Friday Roundup: Vendor Selection, Workplace Wellness, and Agile

We rounded up some great content for you to devour on your Friday afternoon. Check out a few posts from The Starr Conspiracy you may have missed as well as our favorite reads this week from around the web. Enjoy!

5 Critical Workplace Wellness Trends: More Vendor Choice — Workplace wellness is here to stay. But at the same time, it's an evolving and immature industry. As wellness puts on its big-boy pants, it will merge into employee engagement, with the roles of consumerism, validation, and total quality of life taking center stage. In our recent e-book, "Workplace Wellness: 5 Critical Trends for 2014 and Beyond" by The Starr Conspiracy Intelligence Unit, Lou Chapman covers five critical trends for 2014. 

How Zappos Uses One Week Sprints to Launch Big Projects Fast — What's notable about Ask Zappos, however, aside from it being a useful service, is that the entire project was created start to finish in 12 weeks, using a process of "one-week sprints." It's part of an Agile methodology of project management called Scrum that many software developers might be familiar with, but the philosophy can be applied to any short- or long-term project to optimize productivity and results.

5 Critical Workplace Wellness Trends: Engagement and Total Life — From its roots in cost containment and its more recent move to health and wellness, corporate wellness is increasingly becoming a pure engagement play. With the introduction of the Affordable Care Act and the incentives it encourages, we are seeing the lines blurred more than ever between wellness and employee engagement. This trend will continue to take engagement beyond the walls of the workplace. 

What HR Pros Want to Know — Steve Boese answers three of the more pressing questions from HR practitioners attending SHRM's annual conference. He covers vendor research, responding to RFPs, and technology partnerships in this insightful column. Read the full post now.

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Enjoy your weekend!