The Well-Being Journal

Healthy Business Radio: What's Working With Worksite Wellness

Jennifer Rudloff

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking with the hosts of Healthy Business Radio. During my interview I revealed the secret sauce behind successful workplace wellness programs and the importance of focusing more on a person's overall well-being rather than narrowing in only on health. Through understanding their population and adopting a well-being approach to workplace programs, organizations can reduce costs, and positively impact productivity, presenteeism, and engagement.

To hear the full interview and learn more, press play below.


Want to learn more about the study conducted on the Well-Being Assessment for productivity? Click here.

Topics: Well-Being Reduce Costs Healthy Business Radio Engagement Well-Being Index Prevention Well-being Assessment Workplace Well-Being Employee Performance Improvement Wellness Program

The Science of Well-Being

Jennifer Rudloff

Why does Well-Being matter? Intrinsically, we all understand that higher well-being is better. That much is pretty straight forward. What you may not realize is the impact well-being has on key business metrics such as healthcare costs, productivity, performance, and employee engagement for your organization. In this white paper, The Science of Well-Being, we explore the evidence around why improving well-being is critical for elevating your businesses performance.

Key Points include:

  • Explanation and validation of the measures used in the Healthways Well-Being Assessment™ (WBA)
  • Discussion of the components included in the WBA and why they're important to business leaders
  • How our productivity measures can be used to diagnose areas of opportunity to improve performance
  • Examination of key findings regarding how well-being relates to:
    • Health care utilization and cost
    • Productivity (absenteeism and presenteeism)
    • Job performance
    • Employee engagement

White Paper: The Science of Well-Being

Topics: Basic Access Work Environment Physical Health Business Performance Health Emotional Health HRA Wellness Measure Wellness wellbeing assessment Life Evaluation Productivity Health Risk Assessment Well-Being Healthways Healthy Living Workplace Well-Being Well-Being Index

Well-Being at Work: Managing Stress

Jennifer Rudloff

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives. Whether it comes in the form of a pressing deadline, a family matter or financial discomfort, we're all going to feel the pressure of stress at one time or another. The good news is there's a way to deal with it. Elmo Shade is part of our Leadership Development team at Healthways, he's also our resident expert on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). In this video Elmo talks about some of the principles of MBSR and provides some healthy ways to respond respond to and manage stressors.

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Topics: Meditation Exercise Health Stress Elmo Shade Healthways Workplace Well-Being Mindfulness Stress Management

It's No Vator November - We're in - Are you?

Jennifer Rudloff

Exercise isn’t a destination, its part of the journey. Just can’t get to the gym or make time in your schedule for even 30 minutes of activity? Take the stairs! And take the initiative to start the movement – literally – by inviting a few friends along. And put that commitment in writing – in an email – in a text – in a tweet…..saying it “out loud” makes it real – “for the month of November I am going to bypass the elevator and take the stairs – No Vator November!” Share your commitment with 5 or more of your friends and ask them to share it with their friends. That’s what happened here at Healthways…one person shared his commitment with friends and asked them to pass it on. The result? Hundreds of colleagues joined the movement and have taken to the stairs!

What difference can a few flights of stairs make? According to Dr. Alan Hedge at Cornell University, only 34 extra calories a day can be the tipping point. In looking at the rise of obesity in America over the last decade, Dr. Hedge found it really was that simple. Just 34 extra calories a day can add 5 or 6 pounds a year! Simple lifestyle changes – adding more movement to your day – can burn those 34 calories and more. Just two or three flights of stairs daily will offset those 34 calories, depending on your weight and the intensity of your stair climb. Ramping up to six flights of day could help you trim off pounds!

Your work environment is a great place to start the movement. You don’t need any special equipment or dedicated space. Little nudges like taking the stairs instead of the elevator to a meeting might get even the most exercise adverse employee moving. After all, do you want to be the only one heading to the elevator when the rest of the team is taking the stairs?

Optimizing the physical environment is key to supporting well-being in the workplace and creating a Culture of Health. Sounds expensive, doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be. Thinking outside the box – or in this case – outside the elevator – is all it takes to start the movement in your workplace.

Topics: Healthy Living Well-Being Exercise Health Take the Stairs Stairs Dr. Alan Hedge Workplace Well-Being