Tag Archives: Benefits

Taking on the Year Ahead

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.

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The Way to Wellness

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.

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Extreme Challenges, Extreme Opportunities

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.

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Making Work Work for Women

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.

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The Road Ahead

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.

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2021 HR and Benefits Trends

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.

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A Community Focus

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.

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Benefits Strategies that Don’t Just Survive but Thrive in Evolving Conditions

By Mike Glantz, Executive Vice President at bswift

The employee experience is being permanently reshaped by the pandemic. Employee benefits and enrollment engagement was already a challenge prior to the pandemic, with Aflac reporting that 93 percent of employees just enroll in the same benefits each year and more than half spend less than 30 minutes researching their options. Now, with limitations like remote work and shifting priorities, this challenge will likely become more confounding. With open enrollment approaching, you want to ensure your benefits strategy will stand the test of time. By making thoughtful adjustments and partnering with trusted vendors, you can ensure your strategy will not only thrive in the current environment, but also be flexible enough to adapt to evolving conditions in the future.

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Rolling into Open Enrollment

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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Expanded Offerings

New research finds an increase in the desire and delivery of financial well-being benefits.

By Tom Kelly

In this pandemic economy, corporate budgets are being squeezed. But the need to provide both competitive benefit programs and cost-effective solutions is more important than ever. In response to COVID-19, many employers are looking to add benefits that can support emerging employee needs or fill gaps in current offerings.

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