Focus on the Whole Team: Build a Great Support Team

In college athletics, a great program is always backed by an even greater support staff. The administration staff. The academic center staff. The athletics communications staff. The equipment management staff. All play a crucial role in a program’s success and are much-needed. Here are a few tips for building your health support staff.

Focus on the Whole Team: Reassess Your Health Goals

With competition in the college athletic industry at a feverish pitch, setting and resetting goals and strategic decisions are becoming more than annual items. A programs ability to work tirelessly in the present but envision the future is vital to staying ahead of peer universities. Assessing and reassessing the department’s standing often becomes hyper cyclical. With some summer downtime, here are a few tips to reassess your health goals.

Focus on the Whole Team: Align Your Health with Your Values

There comes that day when a program must move on from a coach. For those involved behind the scenes, it is never an easy process. During the coaching search, athletic directors commonly speak about finding a replacement that fits the culture, understands the school, and aligns with the values of the institution. Similarly, your health strategies should align with your values. Here are a few tips for aligning the two.

Focus on the Whole Team: Stay Healthy for the Winter

The winter time is the season of indoor sports. For many athletic departments, winter is the busiest season with 10 sports offered by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. For college athletic employees, a busy schedule enduring the harsh winter conditions, dreariness, and isolation can take its toll on your health. Here are a few tips to staying healthy during the winter.

Focus on the Whole Team: Conquer Your Resolutions

The beginning of the year is much like the beginning of a semester. And often remind me of the beginning of a sports training season. You get a chance to make upgrades. You get a chance to reinvest in areas that your team has been good in. Or you get a chance to pivot into other areas that could make your team better. With health in mind, these chances are your resolutions. Here are a few tips to get past any hiccups during the first few weeks of the New Year.

Focus on the Whole Team: New Year, New Goals

With most athletic programs, the offseason gives the administration, coaches, and athletes an opportunity to look over the past year. What went right? What went wrong? In what areas can we get better? What are the goals moving forward? New Year’s resolutions bring similar questions. With most people deciding on a resolution, here are a few tips to increase the likelihood of sticking with your resolution.

Focus on the Whole Team: Set Healthy Boundaries to Succeed

As another college football regular season ended, the coaching carousel began. Rumors flew about coaches on the hot seat. Others had secretly agreed to new jobs. A dozen or so jobs were up for grabs, but the one that stood out was Scott Frost to Nebraska. He coached the University of Central Florida to an American Athletic Conference title. During the post-game interview, the interviewer asked him about his future. I understand the media’s want to break news, but Coach Frost wasn’t able to celebrate or break the news to his own team. It got me thinking. Are there any healthy boundaries in this highly competitive industry? Luckily, healthy boundaries at work can and should be set. Here are a few tips to setting healthy boundaries at work.

Focus on the Whole Team: Communicate to Win

Every university and athletic department relies on a communication staff. They communicate their brand, their message, key dates and times, and handle all media and public relations for the programs. Within the department walls, communication is the key to the staff knowing how they fit on the team and their responsibilities. Communication is important enough that the NCAA has an article called “Communication Skills (Internal vs External)” and a “Difficult Conversations Workbook” on its website. Here are a few tips for better communication.

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Focus on the Whole Team: Reduce Stress, Enhance Outlook

With the semester having almost run its course, sports seasons blending, and the holidays upon us, stress is high. In my article “Stress Management at Work,” I outlined a few tips to handling stress at work. The first tip was to identify your stressors. Understanding what is stressing you out allows you to know how to properly respond. Building certain behavior skills can reduce stress.

 

5 Things About Workplace Wellness

5 Things About Workplace Wellness

There’s No “One Way”

There is no “one way” to conduct a wellness program. Workplace wellness programs can and will look different at every company. The program should be client specific by creating clear objectives that are relevant to the employees.
With regards to services, some companies choose to offer a focus on education. Others offer awareness services like biometric screenings. Still others may choose specific issues of focus such as ergonomics and/or behavior modification. All are great options if they fit the goal of pushing your overall health and safety environment in a positive direction.
 
The Pay Off

When purchasing a service or product, a company will no doubt be interested in its return on investment (ROI). Research has shown upwards of a 3:1 ROI on average in relation to health care costs versus workplace wellness costs. Also, savings can be seen in decreasing employee absenteeism, staff turnover, and job stress.
Employees can see several benefits related to a wellness program. Studies have shown programs can manage poor behavior and lifestyle choices, increase fruit and vegetable intake, reduce body weight, and decrease an individual’s susceptibility to chronic issues such as Hypertension and Diabetes.
 
Rewards the Healthy and Unhealthy

Although many feel that workplace wellness is only for healthy employees, workplace wellness programs are very inclusive. The term “wellness” is vague in definition, and the service possibilities are endless. Many providers address issues pertaining to mental health, financial wellness, and even ergonomics. Also, some programs have extended service to the spouses and dependents. So where a physically fit individual may not need a workout plan, they may benefit from a financial wellbeing seminar, sleep management, hydration, healthy relationships, and stress management.
 
Streamlines with Other Employee Benefits Programs

Annual health checkups, occupational safety programs, and smoking cessation programs are usually monitored by separate vendors. A workplace wellness program can be a “hub” that promotes those services to boost engagement. Linking existing programs through a workplace wellness service allows for the company to streamline its resources through one outlet, thus making the benefits packaging more effective.
 
The Determining Factor

It’s understood that a business is in business to make money. Otherwise, why exist? But the business world is littered with competitors looking for hire the best and brightest, or worse, take your finest. A workplace wellness program could be an asset used in recruiting new hires and retaining your seasoned employees. Also, your workforce’s active community involvement can highlight your products and services.     
 

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Common Principles of Manual Handling

Common Principles of Manual Handling

With any job task, there are adherent risks. This is especially true in manual handling. Manual handling is the moving of an object by lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing or pulling. Manual handling risks include a wide array of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which is any injury, damage to or "disorders of muscles, bones, connective tissues, and nerves" (Bunch, 2016). Risk factors include force, repetition, environmental stress, and posture.

Focus on the Whole Team: Surviving Your Summer Vacation

College athletic road games are inevitable. Unfortunately, they often involve quick meals of unhealthy options and busy schedules that may limit exercise time. In an earlier article, I spoke about overcoming setbacks. I prefaced the article by listing unplanned events. Well, what should one do on planned vacations. Here are a few tips to survive your summer vacation and avoid setbacks.

Lavoro Offers Ergonomics Services

Lavoro Offers Ergonomics Services

Take a look at the above picture. Employers, do you have an employee who works in odd positions? Employees, do you have a co-worker who thinks more about completing a job task quickly, as oppose to completing a job safely? Lavoro can help companies limit work-related risks by developing a proper ergonomic program.

Focus on the Whole Team: "It's Never Too Late!"

Focus on the Whole Team: "It's Never Too Late!"

Sports sometimes gets the best of us. Competitors experience losing and heartbreak. There are times when one lacks focus or commitment. There are moments of self-doubt. In comparison, so does life. But sports and life also parallel each other in that “It’s Never too Late!” to mount a comeback.  And Neal Bendesky, aka 199 Guy, is living proof that the game is not over till the clock hits 0:00.

Focus on the Whole Team: Stress Management at Work

Focus on the Whole Team: Stress Management at Work

Most employees deal with work-related stress in an athletic department. The Athletic Director. The Academic Counselor. The Film Coordinator. The Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. And so on. They all encounter deadlines and overwhelmingly busy days. That’s common. But what is becoming more common is people’s inability to handle work stressors in positive ways. Here are a few tips to help you better manage your workday stress.

Focus on the Whole Team: Quit Making These Four Mistakes at Work

Focus on the Whole Team: Quit Making These Four Mistakes at Work

Everyone can relate to making mistakes at work or partaking in habits that they know are harmful to their success. In the college athletics industry, things are no different. The high pace semesters and social events can lead to poor choices at work. At the time, they may seem beneficial but often prove unfavorable. Here are a few common mistakes employees make at work and ways to avoid them. 

Focus on the Whole Team: Beat the Summer Heat

Focus on the Whole Team: Beat the Summer Heat

Athletic departments understand that weather plays a significant part in the success of events. Precipitation, wind, and visibility contribute to reduced or improved crowd size. Weather similarly impacts indoor sports due to travel. But few present the physical harm to patrons as does temperature. With summer on its way, here are a few tips to beat the heat and still meet your health goals.