Karley Middleton is a health and performance consultant at Hub International in Winnipeg.
These views are those of the author and not necessarily those of Benefits Canada.
Following the implementation of a workplace wellness program, there are two groups of employees that require followup and support. My last column covered how to help wellness champions maintain success. But participants who haven’t progressed also need extra attention. It’s not enough to be satisfied with a majority of participants improving. You should strive to […]
You’ve implemented a workplace wellness program. You followed recommendations and engaged a professional to identify your employees’ areas of health risk and establish a foundational data set. You allotted an appropriate budget to the program to allow for incentives, rewards and even social functions to further entice employees to participate. The program content was fresh […]
Beginning a new year is an opportune time to talk to employees about optimistic behaviour modification and, above all else, overindulgence. For most of us, the month of December was likely filled with food, drink, shopping, parties – all part of the whirlwind that defines the season, regardless of the holiday you celebrate. But the “holiday […]
Incivility in the workplace is a much larger issue than most employers realize and should be addressed in every organization in some capacity. In most cases, it’s likely either being misreported as bullying or harassment (which can have a very negative impact on the organization’s reputation and performance) or being completely ignored or unreported. Many […]
From employer demands for increased productivity to new colleagues looking to fill their shoes, employees are feeling more pressure in the workplace than ever before. With all of this pressure, when is it OK for employees to just say no to one of the many requests that come their way? It’s time to put an […]
As we all well know, one of the top reasons for an organization to implement a workplace wellness program is to reduce the costs associated with the benefits plan, absences and/or employee turnover. There’s nothing wrong with this motive and, in most (if not all) cases, a comprehensive workplace wellness program will reduce the costs […]
Most people understand the negative effects improper sleep quantity can have on their daily activities. We’ve all heard a fellow employee say how they just need their five or six hours per night to function well the next day. Adults are recommended by the National Sleep Foundation to get anywhere between seven and nine hours of […]
Everybody worries. Did I do enough research before buying that house/car/laptop? Did I leave early enough to make it to work on time? Will the milk in my car go bad if I just run into one more store? These thoughts are worries of the future, anxiety about what’s to come and how it will […]
I’m sure everyone can recall a time when they’ve muttered “I’ve had it up to here!” in response to a situation at home, at work or in traffic, but have you ever stopped to consider what happens after “here?” For most of us, the moment of frustration passes and we move on with our day. […]
What if smelling roses, breathing fresh air and gazing out the window could improve employee performance? Too good to be true, right? Not really. Welcome to biophilia in the workplace. What’s biophilia? Biophilia is the emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms. In the workplace context, it means incorporating elements of nature—such as […]