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Get in the Fundraising Game with Brackets for Good

February 5, 2016

One of the best ways we’ve found to round out the employee experience is philanthropy.  People are inspired when the work they do and the people they work with are inspiring. At FirstPerson, The PEEP Project (Personally Embracing and Enriching People) emerged organically as a way to encompass what FirstPerson was already doing in the community.

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Well-Being

Top Platforms for Wellness Gamification

February 3, 2016

Gamification is transforming the world of employee wellness through the use of technology and personal wellness challenges. If you’re on board with trying out a gamification platform but need some tips on features and which ones would fit your population the best, it’s good to do your research.

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Well-Being

Three Tips for Running the OneAmerica Mini Marathon Injury Free

February 1, 2016

For many runners, January kicked off four months of training for the OneAmerica Mini Marathon. For physical therapists, February kicks off four months of treating injured runners.

You would think running should be a very inexpensive hobby: Put on a pair of shoes, step out the front door, and go. But treating injuries is far from cheap, so if you don’t invest in the right equipment when you’re starting out, you could end up spending a whole lot more on doctor visits and physical therapy sessions.

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Human Resources

Millennials Own It

January 29, 2016

There has been a bit of a battle brewing between the Baby Boomers (individualistic, judgmental, established) and the Millennials (over-achieving, innovative, and self-possessed). I am a proud member of the frequently-overlooked Gen X, forever sandwiched between these misunderstood head-butters. Given that by 2025, Millennials will be roughly 75% of our workforce, the bulk of this article will focus on advice for the Millennials about how to effectively work within the constraints of the modern workplace. The Boomers, and all other non-millennial groups, should pay attention to the advice and the expectations millennials have accordingly.

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Communication

How Communication Strategy Can Soften the Blow of Bad News

January 28, 2016

There is a scene in Mel Brooks’ film, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, where the Sheriff of Rottingham comes to Prince John with bad news. The prince tells the Sheriff, “Maybe if you tell me the bad news in a good way, it won’t sound so bad.” Puzzled by the idea, the Sherriff gives it his best shot. He proceeds to conjure up an incredible fake laugh and unfolds the story, quite bluntly, of how he and his men were easily defeated by Robin Hood a few hours ago. Prince John’s reaction to the story and its delivery is less than enthusiastic.

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