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Maxwell Health-y: What We Do to Stay Healthful

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 11:14:32 AM by Ali Desjardin

Here at Maxwell Health there are amazing incentives and support behind our team's efforts to get healthy. We wear fitness wearables, like Fitbit, that track our steps, and help us to earn gift cards following a met step goal! Talk about awesome. We also have a kitchen stocked with some healthy snacks and meals. And to top it all off, we are reimbursed for monthly gym memberships or fitness classes.

It is not only our standing desks that allow us to stay active, but a whole range of lifestyle choices that help us reach our health goals!

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Summertime Snacking: Sweet and Savory

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 3:51:00 PM by Ali Desjardin

As a followup to our Summer Food blog by Pranav, I wanted to provide some awesome summertime snack options! Our Maxwell Health kitchen is filled with delicious snacks, so these are some to try at home!

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6 End-of-the-Summer Mash-Up Recipes That'll Blow Your Taste Buds Away

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 1:21:00 PM by Pranav Tadikonda

Maxwell Health is all about helping you lead a healthier lifestyle, and in that spirit, we've decided to compile a list of six amazing end-of-the-summer mash-up recipes that'll make your get-togethers and family meals a hit! 

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Dump and Donate: The Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 12:57:38 PM by Ali Desjardin

If you have been on the Internet at all, specifically Facebook, over the past month, you’ve most likely been bombarded by videos of people pouring buckets of ice water over their heads. A few of our own Maxwell Health team members have taken the challenge!  

Like any other viral marketing campaign, there has been some opposition and critical questioning of the benefit and importance of the act. However, it’s difficult to dispute that the challenge has brought some serious attention and a big spike in donations to the ALS Foundation. This is undoubtedly great, but are the people performing the act aware of what ALS is? Are they actually donating or just dumping water on their heads?

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Workplace Style Shouldn't Be Defined by a Brand

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 9:40:56 AM by Ali Desjardin

In July, Banana Republic, a clothing store, created a line of clothing called “Startup Guy.” The line was apparently loosely modeled after Refinery29’s list of “7 of Tech’s Coolest Dudes.

Banana Republic has since taken down the collection on their site. Apparently they didn’t account for the amount of time people at startups spend on their computers, googling things like startups, startup culture, etc. Also, where is the “Startup Gal” page? How will I ever know how to look too dressed up for work if Banana Republic doesn’t tell me how??

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Ebola and the Global Health Community

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 9:37:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

In the past few weeks, the media has been all over the coverage of two Americans who contracted the Ebola virus being brought back to the US for treatment. While it is horrible and scary that the virus has impacted Americans, African people need support in their fight against the virus that has been ravaging the continent. Twitter, for instance, is illustrative of the extent to which Americans, in particular, are uneducated about the virus and its impacts. A recent New York Times article speaks to the trending of misinformation around the virus. 

The situation is not pretty. Truthfully, though, it’s not just the African continent that has to recognize and deal with the situation. On August 9th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak an international health emergency. Importantly, though, the likelihood of a global pandemic is not imminent. Bloomberg Businessweek writes, “Even in the West African countries where the disease has spread, it’s still far down the list of killers. Over the past few months, infections such as malaria and tuberculosis have caused far more deaths in the region.”

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Disruption in Health: Déjà vu?-- Part 2

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM by Taylor Pechacek

Read part 1 of this post to understand what I mean by: “We just saw the same cat go by twice.”

Let’s look at health through a similar lens. Historically, and still today, almost all health technology and knowledge are found at doctors offices or hospitals. It makes sense, as the technology is often expensive, big, and requires large capital investments. Again, the barrier to entry is high and inertia leaves health tech and services companies locked into their capital investment strategies. This model requires that people to pay patronage to the meccas, or hospitals, so that the cost is laughable, and only bearable by spreading it out among a population.

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Disruption in Health: Déjà vu?-- Part 1

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 11:00:00 AM by Taylor Pechacek

We just saw the same cat go by twice.

It seems oddly true today, that software is quite literally eating the world. Everywhere we look, entirely new business models are attacking some of our core industries with two key things in common. One of our biggest industries, health, is being turned upside down as I write this, setting the stage for a real paradigm shift and disruption. This shift relies on 1) mobile, cloud-based technologies that came from the information revolution, and 2) it’s entirely consumer-driven, relying on the quality of the experience to determine the winner. Let me expand on both these ideas with examples from other industries that have been disrupted by these factors, then we’ll explore how this will impact the future of health in America.

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The Best Parks in Boston

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 11:25:00 AM by Ali Desjardin

We get that not everyone has time to meditate every morning: a lot of us here at Maxwell have days when it’s hard to even make time to grab lunch or a bio-break. Fortunately, we can quickly and easily de-stress by people-watching in the Boston Common, either by actually visiting the park, or sitting on one of our couches overlooking it. We feel pretty lucky to have the Common right across from our office at those moments.

Even if you don’t have any parks in your workplace vista, you can always take a detour on your commute home, hop off the bus a few stops early, or schedule a walking meeting… especially when it means getting a few extra steps on your fitness tracker.

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re:Treat Summer 2014

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 1:05:00 PM by Ali Desjardin

Gillette Stadium, Summer 2014

July 24th and 25th

At noon on the 24th, the Maxwell Health team left our Boston Office, and headed towards famed Gillette Stadium in nearby Foxborough, Massachusetts.

With our Maxwell t-shirts and laptops in tow, we were ready for an amazing time. Members of the team from all over the country were in attendance, prepared to learn, brainstorm, and think about next quarter.

The moment we got to the hotel, it was, in classic Maxwell style, right to business. We had a great business strategy session, played the classic icebreaker “Dream Game” (myself, Kate, A-No, and Yuri were the willing victims...), and enjoyed a great team dinner together.

This was a time for all of us to break out of our comfort zones, get to know the newest members of the team, and have a great time as a company! We hold these retreats quarterly, and in a fast-paced world, we sometimes need to slow down, well -- at least for eighteen hours.

Company retreats allow the team to step back and look at our organization as a whole, versus the day-to-day grind of our individual roles and responsibilities. Retreats, while fun and enjoyable, serve a higher purpose for us. Where might things be in danger of falling through the cracks? How can we be more efficient? What things are working for one team or individual that could be mapped onto others?

A few solid, noticeable changes came out of the our time together. Maxwellians wanted more transparency between the teams and what they were doing on a day-to-day basis, or as we coined it, “cross-team pollination.” As a result, we’re hard at work implementing dashboards, data visualizations, and weekly team-wide emails from different parts of the organization with updates on their progress. Inspired by the epicly fun live-note-taking (thanks Meg & Sara!), we decided to make it a practice to record live notes during our weekly team meetings so remote members can stay in sync and follow along.

A particularly productive session was enumerating “what we do well” vs. “what we can improve on. The list of things we were doing right was long, but, importantly, so was the list of things at which we know can get better. The conversation around improvements could have been awkward, but our team’s honesty and respect for one another produced a conversation that was open and without fear of backlash. It was truly amazing to watch a room full of capable, intelligent, and outgoing people let their guards down to talk about how to improve the place we love and the product we’ve built. Because, at the end of the day, it is our love and passion for Maxwell’s mission that keeps us coming back, feeling motivated, every day.

We gave appreciations (as is our custom) and also constructive suggestions for how to improve our work environment. A week later, the improvements based on retreat suggestions have been noticeable. The communication in the office has improved (it has even spread to our kickball team -- our communication is strengthened each week!), office morale has gone up, and we’ve really implemented some of the take-aways noted above.

These retreats have been a keystone to our product development, company culture, and strategy, and we look forward to our next one in October!
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