Recent Posts by Mark Luskus

 
MARK LUSKUS IS AN OUTDOORS FANATIC, CURRENT EVENTS JUNKIE, AND SOON TO BE MEDICAL STUDENT. WHEN HE'S NOT WATCHING GROKKER VIDEOS, HE LOVES CAMPING, LISTENING TO NPR PODCASTS, AND RIDING HIS MOTOR SCOOTER AROUND BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA.

Spring Clean Your Wellness Resolution

Remember your New Year’s wellness resolution? If you do and you’re still working towards it, then this article isn’t meant for you. But if you’re one of the millions of people who has stopped making progress on it, then listen up. There’s still time for you to get back to it and achieve what you set out to achieve in 2015.

Spring is a great time to spring clean your wellness resolution and give it the burst of life it needs. And lucky for you, we have a few great tips for how to do just that.

 

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Are Workplace Wellness Programs Helping Employees & Employers?

There is a wellness revolution happening in corporate America. As the secret has gotten out that healthy employees are more productive and handle stress better, companies have been scrambling to put together wellness programs for their employees. It makes sense from a business perspective. Having healthy employees can increase profitability, sales, and morale. But are employee wellness programs actually improving the health of employees and companies?

We know that workplace wellness programs have endemically low participation rates (Grokker’s Deborah Holstein has some tips for solving that problem), but how are well attended wellness programs working out? Well, it depends.

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Is Competition Essential for Workplace Wellness?

Workplace wellness programs are an awesome way to improve employee health, happiness, and productivity. But these programs can only be effective if employees participate, and disappointing participation levels are endemic. So what can your company do to make sure that employees get all of the benefits of a workplace wellness program? The answer might lie in a little bit of competition. 

People are powerfully motivated by competition, rewards, and teamwork. Therefore, incorporating these elements into a wellness program is likely to improve health outcomes for employees and increase participation levels. So how exactly do you incorporate these elements? Why, using wellness challenges of course!

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Working From Home is Good for Business

Is working from home really working, or is it just an excuse for employees to goof off at home? After Marissa Mayer famously ended working from home at Yahoo, researchers at Stanford decided to answer that question. So what did their research reveal? Well, it turns out that working from home is good for business!

Instead of tuning into Netflix, workers who worked from home were 13% more productive and reported improved work satisfaction and sleep. The researchers hypothesized that the increase in productivity was caused by a range of factors, including less distractions and sick days. Most dramatically, employee turnover reduced 50% in the group that worked from home.

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Top 5 Ways to Stick to an Exercise Regimen

Sticking to an exercise regimen can be nearly impossible when you’re balancing work, family, and friends. To help keep you on track and make working out seem less like work - we came up with five ways to stick to your exercise regimen.

1. Before the work week begins, map out your weekly workout plan on Sunday so you don’t have to decide which exercise activity to do on the spot. That way working out seems less spontaneous and more like a natural, everyday activity.

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Do Less, Not More

In today's world, many people feel there’s a particular cache in always being super busy. The perception is that busyness signals people value your time and demonstrates that you are in high demand, so everyone seems to want to be thought of as a busy person.

However, in a recent blog post by the Harvard Business Review, Greg McKeown identifies this obsession with “doing more” as an unhealthy and ultimately unsustainable bubble which inevitably bursts. He argues that we should instead focus on a smaller set of tasks that are truly valuable and strive to actually do less. A growing number of what McKeown calls the Essentialists, are focusing on doing just that.

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