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4 Ways to Promote Wellness in the Workplace

 

“When you invest in your talent, they will invest in you.”

— Brenda Wiley, Vice President, Business Development at 24 Seven Talent.

 

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Investing in the health of employees is one of the best decisions a company can make. Research shows that for every $1 invested in worksite wellness, companies can receive up to $3 in return.  Implementing Workplace Wellness programs isn’t just an important part of employee health and productivity — but also for an organization’s ability to be successful.

Here are 5 ways to promote wellness in your workplace!

1. Stress Management

According to the American Psychological Association, 36 percent of workers experience stress in the workplace on a regular basis. Stress can often exacerbate both physical and mental chronic conditions. Providing, fun, stress-relieving activities — such as chair massages — at the office is one way that employers are working to combat this issue.

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2. On-Site Yoga and Meditation Classes

Here at 24 Seven Talent, we believe that taking time out of a busy day to incorporate yoga and meditation can help create healthier, happier and more focused employees.

Companies like Yojo : Yoga for the Average Jo will come directly to your offices, universities and institutions etc to provide on-site yoga and meditation classes!

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Yojo | Photo Credit : Mark Pfeffer

3. Healthy Snacks in the Office Kitchen

What makes a healthy snack? One that’s high in nutritional value (proteinvitamins, minerals, fiber) but relatively low in calories, total fat, saturated fat (no trans fat), sugar, and sodium. And the most important part of that equation is “high in nutritional value.” So as delicious as those Girl Scout Cookies look, they aren’t so good for you — so try to keep them out of the kitchen. Instead, why not fill the office kitchen with lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains? Investing in a community juicer is a great way to encourage healthy snacking as well.

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4. Water, Water, and more Water! 

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Encourage hydration during the workday by providing clean filtered water — enough to consume 8 oz. of water for each working hour. It sounds like a lot of intake, but think of all the health benefits you’ll be rewarded! Calorie control, glowing skin, and a happy digestive system – just to name a few.

Coffee can lead to  jitters, crashes, and dehydration which not only make us feel bad — it’s not helpful to us when we’re trying to be productive. Sodas and energy drinks that loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Consumption of these drinks can lead to diabetes and a plethora of other rather unpleasant side effects.

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Ever wonder how much sugar is in that drink? Yikes!  You’ll notice water has zero sugar. Photo VIA

So keep that office fridge stocked with lots of water!

Or even better, keep a BPA-Free water bottle at your desk and refill every hour at the company filtered water cooler!

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Wellness in the Workplace : 3 Ways To Find Your “Ohm”

No matter how relaxed you felt after yoga class last night, its benefits may have worn off by the time you walked into work this morning.

It’s important that we take time for ourselves during the day to decompress, relax, and hit the reset button. Not only is it good for your health and well being, you’ll actually become more productive!

Here are three ways to find your “Ohm” during the workday!

1. Take a Walk Through A Public Park

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Washington Square Park, New York City | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Incorporating a 10-15 minute walk into you workday may be just what you need! Why not take a stroll through a nearby public park? The fresh air, green grass, fountains, and calming energy is a perfect way to recharge your batteries and prepare you for the rest of your workday.

2. Kick Back at a Nearby Hotel Lobby

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The Roosevelt Hotel : New York City | Photo : http://www.theroosevelthotel.com

 

Hotel lobbies are a great place to kick back and take a breather. They are usually full of comfy couches and chairs, and lots of folks who are on vacation. So take a deep breath, let go of your worries, and sink into a big comfy arm chair! Make that hotel lobby into your own mini-staycation right in the middle of your workday.

3. Meditate with Muse : The Brain Sensing Headband

Muse is a great gadget we learned about at Internet Week New York — and we love it!

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The best part is that you take Muse with you and find your “Ohm” anywhere you go! Muse: the brain sensing headband is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signals much like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat. Muse is the mental equivalent of a treadmill, which helps you exercise your brain with focused attention training.

It improves your attention by training you to become aware of your distractions quicker and react faster to regain focus on what you’re doing.  All you have to do is download the app and connect the Muse headband, take the tutorial, calibrate, perform a guided exercise, and see your results.  (VIA Choosemuse.com)

To learn more about Muse : The Brain Sensing Headband for your workplace, visit www.choosemuse.com !

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Internet Week New York : 24 Seven’s Top Picks

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Over the past several days, members of the 24 Seven Talent team attended Internet Week New York.  We sat in on many panels and fireside chats led by professionals from a broad spectrum of industries.  Technology, mobile, advertising, government, television, film, recruiting — you name it.  From big data, social media, women in tech, wellness in the workplace, and digital surveillance — there were a myriad of discussions about how far we have come, where we are today, and what our future may look like.

We were lucky enough to absorb an abundance of information at Internet Week New York 2015. So we wanted to share some of the wisdom with our 24 Seven Talent Thread readers.

Here is a list of our favorite moments from Internet Week New York 2015 :

Nate Silver in Conversation with NY1’s Pat Kiernan

From NY1 to FiveThirtyEight and numbers in between, Pat Kiernan and Nate Silver discussed how the explosion of available data has impacted journalism – not only how stories are being told but what stories are being told. (Via IWNY)

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“Homepage traffic is flat. People aren’t going through the front door.”  Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) on the importance of social media and site traffic. | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

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“Treating the reader as an intelligent individual is important to us.” Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

 

#Rokertalk: Weather Gets Digital with TODAY’s Al Roker

Host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, Al Roker sat down with Mashable Science Editor Andrew Freedman for a wide-ranging chat about the impact of digital innovation on weather forecasting, his passion for apps, and how digital tools are enhancing his personal brand. (Via IWNY)

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“Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true.” – Al Roker |  Photo : Michelle Kinney

"I think twitter, is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast." - Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“I think Twitter is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast.” – Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The worst thing you can do is read the comments section.” – Andrew Freedman talks about the topic of climate change on social media. | Photo: Michelle Kinney

 

Protecting the Digital Self in the Age of Surveillance

Nuala O’Connor President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology gave a presentation about how to protect the “digital self,”  and how we must develop an approach that carefully balances law, policy, and individual choice. (Via IWNY)

"There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet." - Nuala O'Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet.” – Nuala O’Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

The Workplace Experience : Inspiring Talent Today and Tomorrow

Recruiting the best and brightest talent—and retaining them—goes far beyond a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. An innovative workspace can boost employee happiness, too. Inspiration by the forward-thinking spaces today’s most forward-thinking companies have designed to inspire creativity among employees. (Via IWNY)

"The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment." Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment.” Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

"What we're seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments." Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“What we’re seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments.” Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

To Lean or Not to Lean?

Empowering Women to Challenge the Gender Gap

Today, a mere 27 percent of technology jobs are held by women. While there’s talk around the issue, action must be taken now. Our community needs to ask not why, but how can we make this change. This was a lively panel discussion at Internet Week, focused on how we can challenge the norm, influence change, and shape future opportunities for women in the tech industry. (Via IWNY)

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“Driving a change is going to be through people like us having conversations like this. All of us encouraging the next generation. We need some heroes!” Shenan Reed (President, Digital, MEC) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“You don’t have to study computer science to work in technology.” Nicole Ellis (Manging Director, Solutions, Teach for America) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The only reason I did it was to make a difference.” Ari Horie (Founder/CEO, Women’s Startup Lab) on overcoming stage fright to be a female keynote speaker at SXSW. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Communicating with #CocoRocha

The world of technology has transformed just about every aspect of our lives and fashion is no exception. Supermodel social media savant Coco Rocha communicates with her audience, with a world of poses in her arsenal. (Via IWNY)

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“Thirteen years ago you were supposed to know me for my cheekbones, not my personality.” Coco Rocha talks about modeling before social media. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“When I first started playing with social media I was told, ‘don’t!’ – Coco Rocha | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Ben Fry

Chelsea Clinton and Ben Fry (Founder , co-founder ,) discussed the recently released findings of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report , which compiles and analyzes data from more than 190 countries to identify the progress women and girls have made over the last twenty years, and the gaps that still remain. (Via IWNY)

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“Progress cannot be mistaken for success.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The United States is one of nine countries worldwide that does not have paid maternity leave.” Ben Fry | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“It’s important to have humility and realize we still have work to do in our own country.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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