Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 30th, 2016
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 25th, 2016
Increasing employee wellness, employee engagement, health, happiness and well-being lies in employers who establish a workplace culture of wellness, according to a study released by Humana and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
The study, called “The Wellness Effect: The Impact of Workplace Programs,” examined the scope, reach and impact of workplace wellness programs.
The study surveyed 200 U.S.-based human resources executives and managers and 500 full-time employees from organizations with employer-provided wellness programs.
Here are five findings:
- Some 67% of employees said participation in wellness programs increased their engagement in their employer’s mission and goals.
- 91% of employees participating in wellness programs improved their fitness while 89% said participation improved their overall happiness and well-being.
- Employers and employees agree (46% and 51%, respectively) the biggest obstacle to increased participation in wellness programs is lack of time.
- About 44% of employers said stress management programs would be the single most effective way of establishing a culture of wellness.
- While only 14 % of employees regularly participate in stress management programs, some 71% said wellness programs have had at least a moderate impact in lowering stress.
To learn how to improve employee wellness, engagement, happiness and overall health, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 23rd, 2016
Women who work Full-Time are more prone to health issues: beware of your health.
A recent Ohio State University study shows many working women are prone to higher risks of health problems.
Life balance expert and nurse speaker LeAnn Thieman shares the health benefits of taking time off and relaxing.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 19th, 2016
An experiment with mice has shown how exercise can boost the immune system’s attack on cancer, preventing new tumors growing, and slowing the growth of existing ones by up to 60%, according to the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
A team tested the effects of exercise on five different types of mouse cancer, including those of the skin, lung and liver and found that exercise prompted the release of adrenaline. This stress hormone in turn stimulated the immune system to send its cancer-fighting natural killer cells into the bloodstream. A substance called interleukin-6, which is released by exercising muscles in the mice, directs these killer cells to attack the tumors.
“We already know that exercise has an impact on natural killer cell activity, but this is the first time anyone has shown it’s directly involved in helping them invade tumors,” says Lee Jones of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. “This is a big piece of the puzzle that’s been missing,” he says.
None of the mouse tumors shrank as a result of exercise, they grew less quickly, suggesting that exercise is unlikely to reverse an existing cancer. But in some animals, running did prevent liver tumors from growing in the first place.
Another health benefit of exercise! To learn how to increase your exercise and to care for your body, mind and spirit, and to improve nurse health, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 16th, 2016
An alarming fact for all, but especially those concerned about employee wellness: One third of Americans do not get enough sleep on a regular basis, a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
About 35% of U.S. adults are sleeping less than seven hours a night, increasing their risk of a wide variety of health problems. Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night has been associated with increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress and death, the study said.
People who are unable to work or are unemployed had lower healthy sleep duration (51% and 60%, respectively) than did employed folks (65%.) People with higher education also appeared better able to sleep well. Those with college degrees were higher (72%).
Married folks also sleep better, with 67% getting healthy sleep compared with 62% of people never married and 56% of those divorced, separated or widowed.
Sleep is just as important as what people eat and how much they’re exercising; it’s one of the pillars of good health.
To learn how to improve employee wellness and your sleep and your physical, mental and spiritual health, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 11th, 2016
Are you wondering where to look next in your nurse recruitment efforts? Many projections say millennials, Generation Y, will soon make up nearly three-quarters of the U.S. workforce. New research, however, suggests that employers would be wise to focus more on Generation X and the many assets they bring to the workplace.
Contrary to their mistaken reputations, Gen Xers, those born between 1965 1980, are the most engaged employees in today’s workforce. Indeed, 52% of the 1,070 executives responding to the recent global poll said so, compared to 23% saying they see Boomers as the most invested in their jobs, and another 23% feeling that way about Gen Y workers.
So what can employers offer to recruit and retain these hard workers? According to the survey, feeling they have the ability to make a difference in the organization was most important to 39% of Gen X-age employees. That figure is more than double the number of respondents citing job stability (16%) or development opportunities (15%) as what matters most.
In terms of retention, 41% said experiencing a sense of pride in their work was what kept Gen Xers in their current jobs, with 24% valuing financial stability and 23% prizing company culture above all else.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 9th, 2016
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 4th, 2016
Mindfulness training in the workplace has been found to improve focus, lower stress, and help foster employee camaraderie, according to a new comprehensive analysis of mindfulness at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Mindfulness is the practice of living mindfully, or consciously, with non-judgmental acceptance of what is happening in the present moment. A mindful person is able to observe his or her thoughts and feelings from a distance without necessarily labeling them as good or bad.
Organizations such as Google, Mayo Clinic, and the United States Marine Corps use mindfulness training to improve workplace functioning.
Researchers looked at 4,000 scientific papers on various aspects of mindfulness, condensing the information into an accessible guide documenting the impact mindfulness has on how people think, feel, act, relate, and perform at work.
Of the thousands of empirical studies we read, only two reported any downside to mindfulness.
Among the study’s findings:
- Research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine show that mindfulness improves attention, cognition, emotions, behavior, and physiology;
- Mindfulness has been shown to improve three qualities of attention: stability, control, and efficiency. After receiving training in mindfulness, people were shown to remain vigilant longer on both visual and listening tasks;
- Mindfulness positively affects interpersonal behavior and workgroup relationships;
- It may improve relationships due to greater empathy and compassion, suggesting mindfulness training could enhance workplace processes that rely on effective leadership and teamwork.
To learn how to be mindful about your selfcare and work environment, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, August 2nd, 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing a rule to grant full practice authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses acting within the scope of their VA employment. Full practice authority will help optimize access to VA health care by permitting APRNs to assess, diagnose, prescribe medications, and interpret diagnostic tests. This proposes to expand the pool of qualified health care professionals authorized to provide primary health care and other related health care services to the full extent of their education, training, and certification to Veterans without the clinical supervision of a physician. This will help provide the care our heroes deserve.
More nurses will be needed to help our veterans. To learn the most effective nurse recruitment and nurse retention strategies visit SelfCare for HealthCare™. Contact me today to discuss the implementation of this highly effective program at your facility.
Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 28th, 2016
As healthcare costs continue to balloon, a Duke University study points to a way for potential savings: nurse home visits. For every $1 spent on nurse home visiting for newborns, $3 were saved in healthcare costs. The home visiting program more than paid for itself within the infants’ first six months of life.
In addition to providing health checks and other services, nurses encouraged families to develop strong relationships with pediatricians, and not to visit the emergency room for primary care. Infants in the study had 59% fewer emergency room visits and overnight hospital stays during the first six months of life.
Participating families had lower rates of maternal anxiety, safer home environments and showed more positive parenting behaviors, such as comforting or reading to their child. Their homes were more likely to be safe, clean and free of hazards, and included more age-appropriate books and toys. Also, if the parents chose out-of-home child care, they chose higher-quality care.
Nurse home visit programs will require even more nurses. To learn how to recruit and retain nurses, visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today for a complimentary consultation about what’s working and what’s not working in terms of wellness at your facility.