Study: Sitting Linked To Depression


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Prolonged sitting has been called “the new smoking” because of its adverse effects on heart health. Now, being glued to the seat is also linked to mental health symptoms; researchers in Australia recently found a link between prolonged sitting, low activity levels, and depression. The group set out to follow 8,950 women, aged 50 to… Read more »

Employee Experience Delivers ROI


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In his new book, The Employee Experience Advantage, Jacob Morgan interviewed 150 psychologists, economists, and business leaders around the world and analyzed more than 250 diverse organizations to determine the impact employee experience has on the success of companies. Based on those conversations and analyses, he identified three environments that matter most to employees: cultural,… Read more »

Wellness Software Helps Reduce Employee Turnover


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A recent data analysis from a corporate wellness software vendor shows that engaged employees and wellness program participants are more likely to stay at their jobs and be productive.  Specifically, turnover rates were four times higher for employees not in wellness programs and two times higher for employees signed up but not participating in them… Read more »

Studies: Activity Trackers Work, If Individuals Use Them


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The use of activity trackers is becoming more prevalent each year.  In fact, it has been recently reported that 25% of Americans own a wearable device.  This means that the number of tracker owners in the U.S. is greater than the entire French population.  That’s a lot!  Consequently, activity trackers are also becoming increasingly popular… Read more »

Study Quantifies Value Of Employee Health Engagement


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Several months ago we discussed the value of health plan member engagement.  A new study from the same organization provides support for investing in the health of employees and their dependents.  The research provides the business case to show that health and well-being programs are good for employees as well as the bottom line.  For… Read more »

Courting Millennials: Lessons From Market Research


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In this world of low loyalty, it feels like employees are always having one foot out the door. Millennials, the largest generation in the workforce, are the least loyal of all. In fact, two-thirds of millennials surveyed said that they see themselves switching jobs in the next four years. Employers are not facing the struggle… Read more »

6 Trends in Employee Wellness – 2017 Edition


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Shortlister recently released their Well-being Industry Prospectus 2017, a report on employee wellness trends. They surveyed well-being subject-matter experts at the nation’s top employee benefits consultants to get their take on the state of the wellness industry.  The entire report is certainly worth downloading and reviewing in its entirety, but if you are short on… Read more »

Physicians Can Increase Patient Step Counts By 20%


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One of the many million (billion?) dollar questions in the digital health and employee wellness communities ponders what can lead to long-term engagement and activity increases.  As it relates to steps specifically, studies show that adherence to and use of a pedometer or activity tracker will result in increases in step counts; however, with so… Read more »

Survey: 78% Of Organizations View Wellness As Critical Business Strategy


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Despite uncertainty around integrating employee wellness and engagement programs into company cultures, employers continue to view these strategies as a top priority for business success.  A recent survey (State of the Industry: Employee Wellbeing, Culture and Engagement) of more than 600 human resource and benefit leaders explored and revealed key relationships between the three main… Read more »

85% Of Employers Say They Are Not Satisfied With Employee Savings Rates


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Despite increased participation in 401 (k) plans, 85% of employers say they are not satisfied with employee savings rates, according to a study on retirement and financial wellbeing trends by Aon Hewitt.  The study also found that 90% of employers are concerned about their employees’ understanding of how much they need to save in order… Read more »