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Wellness Is ‘Snow’ Joke: Maintaining Workplace Wellness in the Winter

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 7, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Winter is here, and with it the snow, the cold, and the long dark nights. Even when the weather is nice and the sun is shining, employees can find it difficult to do their best work. Some employees may even suffer from seasonal affective disorder, which can cause significant depressive effects in sufferers. Winter makes maintaining health and wellness difficult to the point that it can seem impossible that spring will ever arrive.

Despite how tough it is to maintain workplace wellness in the winter months, employers should make the effort to do so. Wellness is important year-round, affecting productivity, turnover, and employee engagement, and employers have considerable control over the conditions that make workplace wellness possible.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

Weight of the World: Effectively Managing Your Workplace Stress

Posted by HRdownloads on Dec 20, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Stress: an inevitable, ever-present fact of workplace life. Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. It affects people of all ages, genders, and circumstances.

While it has a negative connotation, stress can be a useful motivator that helps you meet daily tasks and overcome challenges. Stress becomes a problem when there’s too much of it present in one’s life. When this happens, negative effects can arise, such as a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, and even heart disease. With all the time people spend at work, it’s unsurprising that people name work the greatest stressor in their life.

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Topics: Workplace Wellness

If You Build It, Will They Come? Building a Workplace Wellness Program That Employees Actually Use

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 13, 2018 2:30:00 PM

One of the most common tactics for employers to distinguish themselves from competitors is a workplace wellness program, although in the arms race of the so-called ‘war’ for talent, merely having such a program isn’t enough. By now, having a workplace wellness program of some kind is largely expected—the real distinction is what the program offers employees. Not every employer can offer an onsite gym or catered healthy lunches. Then again, not every employer should.

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Topics: Recruitment, Workplace Culture, Workplace Wellness

Help! I Need Somebody: When and How to Ask for Help

Posted by HRdownloads on Aug 16, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Your to-do list is overwhelming, with tasks piling on top of an already heaping pile. Do you feel there is never enough time to tackle even the smallest thing? If you could just have a few extra hours to get this done, or even some assistance from an employee or management, it would make your life easier. What if there isn’t even enough staff to get the job done, and the majority of the workload falls on you? Have you ever just had too much on your plate? We have all been in those shoes at some point in our lives and our jobs. Whether you are short on the time needed to complete these tasks, or overworked and understaffed, there comes a point where you just need a helping hand.

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Topics: Employee Satisfaction, Workplace Wellness

Dollars and Sense: Financial Literacy and Workplace Wellness

Posted by HRdownloads on Feb 15, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Canadians are worried about money. More than two-fifths of Canadians consider money to be their biggest stressor, and stories abound of people struggling under mortgages, bank loans, and student debts, or failing to save money for their future. Commentators ascribe some of this worry to problems of ‘financial literacy,’ the understanding people have (or lack) about money, especially about saving, spending responsibly, and investing. Many Canadians now find themselves living from paycheque to paycheque and their financial situation so precarious that one emergency could be disastrous. A survey in the United States found that 47% of respondents would not be able to cover a $400 emergency, or would have to borrow money or sell something to cover it. Another study found that more than a quarter of participants could not come up with $2,000 for an emergency in 30 days, and a further 19% could only come up with that much money in time if they pawned possessions or took out payday loans.

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Topics: Financial Literacy, Workplace Wellness

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