Three strategies can help employers navigate the changes to employee benefits caused by COVID-19.
By Sally Prather
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic placed most employers in crisis mode, focusing on employee health and safety and the transition to remote work. As companies now begin to focus on recovery and the “new normal,” it’s essential to evaluate longterm workforce strategy to ensure sustainability and growth. A good starting point is assessing health and wellness benefits, a long-standing pain point for many organizations.
2020 has tested employee well-being like never before. Here’s how employers can help.
By Cynthia Coverson
As employers begin to see the “light at the end of the tunnel” one year into COVID-19 amid vaccination rollouts and reopening plans, many are beginning to reflect on just how drastically employees’ needs and desires have evolved during the pandemic. For example, MetLife’s 19th annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study found that this year, more employees than ever have stated employers have a responsibility for the well-being of their workforce. That’s why this is an opportune time to prioritize employee well-being, particularly as many employers begin to make important decisions about the future of the workplace.
Making wellness a priority in 2021 will enable organizations to boost employee engagement, productivity, and company culture.
By Michelle Sedlacek
Every new year come the typical conversations among business leaders on goal-setting and objectives for the year ahead, but after such a tumultuous and unprecedented time for individuals and business alike, the next 12 months provides a unique opportunity to prioritize and put a spotlight on employee wellness.
As employees struggle to cope with the effects of the pandemic, employers should rethink their well-being strategies.
By Marta Chmielowicz
Whether it’s the stress of juggling childcare and work or the pain of loneliness, COVID’s impact has taken a toll on employees’ mental health as well as physical health. Westfield Health’s Coping with COVID study set out to quantify that impact and how it affects the workplace. Results show many disruptions to employee well-being.
Four shifts that have the potential to become norms in 2021.
By Sabrina Williams
2020 was an extremely challenging year for the HR industry. From rapidly adjusting and supporting employees through the transition to remote work to responding to country-wide calls for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace as police brutality and the resulting protests took center stage over the summer, HR departments have had to step up and completely re-envision the futures of their organizations.
Facing unique circumstances, employers are offering additional support to retain female employees.
By Marta Chmielowicz
The events of 2020 have been challenging for most, with lockdowns, school closures, and the switch to remote blurring the boundaries between work and home like never before. Women in particular have been impacted, often responsible for shouldering a large share of childcare, household labor, and homeschooling on top of a full day of work.
A look at the projected 2021 forecast for key HR service market segments.
By Pete Tiliakos, Liz Rennie, and Nikki Edwards
Each year, NelsonHall takes a look at the activity of the HR services market to compile the top trends and predict a future outlook for the coming year. 2020 was a year like no other and COVID-19 has had a large impact on all business processes.
How You Can Get Ahead of the Curve
By Sanjiv Anand, President and Chief Executive Officer at bswift, a CVS Health Company
As 2021 approaches and operating virtually becomes increasingly prevalent, there are several trends that have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic which we expect to continue to reshape the HR, benefits and consumer experience spaces over the next year. Here are a few we recommend employers and HR professionals consider when developing their benefits strategy to enhance the employee experience.
Strategies to keep corporate giving and volunteerism a business imperative in a virtual environment.
By Angela Harrell
Over the past year, the ramifications of COVID-19 have forced people across the U.S. into a new way of living. Even now that the first wave of the pandemic has ebbed, there are local communities that continue to suffer in unimaginable ways. In response, mid- to large-sized companies are bolstering their corporate giving efforts to aid their communities’ revival.
Annual benefits enrollment must undergo a shift to effectively embrace a work-from-home environment.
By Karen Frost and Kristie Marshiano
Annual enrollment is quickly approaching, and with nationwide shutdowns being reinstated and most of the workforce at home, it’s no surprise that this year’s enrollment will look different than usual. COVID-19 has caused a shift in employer plans and priorities, triggering many to reevaluate their approach to ensure it can be executed successfully in a time when most everything requires virtual or socially distanced settings.
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