Perks: Are They The New Employee Benefit?

Every year I teach a group of graduate human resource students about employee benefits. I begin the first class by asking my students for examples of what they consider to be a "benefit" for employees. I never provide them a definition which allows them to rely on...

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Insights from HLTH: Healthcare

Last week I spent 4 days at the inaugural HLTH conference in Las Vegas. The goal of HLTH was to initiate a collaboration to "take the waste out of health care." Intrigued with the goal, me and 3,499 people from many areas of healthcare, ventured into Las Vegas to...

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What Workplace Wellness Data Doesn’t Tell You

Many of us in employee benefits have, at some point, found ourselves tasked with developing a workplace wellness program. Unlike a health or dental plan, workplace wellness can be a frustrating and costly program to provide to employees. We start out with an employee...

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Open Enrollment Sabotaged My Wellness Plan

When I received my Open Enrollment booklet that year there was a big change. There were new medical plans, actually high deductible plans. At first I ignored them until I noticed the monthly employee deductions. It was going to cost me triple to stay in my low cost,...

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Why We Hate Going to the Gym

Designing workout programs can always lead to better outcomes when we pause and look around us and look at ourselves.  I was running errands today and passed by a local gym. The parking lot was full and people were in their exercise clothes heading into the gym to get...

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Dark Chocolate Can Make You Happy and Healthy

"After all, it's healthy right?" A common response to dark chocolate.  It's usually followed by a short laugh because most people have heard about chocolate being healthy however few know the details.  Nutrition is a challenging area within the employer ecosystem. ...

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Sylvia’s Opinion on Coconut Oil

By now we’ve all heard the buzz about Coconut Oil. Is it good for me or is it bad for me? The primary criticism about coconut oil is that it is a saturated fat. You are likely familiar with the saturated fats in meat and how too much is bad for your heart. There’s...

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Spring Refresher

I was in the 20th year of my career.  My current job required a 2 hour commute each day. I left my home at 6 a.m. and didn't return until at least 6 p.m. that evening.  That left me only 12 hours each day to have dinner, attend to my family, exercise and sleep.  I was...

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Is Juicing for Breakfast Another Diet Scam

Several weeks ago I had a stomach bug that latest for two weeks.  During that time, the only “food” I could handle was liquid food.  I had juice, coconut water, tea, water, and often mixed it with my organic green powder which is full of veggies, flax seed, and...

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Two Minutes to Eliminate Stress

We’ve all had those days when we’re so busy that we don’t see how we’ll get everything done in a day. I had one of those moments last week. I had a couple of training presentations to complete and a presentation to prepare. I had it all handled until my wi-fi went...

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