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  • Wellness Coordinators: 5 Hallmarks of Successful Worksite Wellness Programs (Yes, Successful!)

    A successful worksite wellness program encompasses both healthy employees and a healthy workplace. And you do want a successful program, right?

    Here are 5 hallmarks of successful worksite wellness programs that are likely to deliver value to both employees and the employer and to produce the results employers like to see.

    1. Programming and Interventions Are Practical and Accessible

    Everyone is busy today and experiencing significant pressure on their available time. People will do however what they find meaningful and of a priority to them. Comprehensive wellness initiatives, programming and interventions need to address employee interests, pain points or their life’s current challenges. A variety of programming and interventions across the broad spectrum of wellness needs to be offered to employees and available at a time and place that works for the employee. Remember that wellness is about more than just physical health. Offer a variety of scheduled events, activities and other types of programming and interventions at times convenient for your employee population. Deliver your programming through multiple strategies such as in-person, on-line, in print, audio recordings and video. Remember that we all learn differently.

    2. The Focus Is On Both the Individual and the Organization

    Far too many wellness programs focus only on employee change. This approach addresses only half the issue. The workplace environment, climate and culture need to be healthy as well. The workplace environment needs to support the healthiest choice being the easiest choice. Healthy food offerings should be available in vending machines, cafeterias, snack bars and at any company events where food is offered. Both the social and physical environment need to be positive and supportive-signage, policies, practices and benefits should be in place to support individuals who want to change to a new or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    But a healthy workplace environment is only one piece of a healthy workplace. The workplace needs to also have a positive, supportive climate and culture.

    Organizational climate is how the work environment is perceived directly and indirectly. Changing the environment will likely change employee perceptions related to the environment.

    According to MIT organizational culture researcher Edgar Schein, PhD, workplace culture is made up of the work environment, the workplace climate and most importantly the unconscious, taken-for-granted beliefs, perceptions, thoughts, and feelings that guide and shape employee behavior. Workplace culture will always trump strategy, so it has significant power over and relationship to any change related process.

    3. Wellness Is Integrated Throughout the Organization

    Wellness needs to be a mindset and not just another program. Since wellness is a broad, holistic, multi-dimensional concept/construct, wellness has applicability in all the various other programming and interventions offered by the employer, including training and development, leadership development, management and supervisor training, employee benefits, work-life, EAP, safety and corporate social responsibility. Far too often, wellness and other benefit type services and programming each remain in their own respective silos. Each program’s strengths and resources need to be integrated with the other programs being offered. Services delivered to employees should be seamless and based on what the employee wants and needs. Company leadership needs to see wellness as being its own cohesive entity, seamless with workplace safety, benefits, human resources, and other infrastructure elements. Employee health, wellness and wellbeing should be embedded in everything the organization does.

    4. Wellness Does Not Stand Alone

    Wellness is linked to all the other existing benefit and employee support programs offered to employees. From the employee’s perspective, all the services they might need to help them address their life issues are seamlessly available to them. Wellness is truly seen as being the broad construct that it actually is. Service program strengths are regularly promoted and program resources are readily shared across programs.

    5. A Comprehensive Approach Is Offered

    Everyone is in a different place and seeking to address a different life issue. A comprehensive approach helps to meet employees where they are and to deliver what they need or want. This comprehensive approach offers:

    • Opportunities to increase one’s awareness

    • Opportunities to increase one’s knowledge and skill set

    • Opportunities to experiment with adopting new lifestyle management practices

    • Opportunities for employees to practice new lifestyle practices in a safe, positive and supportive work environment

    The bottom line: As an employer, you need to have a clear understanding of what you want your worksite wellness program to accomplish, what your work force’s health needs are, offer programming and interventions that support what employees need and to provide the most positive, supportive workplace possible so both employees and the organization thrive.

  • The Father of Radio Broadcasting

    Every Wednesday night at 9p.m. in San Jose, California, Charles Herrold religiously sat in his crowded office surrounded by records that he lay out before him. Charles broadcast his radio show, playing music and reading news, to mostly college students, who were listening on radios they built for themselves. The year? 1912.

    He is dubbed the Father of Radio Broadcasting, sending out music and news to listeners before the word, “radio” was invented.

    Herrold’s ‘Little Hams Program” broadcast every week, from San Jose, to a growing audience of young listeners, and on a good night, the signal could be picked up 900 miles away. Charles took new and popular records, placed them on a phonograph and pointed a microphone towards the music, so all could clearly hear the sound. The show ran from 1912 to 1917. However,ironically, the San Jose Newspaper criticized the new local new medium, saying it “threatens live entertainment, such as the symphony or theatre”. Radio was new, but it certainly couldn’t replace live theatre. In 1994, the Mayor of San Jose dedicated September 12 to Charles Herrold Day in honor of his great contribution to society.

    Guglielmo Marconi, of London, had previously held a patent issued to Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Company on April 26, 1901, which gained Marconi the Patent “for improvements in apparatus for wireless telegraphy”. For that reason, Marconi is know as the inventor of radio, that is, the ability to send a wireless signal. Charles Herrold, however, is the father and inventor of radio broadcasting.






    Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013


    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – (Inquiring News – Courtesy ABC News Radio – 4-21-16) – Prince, who left his mark in the musical worlds of pop, funk, R&B and rock, has died.  He would have turned 58 June 7.

    Prince’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Shure, confirmed the musician’s death to the Associated Press.  He died at his Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN, outside of Minneapolis, MN.

    The musician’s plane reportedly made an emergency landing early last Friday morning in Moline, Illinois, so that the singer could be rushed to the hospital.  He was soon released and returned home to Minnesota, reportedly suffering from the flu.

    Born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the singer, songwriter, multiple instrumentalist, producer and actor is recognized as a musical genius, a trendsetter and advocate for artists’ rights.  His indelible impact on pop music culture dates back to when he first surfaced in 1978 with his debut album For You.

    Named after the Prince Roger Trio, a jazz band his father performed with, Prince was signed to Warner Brothers records as a teenager.  His early albums 1979’s Prince, 1980’s Dirty Mind  and 1981’s Controversy built his core fan base while also creating controversial buzz due to their fusion of religious and sexual themes.

    Combining rock, R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop, Prince was regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound.  He also gained a reputation for being a staunch perfectionist.

    The 1984 semi-autobiographical rock musical drama film Purple Rain, and its best-selling soundtrack, vaulted him into the pop stratosphere.  The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, while the soundtrack album sold over 25 million copies.

    During the 1980s, at the height of his popularity, Prince was most frequently compared to Michael Jackson, who was considered his fiercest music rival.

    He collaborated with a wide variety of music acts from pop, rock and R&B, including Sheena Easton, Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush and Madonna, to Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper and his former lover, Sheila E.  Through the years, and a few name changes, Prince spun his musical magic into outfits such as The Time, the all-female Vanity 6, and The New Power Generation.

    In 1993, a legal battle ensued between Warner Bros. and Prince over the artistic and financial control of his musical output. During the intense lawsuit, he appeared in public with the word “slave” written on his cheek and started going by the name The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, going as far as to changing his name to a stylized symbol that was a combination of the symbols for male and female.  He resumed using his given name in 2000, when his publishing contract with Warner/Chappell music expired.

    With a singing style renowned for its versatility of reaching the highest falsetto to the deepest baritone, Prince has influenced an entire generation of artists.

    Notoriously reclusive, Prince made limited public appearances, though he did appeared as himself on a 2014 episode of the Fox comedy New Girl.  He continued releasing music at a prolific rate, most recently last year’s albums HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two.

    In addition to his Oscar, Prince won seven Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe award, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

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