Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the September 15, 2008, issue of QuintZine.
Would six weeks off to refresh, rejuvenate, and recharge improve your workplace wellness? Pat Katepoo of the Websites Work Options and our Site of the Issue, Time Off Tactics, is offering a product called Six Weeks Off: A Sabbatical Proposal Template. It’s a no-cost, short PDF document that gives you the ready-made language to make your sabbatical request to your employer. Katepoo advises that before you plow into the proposal, prepare yourself with these topics:
- Strategies for Approval
- Planning Timeline
- Work Coverage
- How to Get a Paid Sabbatical Leave
- Scripted Replies to Objections
A no-cost Sabbatical eCourse paces you through these topics and more in the Sabbatical Helps section. Katepoo has numerous templates available for time-off and flexible work proposals.
Employees who participate once a week in a wellness program took significantly less sick time than those who never do so. Even workers who participated sporadically had better attendance records than those with zero participation. That may be because of a perception among participants that their employer cares about their well-being, theorizes Mindy McGrath, vice president of strategy for Maritz’s health-care sector.
The Maritz survey, conducted in February 2008 with 2,379 full-time workers, found that:
- When offered a reward or incentive, 23 percent participated in a wellness program once a week
- When no incentive is offered, participation drops from 23 percent to 16 percent
- Non-participation declines slightly from 36 percent to 21 percent when an incentive is offered
Prevention and workplace wellness practices such as vaccines, exercise programs, and cutting-edge drugs were the highest ranked health priorities, according to the 11th annual Sanofi-Aventis Healthcare Survey conducted in December 2007.
Related 2008 report: An aging population, sedentary lifestyles, overburdened facilities, and increased levels of many chronic diseases are shifting the emphasis toward prevention as a longer-term solution to minimizing or avoiding cost and illnesses. [Source: SHRM news article, August 21, 2008]
Many employers are offering incentives, often in the form of lower health-insurance premiums, to employees who enroll in these programs. For example, some employers are subjecting employees who smoke to a higher health-insurance premium unless these employees quit smoking or agree to enroll in a smoking-cessation program.
Trouble started in April 2008, when Whirlpool suspended 39 workers for smoking on company premises after they had signed statements saying that they did not smoke and received a reduced, nonsmoker’s health insurance premium. Even though the disciplinary move was linked to the fact that employees had lied in a signed statement, the case captured international media attention and put the spotlight squarely on the employers’ wellness efforts. [Source: SHRM Compensation & Benefits Library article, June 2008]
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