Put Employee Engagement on Your Wish List This Christmas!

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While productivity may start to slow down leading up to Christmas, now is an excellent opportunity to invest in improving employee relations.

Engagement Equals Retention

Let’s be honest: job satisfaction comes into the spotlight every December. Engagement sits at the forefront of an employee’s mind when they consider yet another year within their current organisation. If the past year left them feeling unappreciated and undervalued, they might look for another job in the new year.

Improving employee engagement should hardly be an annual affair. Done right, day-to-day policies ensure staff loyalty and retention. However, as the holidays are often a time of reflection and introspection, giving the relationship you share with your organisation’s internal stakeholders a little boost can mean the difference between a workforce that’s motivated to give their best and one that’s content to just coast on through.

Holding a Christmas Party

Christmas parties are practically a corporate tradition in this day and age, yet they fulfil a function that goes beyond the superficial. Bringing the “party” experience – decorations, gifts and food – is a way for the organisation to convey their thanks for all the hard work rendered throughout the year and to celebrate the fruits of their labour. Making such experiences a mainstay in your company’s culture also plays a strong role in shaping its profile as an employer of choice.

Giving Rewards and Recognition

There will be notable individuals who have performed exceptionally well, and such effort deserves to be highlighted. Beyond the concept of fairness, this also shows the rest of your employees that hard work never goes unnoticed. While this public recognition of success is important, the manner of which it’s carried out needs to be planned properly. Consider the communication process and prioritise consistency from the top down. At the same time, conduct informal research on the type of rewards that would be most appreciated by the recipient(s). Individualising your rewards programme will make for a much more authentic and genuine atmosphere.

Practicing Cultural and Social Inclusivity

Not everyone in the workplace subscribes to Christian beliefs or even the Western practice of celebrating Christmas. There might also be those whose personal experiences have left them with a less than favourable perception of the holiday. While may be important to make the Christmas party as festive as possible, this can alienate some people. You don’t need to dilute the theme of the festivities, but you can create a more inclusive environment by providing a neutral space for such individuals to occupy. Examples include incorporating acts of service (eg charity or corporate social responsibility initiatives) into your Christmas programme or adding a little narrative segment (like a small play) to your office party to outline the history and significance of Christmas.

Envision the Year Ahead

No one’s asking you to hold a mandatory board meeting, but sharing your vision and expectations for the organisation in the coming year can be a source of inspiration for your employees. After all, no one wants to work for a company that’s just wandering aimlessly. Defining clear and measurable goals also presents a target for your employees to work towards. Take this opportunity to outline your engagement strategy – this will motivate them to start next year with a positive mindset.

Wrapping Up

The key to any business strategy is maintaining a strong momentum, and Christmas is the time when everything culminates in one final hurrah for the year. Christmas is also the time to come together, so use it as an opportunity to keep engagement high by letting your employees know that they matter and are more than just members of a faceless workforce.

Happy Holidays from everyone at WellteQ!

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Blood Screening

WellteQ partners with intelligent blood screening solution, i-screen

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12 December 2018

Highlights

  • APAC’s leading digital wellness platform now integrated with over 3,000 blood pathology collection centres in Asia and Australia.
  • Combined solution offers wearables integration, rewards, gamification and blood pathology analytics.
  • Partnership celebrates its launch with a national B2B contract in Australia to commence Q1-2019.

WellteQ is proud to announce a partnership with leading health analytics and blood testing organisation i-screen. i-screen’s network includes over 3,000 blood pathology collection centres across APAC.

By integrating i-screen’s health analytics into its digital wellness platform, WellteQ is now able to digitise on-site health checks and incorporate pathology testing services into its offering. The i-screen biometric data offers unique insights into risk factors for lifestyle related conditions
such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, endocrinological and nutritional deficiencies. A comprehensive report of results complete with recommendations from a medical professional can now be securely delivered to a user’s email inbox within 48 hours. When correlated with WellteQ’s lifestyle analytics, this brings a new depth and comprehensiveness to health assessments. The user is more informed and protected knowing that all results are confidential and only aggregated, de-identified insights are derived for employers.

Using i-screen’s extensive network of affiliated collection centres across APAC, WellteQ users will have access to nationally accredited pathology laboratories where their blood samples can be collected, analysed and reported.

For employers this collaboration brings a new approach to employee health screening leveraged by technology:

  • Empowering employees to take ownership of their health data with easy-to-follow visualisation of test results in their online dashboard.
  • Engaging employees in positive lifestyle changes with personalised interpretation
    of results and advice from experienced medical professionals.
  • Motivating employees to sustain lifestyle improvements by monitoring health data
    over time.
  • Driving a deeper understanding and personalisation of a user’s journey as they
    engage with the WellteQ platform.
  • Enabling more targeted workplace wellness interventions and better ROI through anonymised aggregated data insights.

Amelia Thornycroft, Director of Operations at i-screen, said:

“For too long insights into employee health have been limited to annual medicals targeting senior executives – a demographic which was traditionally considered to add the greatest value but pose the biggest health risk. i-screen’s collaboration with WellteQ offers employers an inclusive, digital and cost-effective health screening solution, which can be rapidly deployed across the entire workforce. This powerful blend of data provides unique insights into employee health and wellbeing designed to empower individuals to take ownership of key health indicators such as cholesterol and fasting glucose, and make targeted lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of lifestyle disease”.

“We’re excited to work with WellteQ to lead the transition away from event-driven employee wellness activities, to a dynamic data-driven digital wellness platform designed to engage the employee in their health journey”.

Scott Montgomery, CEO of WellteQ, said:

“The partnership with i-screen is an exciting step forward in our strategic direction to provide individuals with a complete snapshot of their total wellness. This allows us to service corporates with essential blood pathology testing of employees and bespoke analysis. By taking a systemised approach we negate the individual’s need to travel to a doctor whilst benchmarking their risk levels across our 4D risk analytics model (self reported HRA, wearable data points, anthropometric measurements and pathology biomarkers). We’re seeing clients increasingly shift their focus to digitising and automating their wellness initiatives which consolidates their spend, and virtually removes the operational headaches typically seen from managing the logistics of on-site services”.

“This partnership enables WellteQ to digitise the complete on-site health check and repurpose organisations’ traditional spend for a lot more value. This collaboration also allows us to monitor key biometric health metrics, through our engagement platform, across a 12-month period rather than an isolated snapshot moment in time”.

About i-screen

i-screen is an intelligent health screening solution that tracks key biomarkers in your blood. We provide online access to the tools, insight and medical expertise to help people make better health decisions, avoid preventable illness and work towards optimum health and wellbeing.

Samples are collected and analysed by leading pathology laboratories and results are interpreted by our experienced medical professionals meaning you can be confident of a safe and reliable service. We are strongly committed to protecting personal information and only share data with our medical professionals who review results within our platform.

Our doctors have an ethical, professional and legal duty to respect your rights to privacy meaning you can be sure of complete discretion and confidentiality.

About WellteQ

WellteQ is an award-winning, holistic digital wellness solution for employee engagement and HR data analytics.

Our suite of innovative engagement programs include activity challenges, mental wellness, financial wellness, HR onboarding and virtual coaching for employees. We offer the most comprehensive data analytics for real-time engagement and post-program ROI in market.

Programs are highly customisable and provide an experience packed with gamification, group projects, social interaction rewards and charity all to maximise healthy behavioural change – there is no one-size-fits-all solution. With customisation comes flexibility, which is paramount for businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world. WellteQ’s platform is available for white labelling.

WellteQ was founded in Perth, before moving its headquarters to Singapore.

For all press and image queries, please contact Ed Burleigh: ed@wellteq.co

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Wellness Dollars

Wellness Dollars: Cashing in on Your Health and Wellbeing

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The healthier your employees are, the less insurance companies need to pay out for your policy. So, the more healthy people they have on their plans, the better their profit margins.

As well as bringing down insurance costs, healthier employees equate to more engaged employees. Indeed, WellteQ’s wellbeing initiatives are proven to increase employee engagement by over 40%.

For this reason, many insurers incentivise employers to improve the wellbeing of their workforce with wellness dollars.

So What Are Wellness Dollars?

Wellness dollars are essentially funds that some insurance providers, such as Bupa Wellness, offer to reimburse the investment in your company’s health programs.

How Can You Spend Them?

As another year draws to a close, now is the perfect time for companies to cash in on those unspent wellness dollars.

It will differ from insurer to insurer, but wellness dollars are typically used for a variety of initiatives – anything from gym membership to meditation classes to smoking cessation programs.

Once you have ascertained how many available wellness dollars you have from your insurance provider, it’s time to allocate them strategically. Here are a few ways you can maximise those wellness dollars.

Upgrading Your Wearables

Wearables are an important tool for keeping your workforce healthy as they offer a personalised digital health experience that can monitor and improve overall health and wellbeing both at work and home.

When used in conjunction with a wellness program, wearables become even more powerful as you add a social dimension, eg weekly team step challenges.

You may already have a free or subsidised wearables scheme at work but, if your insurance provider allows you to, it is worth considering an upgrade to make best use of the latest technologies, eg on screen workouts with the Fitbit Versa, or in-depth stress monitoring on the Garmin vívomove HR.

Expand Your Wellness Program

Check with your insurer as you may be able to use those wellness dollars to enhance your employee reward offerings and incentives, eg giving away vouchers for sports apparel.

It’s important to listen to your workforce to find out what the best way to incentivise them is. By gathering feedback in this way you can keep your wellness program current and relevant.

Test Variations of Wellness Programs

It’s in an insurer’s best interests to allow companies to test different types of wellness programs as they may not be able to cover all aspects of employee wellbeing.

By encouraging companies to explore different ways to keep their workforce healthy, such as offering biometric screenings, blood testing or nutritional advice, the will be able to reduce the number of claims.

So check the terms of your wellness dollars with your insurer provider and spend wisely!

Get in touch with the WellteQ team to find out more. 

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Disability in the Workplace: Inclusivity and Equality

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Performance and productivity are the bywords of companies that pride themselves on excellence. In such environments, a hard worker is considered an able worker. But can this notion of ability accommodate disability as well? Despite the differences in station, there is nothing that prevents employees with disabilities from achieving the same as their non-disabled counterparts.

In light of the United Nations’ 2018 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we look at ways to empower people with disabilities to ensure inclusivity and equality in the workplace.

Disability Stigma

The stigma around hiring people with disabilities is an unfortunate precedent built on an absence of empathy and a number of false premises:

    • Workers with disabilities won’t perform as well.
    • Workers with disabilities have more absences.
    • Hiring a disabled worker is costly and therefore prohibitive.
    • Having a disabled employee in the workplace invites dispute.
  • Workers with disabilities tend to use their condition as a cover/leverage.

The fact is, there is nothing factual to substantiate these claims. On the contrary, a three-year study by DuPaul University showed that employees with disabilities averaged a similar productivity rating as their non-disabled peers. The same study also found that these workers actually displayed fewer absences than those without disabilities.

Adapting the Workplace

When it comes to the cost of accommodating workers with disabilities, employers can expect to spend more. However, this expense need not be significant. Most countries offer tax incentives to help lessen the financial burden of implementing special arrangements such as assistive technology.

Socially speaking, the presence of workers with disabilities is no different than what you’d expect with non-disabled individuals. Disagreements can, and should, be settled amicably. That being said, there is nothing unethical about disciplining or terminating the employment of a worker who consistently fails to meet the expected standard of performance, even if they are disabled. Fair treatment deserves fair work.

Disability Programmes

Workplace disability management is often confined to a case-by-case basis, but having a wider programme in place can have significant benefits for both employers and employees. Preventative wellness programmes are proven to be highly successful, so it stands to reason that a similar programme for workers with disabilities will perform just as well.

An effective workplace disability programme can:

    • Increase the number of employees who successfully return to the workforce post-injury/illness.
    • Reduce the cost of disability for both parties.
    • Create a safer and more assured environment of employment (ie benefits and income level).
    • Minimise the negative impact disability has on the worker’s family and colleagues/superiors.
  • Foster mutual trust between all stakeholders through co-operation.

Such a programme is preemptive in nature and should take the needs of the greater disability community into account. Examples include chronic conditions, mental health disorders, long-term pain, musculoskeletal conditions and vision/hearing loss. To put the necessity of having a comprehensive plan into context, consider that a 2016 report by the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention found that one in every four adults in the US suffers from a disability that negatively affects life activities.

Specialist Consultants

Engaging a qualified consultant will allow you to develop a suitable workplace disability programme for your company. The consultant may recommend a number of  adjustments, such as:

    • Modifications to premises (eg wheelchair ramps).
    • Changing a disabled worker’s hours.
    • Providing specialised training or mentoring.
    • Obtaining or modifying equipment.
    • Modifying procedures for employee testing/assessment.
  • Making allowances in employee attendance for rehabilitation, treatment and assessment.

Equal Rights

A person’s life changes dramatically with a disability, but that shouldn’t consign them to the unemployment office. There are people with disabilities who refuse to let it undermine their career prospects as they are just as capable as people without disabilities. The bottom line is that everyone, regardless of their situation in life, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect.

Get in touch with the WellteQ team to find out more. 

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How to Manage Diabetes in the Workplace

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In recognition of World Diabetes Day, we take a closer look at managing diabetes in the workplace.

A recent study on global trends in diabetes complications revealed large increases in diabetes prevalence in almost all regions of the world. In the United States alone, prevalence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is projected to increase by 54% between 2015 and 2030, along with annual diabetes-related deaths climbing by 38%. While managing diabetes has always been a top concern of world health officials, it really boils down to the efforts of the individual. Considering how modern living sees us spending most of our time in a work environment, how can we manage the risks and effects of diabetes in the workplace?

Fortune Favours the Proactive

There are many health complications associated with diabetes: heart disease and stroke, eye damage, skin and mouth conditions, kidney damage and foot problems to name a few. When it comes to functioning at work, one of the main concerns of diabetics is the onset of hypoglycemia, a condition characterised by one’s blood sugar falling below a certain level. This can cause a person to feel faint, weak, or even lose consciousness altogether. The danger inherent in this is painfully obvious.

Thankfully, there are various preventive measures employees can take to keep themselves safe and their families free from worry:

Plan in advance

Getting enough sleep, planning your meals, and staying hydrated are can make a significant difference to your safety. They also happen to be things that can be scheduled and defined on your end. Keeping these areas of your life secure will allow your to have more control over your condition.

Know your rights

Diabetics are protected under national health policies to ensure that their ability to work safely is not compromised, nor their condition discriminated against. Labour laws do vary across countries, so do your due diligence in finding out what’s what. If it is within your rights to make a request for a small change in work arrangements, don’t hesitate to speak up about it!

Protect against danger

Office parties are fun, but they often involve sweet treats and alcohol – not exactly good for diabetics. If you do decide to indulge, be sure to keep your portions on the small side. Keeping your desk stocked with healthy, blood-sugar friendly snacks will ward off the temptation of raiding the office pantry. As another precautionary measure, remember to keep a small supply of your medication handy in case of emergencies.

Make movement a priority

Spending all day seated at your desk is not good for your resting blood sugar levels, so set a timer to go off every 15-30 minutes as a reminder for you to move. Take a short walk down the hall or even do a couple of stretches in your area. During your lunch break, try to take the stairs whenever possible to get your heart rate up. A standing or treadmill desk is another great alternative to consider.

Keep your workplace informed

It’s important that your employer is aware of your diagnosis so they have the opportunity to be understanding of your medical situation. Take the time to explain to them what diabetes is and how it affects everyday life – most people don’t even know what having diabetes entails other than having to worry about blood sugar levels. Letting your work buddies or direct supervisor in on your condition and medical protocols also makes it easier for them to keep an eye out for you.

Avoid taking jobs that are unsuitable for your condition, such as shift work or high-stress positions. Telecommuting or self-employment may be more suitable for individuals who exhibit more severe symptoms.

Keep Your Loved Ones in the Loop

Outside of work, family also plays an important role in diabetes management. A family unit that offers a strong support system can help with sustainability when it comes to certain aspects of diabetes management, such as nutrition, exercise and mental health.

Sharing a life with a diabetic will take some getting used to, so getting your loved ones on board needs to be a gradual process. Building this upon a foundation of open and honest communication is the best way to create a healthy relationship whereby both parties will be able to benefit mutually. To start:

Educate on the condition

Your family may need help understanding what diabetes entails, like the need for a different eating schedule or nutrition plan. Dropping some quick facts about diabetes and the relevant medications enables them to identify red flags and react accordingly.

Define boundaries for support

While help is always welcome, there are times when family members can become TOO involved in the management process. Acknowledge that their intentions stem from a good place, but be firm in drawing the line to prevent micro-management.

Ask for help when needed

It is understandable how those with a serious medical condition tend to view themselves as a burden to others. Remember, you are not alone and your family will do whatever they can to help you find your own pace. For this to work, however, you need to put aside your pride and ask for help when you need it.

Final Thoughts on Diabetes in the Workplace

It’s important to remember that despite the seriousness of the condition, diabetics can still go on to lead relatively normal lives through the adoption of healthier lifestyle habits. Staying safe in the workplace is a matter of identifying the risk factors and addressing them in advance. Being prepared not only safeguards your productivity, but your happiness as well!

To find out more about how our wellness programs can help your organisation establish preventative health measures, get in touch.

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WellteQ signs two-year agreement with Bupa

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PERTH, 12 November 2018

WellteQ, which supplies a corporate wellness app and risk analytics engine, has signed a two-year agreement to augment Bupa Wellness’ product offering in Australia. This arrangement enables Bupa Wellness to better facilitate employee health through digital channels for their corporate clients in Australia.

Bupa Wellness continues to develop its digital footprint to both connect geographically dispersed workforces at mass, as well as deliver sophisticated data analytic insights to help improve employee health, safety and engagement. The partnership with WellteQ continues this vision with their award-winning analytics engine, whilst also giving them access to
flagship team health programs such as mental wellbeing, “MIND-your-Step”, and financial wellbeing, “Wellthy”.

From November 2018, WellteQ’s technology will power Bupa’s corporate wellness application in a white-labelled offering.

Brent Bennett, Head of Bupa Wellness, said:

‘Bupa Wellness is continuing to explore and invest in digital technologies to help engage all employees, to promote and deliver excellent health outcomes. Partnering with WellteQ will allow us to utilise their established, expert-endorsed software and analytic capability and provide our clients with access to market-leading technology to gain better health outcomes for their employees. We are looking forward to developing this partnership and the exciting opportunities this can offer our clients in the coming years’.

Scott Montgomery, CEO of WellteQ, said:

‘The adoption of wellness technology by insurers is one of the fastest-growing industries globally. We’re seeing all major insurers around the world exploring digital wellness to drive customer engagement as a differentiating factor in market. WellteQ is extremely proud to work with Australia’s largest insurer, Bupa, as its digital wellness expert. The corporate market is advancing rapidly and bringing two industry leaders together will offer some particularly exciting options for Bupa Wellness clients in 2019’.

About Bupa Wellness

Bupa Wellness has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate wellness industry, delivering hundreds of face-to-face and digital workplace health and wellbeing solutions each year. We are forward thinking in our approach to wellbeing, where we offer a wide range of innovative health and wellness solutions, which we tailor to individual client needs, culture and business objectives. Bupa Wellness has developed the infrastructure to effectively design, develop, deliver, and manage comprehensive workplace health and wellbeing programs and services.

About WellteQ

WellteQ is an award-winning, holistic digital wellness solution for employee engagement and HR data analytics.

Our suite of innovative engagement programs include activity challenges, mental wellness, financial wellness, HR onboarding and virtual coaching for employees. We offer the most comprehensive data analytics for real-time engagement and post-program ROI in market.

Programs are highly customisable and provide an experience packed with gamification, group projects, social interaction rewards and charity all to maximise healthy behavioural change – there is no one-size-fits-all solution. With customisation comes flexibility, which is paramount for businesses of all shapes and sizes around the world. WellteQ’s platform is
available for white labelling.

WellteQ was founded in Perth, before moving its headquarters to Singapore.

For all press and image queries, please contact Ed Burleigh: ed@wellteq.co

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WellteQ Talks: Gut Health Diversity

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It’s important to introduce diversity to maintain the balance of a healthy gut. Dr Elizabeth Biggs from Akesi Wellness chats to Scott Montgomery on this latest episode of WellteQ Talks.

To discuss how our digital wellness solution can benefit your workforce, contact the WellteQ team.

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Men’s Health at Work: Are You Man Enough to Talk About It?

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Men's Health, men health, mens health

It’s time to talk about men’s health in the workplace

With reports of chronic stress and similar conditions at an all-time high, the emphasis on promoting healthy practices in the workplace is now as important as ever. However, men’s health, in particular, is a tricky subject to tackle as, traditionally, men struggle to open up about health issues for fear of appearing weak or emasculated. While there have been some progress on this, thanks largely to awareness campaigns such as Movember, unfortunately these archaic notions still hold sway in today’s society.

“Male Wellness” is Not an Oxymoron

Prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide are just some of the health issues affecting men. The sad truth is that men are less likely to make use of their primary health provisions as compared to women. This means that even if the right measures and protocols are in place, men might not stand to benefit from them because of the simple fact of non-engagement.

Regardless of profession, men in general are more prone to chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, stroke and depression. They are also much more likely to respond to such situations by resorting to harmful coping mechanisms such as smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, while eschewing more productive avenues such as therapy, counselling or social support groups.

Psychological Made Physical

Hugh Martin, a psychotherapist, coach and founder of men’s health organisation Man Enough, says that such isolative behaviours are very specific to the male psyche and that the typical male upbringing ‘really enables that sense of isolation, or that a man can’t bring up an issue they’re having’.

Martin goes on to add that, in the workplace, men also tend to overextend themselves when it comes to working hours: ‘They tend to feel more isolated from home life, not as efficient at multitasking… It’s hard to sustain’.

Indeed, the following facts around men’s health are a serious cause for concern:

  • Men enjoy less life satisfaction.

  • They have less access to social support systems.

  • Men are more likely to be obese.

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 35.

  • More then three-quarters of suicide victims are male.

  • Boys are falling behind girls at all levels of education.

“Awareness” may be a nice word to throw around wellness circles, but there’s a difference between knowing and acting. Most employers have their hearts in the place when they engage wellness consultants or invest in corporate well-being programmes. However, these efforts will count for nothing if they fail to address the crux of the matter.

It’s Time to Talk About It

The problem is social by nature. Men benefit greatly from the feeling of inclusivity that comes with a support network. When surrounded by their peers – all of whom face similar issues – men are more likely to voice their concerns and work towards solutions as they no longer suffer under the illusion of external judgement. Once this network is in place, change can truly take place.

Of course, the way such an initiative is executed also matters. Communication is key when it comes to building and maintaining relationships, and the same holds true in the workplace. You can’t expect something as impersonal as a bunch of generic motivation posters to do the trick. Kritika Singh, of corporate health provider SMG Health, emphasises the importance of a tailored approach to addressing the wants and needs of male employees: ‘It’s all about how the message is promoted to the staff. It has to be clear and show why the individual should take care of themselves’.

Last Thoughts on Men’s Health

While it may be unrealistic to create “male-friendly” workplace environments, the situation faced by men across the world is very real. We all wish to be in good health – even the most “alpha male” of men amongst us. Just because it’s not spoken about enough, it doesn’t mean that the problem doesn’t exist. So, men, don’t be afraid to open up to friends, family and colleagues about health issues.

To help install healthier habits in the workplace, get in touch with the WellteQ team today.

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WellteQ Talks: Fatigue

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There’s often a misconception that tiredness and fatigue are the same thing. In the health and fitness space, how do you differentiate between the two? Tune into this episode of WellteQ Talks, with Natalie Dau, to find out.

WellteQ is running an exclusive offer to help you maximise the ROI on your wellness initiatives in 2019. Click below to find out more.

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5 Tips to Make You Healthier, Happier and More Productive at Work!

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Improve your work life

Healthier, Happier and More Productive at Work!

It happens to the best of us, but sometimes we just can’t bear our job! There are a few simple tricks you can do to combat the drain work has on our mental and physical health. So here are five ways you can feel healthier, happier and more productive at work.

1. Move it or Lose it! 

They say that sitting is the new smoking. Yes it’s a crude comparison, and sitting down next to someone is not nearly as antisocial as blowing smoke in their face, but the science backs it up. A recent study from the American Cancer Society finds a link between long periods of leisure time sitting and a higher risk of death from all causes.

Terrifying!

Scaremongering aside, sitting can also have adverse effects on your productivity. While you might believe that you’re ‘in the zone’ and that every minute of the day counts, taking regular short breaks between tasks will actually help you stay focussed. Splitting your day’s tasks into bitesize chunks, rewarding yourself with a short break in between, can help you manage your workload more effectively.

So stand up, get the blood pumping and cruise through your day’s tasklist.

2. It’s Rude Not to Stair

It’s one thing taking regular breaks to move around, but are you ready to take on the stairs? Researchers from McMaster University recently found that climbing stairs for 10 minutes a day can have major benefits for heart health, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You burn more calories stair climbing so it’s also a great way to lose weight.

Taking the stairs can also helps boost energy levels. Researchers from University of Georgia found that 10 minutes going up and down stairs gives you more energy than 50mg of coffee. Cheaper and healthier too!

Try swapping the work elevator for the stairs. If your office is on the 50th floor, you could always take the lift part way up and walk the rest of the way. Even better, using a wellness program, set up a ‘Stair Master’ challeng and compete with your colleagues to take your fitness to the next level.

3. Do Sleep on the Job

If you ever find yourself nodding off at work, maybe you shouldn’t fight the urge for a sneaky nap. Ok so spending all afternoon with your head on your desk drooling onto your keyboard is a quick way to get fired, but research shows that a 10-20 minute power nap can do wonders for you. The many benefits include increasing alertness, boosting creativity and reducing stress.    

Taking naps at work is being recognised worldwide with some offices actually installing sleeping pods for just that purpose. In Japan they even have a word for sleeping at work: “inemuri,” which translates roughly as “sleeping while present.” So find yourself a comfy spot in the office, grab a pillow and catch a few zzzs!

However, you should not be napping because you don’t get enough sleep generally. You should still be aiming to get at least 7 hours’ sleep a night. Using wearables is a great way to track both the quantity and quality of your sleep.

4. Don’t Be a Slouch

When you’re spending several hours a day at a computer it can be difficult to maintain good posture. Having bad posture can cause both short and long-term injuries. Try using these ergonomic tips to help your body assume a neutral, strain-free position:

  • Sit upright with your feet flat on the floor and your back fully supported by your seat.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed, allowing your upper arms to hang naturally. Your elbows should be close to the body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
  • Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, and your knees close to the same height as your hips.
  • Keep your monitor about an arm’s length away; the top of the screen should be at eye level, so that you can read without craning your neck.

4. Find Your Work BFF

Making friends at work is proven to be beneficial to our wellbeing. A 2014 study by LinkedIn found 46% of professionals worldwide believe work friends are important to their overall happiness. More recently, a survey by Comparably found 60% of women and 56% of men admitted to having a work BFF.

You probably spend more time per week with your co-workers than you do with your other friends, so it’s important to be sociable. Indeed, having work friends can have a dramatic effect on workplace happiness in a number of ways, including: not feeling alienated, being able to bond over shared feelings about the company and reducing stress by having someone to talk to if things go wrong.

Wellness programs are also great to foster friendships at works as they allow you to enter into a community-driven environment where you can compete with, or against, other colleagues.

To find out how WellteQ can help with all of the above, and more, get in touch with the team.

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