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May is Mental Health Month

May 2, 2019 9:18:16 AM / by Ulliance posted in employee assistance program, workplace wellbeing, #RiseAbove, well-being, mental health awareness month

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Employees' Mental Health Has a Big Impact on the Workplace

One in five adults in the U.S. will experience a mental illness this year. That’s more than 43 million individuals suffering from a disorder that disrupts their personal life, impacts relationships and affects productivity at work[i].

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How Are You Helping Your Employees Lead A Healthier Lifestyle?

Apr 12, 2019 8:15:26 AM / by Ulliance posted in corporate smoking cessation programs, workplace wellbeing, well-being

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A recent story went viral about a Japanese company offering an extra six days of paid vacation per year to non-smokers to make up for the time employees who smoked took for cigarette breaks throughout the day. The company is hoping that this incentive will encourage employees who smoke to quit the unhealthy habit for the extra days off. While the impact of this program remains to be seen, it demonstrates how organizations around the world are taking creative action to help their employees adopt healthier lifestyles.

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The Benefits of Workplace Wellness

Apr 2, 2019 1:11:50 PM / by Ulliance posted in financial wellness, workplace wellbeing, well-being, happiness on the job

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Your business’ financial health is directly tied to the health of your employees.

Lots of sick days. Low engagement and productivity. These business pitfalls can be infrequent, sure, but when you notice that they start becoming a trend, it’s likely they are symptoms of a more significant problem: overlooking employee wellness.

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Happiness: An Inside Job

Mar 15, 2019 9:23:48 AM / by Ulliance posted in employee assistance program, EAP, workplace wellbeing, culture, #RiseAbove, well-being, happiness on the job

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If you’re facing a lot of adversity in life or just struggling to find joy in this world, you might do well to check out the story and sayings of the ancient philosopher Epictetus. He believed that it isn’t the things that happen to us which make us unhappy, but rather our reaction to them that causes those ill feelings. 

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Ensure Success of Your New Hire

Mar 11, 2019 1:35:11 PM / by Ulliance posted in HR, culture, Employee Engagement, well-being, checklist

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Attracting and retaining talent has become a hot topic of late because of a thriving job market. Human resources professionals want to have a well-planned orientation for a new team member to ensure success for everyone involved.

As seen in the previous well-being blog "Improve Employee Retention", it costs 30-50 percent of an employee's salary to hire their replacement - and could be up to 400 percent depending on the position.

This means when bringing on a new team member, return on investment is critical. The process begins before day one, and is ongoing. A thorough and thoughtful on boarding process can help improve employee retention, and help new hires feel more comfortable and connected in their new position.

Download the Ulliance Ultimate New Employee Checklist for a step-by-step plan to ensure success for you and your new hire!

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Move It, Move It! Businesses benefit when employees get regular physical activity.

Feb 26, 2019 1:38:47 PM / by Kathryn Lynch-Morin posted in employee assistance program, wellness, Nicotine cessation, quit snmoking, corporate smoking cessation programs, workplace wellbeing, comliance, well-being, the cost of employee turnover, employee retention

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Modern-day technology and gadgets have made our lives and work easier—but these marvels have also made it much easier for us to sit. A lot.

As our lives become more sedentary, the risks associated with physical inactivity increase. According to one study, physical inactivity shortens life expectancy and increases the risk of many undesirable health conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancers. 

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More Is Needed Than an Apple a Day

Feb 21, 2019 10:34:43 AM / by Kathryn Lynch-Morin posted in wellness programs, cooking videos, workplace wellbeing, well-being, the cost of employee turnover

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Teachers, their students and their school districts benefit from wellness programs.

We already know employee absenteeism hurts productivity and increases health care and other costs, but those effects are magnified when the employee is a teacher.

Teachers get sick just like the rest of us. But when they do need to take a sick day, school districts end up paying the absent teacher and shelling out cash for a substitute. Pay for subs can run $130 a day in some states, and sometimes more, if the substitute is highly experienced or needed long term. A 2018 study from Excellent Schools PA found that absent teachers in Pennsylvania, which has one of the highest teacher absentee rates in the nation, cost the state an average of $114 million per year.

And, while sick days aren’t entirely avoidable, there are ways to help teachers take control of their well-being.

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4 Natural Ways to Improve Serotonin Balance

Feb 14, 2019 11:44:51 AM / by Ulliance posted in wellness, workplace wellbeing, HR, #RiseAbove, well-being

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According to an article in Everyday Health, serotonin is a neurotransmitter known for the role it plays in feelings of well-being and happiness.

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Tips to Resolve Workplace Conflict

Feb 13, 2019 1:28:19 PM / by Kathryn Lynch-Morin posted in employee assistance program, workplace, EAP, workplace wellbeing, anti-harassment training, Crisis in the workplace, #RiseAbove, well-being

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Use these three proven strategies to help employees keep their cool—before tensions get out of control. 

Although we might wish otherwise, workplaces aren’t immune to conflict. In fact, when stakes and tensions are high, conflict is practically a guarantee.

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Does Your Day Fly By: Try these 5 tips to improve your time management skills

Jan 14, 2019 3:12:25 PM / by Ulliance posted in employee assistance program, stress, wellness, Ulliance, resources, training, EAP, HR, culture, #RiseAbove, well-being

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Are you overwhelmed by that growing to-do list, or by feeling like there are not enough hours in the day? While it may be difficult to trim your tasks completely, it is possible to make the most of the time you do have with effective time-management techniques.

These five tips to improve your time management skills are among our favorites:

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