health care costs cost more than groceries, year’s worth of gas

May 24, 2013

the 2013 milliman medical index minces no words about the crushing financial burden facing the average american family. the burden doesn’t come from college costs, retirement, or the purchasing of daily goods, though those are all present too. the burden comes from the share of health care costs this family shoulders. health care costs exceed […]

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survey: workers check email, even during funerals

May 22, 2013

according to a new survey by GFI Software, email is alive and doing well in small- to mid-sized america. forty-four percent of respondents use email over other available channels, such as instant messaging (6%), face-to-face (22%), and phone (28%). they’re also quick to review and respond to email, with 76% of respondents replying within an […]

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offered increased health care costs or increased exercise, employees choose action

May 16, 2013

a study conducted by the university of michigan health system and stanford university found that employees offered the choice to pay more or exercise more chose to get a move on. according to the university of michigan health system’s website: “Blue Care Network created a buzz when it implemented one of the largest-scaled financial incentive […]

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washington employer advises new recruits it’s “vegan only”

May 13, 2013

i’ve yet to talk with someone about employee wellness without hearing about how an employer allows—if not provides—donuts or cupcakes or something similar at meetings. the underlying message is the employer can’t be serious about wellness if they’re still offering such junk food regularly. i don’t disagree. but how far is too far? the comments on […]

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tips for getting exercise into the day

May 10, 2013

i’ve been writing on hotseat’s blog about the various ways companies are helping employees get more exercise and movement throughout the day. if you’re trying to figure this out for yourself or your employees, check out these posts: we don’t exercise enough. shocked? employers take different paths to get employees stepping office furniture that makes you […]

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cohealth checkup: employee benefits trends and disruptions

May 3, 2013

our may cohealth checkup was pre-recorded in las vegas during the human resource executive health & benefits leadership conference. carol and i gathered five thought leaders to discuss the themes bubbling up at the conference. we were joined by andrew gold, VP, total rewards, pitney bowes, janet mcnichol, human resources director, american speech-language-hearing association, vlad […]

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dishes, daily steps, and behavior change

April 28, 2013

are you familiar with the cycle of aggravation? it goes something like this. you get irritated about something your spouse, parent, child, or someone does and you swallow your irritation. then you observe the irritant again, you can’t swallow your aggravation, and you blow. what the irritant is varies from person to person. it could […]

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the map to watch: smoker protection laws

April 18, 2013

in a recent post, i offered some thoughts on no-hire tobacco policies. now marketplace’s pulled together a map to show which states have smoker protection laws. generally speaking, these laws prevent employers from implementing no-hire tobacco policies and from firing employees who use tobacco away from the worksite and during non-work hours. the map’s content […]

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webby award nominations are in: vote for hotseat

April 12, 2013

The Webby Awards cast their vote on excellence. Now it’s your turn. We’re proud to be one of five candidates the Webby Awards selected in the Mobile & Apps: Games category. And since we’re judged by the company we keep, we’re delighted to have these games as our stiff competition: Cut the Rope, Spy vs […]

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the ethical considerations of not hiring tobacco users

April 12, 2013

as more employers consider how to reduce the percentage of tobacco users in their workforces, one policy in particular has raised eyebrows and hackles more than others: no-hire tobacco policies. today, it’s mostly health care systems implementing these policies barring the hiring of tobacco users. they easily argue the importance of employing a workforce that […]

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