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WHE33: Engaging Wellness Solutions for an On-Demand World | with Lorna Borenstein, CEO of Grokker

Grokker is an on-demand wellness solution that engages employees with better health through video, experts, and community. Loved by users in 172 countries around the world and used by top employers like eBay, Aetna, and Pinterest, Grokker was named to the 2017 CNBC Upstart 25 list for successful startups.

With over 4,000 exercise, mindfulness, nutrition and sleep videos from 5 to 50 minutes, more than 130 master experts to choose from, and a supportive community to connect employees across locations, Grokker takes the work out of workplace wellness with an easy-to-implement, holistic, and cost-effective program.

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WHE32: Boosting Stress Resilience for Employees | with Andrew Shatté

“Stress is the new fat. It makes us sick, depletes us emotionally, and diminishes our quality of life.”
~ Jan Bruce, co-author of meQuilibrium

Just like managing weight, managing stress is about becoming aware of personal choices and making better ones, and rewiring thought patterns so that an individual’s habits sustain well-being rather than sabotage it. Learning resilience gets to the root cause of stress and unhealthy behaviors by helping people challenge and adapt their thinking.

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WHE31: Building a High-Performance and Health-Driven Culture at Trek Bikes | with John Burke, CEO

The organizations that are most successful in building a culture of health begin at the top, with key leaders championing a vision that includes the wellbeing of every employee. In this episode, Jesse interviews John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes, who took a stand 13 years ago that launched a culture that has produced improvements in employee health every year since then.

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WHE30: Millennials and Healthcare: How They Experience the System | with Hector De La Torre

Depositphotos_25725981_s-2015They’re supposedly young and healthy, but a new study shows that more than half of Millennials report having a chronic health condition. In addition, Millennials struggle how to navigate the health care system, starting with choosing an appropriate health plan in the first place.

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WHE29: Behavioral Economics for Business Leaders: Turn Good Intentions into Positive Results | with Bob Nease

IntentionsThe new book, The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results, by Bob Nease, PhD, is the first practical guide for business leaders to apply behavioral economics to activate the good intentions of people in their workforce.

Behavioral economics has shown that people’s choices and actions often are not based on rational decisions.

If you are a benefits manager or the leader of a wellness program, this explains why some of your best efforts at plan design, incentives, and participant education have frustrating results. We often assume (incorrectly) that if we give people the right information and financial carrots and sticks, they will:

  • Adopt healthier behaviors such as saving for retirement and eating healthier, and
  • Make smart-consumer choices such as choosing high-quality, lower-cost medications and providers.
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WHE28: Avoiding Workplace Burnout | with Bill Holston

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One of the surprising things about workplace burnout is that no one is immune. Even the most engaged, productive, and passionate people can experience burnout — in fact, their dedication may cause them to be even more susceptible than others. In Engaging Leader episode 019, How to Help Your Team Have More Great Days at Work, Chris Rice talked about the risk of high-performing people becoming “Crash and Burners.”

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WHE27: How to Engage Senior Leaders in Wellness Communications | with Mark Snyder from Owens Corning

 

Business people enjoy healthy lunch in the officeAs with any important initiative, it’s vital to have the CEO and other senior leaders actively supporting workforce health engagement. These executives can help to:

  • Articulate why the initiative is important to the organization’s purpose and business strategy,
  • Create buy-in from all levels of the organization,
  • Cultivate a supportive work environment,
  • Dedicate resources, and
  • Serve as a model and champion through both their “walk” and their “talk.”
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WHE26: Mobile Platforms for Workforce Health Engagement

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If you haven’t yet realized it, there’s been a communication revolution building, and it has now reached the tipping point for workforce health engagement.

  • People are now using mobile devices more than desktop computers for digital media, with mobile apps dominating the usage.
  • Text messaging has become the preferred communication method for most people.
  • And people use their phones to research health-related content almost more than any other topic.

Today we’ll dig into the data behind this mega-trend, and talk about how you can use mobile to improve the knowledge, decision-making, and behaviors of employees and their families, to optimize health outcomes, control medical costs, and enhance workplace productivity.

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WHE25: For Stronger Motivation, Promote Energy – Not Just Good Health | with Tom Rath

PrintMaking the connection between better health decisions and daily energy levels does far more to change employee behavior than telling them about longer-term health consequences.

At most organizations, a workforce health strategy includes communication and education to motivate and equip employees and their families to reduce health risks, improve well-being, and prevent the development of serious (and expensive) health problems.

But according to research scientist Tom Rath, the typical health messages aren’t very effective in motivating people on an ongoing basis to make healthier decisions – not even people who already face life-threatening conditions.

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WHE24: Benefits Engagement through Gamification | with Dr. Ann Clark and Erin Krehbiel of ACI/MacroLife

M-Life 1Back in episode 14, we talked about the six drivers of behavioral engagement. One driver is Structural Ability; in other words, make it easy for people to take the recommended actions that will improve their physical or financial health. Another of the six drivers is Personal Motivation; make it what they want to do. Gamification is an emerging trend that many organizations find can help both make it easy and make it want they want to do. Back in episode 8, we looked at Keas, which uses gamification to boost wellness engagement; and in episode 5, we looked at Change Healthcare, and its focus on consumerism. Today we’re looking at MacroLife, and its creators say it integrates a wide range of employee benefits.

MacroLife is a new gamified benefits solution from ACI Specialty Benefits, one of the 10 largest providers in the US of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services, as well as wellness, work/life, concierge, and student assistance services.

(This interview was originally featured as episode 30 on our Game Changer podcast series.)

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WHE23: Slim-by-Design Workplace: Mindless Eating Solutions for a Healthier Workforce | with Brian Wansink

Slim By DesignThe best wellness programs are ones people don’t even know they’re doing. That may sound like a pipe dream, but a leading researcher says it’s realistic and effective. A few small changes in the workplace can change a waistline … and a culture.

Leading behavioral economist, food psychologist, and bestselling author Brian Wansink, Ph.D., joins us to discuss both small tweaks and major redesigns that actually work in helping employees make healthier choices. The answer is not to tell people how to eat, or to limit their lunchtime menu to spinach and legumes. Instead, Wansink says the solution is to set up the workplace environment so employees will naturally eat healthier – and so your foodservice vendor will still be profitable.

As Brian and Jesse discuss, the easiest way to reverse weight gain and related health problems is to work with human nature, not against it. They share ideas for “mindless” eating solutions for a healthier workforce, and explain how leaders can use a 100-point scorecard to see where you are – and how to get where you want to be.

Brian Wansink, Ph.D. is a nutritionist, behavioral economist, professor, and the director of Cornell University’s renowned Food and Brand Lab. He is the author of the bestselling book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, as well as hundreds of professional books and peer-reviewed journal articles. His newest book is Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life.

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WHE22: How Well-being Engagement Trumps Wellness | with Doug Stover from Gallup

According to The Gallup Organization, only 24% of employees at companies that offer a wellness program actually participate in it. What’s more, only 12% of employees strongly agree that they have substantially higher overall well-being because of their employer. Today we’ll discuss what’s wrong with the traditional approach to workplace wellness, and how your organization can improve health, employee engagement, and the bottom line by taking a whole-person approach that allows employees to thrive across five universal elements of well-being:

  • Purpose/Career: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Doug Stover is a senior managing consultant with Gallup. He’s business leader for Gallup’s Well-being consulting practice, a strategic advisor for Gallup’s leading clients, and a public speaker on well-being in corporate environments.

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