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Three keys to financial success for the rest of us: Engagement, Personalization and AI


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Everyone deserves access to the tools and services that can help them achieve financial security. But for too long, the financial services industry has failed to make these tools and services easily accessible to all. Myopically focused on serving higher net worth customers, we have neglected the needs of many who need financial support most and, at the same time, turned off those who are not interested in the investment “game.”

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Best HR Software - Seven selection tips from the experts to guarantee success


 “Who is the best HR software provider out there?” is a question I’ve fielded countless times in my professional life.  Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. 

Embarking on the HR solution provider selection process can be overwhelming, whether you’re seeking HCM, payroll, benefits administration or some other solution.   There are countless options - how do you dig in to identify the best match? 

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Food You Feel


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It’s Monday morning and you’re late for work so you have to skip breakfast. When you finally make it to the office, anxious and ravenous, do you a) decide to slowly munch on a handful of raisins or b) hungrily devour half that box of Chips Ahoy in the office kitchen without a second thought?

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Workplace Trauma – How to Help Employees Cope


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When employees experience workplace violence and no proactive protocols are set in place by employers, the health and well-being of the population are at stake.   Nearly two million U.S. workers will become victims of workplace violence each year, according to the National Safety Council.

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The Argument For Moving Toward Weight-Inclusion in Worksite Wellness


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The weight-normative paradigm permeates the worksite wellness industry.  From biometric screenings to weight loss challenges and health coaching, the emphasis on body weight is entrenched in programming and philosophy.

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Dealing with Workplace Stress: The Stress Recovery Effect


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Workplace stress can have a harmful effect on productivity, as well as overall health and well-being. These effects are even more pronounced when there are no coping strategies in place to deal with stress. Surveys have revealed that as many as three out of every four American workers experience stress in the workplace. In addition to the physical and mental health consequences, workplace stress can result in greater absenteeism, lower productivity, increased staff turnover, and greater workers compensation costs.

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Social Connections are the Catalyst to Good Health


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It’s not for a lack of information.  Health and wellness trends and the DOs and DON’Ts of how to live a healthy life are only a click away, yet incidences of chronic disease are on the rise.  What are we neglecting that makes being healthy so hard? What if the answer is not simply how many steps we take, or the number of vegetables we eat. What if the question is “how connected are we”?  How are social interactions (or lack thereof) impacting the length and quality of life?

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Continuous Wellness Challenges 101


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When brokers and employers hear the term “wellness challenge,” the first thing that often comes to mind is the classic 10-week step challenge, circa the 1990s.  Veterans of the wellness industry may picture a more advanced program like multiple challenges with different themes throughout a year.  Few, however, think of a continuous wellness challenge.  That is slowly changing as more employers adopt these types of programs.

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8 Ways to Ensure Employee Engagement in Corporate Wellness Programs


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Corporate wellness programs can sometimes get a bad rap among workers.  Some employees may think the activities are just another “to-do” to add to their already-packed schedules, or they may not be fully comfortable with the idea of sweating alongside their coworkers.  

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Is Sitting The New Smoking? Walk To A Healthier More Creative Life


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Is sitting the new smoking?  You may have heard this question over the past year.  There is no doubt science is starting to show that sitting is really bad for us, and our lives are becoming more and more sedentary.  

In a recent article by Susan Scutti entitled “Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise” she references a study that tracked not only how active the participants were, but also how frequently they were getting up and moving.  The results?  Long uninterrupted periods of sitting are really bad for us.

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