Posts tagged with "Benefits"

Pucker up: The benefits of whistling

January 22, 2020

Americans have been inundated with news of “whistle-blowing” during the lead-up to the impeachment investigation, but we rarely hear much about just whistling—and it turns out, it’s surprisingly good for us, both physically and mentally.

Those of us who pucker up a few times a week may realize a host of benefits, from reduced stress levels to delayed signs of aging, according to a report by Healthy Builderz. Among the many perks are the following:

  • Whistling helps eliminate stress: No matter if you are working overtime, stuck in a traffic jam on your way home, or running errands, whistling clears your mind—stopping you from concentrating on problems and fixing your attention on your favorite tunes.
  • It reduces anxiety: Popular techniques for alleviating anxiety include breathing into a paper bag, or in and out through one nostril at a time. The goal is to slow down your breathing. You can do either— or simply whistle. Not only will it help in regulating your breathing, but also in diverting your attention from the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety.
  • Whistling improves your mood: Studies have shown that something as simple as whistling is often enough to lift our spirits. Try pairing whistling with taking a walk in the park, whipping up a healthy dessert, doodling on a piece of paper—any other activity that you find helpful in improving your mood.
  • It boosts lung strength: Whistling on a regular basis helps fortify your breathing, and this strengthens your lungs (and your diaphragm, too). As a result, every single cell, tissue, and organ in your body is supplied more efficiently with much-needed oxygen. Additionally, whistling helps improve the expulsion of carbon dioxide that your body no longer requires.
  • It makes exercising less boring: One of the simplest yet highly beneficial forms of exercise out there is walking for at least 20 minutes. If it’s something that you refuse to do simply because it bores you, then consider whistling each time you get on your feet. Whistling helps make walking for several minutes a bit more amusing.
  • It keeps you young-looking: Who knew? Whistling helps strength the cheek muscles, as well as those around your mouth—keeping them from sagging.

Research contact: @Healthbuilderz

Nina Hale offers ‘fur-ternity leave’ to new pet parents

August 22, 2018

It’s a “pawse” that refreshes and reassures employees: On August 20, Minneapolis-based  Nina Hale, a digital marketing agency, announced new employee benefits, including a “fur-ternity leave” policy that gives new pet parents a week of work-from-home days to spend with their four-legged companions as they adjust to a new home.

“Part of embracing employee satisfaction as a business priority means recognizing important life events that happen outside of the office,” said the company’s CEO, Donna Robinson. “If we want to continue to set the example as a top workplace, it is crucial to offer innovative benefits that help to preserve the work-life happiness of our employee owners.”

Maintaining its status as a best place to work is a priority for the agency, which has been awarded 16 top workplace honors in its 13-year history. In addition to fur-ternity leave, the agency also offers competitive maternity and paternity leave policies for new parents.

Nina Hale also has doubled its summer work-from-home policy, in order to give employees the flexibility of working from outside the office for up to four days per month. With another Minnesota winter just around the corner, many employees make use of work-from-home days to enjoy the warm weather.

According to a 2016 report by Fortune,  more businesses than ever before are offering pet health insurance and/or allowing pets to be brought to work.

What’s more,  an article published earlier this summer by the Society for Human Resource Management noted the idea of what’s more commonly called “pawternity leave” is indeed a growing trend—as are pet bereavement leaves and time off to take a pet to the veterinarian.

Such policies can translate into engagement and retention. Ninety percent of employees in pet-friendly workplaces feel highly connected to their company’s mission, fully engaged in their work and willing to recommend their organization to others, according to a survey of 2,002 full-time workers nationwide conducted last December by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Nationwide, a health insurance provider.

Research contact: @HABRITweets