How Do You Increase Workplace Productivity?

We recently read an article that suggested each person has a different time of day in which they are the most productive; some people love to wake up for an early morning workout, while others to prefer to wake up and enjoy a cup of coffee before beginning their days. Either way, it’s important to allow your employees to work in a way that will benefit them, therefore increasing productivity and personal investment in the work place.

 

With a rise in millennials joining the work force, a higher importance is being placed on flexibility within the work place. Employees value the ability to leave early for a personal circumstance, if need be. This applies to working parents who wish to attend their children’s extra-curricular activities, as well as single people who have personal commitments outside of work. This isn’t to say that you should allow your employees to leave early every day, but allowing them the freedom to enjoy their personal life shows that you, as a business owner, place importance on your employees’ happiness.

 

Another interesting idea the article mentions is allowing your employees time to develop creative ideas away from their desk. Sitting at a desk and answering emails for eight hours a day can become robotic; as an employer, you should try to encourage your employees to take a walk at lunch, or to simply get up and stroll around the office every now and then. This will encourage creative thinking and new ideas as your employees experience a change of scenery and give their brains a small break.

 

In our office, we make a point of visiting new restaurants for team lunches, or we eat lunch outside on sunny days. As the insurance industry can become repetitive, we take the time to walk around the office, give our minds a break, and visit our co-workers to share ideas or work through problems together. It is very important to us to maintain a positive work environment with happy employees who feel supported, taken care of, and pleased to come to work each day.

What do you do in your office to increase productivity?


To read the article referenced, click here 

5 Reasons to Get A Massage

5 Reasons to Go for A Massage

Did you know that massage is covered under most benefit programs, allowing you to claim a portion or the entire cost of massage service? It appears most people think of massage as a treat to themselves, but it can be a really great way to maintain your overall health, decrease muscle pain, improve your athletic performance, and assist in reducing pain caused by arthritis and/or other illnesses.

1.      Stress Relief

Massage can provide you with 30-90 minutes of relaxation, taking you away from your every day stresses and allowing you to clear your mind of any bothersome thoughts.

2.      Reduce Anxiety

Alongside stress management, massage can help to reduce anxiety by enforcing relaxation. Many people experience anxiety throughout the week as they find a way to manage work place stressors and other personal concerns.

3. Decrease Migraine Frequency

Do you experience severe headaches and/or migraines? Massage can help to relax your muscles and decrease the frequency in which you experience migraines.

4.      Reduce Muscle Tension

Parallel to reducing headaches, massage therapists can help to relax the other muscles in your body that might be causing you pain or discomfort. Your massage therapist can work on specific muscle groups to release tension throughout your body.

5.      Enhance Exercise Performance

Massage can help to increase your range of motion, therefore enhancing your exercise performance. If you have tight muscles at the gym, you’re at greater risk for injury and you likely won’t be able to complete your exercises properly.

 

For more information about the benefits of massage, read the full article here.

If you’d like to learn about claiming your massage or you wish to know more about your coverage, please contact our office.

Simple Ways to Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

Are you one of the many people who suffer from common aches and pains? It’s much more common that one might think and can often be helped by increasing your daily activity, and this doesn’t have to mean buying a gym membership and cutting your favourite foods out of your diet

We found an article with some simple suggestions to relieve every day aches and pains.

One of the simplest ways to increase your activity level is to get social with your friends. If you’re the type who frequents local coffee shops, try taking your coffee to go and exploring nearby neighbourhoods or venture down to the river valley for a peaceful change of scenery. If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, try signing up for a fitness class, like spin or yoga with your closest friends.

Another way to soothe pain is by frequently stretching your muscles. If you work in an office, you should stand try to stand up from your desk every 15-30 minutes. In doing so, you can take a short walk around the office, walk up and down the stairs if you’re able, and take the time to stretch your muscles.

If this decreases your productivity too heavily, you can try some simple neck, leg, and arm stretches at your desk. Not only will this give your body a break, but it’ll also give you a chance to rest your eyes and to re-cooperate your mind from tedious work tasks.

In addition to stretching, you should try to maintain proper posture as much as possible throughout the day. We know it is much easier to slouch in an office chair, but keeping your head up, shoulders back, and chin tucked can really help to prevent shoulder and neck pain.

The article also notes that we should try to maintain our lower body strength to prevent falls as we age. An easy practice to keeping your lower body in check is to stand on one foot as you are engaged in conversation or standing in line at a store. This is a very simple task that will help to maintain your balance and improve your lower body strength.

Keeping healthy doesn’t always have to be a daunting task, however it should always be placed as a priority to keep you strong and healthy into the later stages of your life.

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How Can Dieticians Help Us?

It's hard to keep up with the latest food trends, the latest fad diets, and the latest health crazes, but what if we actually visited someone who could help us to better understand what we should be eating in a day?

We did some research to learn more about Dieticians and what they can really offer us. 

Dietician

First and foremost, dieticians are registered nutrition experts who are trained to help us with our overall health and wellness. They are able to coach us through our daily diets and learn about lifestyle changes we can make to improve our eating habits; they help us to set goals and to follow through on them. Dieticians can help us to steer clear of the fad diets and to understand practical solutions to unhealthy eating habits, resulting in long term results and and overall improvement to our physical health. 

I think we all know how difficult it can be to understand the labels we find on our food; how is one ever supposed to fully understand a list of ingredients we can't even pronounce?! Luckily, registered dieticians can help us to read labels and fully understand what we should be getting from our foods. When we understand the labels we are given, it is much easier to stay on track and feed our bodies with proper nutrients. 

It's also important to realize that changing our diets doesn't necessarily mean we have to miss out on our favourite foods. Dieticians can help us to adapt our favourite recipes to better suit our diets, therefore keeping us healthy and happy! 

Registered Dieticians don't only work with clients one on one, they also work with families, communities, and professionals to develop healthy eating habits and to set reasonable health goals. They help patience who are in long term care, and they help hospitals, and nursing homes to maintain healthy menus for their residents. Further to that, Dieticians can work with corporations to develop a corporate wellness plan for you and your employees. 

As an added bonus, Registered Dieticians are covered under your Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan! If you'd like to learn more about your coverage, contact us today. if you'd like to learn more about Dietitians, click here.

Health and Dental Care Revisions

The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is implementing a 12-month pilot project beginning in January, 2017. 

Currently, the Chambers Plan does not allow employees to claim services and/or treatments provided to them by their employer.

For example, a dental assistant cannot receive treatments from the dentist who he or she works alongside. 

The pilot project will revise this rule to allow employees to claim health or dental services provided to them by their respective employers. 

We hope that this rule allows for ease of access to health care providers and look forward to the positive changes this will bring to our Chambers Plan members. 

Learn more about your Health and Dental Benefits here.

Extended Health Care Benefits

The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan offers a number of different Extended Health Care benefits. Some of the commonly forgotten about options include coverage of medical equipment and supplies as well as paramedical practitioner coverage. The following is a list of services that are covered by the extended health benefit. 

Medical Equipment and Supplies: 

  • Up to $25,000 per person towards home nursing care 
  • Emergency group or air ambulance to the nearest hospital
  • Up to $700 per person towards the purchase and installation of hearing aids 

Paramedical Practitioners

  • Audiologists 
  • Chiropractors 
  • Podiatrists and Chiropodists
  • Massage therapy 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Physiotherapy
  • Licensed speech therapy 
  • Naturopaths, not including food or vitamin supplements 
  • Osteopaths 
  • Clinical dieticians 

Make sure you make the most of your health care plan by becoming aware of all the services that your plan covers, and ensure that you submit all of your claims for reimbursement.