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Employee Wellness

August 22-23, 2013
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The virtual events for this Institute encompass injury prevention, battling obesity, disease prevention, how technology is affecting wellness (with online challenges and monitoring), using social media, employee engagement (use of incentive/reward programs), biometric data, outsourcing vs. internal programs, ROI and more.

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The Institute for Human Resources (IHR), the certification and accreditation process arm of, has a program for you! Many HR professionals have a general HR degree or certification with a wide spectrum of HR functionalities learned. The IHR is the only institute that focuses on niche areas within Human Resources. A specialty certification increases your market value, adds value to your work experience, furthers your knowledge, and recognizes you as an industry leader and/or expert in the field.

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Lynn Lievonen, People Pleaser(

Welcome to the Institute for Human Resources for Employee Wellness! Thank you to everyone for your participation and support. Join us over the next two days for our exciting lineup of speakers with many informative sessions covering the hot topics and trends surrounding the Employee Wellness community. This introductory session will give you an overview of the Institute for Human Resources - Employee Wellness certification program. 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 8th virtual event in the area of Employee Wellness .

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, 15-minute webcast will provide you with complete information on what is required to obtain certification from the Institute for Human Resources.

Throughout this session we will:

- Introduce you to the Advisory Board
- Introduce you to the Institute and the Certification program
- Help you learn how to become an expert in employee wellness
- Offer an opportunity for YOU to host an educational session and educate your peers
- Learn why this Institute is important to the employee wellness industry and how you can contribute to its success
- Share a calendar of future events so that members can pre-register now to add the dates to their calendars

If you are new to the Institute for Employee Wellness, this introduction will cover not only our past accomplishments but also explain why you should continue to participate and be a part of this community. For those with questions regarding the Institute and its content, this is your chance to share your ideas. Don’t forget, this is a great opportunity to converse with our industry experts. Looking forward to your participation!

Jenn Dubey, President(Evolve Corporate Wellness)

How do we model success in a corporate wellness program?
How is healthy culture a profitable piece to the corporate puzzle?
What are 5 things we can do tomorrow to improve the quality of our health culture?

Laying the Foundation
We know that HR is most often thrown the wellness torch to build a cost-effective program, yet they are not wellness experts. Laying a good foundation will create strong engagement and put you on the right path. HR is the PERFECT wellness champion to guide a company towards wellness.

Modeling Success
There are four main reasons why employees do not engage in wellness initiatives, which are the precursor to wellness program failure. If you can eliminate these four barriers, you are on your way to a sustainable, successful, and healthy culture.

The Other Elephant in the Room - Our Poor Quality of Health
Understanding the health crisis we are battling in epidemic proportion in the United States may inspire you to champion your program. We will discuss “why” wellness is so crucial in our work culture by examining the statistics. You will see the workplace is the best place to create a paradigm shift for a community of better health.

Making Wellness a Profit Center
If we can change 5% of the employees to better health we have a profit center! If we can improve presenteeism, which accounts for 60% of a company’s loss, we can get a leg up on our competition in more ways than one. If we are willing to invest long term in our human capital we can see as much as 6:1 ROI. Wellness is a smart investment!

Tomorrow’s Improvements
You will get a list of 5 things - all of them FREE - that you can do to build a stronger, healthier culture starting tomorrow! Be ready to go back and make changes.

Dicky Els, CGF Lead Contractor: Workplace Wellness(CGF Research Institute (Pty) Ltd)

Considerable confusion persists in terms of what employee health improvement really is and how it should be measured and managed as part of an integrated human resource strategy. In addition the need to be an employer of choice, the growing health care cost and the economic downturn have promoted widespread interest in corporate health, wellness and productivity programs. But how do we know that we are on the right track?

Effective workplace wellness programs focus on an integrated multifaceted change management process that is directly related to the business outcomes. The prevention of sickness and absence, and at the same time promotion of employee health are key outcomes for them. Thus, tracking and evaluating employer sponsored wellness programs are warranted.

In the Workplace Wellness Program Best Practices session we focus on global benchmarked workplace health, wellness and productivity programs as they are evaluated against the ten most important international best practices. It addresses international trends that incorporate program design, strategy development, organizational change, program management and the evaluation of employee health, wellness and productivity outcomes.

Based on real workplace wellness program case studies we address mission critical aspects that contribute to the success of any employee health promotion program. We share what thriving organizations do to develop, implement and manage their workplace health and wellness programs so that sustainable stakeholder value and triple bottom line results are created.

In the Workplace Wellness Program Best Practices session the speaker will cover the three most important implementation wellness program strategies and the most common pitfalls that international and national organizations should take cognizance of.

Laura Putnam, CEO(Motion Infusion, Inc.)

In this fast-moving, informative and entertaining session, get the “why” and the “how” on worksite wellness. Come away with useful takeaways that can be applied immediately toward any worksite wellness initiative, including useful statistics to convince any decision maker, template to build a worksite wellness program start to finish, and tips to maximize effectiveness.

Simply put, companies can no longer afford to NOT have worksite wellness programs. Health care costs continue to skyrocket – and companies are paying the bulk of these expenses. Furthermore, there are many hidden costs associated with these costs. The good news is that worksite wellness is one of the best ways to save on health care costs and at the same time boost productivity, morale, retention and engagement – all key elements to a healthy bottom line. After hearing this presentation, you’ll have what you need to convince senior leaders that worksite wellness is one of the best ways to mitigate costs AND enhance productivity.

After getting the “why” on worksite wellness, get up to speed on the “how.” Beginning with a clarification of “worksite wellness,” you’ll acquire a template for a “start to finish” worksite wellness program. To ensure real results, we’ll explore how you can move from a “check the box” worksite wellness program to an “out of the box” worksite wellness program. Whether your company already has a wellness initiative in place – or is just getting started – come away with useful information that can be applied immediately to maximize the benefits of any worksite wellness program.

Don Powell, President and CEO(American Institute For Preventive Medicine)

It is one thing to know how to change one’s behavior, but it is an entirely different matter to be motivated to do so. Each year employees are paying more and more out of pocket for their health care which is having both positive and negative effects on their health. A percentage of employees will take better care of themselves in order to avoid rising costs, while others will delay a necessary doctor visit. Companies that take action to motivate their employees to change their lifestyles opposed to those that simply shift costs to their employees are better able to create a culture of health. In fact, employee motivation is the single most important factor on whether a company’s wellness program will be successful. There are a number of reasons why employees are not motivated to change their behavior such as, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, and lack of a clear goal, but they can be overcome.
Attendees will learn that fun and exciting wellness programs can significantly increase their employees motivation. In order to create a culture of health employers must proactively make healthy choices the path of least resistance. The speaker will discuss the field of Behavioral Economics and how its concepts can not only increase participation, but more importantly enhance engagement. Attendees will also learn how and when to deliver the right message to their employees. How information is presented and how you engineer an environment can go a long way to increase motivation. Finally, the presenter will address the controversial topic of incentives versus disincentives.

Tom Bayley, North American Distribution Manager(Vielife)

Join Tom Bayley, Global Head of Business Development at vielife, who will be highlighting a number of Global Trends in Workplace Wellness and discussing how sleep impacts employee health and productivity. Vielife partners with Buck Consultants to produce an annual survey of health promotion strategies implemented by companies across the globe. In 2012 this survey encompassed 1,356 employers across 45 countries and Tom will be sharing some of the key findings with you including the employer objectives driving wellness strategy;
organizational ownership of wellness programs; and, the top wellness program elements both globally and by region. Sleep, or lack thereof, is increasingly recognized as a key driver of overall health and its impact on employee productivity is only now being fully understood. Tom will share some findings from vielife’s own HRA database highlighting how employees rate their satisfaction with their sleep and how this impacts on their effectiveness and satisfaction at work.

Tom’s presentation will be of interest to anyone looking to understand more about what wellness initiatives are being offered and prioritized at leading companies around the globe and help provide you with a more in-depth understanding as to how sleep, as one of the key health pillars alongside stress, activity and nutrition, can have both a positive or negative effect on your company’s bottom line.

Vielife has over 20 years of experience successfully implementing global wellness solutions on behalf of our clients. Our solution suite is multi-lingual, multi-cultural, customizable and flexible to maintain global reach with local impact. We offer health risk assessments with highly personalized reporting and recommendations, online lifestyle management programs, an online article library, engagement solutions, in-depth management reporting, telephonic health coaching and much more.

Jeff Gero, CEO(Success Over Stress)


The cost of uncontrolled stress to American business is high, exceeding $300 billion each year as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, absenteeism, medical expenses, excessive turnover and lost productivity causing decreased effectiveness on the job. Twenty-three percent of American workers say they have been driven to tears because of workplace stress. A new term, DESK RAGE, has emerged as a result of work stress and office violence. A survey of 1,305 U.S. workers shows that one in 10 workers say employees have come to blows because of stress at work. Forty-two percent say there is yelling and verbal abuse in their offices. One in five have quit a job because of stress. The Bureau of Justice Statistics documented 1.5 million instances of simple assault and 396,000 cases of aggravated assault per year at the workplace. This seminar will identify the problems with stress and solutions.

A two-year study of 1,300 employees at Northwestern National Life Insurance Company showed that illness resulting from workplace stress and job burnout can be reduced. It was also learned that by providing stress management programs to employees it is perceived that the company cares about them, which will reduce turnover as employees rate work environment more important than financial rewards. Equitable Life Assurance of New York estimated they saved $5.52 for every $1.00 invested in stress management. Managing stress saves you money and increases the quality of life and productivity for your employees. Everyone comes out winning. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." In a study at SCI Insurance Group, it was found that relaxation training lowered health care costs by 50% to 68%.

Learning how to manage stress is not only a cost-effective business decision, but also fulfills a humanistic need, which builds loyalty and commitment toward the organization. Employees are being asked to do more, work longer hours and take on more responsibility. They are not taught how to prepare for and handle the additional stressors or how to maximize focus and minimize distraction and agitation.

With the onset of new technology like cell phones, beepers, faxes and lap tops, employees have less away time which makes it very important to learn how to let go, disconnect and relax when there is an opportunity.

Learning how to manage your mind will help you manage your stress. Recognize what things trigger your stress response and then plan a coping strategy. For instance when I ask, "How many people in this seminar get uptight in traffic?" everyone raises their hand. Then I say, "Is there anyone who can do anything about traffic?" No one raises their hand. So if you can't do anything about traffic, why continue to let it bother you?


Pamela Montagno, Chicago Regional Partnership Development Office(Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality (AHRQ))

How does your organization help your workforce make better health care choices? Join this webinar to learn how free resources from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will help your organization make more informed health decisions. As HR professionals, you understand that a healthy workforce is vital for maintaining high performance, low absenteeisms, and good morale. If your workforce is armed with critical information concerning their chronic health conditions, high quality health care and outcomes are the result - a win-win situation for HR leaders and your organization.

Learn how your employees can use AHRQ's free resources to obtain the most pertinent and accurate facts regarding their health. AHRQ has created a number of comparative effectiveness materials to help HR leaders and their employees compare the effectiveness of treatment options for numerous illnesses, many of them chronic in nature, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and mental health, through a growing body of reliable, unbiased health information.

The agency, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds research that is performed at some of the premier research centers in North America. Each time the research is completed, the results are translated for the health consumer so they can make the best health decision with their clinician. The agency's goal is to empower consumers so they receive the best health information to inform their decisionmaking process.

This session will explain the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program and the free resources available to HR leaders and employees. These include:

- Consumer and Clinician Summaries: These concise, plain-language summaries compile the reslts of research of different treatment options and health conditions. Consumer summaries are also available in Spanish.

- Webcasts: These are offered periodically to discuss research findings and their impact.

- Effective Health Care Program web site: The site contains information specifically for employers, with tools to empower employees to take charge of their health.

- A new national initiative with free tools for consumers and health care professionals, including videos, brochures and fact sheets, in addition to social media resources to share with others.

Gregory Soltanoff, Founder/President(Kinetic Concepts)
Eric Soltanoff, Chief Executive Officer(Kinetic Concepts)

This presentation will first take a look at the difference between wellness programs and risk management—particularly in their success at improving a company’s bottom line. These differences are outlined below.

The current model for wellness programs includes the following characteristics:

Incentives and rewards
Focus on preventable behaviors
Focus on individual behaviors

This model leaves most employers with two big concerns:

Achieving a high and measurable ROI
Employee adherence

Examples of wellness programs may include health screenings, health fairs, and walking programs.

However, the risk management model is markedly different in the following ways:

Mandatory part of the job
Employees are aware of the risk they are avoiding
Focus on mitigating unpreventable risks associated with the job
Focus on the job/workplace (corporate culture)

Risk management models may include wearing hard hats on a construction site, gloves in a hospital setting, and protective gear when dealing with toxic chemicals.

The next part of this presentation will then apply a risk management model to combating inactivity in the workplace by looking at the biological, economic, and societal costs of inactivity and also at the possible solutions. It will take a brief look at the history of working Americans, and the changes that have occurred over time in terms of working conditions and the type of work done. This part of the presentation will wrap up with a look into the shift from manufacturing into the information technology age, and why so many Americans face numerous health risks even from the comfort of their desk.

Next, the dilemma of combating inactivity through wellness programs versus risk management will be solved. Attendees will get a glimpse into just what is happening to both our businesses and our bodies as a result of inactivity in the workplace, including the data on the biological, economic, and societal costs that both businesses and employees now face.

Once attendees understand the problem, they will discover through this presentation that there is a solution—and one that fits into the risk management model of employee health and safety. They will learn that the “hard hat” solution to inactivity is through both micro-breaks and ergonomics.

This presentation will conclude by instructing attendees on how they can institute an ergonomic or micro-break system using a risk management model into their place of work, regardless of the industry. In a society that prides itself on individual freedom, many companies may be hesitant to respond to new regulations and expectations. The presentation will take a look at a case study of a company that decided to give it a try—and garnered great success by implementing a micro-break system using the risk management model.

Attendees will walk away from this lecture with a better understanding of how inactivity and technology affect both their workers and their bottom line. They will also learn the importance of the risk management technique, and how the implementation of a micro-break program can in fact save their business.

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