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wellteq Partners With Brain Health Platform, Savonix

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APAC’s leading wellness engagement and analytics platform partners with cognitive assessment and monitoring technology.

Pushing Frontiers in Mental Wellbeing

wellteq is proud to announce a partnership with neuropsychology innovator Savonix, whose cognitive assessment tests digitally assess brain health from your smartphone or tablet. The tests are digital versions of a series of globally accepted gold standard neuroscience tests, most of which have been in broad clinical and research use since the early 20th century.

Demonstrating the Savonix app

The Brain Gets Sick Before The Body

By integrating Savonix’s assessment capabilities into wellteq’s digital wellness platform, wellteq furthers its suite of digital health assessment and wellbeing tools offering a broader and deeper service for its corporate clients The  Savonix brain health data offers unique insights into risk factors for lifestyle-related conditions such as dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes – and of particular importance within the workplace is stress and fatigue.

wellteq’s dynamic user reports provide extensive knowledge of isolated mental and physical health elements, and also the relationship between body and mind that has previously thought to be immeasurable.


What Does This Mean For Employees?

For employers this collaboration brings a new approach to employee wellness programs leveraged by technology:

  • New insights into employee stress and fatigue that can help with shift rostering, workforce planning and more targeted workplace wellness interventions.
  • More accurate risk profiling for reduced incidents at work leading to reduced sick leave and medical claims.
  • A new suite of executive performance programs specifically designed to coach senior leaders to peak performance avoiding burnout

Scott Montgomery, CEO of wellteq, said:

“We’re thrilled to be announcing this partnership with such an innovative leader in the niche field of neuropsychology. The expansion of wellteq’s capabilities thanks to the cognitive performance data provided by Savonix is quite unique as we close the loop between body, brain and mind.

What I’m most excited about is the new suite of executive performance programs. Senior leaders are typically overlooked when it comes to ongoing training and support as it’s widely believed these employees are at the top of their game. However these overachievers are also overexposed to stress, fatigue and corporate burnout. These high-pressure, high-visibility roles require a modern understanding of one’s resilience to stress and capability to manage fatigue while still performing at peak level. Having identified this as an under-represented population in any business, we’ve designed a set of premium wellbeing solutions, now incorporating Savonix’s capabilities alongside blood pathology, body imagery and health coaching (tele-medicine), that are aimed specifically at tackling these problems.”

Who Are Savonix?

Savonix delivers a fully mobile assessment of cognitive function available on Android and iOS for phone and tablet. Savonix Mobile is an accurate, accessible and affordable tool for professional cognitive screening. It empowers healthcare providers, payers and researchers to evaluate and leverage results to improve health and treatment outcomes.

Led by clinical neuro-psychologists, neuroscientists and IT leaders, Savonix sets the global standard on cognition and its relationship to risk, health outcomes and the development of innovative therapies. Savonix evidence-based tests are digitally validated versions of the gold standard cognition tests, many of which neuropsychologists have used effectively since the 1930s.

Savonix believes cognition is the fifth vital sign. We provide our customers the data and the insight to improve outcomes and drive innovation.

For more information please contact stacey@wellteq.co

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Lockton Adds wellteq to Available Client Services

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Lockton and wellteq have inked an agreement that enables the broker to offer holistic benefits and a wellness solution to their clients. Lockton, a global professional services firm with 7,000 associates who advise clients on protecting their people, property and reputations, now includes wellteq’s market-leading corporate wellness solution amongst it’s suite of products and services that it offers to their clients.

Reseller Partnership Dramatically Increases Distribution

Lockton is a privately owned tier 2 insurance brokerage firm with a client retention rate of 96%. With 14 direct offices and a further 9 partner offices across APAC, Lockton is well placed to provide an extended range of solutions in the brokerage industry projected to be worth $54.8 billion by 2021.

Scott Montgomery, CEO of wellteq, said:

“wellteq are thrilled to be included amongst a prestigious list of healthtech peers and best-in-class wellbeing solution providers. To be working so closely with an insurance broker leader such as Lockton provides a great opportunity for us and we’re looking forward to working closely with the talented Lockton team.”


Who Are Lockton?

More than 7,000 professionals at Lockton provide 50,000 clients around the world with risk management, insurance, employee benefits consulting, and retirement services that improve their businesses. From its founding in 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri, Lockton has attracted entrepreneurial professionals who have driven its growth to become the largest privately held, independent insurance broker in the world and 9th largest overall. For seven consecutive years, Business Insurance magazine has recognized Lockton as a “Best Place to Work in Insurance.”

For more information please contact stacey@wellteq.co

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6 Easy Brain Exercises to Improve Mental Wellness

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Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body. We all know what happens when we don’t get enough physical activity—without a session at the gym or a good brisk walk before work we find ourselves slipping down the spiral of less motivation and less energy. The less we do, the more challenging it becomes to get back in shape, be healthy, and feel great again.

A sedentary mind will yield similar results: a sluggish brain, which means trouble concentrating, poor memory, and more difficulty with creative problem-solving. Not exactly a recipe for success at work and, by extension, in life.

People who commit to their mental wellness, on the other hand, are in a position to thrive mentally. Intellectual wellness, which is one of the seven dimensions of wellness, opens us up to new ideas and experiences. This mental stretching can empower us to make wiser decisions, improve our skills, and to feel motivated to take on new challenges. Now that’s a recipe for success!

Ready to boost your mental power and get more out of life? Here are six easy brain exercises you can do on your own.

1. Perform Mathematical Gymnastics

Do simple math problems or puzzles in your head. Don’t worry. You don’t need to start out with long division to boost your brain power. Even basic addition and subtraction will warm up those cognitive “muscles.” You’ll notice over time the math gets easier, even enjoyable. Meanwhile, you’re keeping those brain cells active and probably waking up a few that have laid dormant since your high school calculus class.

If you’re feeling creative, there are plenty of free math puzzles available online. Have a go at them if you have the time—just be careful when your boss is around!

2. Visualisation Techniques

Visualising is excellent for boosting your creativity. It can also help promote a sense of calm. Inspirational teacher John Kehoe recommends visualising what you want, whether it is a career or personal goal, as if you already have it. This type of mental exercise can stimulate your subconscious to help you make decisions that will move you closer in the direction of your intention. Any type of visualisation also exercises your imagination, improving your ability to think outside-of-the-box when problem-solving.

3. Jot down Your Gratitude

Shawn Achor, an American researcher and best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage, is a huge proponent of positive intelligence—training your brain to have a more positive, open outlook. In his research, he’s found that a positive mindset leads to better creativity, improved engagement, and a productivity boost. Sounds perfect. All you need to foster these benefits for yourself is a pen and paper and a couple of minutes a day.

He suggests writing down the most meaningful thing of the past 24 hours each day, as well as three things you are grateful for. Try this daily for at least three weeks and see how much your mental well-being and outlook improves.

4. Brain-training Games

Word puzzles, Sudoku, and brain-training apps like Personal Zen and Fit Brains are excellent tools for exercising your brain. And, they’re fun! Whether you like the traditional pen and paper brain teasers or prefer to expand your mind by swiping on your smartphone screen, there are countless brain-training games you can use. Find what works for you and fit in a few rounds of memory or logic training when you find yourself with a few minutes of free time. Doing so will help you be more alert and “wake” your brain up faster if ever you’re feeling mentally sluggish.

5. Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles are great for improving your logic and problem-solving abilities. They are fun to do alone and even better with friends or family. Keep a space at home or even at work for your jigsaw puzzle. When you need a ten-minute break, work on your puzzle to help stimulate your mind.

6. Read Thought-provoking Books

One would think reading would be a no-brainer as a top exercise for your mind, but most adults don’t read as much as they should. One survey found that in the UK, a fourth of all adults seldom pick up a book at all due to a lack of time.

Set time aside each day to read a book (not a few online articles or Facebook posts). The idea is to tackle a complex idea or even an imaginative story—a narrative that can’t be condensed into a few pages.

Make a commitment to your mental health just as you do for your physical well-being. These brain exercises won’t just give you a cognitive boost. You’ll notice, with regular exercise, your mind becomes more and more like a well-spring of fresh, creative ideas. You’ll also find that you feel more motivated, both at home and at work.

This is all part of wellteq’s aim—to inspire, empower, and improve mental well-being in the workplace so businesses and individuals can thrive better.

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Using short naps to boost productivity

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Google was one of the first to include nap pods in the workplace,  a decision which at that time dumbfounded the world.

Little did they know that Google was on to something, they knew that short naps boost productivity and increase employee wellness.

Companies such as Uber and Cisco soon followed in Google’s footsteps by relaxing the rules when it comes to sneaking in a quick afternoon snooze. Power naps typically last between 20-30 minutes and have been shown to boost cognitive performance.

One of the reasons why napping has been proven to be so effective is that most of us have already incurred substantial sleep debts. It is typically recommended that humans require somewhere between seven to nine hours of rest each night, but how many of us are REALLY committed to that? Napping is the human equivalent of jumpstarting your car’s battery.

Another key benefit of of napping is its ability to reduce cortisol levels, which in turn keeps your blood sugar levels nice and steady. Having stabilised cortisol levels also has a positive carryover to one’s health as well; food is better metabolised for energy instead of being stored.

If anything, the typical post-lunch drowsiness is as good a reason as any to indulge in a power nap. Taking short breaks are a much more pleasant alternative to swimming upstream against (and very often losing to) the feeling of sleepiness. One local enterprising cinema chain has even started to offer nap packages, using its vacant theatres and recliners as a makeshift nap pod.

The power nap culture is slowly starting to gain traction, but it might be a while before we see widespread adoption within the workplaces here. Still, there’s nothing to stop one from dropping a gentle suggestion in HR’s inbox, is there? There should no longer be any doubt that short naps boost productivity.

References

Lovato, N. (2010), “The effects of napping on cognitive functioning”, Progressive Brain Research, 185, 155-166

Devine, J. K. & Wolf, J. M. (2016), “Determinants of cortisol awakening responses to naps and nighttime sleep”, Psychoneuroendocrinology, 63, 128-134

A version of this article first appeared on The Daily Escape.

https://thedailyescape.com/read/article/using-short-naps-to-boost-productivity

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What’s Your Hard Return On Employee Wellness?

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The importance of ROI reporting on your corporate wellness program

In recent years, corporate wellness programs have moved on from being a “good to have” employee benefit to an actual strategic investment that can positively impact bottom line. Corporate wellness companies such as WellteQ strive to address core business goals while improving employee heath, well-being, and performance.

But are these types of programs effective? HR managers need to consider what type of wellness program is worth their time and is best suited to the needs of their organization. There are a few main points that HR managers need to consider when deciding whether a wellness plan is worth carrying through:

  1. What key objectives are you trying to achieve with a corporate wellness program? Reduction in healthcare costs and sick days?
  2. Will your program generate soft returns are such as increasing employee morale and reduction in turnover rates?

Reducing healthcare costs and unplanned absenteeism

Since the early 2000s, studies have repeatedly proven that employee wellness programs directly impact company profits by reducing healthcare costs and lost work days. In 2001 MD Anderson Cancer Center’s introduced their employee wellness that included a well-being department staffed by a doctor and a manager. The astonishing results included a lost work days decline of 80% and modified-duty days by 64%. Cost savings, calculated by multiplying the reduction in lost work days by average pay rates, totaled $1.5 million; workers’ compensation insurance premiums declined by 50%.

World leading consumer goods company Johnson & estimates their wellness programs have cumulatively saved the company $250 million on health care costs over the past decade; from 2002 to 2008, the return was $2.71 for every dollar spent.

The many soft returns of a well executed corporate wellness program have also been well documented over the years. Vicki Banks, Biltmore’s director of benefits and compensation, “Employees who participate in our wellness programs do not leave.” Nelnet, an education finance firm, also report that outgoing employees in exit interviews consistently state the wellness program of the company is what they will miss the most.

HR Managers’ biggest challenge

WellteQ consistently speaks to HR leaders about what their  biggest challenge is when preparing to launch a wellness program  for their company and the one common problem emerges constantly – Convincing  management of the hard returns that comes with the program. Soft returns of effective workplace wellness programs such as higher employee motivation and positivity are a given, but the hard returns such as health care costs savings and productivity increases can be harder to measure. The good news is that it can and is already being done.

What are the metrics you should be reporting?

  1. DIRECT COSTS – The total price of running your corporate wellness initiative
  2. INDIRECT COSTS – Any non-financial contributions enabling delivery of the wellness initiative – ie lost work hours due to employees attending a wellness seminar
  3. LOST DAYS DUE TO INJURY/ILLNESS – The number of work days lost due to an employee injury or illness
  4. MEDICAL COSTS – Any medical costs arising from treatment or assessment of injury or illness
  5. ENGAGEMENT & COMPLETION RATES – Total number of employees who start, consistently participate and complete any wellness initiative

There are many other metrics that you can measure but the above are the most essential ones that should be part of any wellness ROI Report.

wellteq has published a great report named “Calculating Real ROI On Corporate Wellness”. In the report you will find more detailed information about the following:

  • The importance of calculating ROI on your corporate wellness program
  • Easy to follow simple ROI calculation method
  • Making a solid business case to your leadership justifying the need for corporate wellness
  • The Absenteeism crisis in Australia, UK and USA
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How To Be Ok With Making Mistakes At Work

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How to be ok with making mistakes at work

Email blunders are fairly common in the workplace. To make matters worse, there’s no way to recover an email once it’s been sent! However, here are some tips that you can follow to hopefully turn your mistake from an embarrassing memory to a light-hearted anecdote.

What’s your blunder?

  1. Autocorrect

Unless your autocorrect was heinously unfortunate, most of the time slip-ups like these are common and easy to make, and even easier to forgive. In fact, the recipient of your email has probably done something similar at some point in their career. To rectify the situation, send a calm, polite follow-up email explaining that you were in a hurry and made a mistake.

  1. Misspelling a name

If you’ve misspelt a name, the sooner you catch the mistake, the better. Make sure your apology is clear in your subsequent email, bear in mind you need to communicate that your blunder was not meant to be rude or disrespectful.

  1. Hitting “reply all”

The mistake of hitting “reply all” is a fairly common one, and the best way to avoid a potentially sticky situation would be to send a second, light-hearted email to explain your gaffe. However, be sure to avoid sending multiple follow-up emails to avoid the email thread devolving into an office-wide conversation.

  1. Sending an unkind message to its recipient

This is perhaps that most difficult kind of email blunder to fix, but setting out to resolve it is always better than leaving it to fester. Seek out the individual in question and have a private, face-to-face conversation with them. In this case, an apology over email would just come across as insincere. Talk to them calmly about what triggered your frustration, and of course, don’t do it again!

Most of the time, email blunders are nothing to sweat about – everybody makes them! It’s how you handle the aftermath that shows your co-workers the kind of person you are. Take responsibility for your actions and own up to; it’s the adult thing to do!

This article originally appeared on www.thedailyescape.com

https://thedailyescape.com/read/article/5-steps-to-financial-wellness

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5 Steps To Financial Wellness

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Remember how we were always encouraged to save our spare change as kids? For some (myself included), the joy came from pushing coins through the little slots of our piggy banks and hearing that satisfying “clink” as they fell. Of course, that experience was only bested when the time came to empty out said piggy bank, something which kids all over always take to with great abandon. While the idea of saving up still carries great importance till this day, building financial wellness as an adult requires a multi-pronged approach to ensure that all bases are covered.

  1. Not overspending

Perhaps the most common pitfall of all, many adults tend to fall into this trap the minute disposable income enter their lives. Well, certainly not everyone starts out by buying a $50,000 car when they’re only bringing in $4,000 a month, but such habits tend to build up over a span of time. Spending within your means requires basic budgeting AND sticking with it. Even when it comes to necessities, expectations need to be realistic. Do you really need 6-ply toilet paper when 2 or 3-ply works just fine?

  1. Keeping a “rainy day” fund

A logical extension of our childhood saving habits, setting aside money for emergencies turns into more of a skillset as we age. As more and more responsibilities end up landing on our plates, suddenly everything seems like it could turn into an emergency at the drop of a hat. The idea of “keeping” not only denotes the act of saving, but also knowing when NOT to bust it out. Vet medical bills? Yes. New, overpriced smartphone? Not really.

  1. Enlist support

Not everyone is born with the sensibilities of a finance wizard. Unless you’re a wunderkind, chances are high that you’re going to need help along the way, even as an adult. Parents are a good first line of support, and so are more experienced peers. There’s also nothing wrong with engaging the services of a financial consultant. Due to their knowledge of trends and spending habits, their advice on planning and execution would certainly be considered indispensable.

  1. Leverage on existing benefits

Some companies over amazing financial wellness programmes, be it insurance coverage with extremely competitive premium rates or compound savings schemes. Knowing what they are as a working professional will allow you to take advantage of what those benefits and help you realise what they can mean for you in the long run, so be sure to talk to your HR representative and familiarise yourself with them.

  1. Engage in investments

Investing money is all about putting funds into something that will yield significant dividends upon maturity. For those with deep enough pockets, real estate and businesses are typical choices. Stocks are also considered fair game for those willing to play them and caters to a wide array of risk appetites. Savings and investment plans are by and large considered to the safest option when it comes to making money grow and can be structured to ensure regular pay-outs over the course of your life (typically every 10 years). Having a healthy investment portfolio can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and an uncertain one.

Just because you’re financially solvent doesn’t mean that you can go on taking things for granted. Keeping your eye on the big picture will give you the incentive to be smarter with your money, which is hardly a bad thing. Handle your finances the same you would your health and you won’t have to worry about outliving your savings!

This article originally appeared on www.thedailyescape.com

https://thedailyescape.com/read/article/5-steps-to-financial-wellness

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HR Data Analytics Key to Workplace Wellness

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Did you know that using Human Resources (HR) data could help improve wellness in the workplace? HR data analytics refers to the analysis process performed on HR data with the specific intention of improving employee performance and satisfaction. The goal of this analysis is for organizations get the best return on investment from their associated labour costs while providing employees what they need to function more productively.

Much research has been undertaken to link employee wellness with performance. A survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics identified that one-third of working-age Australians have at least one of eight selected chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, depression, diabetes and osteoporosis. This equates to an annual cost to employers of around $34 billion.

Why Employee Wellness Matters

Employees who aren’t well physically or mentally won’t be working to their full potential or up to the standards set by their company. Employees may miss many days or just be less productive overall—both of which can affect business operations and processes in a negative way. If left unchecked, the phenomena’s of absenteeism and presenteeism can ultimately result in higher costs of business or worse, substantial losses in the long run.

If employees are suffering from ailments like depression or anxiety, they may also be demotivated, resulting to sub-par performance, tardiness, or even absences. Meanwhile, employees who are physically lethargic or inactive can find they contract or contribute to conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The possibility of increased tardiness or absences becomes more imminent with hospital visits and frequent medical check-ups.

As such, giving employees an avenue to improve their own physical or mental well-being through company wellness programs is important, especially for businesses in highly stressful fields such as media and public relations. The end result not only affects the employees themselves but also the company’s overall performance.

How Can HR Data Analytics Help?

Through proper analysis, HR data can give decision-makers a clearer picture of what’s happening in the many areas of employee performance and development, including their physical and mental wellness. They then can accurately and efficiently determine which kinds of workplace wellness programs or measures will best suit their employees’ needs.

For example, if HR data indicates that a significant portion of the employee population is suffering from stress or demotivation, programs or seminars aimed at guiding or teaching them ways to deal with stress can be used to help resolve the issue.

In more extreme cases, HR data analytics can also lead to an adjustment in company policies, such as working hours, if a company-wide change is needed to address workplace wellness issues.

If you are going to offer or build a wellness program for your employees then you should determine what kind of data should be used. Whilst some wellness data would be considered confidential, there are certain pieces of information you can derive key insights from. These include:

  • Attendance
  • Productivity (which can be calculated in different ways depending on the task or job requirements)
  • Known disabilities or diseases
  • Possible or frequent injuries (should employees be involved in physical labour, analysing the data related to on-the-job injuries can help you prevent them)
  • Data from periodic voluntary company surveys and polls
  • Reports on company events such as seminars and team building sessions

If you can take this data and interpret it successfully, you can reach out to those underperforming employees to help them find solutions or plan wellness programs that will benefit them. For example, if data derived from HR surveys reveal that many employees feel they’re becoming less motivated or productive because of the lack of physical activities (sedentary lifestyle) available in the workplace, consider programs such as weekly after-hours yoga sessions or company-sponsored sports activities that reward those who participate or win.

HR data analytics also enables management to be better prepared for the future. Data collected from sources such as employee survey forms, attendance, and employee assessment during company events such as team buildings and seminars tell them just how well their wellness programs are doing.

From there they can find ways to improve their wellness programs further or hire/devise news ones customised to really fit employee needs in terms of mental and physical well-being. The end result in the long-term of utilizing HR data range from better productivity and employee engagement to reduced losses due to less employee absenteeism.

If your organisation lacks focus in HR data analytics, you are missing opportunities to engage your workforce. If employees don’t feel as though they have a support system and their wellness problems are not addressed, the company’s overall productivity may suffer and employee turnover rate might increase, which is extremely costly in time and money for managers, especially those in the HR department.

Do Employee Wellness Programs Really Work?

Absolutely—if accurate HR data is used and analyzed and the proper steps are taken after. A way to help ensure success is to incentivize the program to encourage employees to join. The incentive may be in the form of gamification, minor employee rewards (e.g. freebies), or it might be just the general feeling of inclusiveness and belonging to a caring company.

There is a link between employee health and wellness and how they feel and perform in the workplace. As such, it’s necessary to be committed to the physical and mental well-being of your employees.

At WellteQ, we help companies develop employee wellness plans and programs that fit their culture and specific requirements, guiding them towards better overall productivity and achieving holistic health in the workplace. To learn more about how we can help, explore our employee health solutions.

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How not to put on holiday weight

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It’s tough to stay on track with your diet and fitness regimen when you’re on holiday. Although part of the purpose of a holiday is to totally give in to your cravings and enjoy guilty pleasures, there are still ways to keep to a healthy regime and avoid gaining unnecessary holiday weight. Try the following tips to help you stay active and eat healthy while you travel.

Bring your own airplane food

Bringing your own food is a healthier alternative than eating a high sodium meal that is usually served on the plane. Packing healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetable slices or sandwiches can help to avoid indigestion on long flights.

Sneak in small exercise sessions

If you’re going on a long holiday, it is best not to have three consecutive days without working out. Bring your sport shoes and active wear so you can go for quick workout at the hotel gym. Also consider downloading a workout video on your mobile phone or laptop that you can exercise to in the privacy of your hotel room.

Going for a quick 30min morning run in your vacation city can be another way to take in the sights.

Practice portion control

You’ll find yourself eating out nearly every day when you’re on vacation. However, indulging in local delicacies and trying everything doesn’t mean you need to stuff yourself at every meal. Share dishes or treats with your family and friends to lessen your calorie intake.

Make conscious healthy choices

Little things such as skipping the bread basket, avoiding sugary drinks or choosing grilled instead of fried can make a big difference. Always opt for the healthy choice.

We understand that sticking to your health routine while on vacation is impossible and maybe even missing the point of a holiday in the first place. However, if you want to avoid putting on that holiday weight that your friends and colleagues will be so quick to point out,  following these easy tips will help you stay on track and achieve your fitness goals despite indulging while you travel.

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Holistic Health: The value of HR Data Analytics

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Many companies are now recognising the benefits of a healthy and happy workforce more than ever before. If employees feel positive about their jobs, they are likely to perform better and take less sickness leave, costing less money and providing less work for the HR department. In the past, however, it has been difficult for companies to determine what changes are needed and how to implement them, in order to improve conditions in the workplace for employees. This is why HR data analytics are being used by an increasing number of organisations.

Facts reveal feelings

HR data analytics, in conjunction with employee feedback, can be used to gain a picture of holistic health within the workplace. Healthy, stress-free employees are more motivated, more productive and less likely to be absent due to sickness. By analysing HR data, organisations can discover vital information about the mental and physical wellbeing of the workforce, flagging up any causes for alarm or gaps in healthcare provision and other employee benefits that, if addressed, could improve the levels of staff satisfaction and retention.

HR data analytics can also help limit costs and at the same time help in maximising the performance of the workforce by highlighting any training and development needs and helping with the management of absences due to sickness.

Implementing positive change

Technology has become highly useful in creating better connections between companies and their employees by helping managers understand their staff’s needs better. HR data analytics can reveal previously undiscovered facts about processes, and practices that could be harming workplace culture, such as lack of stress-management measures or even bullying and intimidation between employees.

This enables the company to put policies in place to deal with factors that are making the workplace a negative environment. By learning how to analyse HR data, organisations can create an environment in which employees feel safe and valued, which in turn will make them more productive.The ways in which employees can be made to feel valued don’t always have to involve putting policies and procedures in place. HR data analytics can reveal less obvious stress-causing factors such as the employees’ needs for better work-life balance, which can be addressed by making changes to the distribution of workload and implementing a management culture that is more sympathetic to staff issues.HR data analytics can also reveal the elements of the workplace culture that employees feel the company is getting right.

According to a report by the Human Capital Institute, organisations that rate themselves as “proficient” at workforce data analysis are far more likely to rate their business leaders as “satisfied” with workforce data than those who rate themselves “deficient.” This illustrates how the ability to analyse HR data and implement changes as a result can have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of employees, to the point where CEOs are much more satisfied with staff performance.

From HR data analytics to holistic health

For companies new to studying HR data analytics, the thought of analysing facts and figures and turning them into positive changes in workplace culture can seem complicated and overwhelming. This is why many companies need third-party help in order to use HR data analytics to their best advantage.

Leading wellness companies have devised a series of group wellness programs that use technology to create engagement and identify risks to the mental, physical, and nutritional wellbeing of the staff. This allows employers to find ways of overcoming problems relating to achieving holistic health in the workplace, which will have a positive impact on employees and their productivity.They also boasts advanced, connected wellbeing engine available. It combines data analytics software with the latest fitness wearables such as Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit Apple Watch and many more, providing deidentified, aggregate data on the activity, mood, productivity, and even sleep habits. Programs can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each business, helping employers achieve a holistic health culture in the workplace and creating an increased understanding between employees and managers.

Caring about their wellbeing makes employees feel more valued and engaged with the company, and improvements to their mental and physical health will show in their performance at work. Learning to use HR data analytics leads to increased productivity and a less stressed, more positive workplace culture.

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