Finances: The #1 Concern of Employees at Home & Work

What consumes the thoughts of your employees more than anything else both while they’re working and while they’re at home? Sure, occasionally the answer to this question will be politics, family, or health, but most of the time the one concept which consumes our thoughts the most is money. By no means am I suggesting that people are obsessed with money, but the reality is our lives are dictated by our need for our incomes. From the moment we get our first jobs, we create expenses to match our incomes. And as our incomes rise, we accumulate more expenses. For some, expenses accumulate faster than their income increases. Based on the latest research, the population of Americans who have more expenses than income is growing. The 3 Primary “Jobs” of Money Unfortunately, the problems don’t stop there. When we earn our incomes, the money has three primary jobs: First, the …

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4 Rules for Medication Safety

Medication errors are all too common. Prescription drug use is widespread and increasingly risky for those taking multiple medicines. In addition, fake online pharmacies are illegally selling prescription drugs that often contain the wrong substances or harmful dosages. While drugs are lifesaving for hundreds of conditions, misuse of medicine in the U.S. has led to nearly 700,000 emergency visits and 100,000 hospitalizations per year. To lower your risk of getting sick from your medicine, keep a close watch on what you’re taking. 1. Know what each drug does. When your health care provider prescribes a new medicine, ask what it does and how it will help you. Learn how to use it and what to expect. Read and save the information for every prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicine you use. Ask your provider or pharmacist about side effects. Many medicines and dietary supplements produce some degree of side effects, which your provider and pharmacist …

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What Wellness Data Collection Means for You

It can seem a little intrusive to get a health risk assessment from your employer. These questionnaires may ask for a wide variety of information about your health habits, and they’re becoming increasingly common: According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 19 percent of companies that offer health insurance use health risk assessments, while 50 percent of companies with more than 200 employees do. Companies that collect this information do so to improve health and lower health care costs, and there are legal requirements they must follow to prevent identification of individual people. These assessments may take the form of self-reported questionnaires or biometric screenings performed by a health care professional. Here’s what you need to know. What Information Is Collected? These assessments and screenings vary by employer or insurance provider. The assessments are meant to screen for behaviors that could increase health costs in the long run. They may ask …

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“It takes a village…to run a successful corporate wellness program”

It takes a village…to run a successful corporate wellness program

The popular Nigerian proverb of “It takes a whole village to raise a child” is often paraphrased, however, the meaning is clear. The essential meaning is that child upbringing is a communal effort. The same philosophy holds true when implementing and executing a wellness program. Much like the roles of a mother, father, aunt, uncle and even grandparents when raising a child, employers should incorporate specific roles and responsibilities when considering a deployment of a wellness program to its employees. Prior to moving forward with launching a wellness program, it is in the best interests of any employer to select employees (and potentially even outside resources) to come together and serve on a wellness committee. With any launch of a major initiative, proper leadership and consistent fostering is necessary to make sure the program is running as planned. A wellness committee should consider (but not be limited to) representatives from …

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