Hypertension: The Hidden Threat to Employees and Companies

Hypertension: The Hidden Threat To Employees And Companies

According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), about 76.4 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Although the condition, also known as hypertension, usually doesn’t produce any noticeable symptoms, it wreaks havoc within the body over time by increasing pressure inside of blood vessels. The American Heart Association (AHA) warns that hypertension stretches the vessels past their healthy limit, causing microscopic tears and scar tissue that can lead to blockages, blood clots and hardened arteries. That’s why untreated high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in this country. It can damage the kidneys and eyes, too. In an interview with USA Today, Tom Frieden, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that hypertension leads to nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S. While the toll of hypertension-linked illness and death is enormous …

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Do Your Policies Make it too Hard for Employees to Use Their Benefits?

Do Your Policies Make It Too Hard For Employees To Use Their Benefits?

The employee benefits your company provides aren’t worth much if your employees can’t figure out how to use them or find the process you’ve established too onerous to bother with. Employees who don’t understand their benefits will express less satisfaction with them, and policies that make employees jump through a bunch of hoops to use those benefits will often discourage them from trying. Problematic policies may include requiring a doctor’s note to take a sick day, not communicating clearly about benefit enrollment deadlines, or requiring real-time monitoring or reporting requirements for employees to take advantage of flexible work arrangements. Here’s what you need to do to make it easier for employees to access their benefits. Shift Your Mindset Keep in mind that the benefits you offer are meant to attract and retain the top talent you need to build your business. Federal law doesn’t mandate paid time off for vacations, …

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Why Employer-Sponsored Weight Management Programs Don’t Work

Why Employer-Sponsored Weight Management Programs Don’t Work

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight and 1 in 3 is obese. Employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role in the effort to get Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles that can lower the risk for a host of chronic diseases. But many workplace weight management programs fail when it comes to helping workers meet weight loss goals. The reason? Research from the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) indicates that the traditional approach organizations often follow when it comes to weight management interventions simply doesn’t work. Instead, a new report from NEBGH, “Weight Control and Employees: One Size Doesn’t Fit All,” concludes that to make workplace-sponsored weight control programs effective, organizations need to opt for innovative and individualized programs. Employer surveys were used for the NEBGH research project and 19 executives from employers, health plans and consulting organizations were queried in an in-depth …

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How to Fill Your Open Jobs Faster

How To Fill Your Open Jobs Faster

When you’re looking to fill a vacant position at your organization, time is money. The longer you look for someone, the more time you take away from other aspects of your job and the more efficiency drops as others try to pick up the slack for their missing teammate. And the stakes are even higher for your organization if the position is mission-crucial. Here are some tips on how to save time, money and productivity by filling your open jobs faster. Look for Efficiencies “Look at your hiring process and find ways to eliminate inefficiencies,” says John Ducar of Skilled Wizard. “Be aggressive. Most internal processes are far too cumbersome. Get the decision-maker engaged to see candidates immediately and make the new prospective employee the priority.” “Consider checking references first before going through the interview process,” says hiring consultant Amy Wright. “One of the big time-sucks in filling open positions …

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5 Common Mistakes Employers Make in Designing Wellness Programs – And how to Avoid Them

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More employers are turning to workplace wellness programs to help control employee benefits costs and as an additional benefit to help attract and retain top employees. Industry research suggests that such investments can pay off handsomely for employers, but only if organizations are smart about how they execute their wellness initiatives. Here are 5 common mistakes that employers make when establishing and managing their wellness programs and offers expert advice on creating and implementing programs that work. 1. Starting Without a Plan You can’t expect to accomplish much with any major initiative if you start without first laying out a plan of action. “One of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen in corporate wellness initiatives (and one reason that many of them fail) is that not enough time is spent in planning,” says Carol Nave, a certified fitness trainer with and owner-operator at X Factor Fitness Solutions. “In the name of urgency, …

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