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At The Center Of Wellness Programs, Corporate Weight-Loss Initiatives Improve Productivity And Save Money

Obesity and smoking are the two top causes of preventable death in the United States. Beyond the given anti-smoking initiatives, corporate weight loss programs are taking the wellness world by storm. In 2012, over 60 percent of Wellness Programs in the United States explicitly focus on weight loss and fitness. A Harvard Business School Study found that workplace wellness programs could generate savings. Incredibly, medical costs fall about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs, and absentee day costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent. With health care expenditures soaring, Total HR Management believes that workplace-based health promotion is becoming a key means of fighting obesity and lowering healthcare costs.

Wellness Programs & Corporate America

Corporate wellness programs focusing on weight loss are so popular because the vast of majority of recent studies on employee productivity and healthcare costs demonstrate a strong link between a ‘well’ workforce and your bottom line. A perfect example of a program that utilizes the healthy workforce strategy is Tangerine Wellness. The program focuses on corporate weight-management and motivates healthy behavior through employee rewards for weight loss and maintenance. Structured with a system of checks, points, and pre-paid cards, the Tangerine program is intended to get workers to their ideal weight for peak health and performance.

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Welness Programs Focusing on Weight-Loss Make Sense for Your Company’s Bottom Line

Demonstrating the need for employee weight-management and wellness programs, an October 2010 study by Duke University found the approximate “cost of obesity to be approximately $73.1 billion a year among full-time U.S. employees.” The study metrics involved employee work related absenteeism and medical expenses. Associate research professor of global health at the Duke Global Health Institute Eric Finkelstein told the paper, “These findings point to the need to identify cost-effective strategies that employers can offer to reduce obesity rates and costs for employees and families.” Total HR Managements has seen that investing in wellness programs focused on weight loss can stem the greater cost of employee obesity and the resulting healthcare expenses.

Wellness Programs Equal Better Performance

Focusing his company’s Tangerine Wellness Program on performance incentives, Chairman and CEO of Tangerine Wellness Aaron Day noted, “We’re offering employers the opportunity to pay for performance and results right now.” He added that the weight management program is simple to initiate, simple to follow through with, and has typical participation rates of over 50 percent. The key is to have the proper positive incentives that motivate the employees to take action. Total HR Management believes that Wellness Programs focusing on weight loss will become the standard in the future not just for corporations. Small to mid-sized companies also will use weight loss programs to help increase productivity and cut healthcare costs.



Damaging Trust Hurts Productivity – The 4 Main Ways Trust Is Damaged In A Corporate Culture

Trust Leads To Productivity

Trust Leads To Productivity

Total HR Management believes that trust is the foundation of all positive relationships in a business or organization. If trust is inherent to a corporate culture, it greatly helps to ensure future productivity. Trust is one of the strongest bonds that can exist between employers and employees, between co-workers, and between employees and clients; trust is also one of the most fragile. Once you damage it, it is the most difficult facet of a company culture to rebuild. A culture of trust can be fostered in your organization if you steer clear of actions that undermine trust and support honest communication.

 Trust in organizations is dependent upon the degree that these three main components are experienced:

  • The capacity for trusting means that you believe in trust and are willing to trust others.
  • The perception of competence is made up of the perception of your ability and the ability of others with whom you work to perform competently.
  • The perception of intentions is the perception that a person’s or company’s actions, words, and decisions are motivated by mutually-serving rather than self-serving motives.

Once established, trust is a powerful motivator that helps to increase productivity. It is essential to prevent hurting your organization by avoiding these five basic ways of damaging trust.

Four Ways to Damage Trust In An Organization

Trust Is Essential In A Corporate Environment

Trust Is Essential In A Corporate Environment

For trust to exist in an organization, there must be a certain amount of transparency . When this transparency is undermined and violations of trust are revealed, the company is damaged.

Here are four ways that trust is most commonly damaged:

1)   Lies of Commission: Obvious lies with the intention to deceive or confuse. Such lies when revealed impact the whole organization. Coworker relationships are undermined by lies of commission. If it’s not the whole truth, if it requires preparation and wordsmithing, if you need to remember the details to ensure you don’t change your story in the retelling, you are probably telling a lie. At the very least, part of your story is a lie. Can you imagine the impact of lies on an organization when the liar is a senior manager?

2)   Lies of Omission: A lie of omission is a deliberate attempt to deceive another person by omitting portions of the truth. Lies of omission are particularly egregious as they give people false impressions and attempt to influence behavior by omitting important details. Once again, the more powerful the perpetrator of the lie of omission in the organization, the more significantly trust is affected in a company’s culture. 

3)   Failure to Walk the Talk: No matter the work program, cultural expectation, or management style, you will destroy trust if you fail to demonstrate the quality or behavioral expectation, if you fail to walk the talk. Words are easy; it is the behavior that demonstrates your fulfillment of actions that helps employees to trust you. You cannot, as an example, state that participative management and employee empowerment are the desired form of leadership in your organization, unless you demonstrate these expectations in actual policy.

4)   Fail to Do What You Promise to Do: Few employees expect that every statement, goal and projection that you make will come true. If the majority of them do not come true, then trust is undermined For Example: Sales will be up 10%. No layoffs are anticipated. We will hire ten new employees this quarter. My assignment will be complete by the end of the first quarter. If you make a statement, commitment, or projection, employees expect what you said to happen. If it does not happen, it should be addressed and not ignored. You destroy trust if the end result never occurs and this issue is not addressed.

When a business enters difficult times, you can avoid destroying trust by communicating honestly and frequently about new challenges when they arise. With our delivery of the best practices in human resource management, Total HR Management helps our clients to establish a positive culture of trust. By treating employees with respect and carrying through on stated policy, a company can build an effective culture of trust that will help to improve long-term productivity and profitability.

A Thought For American Business Owners: Chinese Companies Do Well Because They Value Their Human Resources

As China continues to prosper in business at the beginning of the 21st century, the rest of the world is trying to understand the reasons why. A major reason clearly is that companies and firms in China focus energy on managing their valuable human resources by focusing on training and education. Still, the praise is not limited only to the organizations and their corporate cultures. The praise must equally be shared with the Chinese government and the traditional values of the Confucian tradition that continue to thrive at all levels of Chinese society.

The Key To Human Resources Excellence In China

Human Resources Excellence In China

In China, it would be impossible to find a consistent trained workforce for a firm if the overall society and government did not consider human resources as an important asset. Would corporations in China find good labor to make high-tech products that are being exported all over the world if the government did not invest in education and training? Once they embraced the new business model, the Chinese government emphasized the essential role of fostering best practices in human resources management. They understood that training and education are a necessity in fostering an effective workforce.

Based in traditional Confucian philosophy, this ideal of order and responsibility filters down throughout the economy from the government at the very top, the corporations and firms in the middle, and the families and workers at the bottom. The Confucian values of attention and precision help workers to focus on the details of their work. Since showing up consistently for any given task is a key value, this allows a business to thrive when applied by a workforce. By having the values of human resources excellence infused at all levels of Chinese society, the result has been productivity and profitability.

The Lesson of Chinese HR

The Key Lessons of Chinese HR

This is the key lesson for American companies on two levels. The first is how important it is to invest in ongoing training and education for your workforce. By avoiding complacency, you can stay ahead of the curve. The second lesson is convincing local government to invest in education and training institutions. On one hand, a company might feel this has absolutely no relation to actual business goals. However, by having access to inexpensive but skilled labor for a long time to come, companies will ensure the future of both their own business models and the American economy as a whole.

Human resource management in China is not treated as an empty concept where big words are spoken but no hard action is taken. Had this not been the case, the world would have looked at China with dismay because its huge population would have become an impossible burden to manage. Rather than taking advantage of the available workforce, the country would have been overwhelmed by the many mouths to feed. In contrast, the learned skills of the Chinese laborers thanks to education, training and Confucian values have ensured that China is a world economic power today. Total HR Management identifies with such values as we try to help our clients do more with less in a challenging economy. If America wants to return to the economic forefront again, the same emphasis that China places on human resources excellence must be a priority.

Total HR Management Healthy Business Tips: 7 Questions To Ask To Help Foster Positive Co-Worker Relationships



Fostering Positive Co-Worker Relationships

Fostering Positive Co-Worker Relationships

In today’s work environment, where diversity is the name of the game, getting along with others is often a challenge. Whenever we face the unknown, minor problems and issues can trigger big emotions making people uncomfortable. Total HR Management understands this human resources challenge, and has created seven key tips to help foster positive co-worker relationships.

From experience, we have found that in order to better understand work relationships, we must first look at ourselves. If you are having a problem with a co-worker and want them to change, go through this checklist of questions first.

1)   Have you looked at your own attitude? A positive attitude makes you an easier person to get along with and easier to approach. Negativity breeds negativity.

2)   Have you been a good listener? Giving your full attention when people talk shows respect and helps avoid misunderstandings.

3)   Do you appreciate others? Just as you want support and appreciation, show the same courtesy to your co-workers.

4)   Are you respectful of individual differences?  Sometimes the best result comes from working through differences.

5)   Do you respect your co-workers’ time and priorities? Before expecting more of them, check to see were they are with their current workload.

6)   Do you take responsibility when you make a mistake? Mistakes happen; it is important to accept your part and move forward.

7)   Do you share your passion and enthusiasm for your job and your organization’s vision? Enthusiasm can be contagious.



Positive Employees Means Productivity And Profit

Positive Employees Means Productivity And Profit

Total HR Management knows from years of experience that the key to effective human resources is a company’s positive foundation. Both positivity and negativity are contagious in an organization. If you lead by example, your co-workers will follow suit.


Total HR Management Healthy Business Tips: How to Create a Positive Balance Between Work and Life



Healthy Work And Life Balance

Healthy Work And Life Balance

In a challenging economy, Total HR Management has seen that finding an effective balance between work and life has become difficult. Trying to compensate for financial difficulties, companies are asking more and more from their employees, expecting home life to be sacrificed for the demands of the workplace. Numerous studies, however, have shown that such demands actually hurt an employee’s productivity, ultimately affecting a company’s bottom line. Total HR Management offers some very basic recommendations in achieving an effective balance between work and life.

Although the tough economic times have led directly to business cutbacks and lay offs, such an atmosphere should not result in the panic-driven need to become a workaholic. Instead, we need to work more effectively and efficiently while making greater use of the most precious of intangible commodities: time. Here are a few ideas on how this essential balance can be achieved:

First, without question, your home life should always be as much of a priority as your work life.  If work is damaging your personal life, both areas ultimately will be affected. By treating your home life as seriously as you treat deadlines or projects at work, your will be able to keep priorities straight. The problem is we often take our home life for granted and do not think of it as a priority. By making your home life a priority and being clear about what is truly needed to do this, your productivity and effectiveness at work will actually improve.



Is Home Life Your First Priority?

Is Home Life Your First Priority? If Not...

Second, in order to make home life a priority as well as work, you have to learn to improve your boundaries and treat your home life as sacred. Although this requirement seems very basic, it can prove to be difficult. With constant access to laptops and smart phones keeping us connected to work, properly managing time has become a challenge because the boundaries have been blurred. By designating times when you do not check your smart phone, you can greatly improve your home life. For example, shouldn’t family dinnertime be work-free, a time when we are only connected to our families? In addition, try to remember to leave work at work and avoid talking about work at home. Home should be about home and work should be about work.

Third, if you are going to respect the most precious of intangible commodities — time — you will have to keep track of how you are wasting it and cut out items that are time wasters. Such choices can include cutting the time spent complaining at work. By focusing on the real tasks at hand, you can maximize your work time. In addition, learn to avoid micromanaging and delegate effectively. By delegating non-essential responsibilities, you can focus on what is important and essential. Luckily, teaming up with an outsourcing company like Total HR Management helps you and your employees work on your business and not in the human resources maze.



Find A Healthy, Productive Balance

Find A Healthy, Productive Balance

Finally, always remember to take care of yourself and foster a healthy lifestyle. If you are not getting enough rest, exercise, and nutrition to keep you going on a daily basis, both your work life and your home life will suffer as a direct result. You ultimately cannot be there for your job or your family if you are not taking care of yourself. When we take care of ourselves, we are able to face life’s challenges at both home and at work. Total HR Management recommends that you employ these strategies in your own life while proposing them to your employees in order to maintain the excellence and future integrity of your business.


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