November 2012


Early November brings us near to Election Day and past Sandy’s immediate wrath. 

Like me, I’m sure you’re beyond ready for the election itself to be over. Of course, the outcome will be with us for a long time, once you consider the potential impact to health care reform, the Supreme Court, and a host of other factors affecting us as individuals, employees and business owners. Be sure to vote on Tuesday. We may not all agree on who should be our next president, but I trust we all concur voting’s a civic right we should never take lightly.
If you’re in the Northeast, or have employees living and working there, I hope you came through Sandy relatively unscathed. Employees in New York and other affected areas are showing extreme ingenuity in where they work and how. That is, when they’re not busy dealing with questions of shelter, power and food. Now’s the time for employers to put their disaster recovery plans in place—and step in to support local plans as well. Doing so will get everyone back up and running, but will also lessen the long-lasting behavioral health ramifications experienced and exacerbated by poorly managed recoveries.


Pew Research Center for the People & the Press  This is an excellent campaign resource, political junkie or not. You'll find unbiased, data-driven analysis about key campaign issues.

Job Benefits Growing Faster than Wages "The shift to paying workers in benefits--rather than cash--has accelerated in the past decade, especially since the economic downturn hit in 2007. Employers slammed the brakes on wage hikes while protecting popular benefits such as medical insurance, government data show."

Sandy Puts Mobile Workers to the Test "The least-scathed employers, in many cases, are global companies with contingency plans and cloud-based systems that let employees access data from anywhere. The most vulnerable: those that try to keep their workers and IT systems in the office. For some companies, Sandy could prove to be a powerful catalyst in creating truly flexible workers. For others, it highlighted they flexibility they already have."

Smoke-Free Workplace Leads to Fewer Heart Attacks "A new study has found the strongest evidence yet that smoke-free workplace laws that reduce secondhand smoke inhalation can lead to reductions in heart attacks." [Note: I wrote a post on this and a related study on the free-range communication blog.]


I've been swallowed alive by annual enrollment, so trust me when I say I understand the deep-seated desire to hibernate until next year's planning begins. But I'd caution against the seasonal urge to hole up until spring. I wrote about why in this month's most popular post, Employers: No Hibernating Allowed After Annual Enrollment.

Judy Martin writes on Forbes about Tackling Depression at Work as a Productivity Strategy, and quotes me about communication's role. 


Partners Healthcare invited Hotseat to join their exclusive Innovators Challenge during the 2012 Connected Health Symposium in Boston on October 25 and 26.  The challenge was getting an invitation. I'm extremely proud that Hotseat was chosen from more than 250 companies submitting for 30 demo slots.

Hotseat goes lives with its first client this spring 2013. To learn more about this tool to decrease sedentary behavior, visit

Join me online or in person at these upcoming events.


Games: The Answer to Our Health Engagement Woes?
Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
December 11, 8-10:30 a.m., Philadelphia
(Members and prospective members welcome)


Upcoming CoHealth events

  • 11.7 CoHealth Checkup podcast: ROI with Ron Kessler, Harvard Medical School 
Find details in the full 2012 CoHealth calendar

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