The Wellness Bust – Why people aren’t using benefits they said they wanted (Part II – How to fix it)

Americans are unhealthy physically, mentally, and financially.  So, it is no surprise that employees are asking for help.  What is surprising is how few people actually engage in the very programs they say they want. Part I of this article explored the four categories...

The Wellness Bust – Why people aren’t using benefits they said they wanted (Part I)

Mental health, financial well-being, and physical wellness programs are all among the most popular employee benefits. So why don’t people use them? Less than 10% of employees use their Employee Assistance Program’s free counseling option.  Only 8% of employees with...

The business case for investing in people is clear & proven. Why isn’t everyone doing it?

Study after study has already proven that investing in your people in a meaningful, strategic way yields exceptional returns in multiple columns: culture, community, wellness, and profit.  In fact, it is hard to find any research that suggests human capital investment...

The Great Resignation is also the Great Revelation

“A crisis does not create character, it reveals it.” After years of economic expansion and a frothy stock market, many organizations’ unsustainable approaches to people, community, and planet are coming to the forefront, and Dennis Leary’s spot-on quote is showing...

The Future Workday Cannot Come Soon Enough

It’s been over a century since Henry Ford reimagined a shorter workday in order to increase productivity.  A recent study suggests we are overdue for a new version of “9-to-5.” The average office worker is productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes each day.  The Bureau of...

Ask Less, Get More: Rethink engagement to boost productivity

Who is the most engaged employee in your organization? That question may immediately remind of the lady that is way too happy on Monday mornings, or the guy that smiles and nods through an entire presentation.  You may think of the person who is always first to...

The War for Talent is Coming for Your Profit

FedEx, a company literally built around efficiency, just suffered one of the most shocking financial reversals in recent memory. Despite a 14% rise in revenue—increasing that total to $22 billion—during the August-ended fiscal quarter, FedEx saw its profit drop a...

Is Your Financial Wellness Program Racist?

If you knew that you had the power to help eliminate some of the financial impacts of racism, what would you do? This is a question that employers must answer.  Nearly half of employers now offer financial wellness programs and 95% of organizations feel a sense of...

Why Wage-Focus is a Losing Strategy

As the Great Resignation and the War for Talent rage on, wages remain the primary focus of recruiters and organizations.  While it is worth celebrating that pay is increasing at its fastest pace in decades, the sad reality is that rising prices and our consumer...

The First Step in Employee Care

People are leaving organizations because they believe their employers do not care about them.  A recent Gallup poll revealed that only about a third of workers—down from nearly half less than a year prior—believe that their organization cares about their overall...

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