NPR Survey Sheds Light On Workplace Stress

Category: Corporate Wellness

A recent survey by the National Public Radio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health revealed a number of insights on employees’ perceptions of health problems, experiences, issues, and challenges in the workplace.  The survey focused on the United States and sought to answer seven questions: What relationship do adults… Read more »

Survey: Wellness Tops Priority List For Employers, Over ACA

Category: Corporate Wellness

A survey from HUB International revealed that more employers ranked wellness (83%) and cost management (76%) as a top priority than ACA compliance (60%).  The study focused on small and middle market companies by surveying 400 senior-level human resource and finance executives from companies with 50 to 1,000 employees.  Broken down further by employer size,… Read more »

Study: After-Hours Emails Hurt Job Performance

Category: Facts and Research

Companies enacting policies supporting an “always on” culture believe employee performance is tied to hours worked or email response time.  Research continues to be published that contradicts this management style, including a study scheduled to be presented at this summer’s annual meeting of the Academy of Management.  The study suggests that employers “damage their employeesꞌ… Read more »

Survey: Income, Generation, And Gender Differences In PTO Use And Preferences

Category: Wellness

A survey from TriNet revealed some interesting information about the differences that exist in paid time off (PTO) use and preferences amongst different age and income groups.  The survey sought to gauge the impact of various PTO benefits on workers’ behaviors and their job performance and found that employees consider PTO a very important part… Read more »

Pokémon Go: The Next Best Health App?

Category: Mobile Wellness

In a classic (and modern) story of unintended consequences, Pokémon Go may have become the next best health app by accident.  Before diving deeper into why, the obvious question of “What is Pokémon Go?” needs to be answered. In simple terms, Pokémon Go uses a phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when a… Read more »

EEOC: Employers Must Provide Advance Notice To Employees For Screenings And HRAs

Category: Regulatory

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new rules on May 17, 2016 that will require employers that offer wellness programs that collect employee health information (such as through a health risk assessment or biometric screening) to provide a notice to employees informing them what information will be collected, how it will be used, who… Read more »

Study: “Enhanced” Walking Programs Deliver Results

Category: Facts and Research

According to a new study from Independence Blue Cross, “enhanced” walking programs encouraged people to walk more and resulted in weight loss and improvements in mood, energy levels, and overall feelings of well-being.  Published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, the study comprised of 460 employees from six employer groups and analyzed results from… Read more »

Study: Texting Patients Reduces Heart Attack Risk

Category: Facts and Research

Wellable has long advocated for using test messaging as a medium of communication to facilitate individuals with living a healthier life (we even wrote a free eBook about it).  Now, another study suggests text messaging could prevent heart attacks.  The results of the six-month clinical trial, which were published in the Journal of the American… Read more »