Summer is almost here and many executives are counting the days until they can head to the beach for some much needed rest and relaxation. Sometimes the best way to truly rejuvenate your spirit and spark your creativity, however, is to look for vacation destinations that combine relaxation with a bit of adventure and physical exercise. Mexico is a prime destination for many U.S. business leaders, particularly those based in the West Coast. Travelers can choose to spend their time exploring Mayan ruins in Chichen Itza or lounging on stunning beaches in Cozumel or enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Guadalajara.
Quaintise, a Los Angeles-based marketing and branding agency focused in the health and wellness industries, announced they have been selected by UCLA to develop the branding and marketing campaign for the school’s Institute for Precision Health.
In business, it’s important to live your brand promise. It’s not enough to have a statement on the website. You should incorporate that promise into every facet of the business. The J.K. Place Firenze hotel is the perfect example of how you can turn your company’s vision into a reality. J.K. Place Firenze does not want to be viewed as a hotel. Instead its brand promise is centered on making travellers feel like they are staying at a friend’s house or a wealthy family member’s residence while visiting Florence. This is why J.K. Place focuses on creating unique experiences for guests, building relationships and avoiding traditional hotel procedures. There is not the traditional check-in or checkout process, guests are not charged for using items in the minibar and there are not strict breakfast hours. Instead, like a home, travellers ring the front door bell and are welcomed into the building as honored guests. They are offered food and drink while they sit down with Claudio Meli, the general manager of J.K. Place Firenze, and discuss what they hope to accomplish during their visit to Florence.
Creativity. Vision. Innovation. These are some of the characteristics that bring an organization long-term success. Yet, fostering this type of ingenuity and imagination in the workplace is challenging. Business executives are bombarded with stressful situations on a daily basis. There is traffic, long commutes, deadlines, overflowing inboxes and being constantly “logged in” to work through technology. Cultural stress is a reality that is not going away, which is why business leaders should be looking for ways to cope—and help their employees cope—with the stress of modern living.
As Baby Boomers age, many employees are taking on the role of caregiver at home to an aging relative. More than one in six Americans are working full- or part-time and caring for an elderly or disabled family member, according to a Gallup-Healthways survey . In addition, 70% of caregivers reported work-related difficulties as a result of their dual roles, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. Caregivers have had to rearrange their schedules, decrease hours or take unpaid leave of absences in order to care for an aging family member. They have also received warnings about tardiness, job performance and leaving early.
In the wake of the “Me Too” movement, many business leaders are reevaluating their company’s sexual harassment, anti-fraternization or dating policies. The “Me Too” movement gained momentum this past October after sexual misconduct allegations were launched against Harvey Weinstein and it helped raise awareness about the magnitude of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. As a result, many people are questioning whether you should date in the workplace today, and if you do, what rules should be followed.
Everyone has a bad day where they feel sad or lonely or depressed. However, when one of your most dependable employees starts missing deadlines or a project manager struggles to make simple decisions or an outgoing worker becomes withdrawn and stops socializing, it may be a sign that they are struggling with more than just a bad day. They may be struggling with clinical depression, a condition that affects a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. One in 10 American adults suffer from depression. It affects more than 16.1 million adults and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Clinical depression costs more than $51 billion in absenteeism from work and lost productivity and $26 billion in direct treatment costs, making it one of the most costly illnesses to treat in the U.S.
The American workplace is known to be fast paced and relentless. Many business executives are so engrossed in moving up the chain of command that they forget to enjoy the life they are working so hard to achieve. The mindset is that you have to work nonstop and achieve your career goals before you can relax and appreciate life. This path can lead to stress, poor health and broken relationships, which is why a growing number of people are turning to a wellness lifestyle focused on establishing healthier habits around diet, exercise, stress and sleep.