12 Ways to Stay in Shape this Holiday Season

senior couple skiingWhile jolly old St. Nick is credited with bringing joy to children worldwide, when it comes to staying in shape, he appears to have embraced a bah-humbug attitude. Granted, this time of year leaves little time for exercising; even so – to avoid welcoming 2015 with a Santa-like physique – make a commitment today to staying fit during the holiday season. Continue reading

Nice or Naughty: Gift-Giving in the Workplace

Co-worker's ChristmasWhen you think about it, Santa actually has it easy. Sure, he has physics-related obstacles to overcome (big guy, little chimneys) and serious time-management issues (delivering toys to billions of boys and girls in a single shift). Saint Nick, however, will never have to face the season’s most significant challenge:

Navigating the bow-topped minefield that can be gift-giving in the workplace. Continue reading

A Good Night’s Sleep Can Save Your Health & Wallet

Sleep-article-resized-iStock_000003297507XSmall-300x200Did you know that getting more sleep could improve your health and help you save money? We all know that getting enough sleep is important for good health and productivity.

But do you realize just how important it is? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list lack of sleep along with smoking, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition as risk factors that cause major chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

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Employee Health Tips: Winterize Your Skin

Warm smiles on a wintery dayIf you’ve long suspected that the winter months serve up a slew of itchy, red, and just plain unpleasant skin problems, then feel free to pat yourself on the back – because you’re absolutely correct.

 

With the self-congratulations complete, now turn your attention to steps you can take that will help winterize your skin. Continue reading

Keeping Calm from 9 to 5

Looking to become leaders in their industryFrom project lists that grow increasingly unmanageable with virtually each passing hour – to coworkers who are seemingly bent on making each day a living, breathing hellscape – it’s no wonder that workplace stress levels often skyrocket stratospherically.

 

If this description doesn’t apply to you, consider yourself fortunate, and consider hugging each and every one of your coworkers. But if the above depiction precisely encapsulates your office life, read on. Continue reading

Identity Theft: Stolen Identity, Lost Productivity

couple looking at billsWhile the movie “Identity Thief” paints identity theft in a funny light, it’s no laughing matter for employees and employers. With 290,056 complaints, identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints in 2013.

Identity theft drains victims, both financially and emotionally.

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Be a Quitter: Join the Great American Smokeout

SmokeoutIconic wit Mark Twain put it best: “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.”

 

Anyone who has ever smoked knows how difficult it is to stop. Perhaps that’s why one in five American adults – 43.6-million people – still smoke cigarettes. And nearly 15-million people smoke tobacco in cigars or pipes. Continue reading