Take 2 Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning

The opioid crisis has left doctors in a no-win situation. They want their pain patients to be comfortable, they need to have high satisfaction ratings for reimbursement, and because of the new restrictions on opioid prescribing (and rightly so in many cases), they have few options for helping patients be more comfortable. While the drug…

Supplementing a 15 Minute Doctor Visit

Most doctors have very little time to spend with patients – sometimes as little as 10-15 minutes. And there is always more to address than the issue they’ve presented with. For example, let’s say a patient is in for an ulcer on their leg. Perhaps you notice that they smell like smoke and could lose…

Simple is Usually Better

You know that providing your employees with benefits that can help improve their overall quality of life helps them boost productivity and performance and build loyalty and engagement. But employees quickly put many of these programs go by the ways when they require too much effort or are too complicated to use. So look for…

It Takes a Village

So you are kicking off a new wellness program. A brochure ought to do it. An email. A lunch and learn. Surely the HR departments advice will get people interested. While these are all important components, it takes a village to have a successful wellbeing program. This means all of the above and  ongoing reminders and…

Emotional Intelligence and Workplace Wellness

Wellness encompasses many different aspects of the whole individual: mental, emotional, physical and financial, to name the broad categories. The quality of the relationships employees and management have with each other contributes to wellness in the workplace. Do they feel understood, accepted, valued? Are they able to relate to their team members in a meaningful…

Determining a Program’s Success

Success of a wellness program used to be measured on participation. No doubt you want employees to be using the programs that are offered, but what’s more important to measure is results. Do the programs provide a feedback mechanism for the participant during or at the end of the program? Can’t they rate the improvement…

Wellness Program Success Starts with Communication

It can be frustrating for companies when they implement programs and employees don’t use them. A recent survey by LightSource in conjunction with KJT Group offers some insight into why that might be: getting employees more involved in wellness programs starts with simply doing a better job of telling them about such programs. 30% were…

Wellness Programs Create Loyalty

According to a recent Optum survey, 48 percent of workers who frequently participate in health and wellness programs are extremely likely to recommend their employer as a place to work. Among those who don’t participate, just 29 percent would recommend their employer—and at companies that offer no such options, only 18 percent of employees would…

The Mind – Body Connection

The connection between the mind and body is well established. Mental health in the workplace is a hot topic because it impacts every area of job performance and productivity. Poor mental health leads to poor physical health and higher organizational costs. Thoughts become things. Science shows us that the brain cannot tell the difference between…

Office Mindfulness Tips

Caroline Jordan, Corporate Wellness Consultant, has 3 tips for office mindfulness practice: Power of the Pause. Taking a moment to check in with yourself is what Mindfulness training is all about. Use something in your environment (like getting into the elevator on your way to work or sitting down to eat your lunch) as a reminder…

Millenials and Wellness

In recent years, we as a society have began to focus on our personal health. Specifically, we have been paying attention to our mental health. What was once a taboo topic has become a crucial aspect of self care at home, school, and at the workplace. Millenials have been at the forefront of this movement…

Wellbeing versus Wellness

Recent Gallup polls show that workers are less engaged than ever, contributing to low morale and declining customer service. These same workers are increasingly unhealthy – they exercise less, eat poorly and are overweight. They are stressed from rising health insurance costs and costs of living, and are worried about having money to retire. The…

What Are Your Employees Looking For?

In this environment of low unemployment, organizations struggle to find good talent. Your benefit programs can be a factor in getting that talent on board. Consider these stats from a recent Forbes article: • 87% of employees consider health and wellness packages when choosing an employer. • 67% of employees who work for organizations with wellness…

Workplace Stress

Many workers report experiencing work-related stress at their jobs and this compromises their performance and health. A recent survey by Northwestern National Life revealed that about 40% of workers reported that their jobs were extremely stressful. In another survey by Yale University, 29% of workers reported feeling extreme stress because of their jobs. Stress can…

Wellness Benefits and Small Businesses

Sixty million people are employed by companies with 50 employees or less. A recent survey by Guardian Life Insurance Company found that 40% of those employees say that their benefits positively impact their health. Low unemployment and competition for workers has 61% of small businesses looking at benefit packages as a way to attract employees.…

Businesses Starting to Address the Opioid Epidemic

In a market where getting qualified employees is increasingly difficult, companies are realizing that they need to retain the people they already employ. Opioid abuse and addiction affects workers everywhere. We are starting to see business coalitions formed around the country. For example, the Minnesota Business Partnership, with companies like Medtronics, Target and 3M, is…

Lack of Sleep Affects Work Performance

A study from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine estimates that 20% of the average organizations workforce has sleep issues. They estimate that it costs companies about $1,967 per employee per year. A report form Rand estimates that the U.S. loses 2.28% of GDP or $411 billion to sleep issues. On an annual…

Thoughts Equal Behaviors

Your thoughts and beliefs shape your physical and emotional well-being and your behaviors. The subconscious mind is largely responsible for this ability to influence your body and behaviors.  And science is demonstrating that the tools used by world-class athletes and business leaders – self-reflection, mindfulness, visualization, imagination and meditation – bring greater focus and awareness to enact…

Developing Mind-Body Resilience

Conscious Napping develops the mind-body connection – a powerful way to achieve goals. It was once believed that you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks, but research in neuroplasticity has shown that our brains are adaptive and constantly changing. And the science of epigenetics proves that our life experiences modify how our genes express themselves.…

Science Meets Imagination

I’m Roberta Fernandez, President of Conscious Napping – an online personal development program that helps deepen resilience, achieve greater focus, solve problems and awaken potential. Many neuroscience experiments show the brain cannot tell the difference between what is real, and what is vividly imagined. Imaging equipment like fmri’s, have shown that very similar areas of…

Welcome to Conscious Napping

In today’s competitive environment, you know that offering the right mix of benefits can help you attract and retain the quality employees you need to keep your business growing. But being relevant and sustainable also means managing and reducing costs, increasing productivity, promoting better health, and encouraging greater engagement, innovation, and problem-solving across your organization. …