keeping up when you can’t keep up: 10 workplace wellness resources that can help

December 10, 2012

in wellness

wouldn’t you love to say it’s just the holiday season that’s making things hectic? being stressed at holiday time is so de rigueur everyone would just smile and nod in agreement.

but it’s far more likely that things are just hectic. full stop. end of story.

i know things are hectic in my world. you probably know too, because my posting has been far less frequent! i’ve a number of challenging and exciting client projects keeping me busy:

  • developing an interactive FSA contribution estimator
  • helping to implement a tobacco surcharge policy
  • writing a 9-year wellness program retrospective

and then there are my “side” projects: cohealth’s 2013 calendar and hotseat, my mobile-based game to decrease sedentary behavior that launches with its first client in january!

what’s a girl to do when she’s too busy to keep her head on straight, let alone stay on top of it all? be smart, that’s what. in this case, being smart means knowing where to turn to make short work of staying sharp. here are 10 resources for staying sharp when time’s tight, in no pecking order whatsoever:

  1. smartbrief: smartbrief curates news on a variety of topics. i subscribe to their wellness digest, but there are many others to choose from.
  2. health affairs: this leading journal on health policy will make a wonk of you simply by clicking the URL.
  3. kaiser family foundation: your CFO wants data? give her data. kaiser gives you data in a variety of formats, making it easy for you to slip the information into your reports. their annual employer health benefits report is not to be missed.
  4. mobihealthnews: mobihealthnews is your source for understanding what’s happening with devices, health games, apps and other things mobile-based.
  5. employee benefit adviser e-newsletters: these newsletters are similar to smartbrief, but with created rather than curated content.
  6. twitter: you can find individuals, accounts and hashtags to help you stay topical. all of the organizations and resources i’ve mentioned here are on twitter, as are a number of individuals i rely on to feed me a daily bounty of info-goodies: @healthythinker@drdavidballard, @kentbottles, and @carolharnett.
  7. cohealth paperli: this only somewhat-customizable newspaper platform has its quirks and kinks. having said that, the cohealth paperli pulls together news items from a variety of individuals, organizations and media tracking health and health care.
  8. google alerts: google alerts let you take advantage of google search by dictating the topics you want to track and sending yourself a regular roundup via email.
  9. linkedin: there are several linkedin groups that focus on workplace wellness, health promotion and health care. consider: cohealth’s,  wellness is a business strategy, employee benefit news’s.
  10. freerange’s ever-growing list on health games at work: i pulled together this resource list of articles, reports, resources and conferences for an HR happy hour. it’s by no means exhaustive, but i continue to update it with good finds.
this doesn’t include specific reports, but other than that, what did i miss? help a girl out.


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Roy Hall December 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Thanks so much for sharing. Concise, great points!



fran December 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

roy, thanks!


Dave Griffiths December 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm

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fran December 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

dave, great share. thank you. please feel free to reach out to me at fran [at] contextcommunication [dot] com.



Katie Tierney December 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Great list, Fran. Lots of great content sources. I’d also add Workforce Management to the list. I tend to find good stories and tips about workplace wellness in their newsletters.


fran December 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

katie, yes! good share, thank you. i also find good information worldatwork, NBGH, and so many others.



Katie Tierney December 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Yep. All great sources!


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