by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

The Happiest Wellness Managers Have the Biggest Life Outside of Work

We have the good fortune to work with hundreds of highly motivated wellness professionals every year. And from time to time we connect at an industry event and spend some time over coffee or dinner, when we really get to know them.

One thing we’ve learned over the last decade: There seems to be a direct relationship between happiness and work fulfillment with a big life outside of work. Some real examples (but not real names):

  • Kim has exceptional rates of completion for wellness campaigns (60% or more) without offering any rewards. She’s on a first-name basis with probably a third of her organization’s 4000 employees by being highly visible in both formal and informal settings. She’s happy in her job and her life outside of work, where she serves on the community center board, volunteers for a women’s domestic abuse shelter, participates in several charity fun runs each year, and is in a neighborhood book club.
by Kathy Cash   Kathy's profile on LinkedIn  

Schindler’s Leadership Odyssey Advances Wellness Through Company Managers

How do you introduce well-being concepts into a traditionally conservative, predominantly left-brained, scientific engineering company? That was the challenge facing Michael Yurchuk, Vice President of HR Field Operations, and his team for Schindler Elevator Corporation. “We’re a Swiss-based company. When we thought about our existing leaders, we knew our strengths lay in developing very good, structured processes. However, the emotional intelligence component of sustainable leadership — sometimes considered the “softer skills” — which focus upon human capital and creating engagement, hadn’t really been explored.”

by Beth Shepard    Beth's profile on LinkedIn  

Living Well at UT: Workplace Well-Being, Texas Style

It’s been said that everything’s bigger in Texas, and by all accounts, Living Well: Make it a Priority lives up to the reputation — in program scope, quality, and effectiveness. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the University of Texas System’s workplace well-being program, serving over 190,000 member employees, retirees, and dependents across the state. There’s a lot going on… and a lot to celebrate, as Rolando Román, Office of Employee Benefits, Manager of Wellness Programs, explains.

by Beth Shepard    Beth's profile on LinkedIn  

Lifestyle Medicine at Work

Imagine you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes and visit your onsite primary care clinic for a checkup. A medical assistant documents your vital signs — including physical activity level. During the exam, your provider asks how you feel about your exercise and nutrition habits, and where you see room for the most improvement.

Along with prescription refills, you leave the clinic with a brochure for the community center’s diabetes prevention program, a coupon for the local produce delivery service, plus a commitment to take action and report on your progress in 2 weeks. You’ve also registered for the workplace walking challenge starting in a month.