Category Archives: Wellness

REI’s Black Friday Closing

November 19, 2016   

As reported in our previous post on Gray Thursday, a growing number of retailers are now asking employees to work not only on Black Friday but also on Thanksgiving Day. At least one retailer is bucking this trend. In 2015, progressive outdoor supplier REI paid its 12,000 employees to take the day off and spend […]

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Helping Employees Post-Election

November 9, 2016   

There was nothing normal about the 2016 election, and there will be nothing normal about its aftermath. While elections always bring out employees’ differences, this election has created divides deeper than perhaps any election in living memory. As a result, today, in the wake of the election’s surprising conclusion, many HR leaders are asking, “How […]

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Keep Your Talent Moving

October 11, 2016   

I’ve written about the ergonomics of sitting, standing, and everything in-between in my last two articles. While sitting may not be the new smoking as was previously claimed, and standing is not necessarily the answer, what we do know is this: It’s the overall lack of movement that’s killing us. So what can you do […]

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Sitting Differently

October 11, 2016   

My last article revealed that although the catch-phrase sitting is the new smoking is a bit exaggerated, it is true that sitting a lot over many years does have fairly serious negative consequences for your health. Standing, however, can be nearly as sedentary as sitting, and is not the panacea solution everyone wanted it to […]

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The Sitting Versus Standing Debate

October 11, 2016   

It was back in 2013 that the phrase sitting is the new smoking was coined. It was the shorthand catch-phrase that emerged from a Harvard Business Review article titled Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation by Nilofer Merchant. Others have echoed the idea, such as Mayo Clinic cardiologist Martha Grogan who said, “For people […]

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Should Leaders Make their Health Public?

September 12, 2016   

Within minutes of Hilary Clinton’s near collapse at the 9/11 memorial service in Lower Manhattan, every news outlet and social media platform in the nation was abuzz. From firsthand accounts of her stumble to a street shot of her being helped into a waiting black van by secret service agents, Clinton’s stumble was being recorded, […]

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Is the Work-Life Divide Overrated?

August 10, 2016   

Last August, headlines about Amazon’s grueling demands on employees and punitive response to anyone seeking time off to care for themselves, a child or aging parent brought increased attention to the work-life divide issue. Indeed, Amazon’s workplace culture, which runs against the workplace culture of most high-tech companies, revealed that despite the growing focus on work-life balance […]

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More Pathways to Stronger Workplace Relationships

January 31, 2015   

I recently wrote about Strengthening Relationships in the Workplace with Better Communication because it seems that a huge percentage of workplace relationship problems stem from poor communication or an overall lack of communication. But there a lots of other ways to strengthen workplace relationships in ways that will prime your organization for greater success. Here […]

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Sleep and Productivity: Making the Critical Connection

January 31, 2015   

Ben Franklin famously said, Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. This advice has been echoed through the ages, and many have noted the advantages of early rising and encourage developing it as a regular habit. That’s all well and good, but you can also go to bed early, […]

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Dealing with Toxic Personalities in the Workplace

January 30, 2015   

The last time I was in graduate school, one of the most powerful presentations I attended was about toxic people in the workplace. They can really do a ton of damage and end up costing an organization a lot of money and heartache. I use the word toxic because I’m talking about more than the […]

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