HES Unveils “Work of Art”

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Work of Art LogoJozito’s Bob Merberg Served As Key Consultant For Innovative Emotional Well-Being Program

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The Art of Living an Emotionally Healthy Life

I’m delighted to tell you about a solution to an employee well-being gap I’ve written about often — a solution just announced by my client, Health Enhancement Systems (HES)…

Work of Art is a program about the art of living an emotionally healthy life, featuring the personalizationquality, and spirit that only HES can deliver. As a consultant on the product, playing a major role with background research, content development, testing, and some feature design, the release of Work of Art — a program I’m certain will make a difference in the lives of workers and the organizations that employ them — is one of the proudest milestones of my career.

I urge you to learn more about Work of Art, and to pass this message along to your colleagues, because it may just be the most important employee wellbeing product of its time.

Hard-to-Believe Reviews for the New HeadShapes Mindfulness App!

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No10Q Software Inc. is proud to introduce, HeadShapes — the mindfulness app that gets your head in shape. Read our customer reviews from around the web:

Most popular positive reviews

1. Bought this app for the hubby. He loves it! Everyday he uses it for longer and longer time periods. I barely notice him in the house anymore. Yay!

2. Best mindfulness app ever! At first, I wasn’t sure if this app would be worth the $1.25 I shelled out for it, but it has everything I wanted: guided meditation audios, videos, pictures of lotus flowers and women meditating on the beach, etc. Will change my rating from 4 starts to 5 if the developers add the 73 features I’ve listed here. 1) Artificial intelligence so the app makes me more mindful without me having to do anything 2) Add Klingon (qaStaH nuq jay’) to the 125 languages already available 4) Personalized recommendations for what flavor Red Bull to drink while mindfuling 5) ….

3. Does what it’s supposed to.

Least unpopular negative reviews

1. This app is CRAP!!!!!! Doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. Don’t buy!!!!!!! Crashes.

2. Crashes.

3. Crashed!!!!

4. I’ve had this app running in the background on my phone for 5 days and I don’t think I’m any more mindful.

5. Bought this app for the hubby. Seemed okay at first but on day two it ignited a fire on his phone and the fire spread thru the house. Fire department advised against downloading app to replacement phone. Probably not worth $1.25 anyway. Check out my GoFundMe page.

6. Crashes! Don’t buy!!!! If you are looking for the best mindfulness app, try the one I developed called HeadScapes. It’s too innovative for the app store. Send $125 in bitcoin and I’ll email you a special invitation.

Other reviews

1. I paid for the app but it never arrived. Still checking my mailbox every day, but losing hope. Scam????

2. Got this app for my 5-year-old daughter last Christmas. So far she seems to like it. Still spends several hours a day with it. Not sure if she’s gotten any more mindful, but what can you expect for $1.25?

3. 🦄🌈😁My go-to app for happiness! 👉🏻 One star!⭐️

3. Remove the ads! I paid $1.25. Why should I have to see ads????!!!!!!!!

4. Don’t buy! Not secure! Read between the lines of the privacy policy. The app collects personal information like the name, mindfulness goals, and preferences you enter in the Get Started form. No thank you, Deep State!!!!! — Joseph Gulley, 1638 Cherry Drive, Chatham, Tennessee. (218) 555-1212 (mobile).

5. Hasn’t been updated since Tuesday. Abandoned by developer?

6. [Edit: I removed a star because, after 3 days, app started crashing every time I open it.] LUV this app! Five stars!! The guided meditations induce deep bliss. And I love the notifications I get throughout the day reminding me to be mindful just when I need it most. This app has changed my life!

7. Bought this app hoping it would improve my cornhole game. I think it’s made a  difference, but hard to know for sure.

8. Always crashes since Tuesday’s update. I’m switching to HeadScapes as soon as I get the bitcoins.

9. Awesome customer support!!

10. Awful customer support!!

11. Too many reminders!! How does the app know when I need to “be here now”?

12. Crashes. Hey, developers:  Are you there?! Are you listening to what everyone is saying about your app!! [RESPONSE FROM NO10Q SOFTWARE: Thank you for your feedback!! We have not received reports of crashing. Another app on your phone must be incompatible with our app. Please delete your apps one at a time to identify which one causes our app to crash.]

13. Wouldn’t sync with my Keurig.

14. Got this app for my ex-hubby. Does exactly what I’d hoped.

(Note: “HeadShapes” and the above reviews are satire. Any resemblance to software, companies, or persons real or imagined is…um…imagined.)


Copyright 2021 by Bob Merberg. All rights reserved.

Do Employees Pick Up the Wellness Programs You Throw Out There?

in Uncategorized, Employee Wellness Programs

A truck worker in a snowstorm

On a snowy winter day, as I listened on a conference call with a client, I watched through the window of my cozy home office as the curbside recycling truck lurched to a halt.

A burly guy jumped off the truck, where he’d been clinging in the blasting snow and arctic wind. In his orange reflector-striped parker, snow-dusted cap, and humongo gloves, he lifted my recycling bin out of the snow bank where it’d been half-buried by the city plow and in one swift move heaved the clinking and clanking contents into the backend of the truck.

He tossed the emptied bin onto my snow-covered driveway and stepped back onto the rear of the truck as it grinded away. With its amber caution lights flashing and sparkling in the icicles that hung off its rim like a damaged chandelier, the truck — its passenger clutching the back and ducking his head out of the wind — vanished into the whiteout.

“What kind of wellbeing program would appeal to this guy?” I thought. “What would be useful to him?”

On my conference call, the client was chatting about placing fruit-infused water stations in break rooms.

Would the recycling worker want a fitness challenge to track his steps? Would he like a health coach to call that evening to “nudge” him to eat fewer carbs? A work-life balance lunch-and-learn?

In the latest iteration of employee wellbeing, where all the buzz is about purpose, authentic self, mindfulness, and gratitude, would the recycling worker pick up what we’re throwing out there?

I don’t know what this individual worker wants and I won’t make assumptions. I haven’t spoken to him yet, but, like you, I chat with blue collar employees, manual laborers, and lower-wage workers every day. Some I meet in the course of my daily business, some are friends, some are family members. And I do ask what they want and how their workplace can support their wellbeing.

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The above was originally the preamble to my LinkedIn post, “How My Dad Proved Steve Jobs Wrong About Loving What You Do…”, but I cut it because of length, relevance, and tone. Still, I’d love to hear from you. How can we serve employees in job classes like this recycling worker? How can we best support their wellbeing? 

Mindfulness: For Sale By Owner

in Uncategorized, Wellbeing

lotus representing meditation and mindfulness

I’ve practiced mindfulness and meditation since 1977, and have had the good fortune to have learned from some of the greatest teachers in the world. 

In 2000, I took personal vows to commit my life to mindfulness (admittedly, I haven’t been diligent in recent years). 

In my 2003 book — now out-of-print — the longest chapter was called, “Mindfulness: The Secret to Health Change?”

 Around 2004, I founded a small mindfulness group in upstate New York that is still going strong. 

If I had final words of wisdom to offer my kids, I’d commit my last breaths to advising them to practice mindfulness.

That said, I still believe mindfulness is being oversold in the corporate and wellness worlds.

Dealing With Burnout

in Uncategorized, Stress, industrial organizational psychology

burnt out personIf you can find some downtime (or some treadmill time?), listen to “Dealing With Burnout” the Wisconsin Public Radio Morning Show. One of the guests was Monique Valcour PhD CPCC, who has a gift for articulating, in super-practical terms, the connection between work and wellbeing. Monique explains what burnout really is, and delivers keen insight when the first caller makes a reference to the role of autonomy in addressing his own burnout. She talks about burnout as an “interpersonal phenomenon” and notes the supportive effects of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. And she provides practical tips for workplace leaders.

By the way, not only is it essential for us wellness professionals to address the burnout that occurs amongst employees, but I’m observing that it’s increasingly common within HR, Employee Benefits, and Employee Wellness teams. So if you don’t feel the need to learn about burnout for your organization, learn about it as an act of compassion for yourself.

https://www.wpr.org/shows/dealing-burnout