Prop 123, JTED funding collaboration top Chamber’s 2016 priorities

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By Todd Sanders
President & CEO
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

The arrival of 2016 is accompanied by new priorities, refreshed goals and an optimistic outlook on all that can and will be accomplished in the upcoming year. As small business owners spend a little time this month changing the 5 in “2015” to a 6 on checks for employees and vendors, I look forward to the vital work we get to do this year on behalf of our Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce members and the business community. I want to share a few of our top priorities for the year. Continue reading

Tips for relieving workplace stress

Stress in the workplace is often just as unhealthy for workers as non-mental challenges. Stress can lead to severe issues with fatigue and poor performance on the job and may lead to physical injury or an accident. This creates dangers that could lead to physical harm, such as an accident. According to safety magazine EHS Today, citing a StressPulse survey by ComPsych Corp., 64% of employees have high stress levels. Additionally, 29% of employees miss three to six days per year because of stress. Among survey respondents, 16% missed more than six days per year. Stress can Continue reading

Wellness programs more effective when there is monetary reward

A recent study by The Obesity Society (TOS) found that giving financial incentives to employees caused the workers to be 33 times more likely to participate in health coaching.

“While the jury is still out about whether workplace wellness programs improve health, the programs have great potential,” said lead author Jason Block, MD, TOS Member and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Population Medicine. “Our goal was to evaluate what motivates people to participate in these Continue reading