Bridging the Wellness Generation Gap

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I remember when we held our first “employee engagement” meeting here at Frenkel. I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout, differing in age and professional level in the company. Once we opened the floor to ideas about desired wellness offerings, the generational gaps in interests revealed themselves. Younger employees requested things like company-sponsored happy hours,… [Read More]

This Flu Season’s Outbreak Is No Laughing Matter

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I’ve had more clients than usual reach out to me for communications related to this year’s flu season and flu prevention tips. Why, you ask? Because this year’s influenza outbreak is widespread with hospitalizations occurring in 49 of 50 states. And it’s no longer just dangerous for children and those age 65+… Now employees age… [Read More]

Wellness Incentive Rules – and the Saga Continues…

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Yep, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is back to the drawing board, reworking and finalizing new wellness regulations for 2019. We know that all wellness programs must be deemed “voluntary” for employees to participate in; but employees can be penalized thousands of dollars for not doing a screening or answering personal health questions through… [Read More]

No Need for Stigma

No Need for Stigma

I’m just going to come out and say it… It’s okay to go to therapy – AND it helps! For too long, the stigma of seeing a therapist has prevented delivery of much-needed care. People are concerned what their family, friends, and employer will think of them. Thankfully, the tide has turned; individuals and businesses… [Read More]

Beware of Fake News – Fact Check Your Wellness Program

Beware of Fake News – Fact Check Your Wellness Program

One major goal in wellness is to offer accurate health information to our employees. It seems logical to let the “experts” handle this important job, but buyer beware – they don’t always get it right. Whether it be financial wellness, fitness classes, or nutrition seminars; employers need to vet out their vendors and fact check… [Read More]

Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

Wellness Incentives – a Case Study

One of the most common questions I receive from my clients is, “how do we get more employees to participate?” While I wish my answer could be about appealing to the intrinsic value of improving one’s health, my most common responses are: Provide a more enticing incentive. Increase promotion. Get senior leadership onboard and involved…. [Read More]

The “Sitting Disease” is Killing Your Employees

The Sitting Disease is Killing Your Employees

As I deposit a check through an app on my phone (for my bank that’s less than 6 blocks from my apartment) I realize just how easy humans have it nowadays. In an age of convenience we’re more sedentary than ever. The average office worker sits for around 10 hours each day – moving from… [Read More]

Total Wellness

Total Wellness

Recently, I’ve had a few long-time wellness clients ask me “what’s next?” They’re wondering what’s new in wellness and what can they do to refresh their established programs. I must say, I get quite excited when clients want to go above and beyond basic wellness programming. For those of you who are new to wellness,… [Read More]

Pokémon Go: Just What the Doctor Prescribed

Pokemon Go Post

For the past month, I’ve been watching friends, colleagues, and strangers maniacally roam the city on a focused hunt for Charizards and Pikachus. Quite a sight to behold. Pokémon Go has become explosively popular, and with its increasing ubiquity, I’m sure we’ll continue to see headlines highlighting safety concerns as Pokémon Go players fall off… [Read More]

Wellness or Else?

Corporate Wellness

Over the last couple years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been on a litigious rampage against wellness programs. The latest on its list of failed challenges: Plastics manufacturer Flambeau. At the beginning of January, a Wisconsin District Court sided with Flambeau by ruling that its wellness program, which mandated that an employee complete a… [Read More]