tEWN stirs things up with this new blog post challenging the love affair employee benefits and wellness professionals have been having with behavioral economics, the book Nudge, choice architecture, and outcomes-based wellness (in which employees are rewarded or penalized based on biometric results). Read the blog and voice your own opinion in the Comments section.
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In the tEWN Forum, member Erin Thompson asks for input about employee-to-employee (E2E) networking sites intended to increase engagement in company-wide health initiatives and wellness programs. What do you have to say about E2E? Log-in and say it!
New Employee Wellness Events
Several upcoming wellness conferences have been added to the tEWN Events section, including theWellness Innovations Congress, which will feature CoHealth co-founder Fran Melmed and tEWN founder Bob Merberg presenting on professional development for wellness professionals using social media.
Designing Incentives for Health and Engagement
Join the upcoming CoHealth tweet chat about designing incentives for healthy behaviors, with special guest Paul Hebert, managing director and lead consultant at I2I.
The tweet chat will be held Wednesday, May 18, at 12 noon Eastern. Visit the tweet chat Event listing on tEWN, and click on “Attending” if you plan to be there.
If this all seems foreign to you, check out the Tweet Chat Cheat Sheet.
On August 18, the Employee Wellness Network and CoHealth, another employee wellness community, joined forces.
CoHealth is a social network that offers a monthly Tweetchat and, formerly, a Ning network. The Tweetchats are facilitated by Fran Melmed and Greg Matthews, two current tEWN members. The chats are held every third Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. (EST). They cover one or two topics each chat, with the community bringing questions, ideas and perspectives based on their experience. Past topics have included privacy, happiness in the workplace, and expanding wellness to the family. Upcoming topics include behavior change, developing an effective communication strategy, and using health gadgets and other shiny objects.
CoHealth will be closing up shop on its Ning network and using our social network to share information about upcoming chats, host episode transcripts, and join our online discussions. Take some time to familiarize yourself with CoHealth.
The Employee Wellness Network, a social networking site that serves as the crossroads for professionals responsible for workplace health and wellness programs, officially launches on April 5, 2010, the first day of National Workplace Wellness Week.
This new online community, which occasionally goes by the acronym tEWN, shares many of the features of popular social networking communities — such as friend connections, online discussions, event listings, messaging, and special interest groups — but also includes features specific to employee wellness professionals. There is a “bookstore” section, powered by Amazon.com, that includes books specifically relevant to employee wellness, and a Job section in which users can find opportunities to advance their careers. Membership in the network is completely free of charge.
In recent years, interest in employee wellness has skyrocketed. “Under the pressure of spiraling health care costs and a need to leave no stone unturned in trying to Continue reading