Our Health & Wellness thought leadership includes original research, co-sponsored studies and whitepapers.

Health & Wellness thought leadership

Our Health & Wellness thought leadership – including original research, co-sponsored studies and whitepapers – provides a deeper perspective on health issues to help you advance health and wellness in the workplace. Every year we publish at least one large original research piece on a topic of interest for multinational employers. The latest whitepapers include:

Optimism: the key to a successful business

Looking on the bright side and seeing the glass as half-full rather than half-empty are more than just positive mantras. This whitepaper reveals, an optimistic personality may represent a psychological health fix that enables workers to be more productive and live longer, healthier lives.

The paper examines why developing a positive mental outlook among employees should be a central component of any corporate health and wellbeing strategy. Employee satisfaction, behaviour and turnover can predict the following year’s profitability and these aspects have an even stronger correlation with customer satisfaction.  

Dr. Leena Johns, Head of Health & Wellness, MAXIS Global Benefits Network said: “This paper demonstrates that having a positive mental outlook is not only hugely beneficial for the individual, it has tangible organisational benefits for an employer. Corporate health and wellness plans should incorporate strategies to improve workplace optimism and employee benefits packages are a tool to help facilitate change. This paper offers some valuable proactive steps towards building an optimistic workplace, helping employees learn a new set of cognitive skills. These skills will help managers build happier and healthier employees, while improving productivity, resilience and reducing absenteeism.”

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Business travel: good for business, bad for health?

Despite general caution about international travel and significant advances in online conferencing technology, business travel remains an integral part of corporate life. Business travel spend is forecast to reach $1.6 trillion by 20201, but what are the responsibilities of employers towards their frequent flyer employees who could potentially experience health problems as a result?

In a new whitepaper entitled Business Travel: Good for Business, Bad for Health? MAXIS GBN examines how far employers should extend their duty of care to employees in this arena and whether they should provide compensation to employees who give up personal time to travel overseas.

1 Ipsos MORI, ‘International Travel: Risks and Reality: The New Normal for Business’, November 2016.

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Gut health: focusing on our inner economy 

Did you know there was a multifunctional organ inside us which the scientific community has started to acknowledge as holding the key to improved health and wellness — and taking care of it was one of the best ways to stay healthy and fight diseases?

We’re talking about the residents of our gut or the gut microbiome, the vast colonies of bacteria and other microorganisms inside our bodies. Although scientists have only scratched the surface on the importance of healthy gut bacteria, they’ve made major breakthroughs to understand and manage the gut microbiome to improve our health, moods and wellbeing.

A growing body of research is now telling us that gut microbes play a crucial role in regulating our moods, helping us to adapt to our environment, giving us energy, and most importantly resisting disease. Insights from the whitepaper can help foster a happier, healthier workforce with lower incidence of both acute and chronic illness-driving down medical costs, and increasing engagement at work.

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Sleep: the hidden global health issue impacting employee performance 

Many work cultures remain rooted in the myth that more work is better work and, as a result, sleep is often sacrificed in an effort to do and accomplish more.
The sad truth is that sleep deprivation is an issue too often ignored, even when it is frequently the root cause of decreased productivity, accidents and mistakes, costing companies billions of dollars each year (Source:, “Go Ahead, Hit the Snooze Button,” January 2013).
Our groundbreaking whitepaper commissioned by MAXIS GBN, provides an overall picture of the impact of sleep deprivation on today’s employees and their employers.

The whitepaper provides new insights on why-rested employees are more vital in the workplace, how sleep deprivation can lead to chronic diseases, and how to prevent insufficient sleep from hijacking productivity, health and cognitive capacity.

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Stress: reframing the narrative

Our groundbreaking whitepaper commissioned by MAXIS GBN, provides an overall picture of the impact of stress on today’s employees and their employers.

It also offers tips on how global employers can use simple, low or no cost evidence based approaches to acknowledge, manage and ultimately reduce the impact of stress on their employees — and bottom lines.

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Employer-sponsored health and wellness resources: can health and wellness resources drive business results?

Can Global Health and Wellness Resources Drive Business Results? Yes, by offering the ‘right’ solution for specific workforce segments.

MetLife and the MAXIS Global Benefits Network commissioned a study from the Sloan Center on Aging and Work, and found a solid connection between health and wellness benefits and employee engagement, commitment and, in some cases, employee’s perception of their ability to work.

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