Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs that Work: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

By: Michigan Wellness Council

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July 18, 2018
Webinar
Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs that Work:
What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

When: Wednesday July 18, 2018, 12pm to 1pm
Certification: This program is pending approval for 1.0 PDCs.*

Program Details: Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness) Programs that Work: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Dr. Ron Goetzel will address the controversy of whether wellness works by sharing new and emerging research on workplace health promotion programs and their impact on employee health, medical costs, and productivity outcomes.  He will also address the shift from a return-on-investment (ROI) rationale for these programs to one that emphasizes value-on-investment (VOI).  Dr. Goetzel will review his “top 10” list of best and promising practices revealed from a benchmarking project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation entitled Promoting Healthy Workplaces.

This session will introduce employers to the newly developed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Workplace Health Resource Center (WHRC).  The free online engagement tool is designed to help employers find credible and actionable workplace health resources aimed at enhancing employees’ health and well-being and improve their productivity.

Presentation Objectives 

  1. Learn about three major studies conducted in the last 12 months that have strongly influenced workplace health promotion
  2. Understand what it takes to achieve a world-class and effective workplace wellness program
  3. Gather new information to make a compelling business case for investing in workers’ health and well-being
  4. Identify key factors needed to develop or expand an effective and credible workplace health promotion program

Speaker Biography – Ron Goetzel wears two hats.  He is Senior Scientist and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies (IHPS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vice President of Consulting and Applied Research for IBM Watson Health.  The mission of the IHPS is to bridge the gap between academia, the business community, and the healthcare policy world – bringing academic resources into policy debates and day-to-day business decisions, and bringing worker health and productivity management concerns to academia.  Before moving to Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Goetzel was on the faculty at Emory and Cornell Universities.  Dr. Goetzel is responsible for leading innovative projects for healthcare purchaser, managed care, government, and pharmaceutical clients interested in conducting cutting-edge research focused on the relationship between health and well-being, medical costs, and work-related productivity.  He is an internationally recognized and widely published expert in health and productivity management (HPM), return-on-investment (ROI), program evaluation, and outcomes research.  Dr. Goetzel has published well over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and frequently presents at international business and scientific forums.

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Plunkett Cooney among nation’s ‘Best-Branded’ law firms

 

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By: Plunkett Cooney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 11, 2018

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Plunkett Cooney among nation’s
‘Best-Branded’ law firms

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – June 11, 2018 – Based on research about why clients hire and recommend law firms, BTI Consulting has included Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, among its “Brand Elite” for 2018.

BTI, one of the nation’s leading data driven research firms, ranked Plunkett Cooney as one of 334 law firms in the nation to receive its Brand Elite 2018 designation, which is predicated on client perceptions about the best-branded law firms. Firms are only included on the list if BTI receives one or more specific, unprompted client mentions about the firm.

According to BTI, the client feedback reported about firms like Plunkett Cooney focused on such characteristics as being short-listed for new assignments, being a safe choice for complex and high-risk work, being tech-savvy and being seen as client service strategists.

Law firms were selected after in-depth interviews were conducted with more than 686 corporate counsel at the world’s largest and most influential companies. Survey questions focused on what would lead each respondent to select, consider and hire a particular law firm based on nine distinct characteristics in three different categories – client experience, premium worthy and innovation.

Inclusion on the BTI Brand Elite 2018 list means corporate counsel consider Plunkett Cooney among the top 20 percent of all law firms most likely to be an industry leader over the long term.

In addition to the BTI Brand Elite 2018 designation, Plunkett Cooney has previously been named by the company as one of its Client Service A-Team members. The firm has also achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer-to-peer review service to the legal industry.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs over 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm’s practice includes extensive expertise in litigation, business law and legal services for individuals, including probate law, tax law, and trust and estate planning.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s inclusion by BTI Consulting on its Brand Elite 2018 list, contact the firm’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.

TRAINING – November 6, 2018: Workplace Wellness That Works (Day 1 Of Two-Day Conference)

By: Michigan Wellness Council

TRAINING – November 6, 2018:
Workplace Wellness That Works

(Day 1 Of Two-Day Conference)

Part 1 of a 10-Part Series
(This is Step 1, 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 1: No matter what your stance is on gun control (Laura happens to be a big advocate for it), there’s no arguing that the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have wielded enormous influence on changing gun control policies on local, state and federal levels. While there are plenty of gun control experts out there, it’s agents of change like Emma Gonzalez who are changing hearts and minds.

Just like these students, your first task in promoting well-being in your organization will be to persuade – and the way to do so is to shift your mindset from expert to agent of change. While experts inform us and even guide us, agents of change move us. And, that’s exactly what you’ll need to be doing a lot of.

Here are 3 ways you can do exactly that:

  1. Know your why.Behind every great agent of change is a strong sense of purpose. What’s so moving about the students leading the fight against gun violence is their unwavering sense of purpose. What’s yours? Knowing your “why” is foundational to becoming an effective agent of change.
    2. Move people on an emotional level.As every advertiser knows, it’s emotions that move people – not facts. One of the best ways that you can appeal to emotions is by telling stories. According to an informal study conducted by a Stanford professor, 5 out of 100 will likely remember a statistic, whereas 63 out of 100 are likely to remember a story. So, build your story bank!
    3. Then make the business case. Now, it’s time to think about making the business case for wellness. Here are some pointers to help you convince even your most resistant CFO about the value of promoting well-being in the workplace:
  • Presenteeism: Remind your decision makers that the biggest cost related to poor health and well-being is something called “presenteeism,” which means showing up in body but not in mind. Evidence suggests that the productivity losses associated with presenteeism account for 63% of total costs related to poor health and well-being.
  • Safety: Health and well-being go hand in hand with safety. Remember, it’s called the “Health and Safety Act” not the “Health or Safety Act!” Total Worker Health, spearheaded by NIOSH, is an initiative to bring the two together.
  • Depression: According to a recent WHO Study, depression is now the number one cause of disability worldwide. Finding meaningful ways to address mental well-being in the workplace is critical for the individual, as well as for the larger organization.
  • Organizational Performance: Finally, a recent study, corroborated by two subsequent studies, found a correlation between companies that invest in comprehensive well-being programs and how they perform on the stock market.
  1. Crystalize your pitch. Finally, you’ll need to think about your “elevator pitch.” How can sell your movement in 30 seconds or less? In coming up with your pitch, I encourage you to connect well-being with a higher purpose, such as making the world a better place or helping our children to regain 5 years they’re likely to lose if we don’t do something about the raging tidal wave of poor health and well-being. Here’s a pitch I often use:

It’s the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do and it starts with you.

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.

Sterling Insurance Group publishes latest Risk & Business Magazine

 

By: Sterling Insurance Group

 

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. –  Sterling Insurance Group – a Top 200 Insurance Firm out of 37,000 nationwide – has published their summer edition of their bi-annually published Risk & Business magazine.

The magazine features articles written by each of the agency’s commercial insurance and employee benefit producers, as well as the firm’s two principals.

Article topics were hand-selected to cover hop topics in the insurance world; including sexual harassment in the workplace and Employment Practice Liability Insurance, workplace wellness programs and business continuity best practices.

“As a Risk Management agency, it’s important to us that readers of the magazine stay up to speed with the latest happenings in the insurance world, said President and Principal of Sterling Insurance Group, Joe Haney.

Another risk employers across the country are trying to manage daily: Opioids in the workplace. As the article on page 25 points out: “According to the Addiction Center, the cost of drug abuse to American companies is almost $81 billion a year.”

The magazine takes a deep look at issues such as this and offers not just the insurance perspective, but some solutions as well.

“Our team is comprised of experts in these issues,” said Haney. “We hope this latest issue serves as a reminder to readers that our agency is full-service, and we can help companies mitigate a lot of the risks we touch-on here using our proprietary Risk Path Process to help lower insurance premiums and increase profitability over time.”

Advertisers in this issue include Warner Norcross & Judd and Forgotten Harvest. Sterling Insurance Group hopes you enjoy their latest Risk & Business Magazine.

Flip through the full magazine  here.

Want a copy mailed to you directly? Contact Sterling Insurance Group Marketing Manager, Joan Giffels:

-jgiffels@sterlingagency.com

-(586) 685-0137

ABOUT STERLING INSURANCE GROUP

Since its inception in 1996, Sterling Insurance Group 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 your resource for Outsourced Risk Management, Commercial Insurance, Personal Lines Insurance and Employee Benefits. Located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, 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 was voted a Crain’s Detroit Cool Place to Work by its employees in 2017.

Learn more at sterlingagency.com.

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Sterling Insurance Group leads anti-sexual harassment in the workplace course at MICPA Conference

By: Sterling Insurance Group

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Sterling Insurance Group – one of the fastest-growing Insurance Brokerages in the country – led a Sexual Harassment in the Workplace course at the Association of Michigan CPAs (MICPA) CPE Mega Conference on Wednesday, May 23.

Sterling Insurance Group’s Senior Vice President and Commercial Insurance Producer, Andrew Turnbull, presented the course from an insurance-focused, and risk management-centric perspective.

“Whether harasser thinks he or she is guilty or innocent – it just doesn’t matter,” said Turnbull. “All claims, complaints and allegations of harassment must be taken seriously by employers.”

Turnbull went on to offer tips on conducting investigations and putting a strong, anti-harassment policy in-place to help mitigate risk for employers and employees alike.

“In this highly-sensitive climate, it’s not a matter of if an employee will file a complaint at your place of work. It’s a matter of when,” said Turnbull.

Turnbull went on to add that having a strong anti-harassment policy in-place can potentially save companies millions if a claim is ever made about an employee. Additionally, seeing strong policies carried out could cause a shift in workplace culture away from harassment.

The day-long conference was held at Macomb Community College.

More than 50 CPAs attended the course. The course gave Continued Education to CPAs in attendance.

Interested in having Sterling Insurance Group lead a similar workshop at your place of work? Email Joan Giffels today: jgiffels@sterlingagency.com

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 your resource for Outsourced Risk Management, Commercial Insurance, Personal Lines Insurance and Employee Benefits. Located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Sterling Insurance Group has relationships with more than 50 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 was voted a Crain’s Detroit Cool Place to Work by its employees in 2017.
Learn more at sterlingagency.com.

Stay up-to-date Sterling Insurance Group insight and events! Connect with us on:

Media Contact: Joan Giffels
Title: Marketing Manager
Email: 
jgiffels@sterlingagency.com
Phone: (586) 685-0137

American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases 2018 Compensation Survey Results

By: American Society of Employers

HR, Medical, and Engineering Fields See the Highest Increases in Wages

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, hnezich@aseonline.org, 248.223.8040

Livonia, Mich. —May 24, 2018 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), an employer association serving Michigan employers for 115 years, released the organization’s 2018 Compensation Survey results yesterday at its Compensation and Benefits Conference. It’s the 66th year that ASE has published the annual survey.  The findings were released by Mary E. Corrado, president and CEO of ASE.

“Despite historically low unemployment rates, we have yet to see the broad-based wage increases we were anticipating.  This trend may signal that employers have shed their reliance on base pay as the sole mechanism to attract and retain talent.  It may also signal that the Great Recessions continues to cast a long shadow over employers,” stated Corrado.  “However, despite the muted wage growth, the truth may be in the details.  A deeper analysis of the data does highlight pockets of wage growth where workforce dynamics like employee turnover and a lack of qualified talent may have lifted salaries for some.”

2018 Survey Demographics

A total of 354 companies, 56.4% of them located in the metro Detroit region, responded to the survey, which was distributed to human resource professionals via an online survey in January 2018. Nearly 60% of the respondents are classified as non-automotive suppliers, and 476 jobs were reported on.  82.5% of the organizations that responded have 1-500 employees.

2018 ASE compensation survey highlights:

  • Average merit increases for all job families is projected to be slightly below 3% at 2.93% for 2018.
  • Organizations offering variable or incentive pay showed a slight decline to 81% in 2018 compared to 84% in 2017.
  • Several fields witnessed average wage increases of 3.5% and higher, with Human Resources at 3.9%, Engineering Support at 3.87%, Medical at 3.75%, and Design/Drafting at 3.5%.
  • Entry and Lead/Sr. engineering roles’ average wage increases (3.7%) are growing at a faster rate than middle level roles (2.1%).
  • The Information Systems job family has seen a 13.8% increase in wage growth over the past five years.
  • Emerging jobs include Data Architect at $114,658 annual salary, Statistician at $89,345, Data Analyst, Sr. at $91,303, and Data Analyst at $54,241.

For more information and to download the survey infographic, please visit https://www.aseonline.org/images/marketing/CompSurvey2018.pdf .  To obtain a copy of the 2018 Compensation Survey, contact Kevin Marrs, Vice President at ASE, 248-223-8025 or kmarrs@aseonline.org.

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.

Sterling Insurance Groups wins Community Partner of the Year Award

By: Sterling Insurance Group

Sterling Insurance Groups wins Community Partner of the Year Award

Thurs. May 17, 2018

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Sterling Insurance Group – one of the fastest-growing Insurance Brokerages in the county – took home the 2018 Community Partner of the Year Award at the Sterling Edge Business Awards, hosted by the city of Sterling Heights and the  Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce (SHRCC).

The award is given to companies who have established themselves in a meaningful way in the Sterling Heights community and actively employs individuals living in the Sterling Heights area. With its growing headquarters nestled on Lakeside Circle and rapidly expanding staff of more than 75 employees,  Sterling Insurance Group fit the bill.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition. Sterling Heights is our home,” said Joe Haney, President and

Principal at Sterling Insurance Group.

Commercial Lines Producer and Certified Risk Architect  Scott McInerney accepted the award on behalf of the company, as Haney was not able to attend.

“It’s an honor to accept this award and be among the exceptional winners in other categories,” said

McInerney.

Other award categories included: Legacy Partner of the Year, Dream Big Company of the Year and

Advanced Manufacturer of the year.

Henry Ford Health Systems, First State Bank and Northwood University were just a few of the sponsors of the event.

The event was hosted at Villa Penna Banquet in Sterling Heights.

“People First: Designing Meaningful Wellbeing Programs” Follow Up

By: Michigan Wellness Council

FOLLOW-UP

May 9th Half-day Conference
“People First: Designing Meaningful Wellbeing Programs”

On WednesdayMay 9, 2018, Michigan Wellness Council held a half-day conference in West Michigan with the theme of “People First: Designing Meaningful Wellbeing Programs”. As follow-up, below are the list of speakers and topics with the direct link to presentations slides and meeting notes.

Case Study: Our Roadmap to Becoming the Healthiest WorkplaceKaren Personett, Manager of Wellness & Health Promotion at DTE Energy

Designing for Sustained Motivation and Behavior ChangeJeffrey Kullgren MD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of General Medicine at University of Michigan Medical School

Case Study: The Story of Wellness at Bell’s Brewery, Inc.: Carmen Johnson, Payroll and Benefits Specialist at Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Well-Being, Social Impact, and Leading Through Values: Jonathan So, Senior Director of Health Care Initiatives at Detroit Regional Chamber

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“Current Issues Before the NLRB”

By: LERA & Labor@Wayne

Detroit Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and

Labor@Wayne cordially invites you to its next meeting.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

5:30-7:30pm

Please join us for a presentation on “Current Issues Before the NLRB”

Speaker is Peter Robb, General Counsel of National Labor Relations Board

Location: Westin Southfield Hotel- 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075

Cost: $30 per person, $5 student rate. Payment can be made at the event.

Cost includes light food. Cash bar will be available.

 

Please email your RSVP confirmation by Monday, May 14, 2018 to lera@cousenslaw.com or call 248-355-2150.

Any questions, please contact Dr. Marick Masters at 313-577-5358 or marickm@wayne.edu