MWC Workplace Wellness Works Training- November 6

By: Michigan Wellness Council

 

Sneak Peek

TRAINING – November 6, 2018:
Workplace Wellness That Works

(Day 1 Of Two-Day Conference)

Part 4 of a 10-Part Series
(This is Step 4, out of 10 Steps, derived from Laura’s book, Workplace Wellness That Works. She will be outlining 10 steps to improve upon how we’re designing and delivering workplace wellness.)

For a deeper dive, join Laura Putnam on November 6th in Troy, MI for a day-long Workplace Wellness That Works training session. In the meantime, share your thoughts on promoting health and well-being in the workplace!

PART 4:

Disease Management.

Health Risk Assessments.

Population Health Management.

Risk Reduction.

The field of workplace wellness abounds with clinical, impersonal, negative, fear-inducing terms like these. And, we wonder why so many people opt out of employee wellness?

As the world of learning and development discovered long ago, led by the research of Donald Clifton with Gallup and popularized by speaker author movie-star-looking Marcus Buckingham, most people aren’t motivated when they’re told what’s wrong with them. The whole “identify your weaknesses” followed up by “here’s how you can correct them” is not only demotivating for most, it also doesn’t serve the best interests of their organization. Rather, people do better, and so do the organizations they work for, when they Start with What’s Right.

The world of workplace wellness could learn a lot from this strengths-first approach, especially if we’re serious about finding better solutions to engage people. And, considering that 80% of eligible employees are opting out, it’s high time we chose a different path.

Start with What’s Wrong

So, let’s step back and take a look at how we’ve been doing it. The classic model of workplace wellness, which borrows heavily from the medical model, usually goes something like this:

  1. Identify what’s wrong (e.g., identify “risk factors” and “health risk assessments”).
  2. Give feedback on what’s wrong.
  3. Give people the tools to “correct” what’s wrong.
  4. Hope that people will be inspired to engage with an array of well-being programs, whether it be lunch n’ learns, fitness challenges, or mindfulness programs.

In other words, most wellness programs are based on the outdated belief is that fear catalyzes action. Rationally, this fear-based, negative-first, here’s-what’s-wrong-with-you approach, makes sense. Why not notify people as to what’s wrong and then help them to correct it?

The problem is we’re not rational. Rather, we are emotional beings, especially when it comes to making a change.

You’d think, for example, that having a heart attack would be enough to “scare” someone into making lifestyle changes. Not so. Research shows that only 25% of post-cardiac patients elect to enroll in lifestyle management programs, after being advised by their well-meaning cardiologist to “Make these changes – or else you will die.” And of those, 90% drop out within a year.

Here’s just a short list of some of the disadvantages of taking this negative-first approach:

  • Knowing your numbers (e.g. your “risk factors”) rarely translates into action;
  • Most people already know that they’re overweight, stressed out, not getting enough exercise, the list goes on;
  • Health risk assessments can feel mundane, stigmatizing and even threatening, especially when they’re tied to an incentive or penalty;
  • Negative emotions narrow awareness, reduce flexible thinking and diminish our capacity to make change; and

A negative-first approach erodes self-confidence & self-efficacy.

Start with What’s Right

So, let’s go back to our post-cardiac patients. Bucking the usual “Make these changes or else you’ll die” mantra, Dean Ornish, leading cardiologist, instead uses positive messaging like “embrace life.” And, rather than shaming patients for making “bad” choices, he and his and team encourage patients to view setbacks as opportunities to learn. The difference? After one year, 90% of his patients are engaging in healthy lifestyle changes, and after three years, 77% are still going strong.

As we’ve learned in the learning and development space, employees who know their strengths and are applying these strengths everyday are seven times more likely to be highly engaged in their work (in comparison with those who are not), according to Gallup.

So, it’s time that we do the same in the world of workplace wellness and Start with What’s Right!

Here’s a short list of some of the advantages of a Start with What’s Right approach:

  • Starting with What’s Right builds positive emotions and inspires higher levels of engagement;
  • Positivity and “positivity resonance” (positivity in the context of others) sparks more creative and complex thinking;
  • A positive-first approach is more likely to tap into intrinsic motivators;
  • Starting with what’s right helps to sustain lifestyle changes over time.

Simply put, positive emotions and starting with strengths is likely to expand our thinking, and ultimately, accelerate engagement and performance.

If you want to move people – much like an agent of change – think less about starting a program, and more about starting a movement

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laura Putnam is the award-winning author of the #1 Amazon Hot New Release in HR & Personnel Management book, Workplace Wellness That Works, and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading provider of well-being and human performance speaking and training services. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. Learn more about Laura at her website and follow her on LinkedIn.

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American Society of Employers (ASE) announces job fair for veterans and individuals with disabilities on August 23 in Southfield

By: American Society of Employers

Livonia, Mich. —August 6, 2018 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will co-host a Veteran’s Job Fair on Thursday, August 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southfield Pavilion.  In addition, resume and interviewing workshops will be available starting at 8:00 a.m.

Joining ASE as co-hosts are the Michigan Industry Liaison Group (MILG), Detroit VA Healthcare System, Southfield Veterans’ Commission, Oakland County Michigan Works, and Michigan Rehabilitation Services.   Ally and New Horizons are event sponsors.   Chemical Bank, Cooper Standard, Federal Mogul, Henry Ford Health System, ITC, Kelly Services, and Logicalis are contributing sponsors.

The job fair is open to all, but is targeted to military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and their families.  The event is free to both employers and job seekers.

ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado, made the announcement and stated, “ASE is pleased to co-host the Veterans Job Fair again this year.  With the focus on veterans and individuals with disabilities, two underserved populations, our goal is to ensure that doors are open and welcoming for these two communities.”

The Southfield Pavilion is located at 26000 Evergreen Rd Southfield, MI 48076.  Registration for employers can be found on the ASE website.  Participants interested in attending can visit the MILG website for additional information or to register (not mandatory).

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Nighswander joins Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department

By: Plunkett Cooney

DATE:  August 3, 2018

CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – August 3, 2018 – Attorney Katherine M. Nighswander recently joined the Transportation Law and Torts & Litigation practice groups of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

Nighswander, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses her practice in the areas of transportation law and litigation. She represents insurers and its insureds in matters involving no-fault law and motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, dramshop and general negligence allegations.

In addition to no-fault automobile and first-and third-party motor vehicle cases, Nighswander has experience defending personal injury claims, including dog bites; slips/trips and falls; falling objects; negligent hiring, training and supervision of employees; vicarious liability of employees; and product liability matters; as well as allegations of food contamination; foodborne illness and foreign materials in food.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan and Oakland County Bar Association, Nighswander received her law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2013 and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 2010 from Saginaw Valley State University.

Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group features the collective talents of attorneys who focus on the defense of all manners of civil litigation, including construction disputes, motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, retail liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers.

Plunkett Cooney’s motor vehicle liability practice includes attorneys in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and extends to the resolution of cross-border claims stemming from disputes in Canada. The firm’s attorneys serve as panel counsel to some of the largest insurance providers in the world, providing litigation defense representation in the areas of motor vehicle liability, fraudulent claims, no-fault law and trucking liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including over 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information about Katherine Nighswander joining Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

American Society of Employers’ (ASE’s) Talent Symposium Set for September 13th

By: American Society of Employers

Livonia, Mich. —August 1, 2018 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces its Talent Symposium will be held on September 13 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy.  The day-long event tackles one of the greatest issues organizations are facing today – talent acquisition and retention.  The Symposium announcement was made by ASE President & CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“ASE’s most recent member survey revealed that the top human resource issue organizations are facing today revolve around employee recruitment and retention,” stated Corrado. “This conference not only covers innovative ways to acquire new talent but also how to grow talent from within your organization and build strong leaders. We’ve broken our sessions down into three core areas which include acquiring talent, managing that talent, and developing talent. All three are necessary to succeed in today’s competitive market.”

The Talent Symposium will feature a morning and afternoon keynote speaker. The morning speaker is Kevin C. Snyder, Ed.D., Professional Speaker and Price is Right Enthusiast.  Snyder will speak on The E.D.G.E Factor: Strategies from Extraordinary Leaders.  The afternoon keynote will be presented by Kurt A. David, Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Creator of the EMMY Award Winning TV Show From Glory Days.  David will present Positive Leadership: Nine Principles of Leadership Development.

Other highlights of the event include the following breakout sessions:

  • Using Professional Apprenticeship Programs to Fill the Skills Gap
  • Eight Ingredients That Help Teams Succeed
  • Failwave! The Next Wave of Failures Will Be Driven by a Lack of Talent
  • An Untapped Talent Pool – How Neurodiverse Workers Bring Valuable Skills to the Workplace
  • Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
  • How to Identify and Leverage Strengths in Any Situation
  • Preparing the Soil – Growing People That Belong
  • It’s Not Me, It’s You! Changing Defensive Communication™
  • Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Talent Pipeline and Improve Employer Branding

The ASE Talent Symposium on September 13 begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. For a complete conference agenda, registration and pricing information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

SHRM Learning Center: Advance your career with SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification

By: Eastern Michigan University

Advance your career with SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification

Take Your Career to the Next Level

If you’re ready to advance your career in human resources, then the nation’s #1 certification prep tool, the SHRM Learning System®, can help you reach your goals. Whatever your learning style, you’ll find ways to test your knowledge and build your confidence as you prepare for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exams.

Who Should Take These Courses?

  • The Learning System can be used by: HR professionals planning to take the SHRM-CP or SCP certification exam
  • Certified HR professionals seeking recertification credits
  •  HR professionals seeking additional professional development for their career

What Does This System cover?

The SHRM Learning System includes modules covering each of the areas identified in SHRM’s HR Competency Model, so you’ll be fully prepared for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam.

  1.  Human Resource Expertise
  2. Relationship Management
  3. Consultation
  4. Leadership and Navigation
  5. Communication
  6. Global and Cultural Effectiveness
  7. Ethical Practices
  8. Critical Evaluation
  9. Business Acumen

These competencies can be used as a guide for your own career and professional development or help in developing employees you work with. It can also provide a guide for those considering HR as a career path, giving them a clear idea about what it takes to be successful.

Flexibility for Working Professionals

This program is taught through a blended approach as you learn from workbooks, online tools and in the classroom one evening a week for twelve weeks. Classes are taught in several southeast Michigan locations and may vary each year.

Dates

Livonia: Mondays, September 17 – December 3

Lansing: Tuesdays, September 18 – December 4

Troy: Wednesdays, September 19 – December 5

Ann Arbor: Thursdays, September 20 – December 6

Program Fee

$1,200 includes all course materials

Certification Testing

SHRM requires HR professionals sitting for the exams to have a combination of demonstrated work experience and education. You’re responsible for ensuring your eligibility for the exam.

Visit shrm.org/certification for more information.

This program is offered in partnership with The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Detroit SHRM, The Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resource Management and the Greater Lansing SHRM.

For More Information

Professional Programs and Training

Eastern Michigan University, Engage@EMU

203 Boone Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

734.487.9045 |  jhassenz@emich.edu

Register at  http://www.emich.edu/extended/tr aining/

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Cedar Point: Christmas in July Sale!

By: Cedar Point

Enjoy the summer fun now with Cedar Point’s Christmas in July Sale! Summer admission tickets are 50% off AND will be valid until Labor Day!

Tickets will be on sale at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24 – 9:00 AM on Friday, July 27, 2018

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CAPTRUST Named #1 U.S. Advisory Firm for Third Consecutive Year

By: CAPTRUST

The July 2018 issue of Financial Advisor magazine ranked CAPTRUST number one among registered investment advisors (RIAs) with assets in excess of $2 billion—making it our third year running to achieve this distinction. The magazine’s annual survey analyzes several metrics, including assets under advisement, asset growth over the trailing year, and assets per client, as well as other indicators of business success.

In the article accompanying the survey results, Financial Advisor author Christopher Robbins discusses recent challenges for the investment advisory industry, such as an evolving client base, shifting regulations, new technological possibilities and demand for new services. Despite these headwinds, the firm continues to thrive.

“Advisors succeed here because we help them achieve their highest and best use. Our approach is client-first, and that resulted in a 99% client retention rate in 2017, something we are extremely proud of. Our record revenue and growth in 2017 also enabled us to make a substantial reinvestment in our business, since we reinvest half of our profits each year,” said CAPTRUST Managing Director Rick Shoff.  

To read the article online, please visit fa-mag.com.

About CAPTRUST

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors is an independent investment research and fee-based advisory firm specializing in providing retirement plan and investment advisory services to retirement plan fiduciaries, endowments and foundations, and executives and high-net-worth individuals. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, the firm represents more than $278 billion in client assets from its offices located across the U.S. For more information, please visit www.captrustadvisors.com.

Hagelthorn joins Plunkett Cooney’s motor vehicle law practice

By; Plunkett Cooney

 

DATE:  July 17, 2018

CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

Hagelthorn joins Plunkett Cooney’s motor vehicle law practice

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – July 17, 2018 – Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, is pleased to announce that Jason F. Hagelthorn has joined the firm’s Transportation Law Practice Group.

Hagelthorn focuses his practice on the defense of litigation involving first- and third-party auto and trucking liability claims. A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, he represents clients in insurance-related claims involving no-fault law and motor vehicle negligence.

Former in-house counsel for three of nation’s largest insurance companies, Hagelthorn has extensive experience in all areas of the Michigan No-Fault Act, including the defense of third-party negligence and uninsured and underinsured claims, as well as defending first-party actions involving personal injury protection benefits and property protection benefits.

Hagelthorn is a 2008 graduate of Ave Maria School of Law. Admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, he is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Alliance Defense Fund. He earned his undergraduate degree in 2005 from Eastern Michigan University.

Plunkett Cooney’s motor vehicle liability practice includes attorneys in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and extends to the resolution of cross-border claims stemming from disputes in Canada. The firm’s attorneys serve as panel counsel to some of the largest insurance providers in the world, providing litigation defense representation in the areas of motor vehicle liability, fraudulent claims, no-fault law and trucking liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial firms in the United States.

For more information about attorney Jason Hagelthorn joining Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Sterling Insurance Group Wins inaugural MAX Performer Award from MarshBerry for 2017

By: Sterling Insurance Group

Woodmere, OH, June 16, 2018 – Marsh, Berry & Company, Inc. (“MarshBerry”), is excited to announce that Sterling Insurance Group (“Sterling”) is the winner of its inaugural MAX Performer recognition award.

The MAX Performer award is a mark of distinction given to an independent agency that has strong financials in addition to fostering a client-first culture throughout the entirety of their company. Having an innovative mind-set and striving for operational excellence are all qualities that a MAX Performer agency should have.

When selecting the winner for the 2017 MAX Performer award MarshBerry considered the challenges faced by many agencies in the insurance industry such as generating new business, retaining top talent and navigating the technology field as it is ever-changing.

Sterling certainly stepped up to these challenges.

“Sterling is the epitome of what MarshBerry was looking for when we started the MAX Performer program. They’re not only financially sound and growing – but they’re investing in their technology and their people,” said John M. Wepler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MarshBerry. “We are proud to present this prestigious award to the Sterling team for their commitment to driving growth and innovation, and for the way they set an example in the industry as a high-performing leader that’s constantly looking inside and outside for ways to elevate the organization.”

“As a Connect peer exchange partner since 2016, we have benefitted first hand from MarshBerry’s guidance, leadership and the impactful support of collaboration with peers and access to various industry data,” said Joe Haney, CEO of Sterling.” We are extremely proud to be the inaugural winner for this award and to lead the industry in areas beyond financial acumen. Being honored for our culture and our technology initiatives make this recognition even that more important for our organization.”

Along with recognizing Sterling, MarshBerry is also pleased to recognize the following Honorable Mentions:

German American Insurance, Inc., Jasper, IN

Highpoint Insurance Group, LLC, Houston, TX

Holmes Organisation, Jacksonville, FL

Reagan Companies, Marcellus, NY

The Starr Group, Greenfield, WI

MarshBerry’s MAX Performance program was created to help firms grow. The 2017 MAX Performer winner receives support inclusive of advertising to THEIR prospects as well as a comprehensive suite of marketing tools that they can use to share this achievement with their clients, prospects and employee recruits. MAX Performer winners do not need to be current clients to win.

We’ve streamlined our 2018 MAX Performer nomination process to make it easier for firms to participate. Firms can find out if they’re a MAX Performer by taking our quick, online assessment at http://www.MarshBerry.com/MAX.

About Sterling Insurance Group

Since its inception in 1996, Sterling has been one of the fastest growing independent insurance agencies in the country. Sterling Insurance Group – which is a Top 200 Firm out of 37,000 nationwide – is a full-service brokerage in Sterling Heights and Detroit with more than 100 employees and over $350M in projected premiums. We’re your resource for Outsourced Risk Management, Commercial Insurance, Personal Lines Insurance and Employee Benefits. Sterling Insurance Group has relationships with more than 100 national insurance carriers to provide clients instant access to the most competitive insurance markets in the business. Sterling has been honored to receive distinguished awards for our sales leadership and customer service. The Detroit Free Press has named Sterling one of the Top Work Places from 2012-2016, and Sterling was voted a Crain’s Detroit Cool Place to Work by its employees in 2017.

Learn more at sterlingagency.com.

About MarshBerry

Founded in 1981, MarshBerry’s primary objective is to help insurance agents, national brokers, private equity firms, banks & credit unions, insurance carries and specialty distributors as they work to maximize their value through our industry-specific services that include: Merger & Acquisition Advisory*, Financial Consulting, Talent Acquisition, Sales, Performance, Intellectual Capital and Connect – our Peer Exchange Network. Learn more at http://www.MarshBerry.com/Max.