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How to Control Your Addiction ...

Posted on: Jun 06, 2011 By: GuestPoster | 0 Comments
Today, there are millions using the social networking site, Facebook.  It is a method of being in touch with old friends and finding new ones.  To most people, Facebook addiction disorder is being harder to control.  Many spend long hours talking to friends or playing games.  The site offers so much that it seems to take full control of people and their daily lives.  There are a few things that you can do to reduce this addiction. Control yourself to just a ‘once a day’ login.  Most people just want to sit by it the ... Read More

How does Vacation Wellness wor ...

Posted on: Dec 12, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
It’s easy. Vacations help businesses reduce healthcare costs.  Not just a little.  A lot.  Learn more in a white paper here. Vacations help businesses keep employees happy and loyal.  Learn how vacations reduce employee turnover. But two out of three employees didn’t take all of their vacation time last year.  See a short video on how that cost businesses $532 billion last year alone. Vacation Wellness™ to the rescue. It’s a simple employee benefit that does three things: Demonstrates that businesses care ... Read More

Preventing Employee Burnout ...

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
There’s a very expensive ailment plaguing businesses. It’s difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to cure. There’s no pill, procedure, surgery, or diet that can cure it. And it affects a whopping 77% of employees at one point or another. It’s burnout. Talent Management’s Lois Melbourne provides a few employee burnout recognition clues, including: Avoiding/skipping meetings Absenteeism Irritability Lack of attention to details Once it affects a few employees, the malaise can spread faster than ... Read More

Helping Healers: HR Challenge ...

Posted on: Nov 04, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
We’re fortunate to serve a number of healthcare providers, which is interesting for two reasons. First, healthcare professionals understand the benefits of stress reduction. That’s not a surprise, as the medical research on the link between stress and adverse health outcomes is impressive and growing by the month (download a white paper here).  Stress plays a significant role in all five leading causes of employee death, and costs American businesses over $300 billion every year.  It makes sense that human resources ... Read More

The Science of Stress ...

Posted on: Oct 18, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
Employee stress is a big deal.  Many of us understand the concept anecdotally and generically, but with employee healthcare costs rising at ruinous rates (12% per year over the past five years – read more here), it’s probably time to understand the problem a bit more scientifically. The impacts of stress are well documented: One million Americans miss work every day due to stress-related conditions. Stress costs American businesses $300 billion every year. Stress adds 46% to the average annual employee healthcare ... Read More

Top 3 Executive Delusions ...

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
We talk to hundreds of human resources managers and C-level executives across a very wide swath of industry sectors.  A few interesting and widespread executive delusions have become apparent recently, generally surrounding the topics of best practices for employee retention, current healthcare cost and wellness trends, and today’s employee engagement climate in the “post-meltdown” economy. Some of you will recognize these statements, because you say them.  You might even believe them.  My hope is that if you ... Read More

Focused Relaxation – A B ...

Posted on: Jul 20, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
It’s the busy season here at Zoescent as Vacation Wellness™ demand continues to surprise even us, and the demand on our staff’s time continues to rise right along with it.  There’s a mountain of work to accomplish, and not a great deal of time available to get it all done. Conventional wisdom would say that now is not the time for anyone at Zoescent to take a vacation. However, with apologies to Mark Twain, we try not to spend too much time trapped in majority thinking – it’s responsible for such evils as ... Read More

Workplace Stress Management th ...

Posted on: May 24, 2010 By: Steve | 2 Comments
Not to step on anybody’s toes, but seriously – this is stress management?!? I won’t name the source, but this tripe is sold and billed as “stress management” in someone’s world. Employees are overworked, underpaid, have had their benefits slashed, and feel relationship and financial pressures at home, and they’re supposed to “stand up and stretch” to relieve stress? Thanks, boss. Instead of patronizing your workforce, how about doing something about stress? No wonder ... Read More

How to Screw Up Your Employees ...

Posted on: May 19, 2010 By: Steve | 1 Comment
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. –Emerson Congratulations! You’ve just rolled out your Vacation Wellness™ Employee Benefit Program to rave employee reviews (if you’ve just emerged from your cave and haven’t yet added this to your employee wellness benefit programs, start here), and are all set to reap the big business benefits of workforce healthcare cost reduction and decreased employee turnover rates. You’re eyeing the Savings Estimator results happily, ready to see the ... Read More

Take Off the Training Wheels ...

Posted on: May 04, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
Life is gloriously circular. Lessons of childhood repeat. And teaching the lessons of childhood to our kids can be a tremendously powerful reminder of inexorable truths and insoluble tenets. To wit: picture a brow furrowed in fear, tears of worry and dread trickling down a sour visage, and quivering mouth forming those crippling words: “I can’t.” Endemic. Instant. Tragic. Who teaches us to imprison ourselves? It’s as if we’re programmed to sidestep disappointment by limiting our expectations. We fit ... Read More