Weekly Wrap-up: Wellbeing Resources

June 1, 2020

With challenge comes opportunity, so they say.  For most, it may feel like the list of challenges is far outweighing the opportunities these days. However, as we think about wellbeing Programs, now truly is a unique time to build upon what you’ve created.  We know, from research like Gallup’s, that employees thriving in all elements of wellbeing are more resilient and productive.  We also know from their research that, more than ever before, employees are open to having employers partner with them on their wellbeing.



I liked this quote from an article on Brink this week, “Going forward, showing the caring face of the organization isn’t about giving people free fruit, the odd day off, or the opportunity to take part in one-off mindfulness workshops.  It’s about recognizing the need to design work around human needs, and not the other way around.”.  Truly, this is a unique opportunity to think about how we can support employees to thrive. 



Have a safe and healthy week.


















Career Wellbeing



  • How to Combat Zoom Fatigue – The Harvard Business Review shares five research-based tips that can help make video calls less exhausting.


Social & Family Wellbeing



Social



  • Broadway Shows for Free – If you’ve finished watching all of Netflix and you’re looking for a little more culture, there are a variety of ways to catch some Broadway shows for free. 

Family



  • Childcare After the Lockdown: How to Evaluate Your Options – Experts from Cleo talk about how to manage these various transitions while keeping your family safe. WEBINAR on demand.  View here

  • Free Disney Animation Classes – Disney has provided free animation classes online to help you draw your favorite characters.  Drawing is a great way to relax and focus. 


Financial Wellbeing



  • All About Your Emergency Fund – This brief 5-minute video from Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company, will help you consider how much money to set aside, what types of accounts are available and where your hard earned savings have the most potential for growth.


Physical Wellbeing



  • Run Across America – Take to the streets with others across the country on June 6th for a virtual 5k.  This is America’s first nationwide run!

  • 16 Healthy Sheet Pan Dinners – Here are some easy recipes to help you get healthy food on the table with minimal effort and cleanup. 


Emotional Wellbeing



  • Cultivating Inner Calm – No matter what is going on in your life, you can access a deeper level of peace at any moment.  Join Dr. Kelly Werner of Modern Health to learn practices and exercises to reset your sympathetic nervous system in the face of uncertainty, loss and stressful thinking. 

    Register for the webinar, Tuesday, June 2nd at 3 PM ET. RSVP HERE.

  • Don’t Fear Your Fear: 3 Ways to Reframe Negative Thoughts – In this brief article, NY Times Bestselling Author Gabby Bernstein addresses the fact that we all have negative thoughts but we also all have a choice of what to do with them. She shares some simple tips on how we can slow down the momentum of negative thoughts.

  • If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.  You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.


Community Wellbeing



  • No Kid Hungry – Millions of vulnerable kids lost the healthy meals they depended on as the coronavirus closed schools.  And with many parents out of work, more children in the US may be facing hunger than ever before.  Every dollar you donate can help feed a child 10 meals.  Learn more about the great work this organization does and consider a nominal donation.


EMPLOYER FOCUSED RESOURCES



  • Starbucks’ Perspective: Returning to Work with Resiliency – With more than 15,000 locations spread across the U.S., Starbucks has had a unique vantage point in the pandemic.  Learn about the strategy they are using to help their teams return to work. 

    Register for this webinar – Join Lyra Health and Ron Crawford (VP of Benefits at Starbucks) for this discussion on Friday, June 5th at 1 PM ET.  RSVP HERE.

  • Why Showing Kindness Benefits Business – This article on brink gives some great food for thought on how Wellbeing Programs are more important than ever. 

For more resources and updates, check out our Coronavirus Resource Center at aleragroup.com/coronavirus/



 



About the Author



Andrea Davis, Director of Wellbeing

Andrea joined Alera Group Northeast (formerly CBP) in July 2013, bringing over 15 years of experience in management consulting and strategic solutions. As the Director of Wellbeing, she is responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive wellness strategies for existing and prospective Alera Group clients. She provides assistance and support to Alera Group clients by developing personalized programs that fit clients’ unique health management needs, wellness program implementation, committee development, promotion and marketing of their programs to encourage participation. In addition, Andrea conducts program analysis and generates reports related to program participation, health assessment and client utilization. 

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