employee retention, engagement, and stress is about more than getting your ducks in a row.

Employee Retention: Employee Rewards Part 2

Employee retention is a hot topic for HR professionals.  Is your employee rewards program designed to retain and attract the best talent? My research on job stress and purpose-driven corporate culture revealed the second secret to great employee rewards: Purpose-driven organizations solve problems so people can perform at their highest potential. Thom Singer wrote a…

Great employee rewards must be a gift not a burden

Employee Rewards: The Secret Part 1

Employee rewards are intended to motivate people to perform desired behaviors. We want employees to be efficient and productive. We want teams to be innovative and creative. Ultimately, we want to support actions that increase the company’s bottom line. So why do so many employee reward programs fall flat? This week I’ve been preparing for a presentation on…

Does Working From Home Reduce Stress? Remote Workforce

As companies struggle to retain millennials and create more productive teams, the draw of a remote workforce is alluring. Not only does it decrease brick and mortar costs, but the theory is also that remote employees enjoy better work-life balance, less stress, and are likely to stay with the company. But is this true? Is…

Does lack of sleep make you stupid?

Poor sleep is bad for your heart AND your brain! An article about poor sleep and the build-up of plaque in the body caught my eye. The study is remarkable in that it is the first study: “to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body,” according to José Ordovás,…

How to Reduce Stress in Uncertain Times

Did watching the Presidential address and the response last night spike your stress level? No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, exposure to the government shut-down, economic pressures, and legislative uncertainty can elevate your stress level. In my research on job stress, uncertainty was the second most common source of stress (following overwhelm).…

What Aren’t You Telling Your Doctor?

“A Stethoscope Is Not A Mind Reading Device!” Most patients withhold vital information from their doctors according to a study recently released in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Even when people understand how important it is to share critical information about medications, lifestyle, and symptoms, most people in the study survey didn’t tell…

Are menopause and high cholesterol related?

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. Is menopause a time women should pay special attention to cholesterol levels? As a heart attack survivor, I’m dedicated to keeping my risk of another heart attack as low as possible. I recently visited with a brilliant and well-respected…

Should Pregnant Women Worry About Heart Attacks?

A new study shows heart attacks in pregnant women are on the rise. The good news in a new study by the New York University School of Medicine showing more pregnant women are having heart attacks is that data is being collected about heart disease in women.  If we can clearly define the problem, a…

Dos and Don’ts Of Recovering From Open Heart Surgery

What should you do to recover from heart surgery? (and what shouldn’t you do) A full recovery from open heart surgery will take up to 3 month, and most of the recovery time will be at home. Understanding what you can and cannot do is important to recovering well.  Keep in mind these dos and…