Spring-Summer-Fall (2014)

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Raw Coping Power, new book preview

Everyone talks about time pressure and stress and their impact at home, at work, and on health. But there is much more of a focus on the problem than the solution. About 15 years ago I spoke to a group of medical directors from Fortune 100 companies. They told me that the biggest driver of [...]

Seven Dimensions of a Healthy Climate

There is growing awareness that a healthy workplace includes a healthy social climate. One where employees and managers work together to intentionally create opportunities for healthy interaction. We believe that a healthy climate is a "nexus" point for a variety of good things to happen: Download image Productivity and financial return depends upon [...]

Evidence-Based Stress Management: Focus on Positive Outcomes

Many work organizations recognize that job stress can be a significant cost to doing business and are starting to do something about it. The research is quite clear that, without any prevention program in place, stress takes its toll on employer-relevant outcomes like

Holiday Stress? or Opportunity to Thrive?

  This holiday season has evoked some new ideas about stress and resilience that may be helpful to readers. These ideas center around transforming stress into an opportunity to thrive during the holidays. First, I had been collecting stories of people who have recovered from severe stress and found a common set of themes in [...]

Dr. Joel Bennett Interview on Voice of America

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Getting Serious About Workplace Wellness

evidence-based consultation “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein Is it possible that the current state of workplace wellness has stalled?  Employers have been sold health promotion as a singular program, an individual commodity, even a SmartPhone "app." But studies show that the most effective programs--the ones [...]

Neuroplasticity, Tribal Resilience, and the Substrata of Wellness

Been doing more reading on resilience and neuroplasticity and its seems that resilience, specifically LEARNING how to BOTH overcome and thrive from stress, is an essential part of well-being. Two things seem to be at work. First, while it is difficult to maintain a healthy habit and a positive mood state when we are faced with [...]

National Guard: Prevention, Treatment, and Outreach

National Guard: Prevention, Treatment, and Outreach. OWLS is very proud to have now been helping (for almost six years) the National Guard, providing training, program development, coaching, and systems consultation on their Prevention, Treatment Outreach (PTO) initiative. We have worked closely to train and support over 50 Prevention Coordinators (PCs), those service members who provide [...]

American Council of Engineering Companies Life/Health Insurance Trust

American Council of Engineering Companies Life/ Health Insurance Trust. OWLS is excited to  have been working with ACEC in a consulting capacity for the past 18 months, providing guidance related to the  development, design, and implementation of their new Designed Wellness program. The vision of the ACEC Life/Health Trust is to establish the Consulting Engineer [...]