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Welcome to the Institute for Human Resources for Employee Wellness! This introductory session will give you an overview of the Institute for Human Resources - Employee Wellness certification program. In a nutshell, the Institute has been designed to provide HR professionals responsible for their employees' health and well-being with the opportunity to gain certification in this particular field. What is employee wellness? It encompasses injury prevention, battling obesity, disease prevention, how technology is affecting wellness (with online challenges and monitoring), using social media, employee engagement (do you need to use incentive/reward programs), biometric data, outsourcing vs. internal programs, ROI and more. The Institute for Human Resources (IHR) Employee Wellness certification program launched on September 14 & 15, 2011 with a two-day virtual event and this is now our 4th virtual event in the area of Employee Wellness . To date, over 5,100 HR professionals have registered for our programs so far.
The purpose of this session is to provide you with an update on the webcast topics and speakers that will be presenting over these two days. In addition, for those of you who have not participated in one of these events in the past, you will be shown how to register for any newly-added webcasts and make use of the virtual Exhibit Hall, where you can increase your knowledge on product and service suppliers in the employee wellness space. You will also learn how to network with your peers by visiting the lounge.
All of these webcasts have been approved for HRCI recertification credits (the only exception being this introductory webcast). This short webcast will provide you with complete information on what is required to obtain certification from the Institute for Human Resources.
The management of this Institute would not be possible without the input from the Advisory Board. This session will also introduce all the members of the Advisory Board to you.
A calendar of future events will be shared so that members can pre-register now to add the dates to their calendars.
You will learn about the opportunity to become certified with the Institute for Human Resources and what other HR Verticals are available for either yourself or your colleagues. There will be an introduction to this Institute's Advisory Board and faculty which ensures that all courses and educational components are state-of-the-art and relevant to current trends in the industry. We will also give an overview of the speakers and their topics. You will be given guidance on how to chat online with colleagues and access the virtual exhibit hall which includes floors for our Sponsors, speakers and suppliers, prior to and during the entire two day event. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, as it relates to the overall program, prior to the event's commencement.
Don’t forget, this is a great opportunity to converse with our industry experts. Looking forward to your participation!
Healthcare is a rapidly growing industry, and its jobs are among the most risky in the nation. A tradition of caring and giving patient safety top priority has placed healthcare workers at a disadvantage in terms of protecting their own health and well-being. This is a wakeup call for healthcare. OSHA is using blunt language in characterizing healthcare as very poor safety performers. With 16+ million employees across thousands of sites, incident rates far higher than general industry norms, low inspection rates, complaints driving half of hospital inspections and millions of HAI infections and 99,000 fatalities per year, healthcare makes an attractive target. The new emphasis programs for nursing homes, residential care facilities and ASCs / clinics are probably just the beginning. An industry view of TJC accreditation as the only program that matters combined with the relative lack of OSHA inspections and low penalties has marginalized occupational health and safety programs within healthcare, created high incidence rates and nurtured the myths discussed in this paper. Healthcare may see OSHA as an abstract concept, but OSHA has marked healthcare as a high-hazard industry.
The poor RFI response rate only strengthens OSHA’s perception that healthcare is not serious about infection control. The setting begs for regulatory intervention, which OSHA asserts in the RFI was very successful in similar circumstances for bloodborne pathogens and TB. There are no healthcare exemptions to the OSHA requirements, and years of operating under the honor system haven’t worked. Healthcare must put the same emphasis on OSHA programs as they currently give The Joint Commission. To do otherwise is negligence.
Incentives have been shown to motivate behavior change, yet there is a widening gap between those of us who use incentives to encourage healthy behavior and those of us who prefer not to provide rewards to encourage healthy behavior. In this seminar we’ll discuss what incentives are good for, and also the limitation of incentive-based programs.
This seminar will focus on understanding motivation. Motivation is the key to behavior change. And incentives are great at changing motivation. But some incentives have a lasting impact, and other incentives don’t. Some incentives are great at getting people started, and others are not. You’ll learn how to understand different types of incentives and how they can be used to not only motivate initial behavior change, but also to create sustainable change.
Incentive-based programs have a place in every wellness strategy. But they’re only one piece of the puzzle. And when used properly, they are an incredibly powerful piece. We’ll discuss how to leverage the engagement that incentive programs provide and where they fit into a larger wellness strategy.
This session will focus on three main concepts. First we’ll explain natural versus artificial incentives. Each type of incentive is useful to motivate different types of behaviors. Second, we’ll discuss intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to illustrate how people are motivated to change behaviors. This is really important because the whole point of wellness programs is to motivate positive health behaviors.
Lastly, we’ll discuss how and when it is appropriate to integrate different types of incentive strategies into your wellness program.
Employee Wellness programs are now essentially a "given" among organizations with 100+ employees. The research on ROI based o health care, disability, sick time, retention and presenteeism savings continues to mount. However, as they've become more common, there are some dangerous trends emerging. Does your program encompass any of these same trends? Are you heading down a path that makes logical sense but in practice doesn't create the outcomes you're seeking? Have you tried numerous strategies to fix the issues at hand, only to discover that your outcomes continue to fall short?
If so, this webinar will provide you the solutions to move your program to the next level. Employee wellness - for too long - has taken on a passive or guilt-inducing path, which rarely (if ever) creates the desired results. This program will not only identify common mistakes, but also provide you with the solutions to move in the right direction.
This webinar will provide an overview of the 5 most dangerous trends and provide you with specific, practical steps you can take to insure your organization creates - or modifies your current model to avoid - these unfortunate trends.
The webinar will be presented by Brad Cooper, Author of the upcoming book from Thompson Publishing titled "Employee Wellness - Implementing a High ROI, High Impact Strategy." Mr. Cooper is also CEO of US Corporate Wellness (one of a select group of national organizations to earn Full Accreditation as a Comprehensive Wellness Provider). You will find it to be not only educational, but energizing and truly valuable in terms of real life recommendations. In addition to the presentation itself, there will be adequate time for you to ask any question related to your specific situation
Are your employees walking a 5K every day? How about a 10K? If you don’t think it’s possible to motivate your employees to be that active, then you need to learn more about how game mechanics and social media technology can be applied to your employee wellness initiative.
American employees spend more than $150 billion per year treating obesity-related conditions. And even though employers and employees know that physical activity is the strongest medicine to combat obesity-related disease, half of the people who start exercising will quit within six weeks. The fatal flaw in all traditional approaches to health and wellbeing is that they do not adequately provide mechanisms for sustained motivation and program engagement.
In this educational session, you’ll learn about how gamification is being applied in the marketplace to influence consumer behavior and how it can be used to encourage healthier behaviors in your employee population. Through the application of social media technology and game mechanics to wellness, employers can establish a win-win setting within their corporate environment. Employers can experience the positive outcomes associated with the implementation of a program that strengthens and supports the core cultural tenants of teamwork and goal setting, while motivating their employees to adopt and sustain the healthy behaviors necessary to positively impact the bottom line. Beyond improved health, employees benefit through a perpetual cycle of rewards and recognition achieved through the individual and team-based fitness competition, challenges, and social interactions they engage in.
With the challenges of obesity facing all employers and the skyrocketing costs of healthcare, promoting a culture of living a healthy, fit-active lifestyle is a must for any workplace environment. Attend this session and learn how you can transition your wellness program from good intentions to sustained engagement with measureable outcomes.
Substance Abuse and Substance Abuse Prevention at the Worksite
This presentation focuses on and addresses the issue of substance abuse and substance abuse prevention in the workplace. Worksites today often encompass at least four generations of workers. Each generation has its own beliefs and values when it comes to the use of alcohol and drugs.
The issue of substance use, misuse and abuse in the workplace takes on increasing importance today as the pace of life and change continues to escalate. Alcohol and drugs are clearly used as coping mechanisms. Recent data is reporting an increase in the use of alcohol and drugs by older Americans and it is well established that younger workers are more risk prone when it comes to alcohol and drugs.
Employers are not immune from the costs and problems associated with substance use and abuse. Research has shown that 75% of illicit drug users are employed and an estimated 15% of the American workforce has consumed alcohol either before or during work, or has arrived at work hung-over.
This program will examine both the issue of substance abuse and how nine individual substance abuse prevention strategies can be integrated into a comprehensive worksite prevention framework and how this framework might be applied at worksites of varying sizes. Participants will be introduced to each strategy and will be shown where to locate appropriate resources for that strategy. The nine strategies are:
Awareness and education
Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT)
Employee Assistance Programs
Substance abuse health insurance benefits
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It’s not that we don’t have the data; it’s that we haven’t found an efficient way or technology that connects it with our Health Care Providers and Wellness Activities to make it useful. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone.
In this 45 minute fast-paced Webinar, we’ll show you how leading companies are utilizing the latest technologies to integrate health screening and Wellness data to optimize the success of their Wellness Programs.
BioIQ’s 2012 Wellness and Screening Survey of over 270 national employers, brokers, and wellness companies discovered that data integration was the leading factor when considering a screening or wellness vendor. The US Department of Health and Human Services’ has been on a decade-long quest to create portability and greater usage of electronic health data, and human resource professionals are increasingly in need of this data to actually quantify the results produced by their wellness efforts. These facts substantiate the need for better application of technology and strategies in order to make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck in your wellness efforts.
In this webinar we’ll cover cutting edge techniques to help you achieve a comprehensive data collection and integration strategy across the wellness continuum, including:
• How to create accurate data matching for screening and biometric data via eligibility files, single-sign-on, and other cutting edge techniques
• How to generate sustainable engagement by getting beyond simple integration of data, and integrating experiences across multiple wellness platforms
• How to use data analytics from across the wellness continuum to improve your wellness strategy and increase your wellness return-on-investment
Two main areas to be covered:
1. Where should a company begin when they are just starting their wellness initiatives or just taking them from the "free" health fair model into a full blown wellness program.
This is a very common question and is typically tied to Return on Investment (ROI) considerations from a company's CFO and in getting upper management support. As corporate wellness programs are gaining more popularity many Human Resource departments are still struggling with getting the proper funding for their programs.
We will discuss how to evaluate a company's current population to determine what programs will be the most effective to offer to their employees in order to gain the best impact for their wellness dollars. We will also discuss how to take what programs they are currently offering and create the biggest impact in the health and wellbeing of their employees.
2. How do you take your current wellness program to the next level while maximizing the return on the wellness dollars you have to spend.
We will cover a systematic approach to expanding a wellness program to include:
• A higher percentage of their population
• Year round wellness initiatives
• Reinforcement to current programs
• Tracking employee participation and success/failure in the current wellness programs
• Demonstrating the success of your programs in order to gain further support from upper management
We will also cover common mistakes found in some wellness initiatives that have a negative effect on the company. These are must know points that will save you from lots of headaches and potential legal trouble.
This session is important for attendees to attend as it a much needed guide to the next steps in corporate wellness. There are so many wellness options available now and not every one will be a good fit for every company. This webinar will give the participants the tools they will need to navigate this ever-expanding marketplace in order to bring the right programs to their employees.
Like many employers, Genesis Health System faced the prospect of reducing employee health benefits and increasing employee premiums to respond to rapidly rising health care costs. Genesis leaders refused to accept this as a solution. They partnered with a trusted advisor and implemented a wellness program designed to lower the production of disease by improving the health of their employees. Their goal was to keep healthy employees from becoming one of the 5% of plan participants that drive 60% of cost in any given year.
The solution that was identified included annual screenings for Metabolic Syndrome risk factors and an education program for individuals with three or more of the five risk factors. Studies have shown that individuals with three or more of the Metabolic Syndrome risk factors have an elevated risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other life-threatening or life-altering illnesses. These are also high cost claimants.
How did Genesis make this program work? All adults covered by the medical plan are offered an annual biometric screening for the Metabolic Syndrome risk factors. Those with three or more of the risk factor are encouraged to take advantage in an educational program that is proven to mitigate the Metabolic Syndrome risk factors and participate in a post class re-screening. A significant financial incentive is available for individuals that comply with the program requirements. Beginning in 2012 at risk individuals have to reduce their risk to earn the incentive.
This program has allowed Genesis Health System to virtually eliminate medical trend in their plan. In addition they are reduced inpatient hospitalization admission rates an average of 23% over a four-year period. Their pharmacy cost per employee decreased 15% over the same time period. This has proven to be a huge success, and they are willing to share their vision with others.
This session will help you to examine your current wellness program. It will give you the opportunity to evaluate if you are improving the health of your employees through risk reduction.
Did you know that “happiness” is becoming the new “health?” Encouraging lifestyle changes to improve employee health has been a common strategy among corporations. What most don’t know, however, is that the benefits organizations and health professionals feature as reasons for change actually brand lifestyle behaviors - they socialize individuals about how to perceive and approach these behaviors. In fact, research suggests that promoting logical reasons for making lifestyle changes, such as “better health,” “weight loss,” or “disease prevention” may brand lifestyles behaviors in non-optimal ways! While counterintuitive, the health-related outcomes that organizations want to achieve from their investment in health promotion may be incompatible with the specific goals that are most motivating and persuasive to employees. This session will present a new evidence-based but easy-to-understand framework, using exercise as a case study. In this session, Dr. Michelle Segar will introduce “rebranding health as well-being” as an organizational-level strategy that can foster the increased engagement, high quality motivation, and sustainable behaviors necessary to achieve decreases in health care costs and improvements in productivity. This discussion has broader implications about better ways we can market and brand health behaviors within organizations, health care, and society. Session participants will not only have “ah has” during this session, they will leave with key insights about how they can improve their health promotion and wellness solutions to more effectively engage employees, improve productivity and long-term outcomes, and increase ROI. Any HR professional will benefit from attending this session, but especially those interested in health promotion and wellness, EAP, productivity and retention.
Have You Ever…
.felt unsure of how to approach a family member, friend or colleague who may be struggling with a mental health issues?
.wondered what the early warning signs of Depression might be?
.wished that you could help break the silence and provide a safe and accepting workplace?
Untreated mood disorders are costly – personally, corporately and socially. We know that mental health claims are the fastest growing category of disability costs and that the workplace is an important venue for detection, support and connection to treatment.
In this presentation, we will examine three of the major mood disorders including Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Though Depression is a wide spread illness that affects about 10% of the population there is a lot of misinformation surrounding it. We will look at how it differs from the blues and how this biochemical disorder causes changes in a person’s mood, behaviour and feelings and interferes with their everyday living.
Through this stress and depression presentation, you will become aware of not only the signs, but the impact and treatment options available for Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder. You will gain the insight and the practical tools needed to reduce the stigma and provide support to a co-worker, employee or family member who may be exhibiting and experiencing one of these mental illnesses.
What have others said about this presentation:
“Excellent – I realized the impact of Depression in many areas of life.” Guelph Services For Persons With Disabilities
"I have a much better understanding of these illnesses and their treatments and I now realize how much this affects our whole population". Ontario Public Guardian and Trustees Office
Join Laura Putnam, CEO of Motion Infusion, in Part II of the exploration into why it’s so important to keep moving – and in ways you may not have expected. (See “Please, Don’t Have a Seat!” webinar on July 12, 2012.) We all know that movement helps our bodies, but what about what it does for our brains? Learn how you can literally unleash your “inner genius” simply by becoming more physically active.
The latest breakthroughs in neuroscience are revealing the powerful effects of movement on our brains. In fact, some scientists are calling the benefits on the body “peripheral” in comparison. In this webinar, we’ll examine compelling case studies, such as schools that have dramatically raised test scores by replacing study hall with “fitness-based” PE or physical activity programs that have helped people into their nineties improve cognitive functioning! It turns out that physical activity helps our brain in three ways: it optimizes brain systems, enhances neural connections and produces more neurons. In particular, contra-lateral exercises (left-right exercises) are powerful ways to foster connections between the left and right sides of the brain, helping us to become a more powerful “whole-brain” thinkers.
In addition to talking about the science, we’ll discuss specific movement-based techniques you can use on the job to enhance your own personal innovation capacity and ability to think “outside the box.” We’ll discuss how these techniques can be applied toward training and development - or toward building a stronger worksite wellness program that enhances both physical and creative well-being. This information is essential for anyone who is responsible for setting up or running an employee wellness program – and is looking for additional ways to “sell” the value of increased physical activity in the workplace.
Corporate Wellness is becoming vastly accepted as one benefit you can't afford to do without. How do you know if you have a comprehensive program and what is on the horizon within this aggressively changing industry?
Our class is designed to educate you on how to incorporate Customized Care Plans and Building a Wellness and Health Promotion Network to create an evidence- based wellness program. Bringing in individualized and customized tools ; designed with the human touch in mind can ensure that your wellness program is also Productivity Insurance.
We also take a look at other ROI factors beyond controlling healthcare costs to motivate additional tracking and planning within a wellness committee. We will discuss an example of a Diabetic Employee and their potential costs on a company (well beyond healthcare costs) in comparison to a healthy employee. By looking at all potential disease factors – from healthcare costs to productivity loss, absenteeism and even workers comp and disability claims; employers get a true understanding of what the dollars spent on comprehensive wellness programming can save them in the end.
Understand what diseases and disease symptoms are quickly becoming the latest expenses in the healthcare world and how you can insure you are screening for these potential claims. Diseases like Asthma and mental health disorders are fast becoming major healthcare claims. Employers must ensure that their wellness providers are poised to provide programs beyond exercise and nutrition in order to stay ahead of these alarming trends.
Learn how providers can customize, create, and track an employee care plan, as well as build a CAM network to assist your higher risk employees.
Take some time out of your busy day and join us!
Experience the benefits first hand as you are guided – step by step - through the hands on practice of several meditations. Gain clear insights about why it’s a valuable work tool used by companies such as Google, General Mills and Genentech. While meditation has been around for thousands of years, it’s only recently that its benefits have been scientifically proven. Mindfulness meditation has been demonstrated to reduce stress, better cognition, improve concentration,increase empathy, aid in decision making, heighten self-awareness and boost positive emotions.
Sound too good to be true? Many of these advantages were discovered in both seasoned and novice meditators and within relatively short periods of time.
Learn simple ways to meditate without becoming a Buddhist monk or sitting cross legged in the office. Appreciate how the brain changes as a result of meditation on both a short and long term basis. Also understand how you can easily fit meditation into your busy day in quick and simple ways whether in a formal seated practice or in an everyday activity. Discover simple guidelines to make your meditation practice easier and enduring.
At the end of the session, participants will be ableto:
1. List 6 scientifically proven benefits of meditation
2. Describe simple meditation techniques that can be practiced in 10 minutes or less
3. Practice at least 2 meditation techniques and understand how to do 2 others.
4. Explain general guidelines for a good meditation.
Over the past several years, employers have turned to wellness programs to reduce health care costs and promote healthy lifestyles among employees. However, there are a number of legal compliance issues which come up when introducing such programs. In this presentation, Ogletree Deakins’ employee benefits attorney Jason Rothman will be discussing the important rules for employers to consider when designing and administering their wellness programs. These topics include the following:
• One of the key legal compliance areas for employers to consider is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or “HIPAA”. Whether a participation-only program or a standards-based program, there are a number of design concerns under HIPAA that employers must understand when establishing and maintaining wellness programs. Jason will discuss these HIPAA requirements in detail.
• Employers must take note of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, or “GINA”. The protections related to genetic information under GINA impacts how employers draft welfare program documents that request genetic information, especially enrollment forms and health risk assessments.
• Employers need to be aware of the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). Wellness programs, as far as the ADA is concerned, must be voluntary. Recent case law has provided at least some guidance on this voluntary standard. In addition, employers must design their programs to avoid a disability discrimination claim under the ADA.
• There are other legal considerations as well. There will be a discussion of compliance issues under ERISA, PPACA, ADEA, Title VII, state law, collective bargaining and tax laws.
The goal of this presentation is to provide human resources professionals the legal framework to consider as they implement and administer their wellness programs.
This one-hour educational presentation based on the book, Everyday Miracles, highlights simple ways to increase your energy level (better than Yoga) and feel more vital and alive in less than15 minutes a day.
You will learn about the body’s living matrix system as it relates to the nervous system and states of emotional and physical well-being. You will learn about the seven energy centers and how they synthesize incredible amounts of knowledge to help regulate the state of your emotional, spiritual, and physical body. You will learn how to create a vision plan to increase your energy level with step-by-step energetic strategies and approaches for staying vital and alive each day. You will learn how to turn stress into opportunities of personal growth by replacing negative energies with affirmation statements on important aspects of your life such as family, relationships, career, or self-care. You will learn about how to use the Transformational Coaching Model for healing opportunities of growth. The model is a five-step inner-directed approach designed to connect you to the core of your being. It embraces the simple concepts of truth, letting go, and empowerment to help you focus and set positive intentions for
meaningful change to occur in your life. You will also learn about how the “Sweetening Spiral” of growth and how when working this concept you will be able to maintain or reinforce states of positive growth, awareness, and vitality while welcoming in stress. In summary, this one-hour educational presentation is guaranteed to open your awareness and experientially increase your energy level, and feel more vital and alive, by simply being in attendance.
This session will explore the concept of personal and organizational thriving and why it drives performance, inspire participants to focus on their personal thriving, and provide a framework to explore thriving with colleagues.
In many corporate cultures, leaders wear a badge of honor for their sacrifice of personal health and well-being for their careers and work. These badges of sacrifice serve as brakes on the best efforts of corporate wellness initiatives. At best, many leaders are at the sidelines of corporate wellness programs, ignoring them or wishing they would disappear from their daily avalanche of communications. At worst, leaders indirectly sabotage corporate wellness programs by not providing permission to their employees for self-care and well-being, and by inadvertently creating health-damaging stress. In parallel, leaders aim to optimize employee engagement, while operating in a fashion that inadvertently undermines engagement and well-being.
The model for thriving to be presented is science-based and integrates the concepts of a thriving mindset, based upon the latest neuroscience, with physical thriving. It explains how mental and physical health are co-dependent. It includes a new model for a healthy mind, one that is calm, focused, undistracted, creative, and productive, which is explored in the presenter's co-authored Harvard Health book, Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Brain.
Examples of how the thriving model has been used in coaching executives to improve their well-being and, as a result, improves their performance will be provided. Many executives believe that if they put their health first, their performance will suffer. We will explore how to help leaders outgrow this worldview and discover that when they put their health first, and they thrive, their performance improves in ways not imagined.