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can you help me prep for HR happy hour?

September 20, 2010

in health care,wellness

i’m joining HR happy hour this thursday at 8pm ET to discuss employee wellness. HR happy hour’s a weekly live radio show hosted by the thoughtful and BBQ-lovin’ steve boese. my fellow guests will be greg matthews, social media director at WCG and my cohealth co-host, and tanya barham, CEO of recess and the voice behind @whenwellnesssucks. knowing lots of people have strong feelings about employee wellness, ihrhappyrhour only half-jokingly suggested we title the show: “employee wellness. WTF?” steve deferred (actually, he deflected) and went with—

HR Happy Hour – Episode 66 – ‘Wrestling with Wellness’

You can’t swing a cat around the office these days without coming up against some corporate wellness type initiatives. Whether it is Sally in Accounting handing you a pedometer, a company sponsored Weight Watchers meeting (oddly they are always at lunch time), or the benefits team trying to convince, cajole, or badger you into quitting smoking, twinkies, or sitting on your butt all week. Wellness in the workplace is a fact of life for many of us now, and for the folks in the organization responsible for keeping the company’s benefits costs under control, it is really a serious matter. But wellness at work is kind of a contradictory concept. Read more…

i hope you can participate. it’s sure to be a lively conversation. to join, call 646-378-1086 at 8pm ET this thursday.


before you sign off, please help me prep for the show. i’m going to say a word (two, to be exact) and ask you to—without censoring yourself—write what immediately comes to mind in the comments. ok, here goes: employee wellness.


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Paul Hebert September 20, 2010 at 9:50 am

Communist Manifesto


autom September 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

mental health: to what extent does the health of an employee’s psyche play a role in influencing how predisposed they even are to the *idea* of wellness


James Papiano September 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

Personal Accountability: wellness programs are a species of change initiative. And in my view the basic two-step of the change dance is 1) capture hearts and minds and 2) develop accountability for results. Like any change initiative, people can get excited about wellness offerings when they are launched (hearts) and the can even participate (minds) but getting to accountability for results is a bit tougher. Maybe the first offering in any wellness program should be character building– I would sign up for that.


Paul Smith September 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

The levee just broke from the flood of my thoughts.
Cynicism, confusion, contradiction, personal responsibility, I don’t want a company telling me what to eat & drink as much as I don’t want them telling me what I can put on my social media sites, alarming obesity rates, poorly manufactured food, food poisoning in food I would have never imagined, skyrocketing health care costs, health insurance as retention tools, ….
Wresting is a great word for this.
Or better yet….help.


Steve Boese September 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I’d like you to find out why the host of the show is such a bore.

And also, what can happen when communications seem to make ‘bad guys’ out of employees who smoke, or are not in the ‘right’ BMI range. How easy is for that to backfire.


Mis October 21, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Having financial pelobrms is not automatically categorized as a qualifying event. A life event change, also called a qualifying event, is a personal change in status which may allow you to change your benefit elections.Examples of some qualifying events include, but are not limited to, the following:Change in legal marital status – marriage, divorce, legal separation, annulment, or death of a spouseChange in number of dependents – birth, death, adoption, placement for adoption, award of legal guardianshipChange in employment status of the employee’s spouse or employee’s dependent – switching from part-time to full-time employment status or from full-time to part-time, termination or commencement of employment, a strike or lockout, commencement of or return from an unpaid leave of absence which results in employee/dependent becoming ineligible for coverageDependent satisfies or ceases to satisfy eligibility requirement – marriage of a dependent or change in student statusIf you experience a qualifying event, you will need request a change to your benefits within 30 calendar days of the event and provide required documentation. If you do not request the change within 30 calendar days, the next opportunity you will have to make changes to your benefits will be during the next open enrollment period.If the employee failed to manage his money and is now having issues that is a personal problem, but would not be considered a qualifying event.


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