Proving that the first HR & Wellness Links Worthy of Your Attention wasn't a fluke, welcome to the second edition. Enjoy!
This is a list of the best HR and employee wellness-related links from the last week (or so), curated by Nicholas Tolson, CEO of Cor, and occasionally others as noted. From the useful, to the funny, to the irreverent, to the visionary. These are the links that made me think, made me laugh, made me scowl, or made me dream. We have likely tweeted most of these from @corHQ, but these are the best of the bunch. Enjoy!
HR & Wellness Links Worthy of Your Attention #2
- offered increased health care costs or increased exercise, employees choose action - The venerable and shift key-averse Fran Melmed breaks down a study in which participants were faced with an increasingly common choice: commit to more exercise or pay a financial penalty. The study produced impressive, if not entirely surprising, results. Some people felt "coerced," yet, interestingly, these people saw success in the program nonetheless.
- Frisco eighth graders become teachers' wellness coaches with big results - We know you're smarter than a 5th grader (and maybe Jeff Foxworthy, too), but how about having an 8th grader as your health and wellness coach? An innovative teacher in Texas decided to use students to help teachers eat better and get in shape. The trick? Both the students and the teachers were held accountable. Ingenious! (h/t to Rene)
- The pursuit of happiness in the workplace - The Financial Times, of all places, examines an issue that I've seen pop up in the mainstream press more and more recently: well-being. (Dan Bowling, one of Cor's advisors and a leading well-being consultant, is clapping his hands.) My question: it's obvious to us all that we're more productive when we're happy; why is it such a revelation that companies should be in the business of fostering this happiness in their employees?
- Digital Health For Dummies - I'm not sure John Nosta adds too much to the Wkipedia definition of digital health that he quotes in this article, but you will hear the line, "Digital health is a check engine light for your body!" quoted daily for the next three months. At least. It will get annoying, but it's a good little turn of phrase that I think will help people understand the real-world utility of digital health. For something a bit more in-depth, check out John's earlier article, "2013: The Year of Digital Health."
- New Well-Being Study on Wellness a Game Changer - We were a bit obsessed with well-being this week, as you can tell, so add this summary of a study published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine to the pile. They looked at the correlation between well-being and productivity, but it's important to note that they took a broader view of well-being to include not just health-related risks, but work-related and financial aspects as well.
- Do Monetary Rewards Create Psychpaths - If the title alone didn't secure this post on incentives by Paul Hebert a spot on this list, the image of The Joker sealed the deal. It's another in a long line of posts on the limitations of financial incentives, but the focus here is on how incentives work to increase self-focused behavior. Thus, as Paul puts it, "With so much of our day-to-day work reliant on others it would seem to me that using cash or other monetary equivalents should be approached with caution."