Technology: Helping HR Pros Face Industry Changes Head-On

Technology: Helping HR Pros Face Industry Changes Head-On

If you’ve had your hand on the pulse of the HR and benefits industries, you have been hearing about the ongoing transition from simple wellness programming to all-encompassing wellbeing programs. The changes can seem overwhelming, but they don’t have to be… there are technology programs and systems that can help. What can these programs bring to the table?

Facing Challenges in 2018 & Beyond

Facing Challenges in 2018 & Beyond

While the challenges facing HR professionals in 2018 cover a range of topics from threats of a cyber breach to the constant evolving workforce, many of these new challenges relate closely to the topic of employee engagement and benefits. What can be done? How can you prepare? 

Look Behind to Plan Ahead: Benefits & Wellbeing 2018

Look Behind to Plan Ahead: Benefits & Wellbeing 2018

For the wellbeing and benefits industries, the year 2017 was one of innovation and change. Ring in the New Year by reading through a few of our posts from 2017 that not only highlight and explain these changes, but help to prepare you for what’s to come.

Renew and Refocus your Wellbeing Plans in 2018

Renew and Refocus your Wellbeing Plans in 2018

It’s not just physical health that’s coming to the attention of employers across the globe in the New Year, rather, things like financial health, mental health and stress are joining the conversation. However, while the need is clearly there – and that need is known – there is still a deficit, seen by both employers and employees, when it comes to health and wellbeing offerings. What can be done to see improvement?

You CAN Stay Well While You Work

You CAN Stay Well While You Work

As if there wasn’t enough to do at your job, there’s an added challenge when you think about not only staying on top of your own personal wellbeing, but also that of your employees. While the challenge can seem large and, at times, unattainable, taking it one (sometimes literally) step at a time can be the key.

Is Your Team Ready for Data-Driven HR?

Is Your Team Ready for Data-Driven HR?

As you approach the end of 2017, it’s easy to just look ahead to 2018. But, in reality, it might be time to look ahead even farther than that -- enabling you to make decisions this year that will have an impact on your company and your employees for many years ahead. 

REWIND: End Low Participation Frustration

REWIND: End Low Participation Frustration

According to an article in The Business Journals, 52 percent of companies with employee wellbeing programs of some kind say that participation is their biggest challenge. How can you start “pumping up” your employees when it comes to participation in workplace wellbeing?

Tips & Tricks: Keeping Wellbeing in Mind During the Holidays

Tips & Tricks: Keeping Wellbeing in Mind During the Holidays

With the holiday season officially upon us, it’s easy to feel tempted to fall prey to the temptation to give up on the progress you’ve made towards your wellbeing goals over the last few months. But that doesn’t have to be the case!

In addition to five key tips from Sarah, DHS Group’s resident Certified Wellness Coach, take a look at some other ideas from the DHS Group team on how you can enjoy this season AND keep your goals in mind.

Sarah’s Tips for Keeping Healthy this Holiday Season

  1. Stay hydrated. This means, trying your best to drinks a minimum of 64 oz. of water per day (don’t get overwhelmed by the number, think of it as just eight 8 oz. glasses).
     
  2. Wash your hands! Cold and flu season is upon us and if you’re going to keep up with your other health and wellness goals, it’s important you’re feeling good yourself.
     
  3. Plan! In the morning, take a look at the day ahead and plan out healthy snacks and meals ahead of time. Just five minutes of planning will help you have easy access to healthy snacks to assist in staying on track.
     
  4. Get moving! Incorporate workouts into your daily schedule. If you don’t have time to work out every day, make an effort to park a little farther away in the parking lot or take a lap around the office during an afternoon or lunch break.
     
  5. Treat yourself! It’s important to let yourself enjoy the season, but savor it instead of overindulging – have that glass of wine or piece of pie, but don’t drink the whole bottle or sit in front of the TV with the entire pie and a fork in hand.

What did the rest of the team have to say?

“I used to drink a lot of soda because I didn’t really like water. Now, I buy lemons, strawberries, cucumbers, etc. to put in my water and give it flavor – which I really enjoy! At work, I don’t always have a fresh cut option, so I keep lemon juice handy!” – Alyssa Stankiewicz

“Bring your workout to work!” – Greg Neufer

“I’m always prepared with healthy snacks (and I try to put them together into bags or containers at the start of the week for easy access) so that when I’m out running errands or working they’re easy to grab and help keep me satisfied and not always reaching for unhealthy (but delicious) treats.” – Alexis Tahara


As always, we’d love to hear your tips on staying on course with your wellbeing goals during the holidays or other busy times. Share them with us online by visiting our Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn pages. 

Happy Holidays!

Fully Insured? You Should Invest in Data Too

Fully Insured? You Should Invest in Data Too

“It’s important to note why it’s even important to get this data,” Sirine Jazi, DHS Group Director of Client Engagement and Analytics, said. “Short answer is, even fully-insured companies want a healthy and productive workforce – that translates to productivity and bottom-line dollars.”

Including Financial Wellbeing in Your Wellness Programming

Including Financial Wellbeing in Your Wellness Programming

Most employers agree that health and wellness programs are vital to improving employee well being. The question is, should they also be providing resources to empower employees to tackle financial issues and the associated stresses they bring?

REWIND: The Value of Joining Your Local Health Coalition

REWIND: The Value of Joining Your Local Health Coalition

“It is local health coalitions, that prove instrumental in working with all local stakeholders to change this inefficient method of health benefits design and delivery,” Houston Business Coalition on Health Executive Director Chris Skisak, said. 

The Transformation from Wellness to Wellbeing

The Transformation from Wellness to Wellbeing

Regardless of whether you view employee wellness from the view of an industry professional, a person who is tasked with finding and implementing wellness strategies for groups of employees, or that of someone who is partaking in said programming, you’re sure to have begun to noticed a shift. A shift from just “wellness” to an all-encompassing “wellbeing” strategy. 

Working Together: Digital Health & Education

Working Together: Digital Health & Education

Many schools have begun to offer an online solution for students to fulfill their required health and physical education curriculum. A digital solution not only gives students the chance to fulfill educational requirements in a flexible environment, but also provides a chance for students to “learn by doing."

The Value of Wearables in the Future of Health

The Value of Wearables in the Future of Health

In this week's guest blog, Sean McNamara, a member of the Garmin Health team, shares about the history of wearable technology and how it’s projected to continue to have an impact for years to come. 

REWIND: Preparing for HEDIS Reporting Season

REWIND: Preparing for HEDIS Reporting Season

With HEDIS® 2018 just around the corner, our team caught up with Shean Dalton to refresh last year’s information on the HEDIS® reporting season and help you be best prepared for 2018. 

Introducing HealthSpective, a One-of-a-Kind Integrated Health Benefit Platform

Introducing HealthSpective, a One-of-a-Kind Integrated Health Benefit Platform

HealthSpective offers answers to the full spectrum of benefit management needs: benefit program design, health plan enrollment and operation, population health data analysis and wellbeing and employee engagement. It’s with this integrated solution that a change towards true employee health can be found. 

Why Should You Implement Analytics, Anyway?

Why Should You Implement Analytics, Anyway?

“Health and wellness opportunities” can mean a variety of things and include countless different programs and features, more and more, a focus on a company health plan’s healthcare analytics is becoming part of the equation. 

REWIND: Wellness Budgeting, Simplified

REWIND: Wellness Budgeting, Simplified

Finding the money to implement the wellness programs you want can be one of the biggest steps in the process. However, if you utilize a bit of creativity as you work with your carriers, brokers and stop-loss insurance companies, you may have money available to cover the cost of these programs.

Changing Healthcare Through Innovation

Changing Healthcare Through Innovation

At DHS Group, “climbing the curve of innovation” has taken the company from its beginnings in HEDIS® reporting and Medicaid and Medicare exchange auditing to now offering a full-circle healthcare platform, HealthSpective® that is working to change the face of healthcare today by facing industry standards head-on.

Quick Tips for Managing Stress in the Quest for Wellbeing

Quick Tips for Managing Stress in the Quest for Wellbeing

Studies show that excessive stress can really take a toll on your long-term health; meaning you could become sick with things like the “common cold” more often and even developing conditions such as obesity, diabetes, etc. So what can you do?