The lines between workspace and home space have become blurred as more employees are now socially distancing and working remotely from home. The Vision Council commissioned a survey of...

Continue Reading...

Don't Cut Wellness

 

During this year of 2020 we have all seen major ups and downs. At the beginning of the year the market was up and unemployment was at a record low. Businesses were competing for the best talent and looking for ways to retain their employees. Then COVID-19 happened. Some industries were hit harder than others as we were asked to shutdown and stay at home. Unemployment rates skyrocketed and the markets tanked.

It is easy to understand why companies are hesitant to make any major decisions right now. As states are starting to lockdown again questions arise about which companies will remain open, which need to close and how long this will continue on for. Making big financial commitments in this volatile market is a risk that many are considering very carefully. Many companies are looking for ways to cut costs and lower overhead.

Wellness programs should not be on the list of things to cut during this time. If you are frustrated by employees lack of participation in your programs it...

Continue Reading...

Employee Assistance Programs – Why They are Under Utilized

If you are like most HR professionals or business owners, you recognize the benefits and true value of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It is for this reason you are paying for those services and do your best in communicating them to your employees. However, despite your best efforts your EAP goes primarily unused. Here are the Top three (3) reasons why your employees do not use your EAP.

  • EAP Stigma – EAP’s were originally developed to assist employees with alcoholism. Over the years EAP’s expanded to providing other services such as mental health and relationship counseling. Many have gone as far as offering wellness programs for additional cost. However, the stigma that these are for people with “problems” hasn’t gone away. Asking for help and admitting you have an issue is difficult for anyone. Overcoming this stigma is a difficult task for employers.
  • Lack of Knowledge – As previously stated a lot of EAP’s have expanded their...
Continue Reading...

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Wellness Programs - The difference between problem-solving and prevention

EAP's have been around since at least the 1940's and were originally focused on helping employees with alcohol problems. Through the years these programs evolved and expanded to also include assisting employees with mental and relational issues. Today it is estimated that 97% of companies with more than 5,000 employees, 80% of companies with 1,001-5,000 employees and 75% of companies with 251-1,000 employees offer an EAP. However, these programs go heavily unused for a variety of reasons. This leads many companies to search for alternative solutions like wellness programs. But this should not be an either-or situation. Both services serve specific purposes and resonate with your employees on different levels.

First, we must fully understand the purpose of each program. EAP's are designed to help employees with existing issues. These programs provide counseling services for topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, relational problems and mental health issues. By providing counseling...

Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.