Tag Archives: Benefits

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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Enabling Leave

COVID-19 has brought a new perspective to paid family and medical leave.

By Jamie Kalamarides

Eleven years ago, America began its slow but steady recovery from the Great Recession. By 2018, the economy was on track to surpass the 1991–2001 boom as the longest on record. 2020 began with an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, and on January 31, the CDC’s total number of reported novel coronavirus infections in the U.S. stood at two. Three months later, unemployment had skyrocketed to 14.7 percent, 23.1 million Americans were out of work, and reported cases of coronavirus in the U.S. had risen to 1.5 million.

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Mental Health Check

New research shows the advantages of offering well-being benefits to the multigenerational workforce.

By Wendy Edgar

The rise of the multigenerational workforce brings a variety of opportunities for organizations and employees alike, especially when it comes to benefits offerings. What’s more, amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking to their companies for tools and resources to support their lives both inside and outside of work.

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Peaceful State of Mind

Embracing mindfulness training in the workplace can reduce stress, increase collaboration, and improve focus.

By Tara Antonipillai

Stress is unfortunately a part of everyday life, and the current uncertainty only makes it more present. The American Psychological Association polls Americans each year on their stress levels and what causes them. In 2019, as in prior years, work was at the top of the list, with 60 percent of those polled reporting that work causes high levels of stress.

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The World of Benefits

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Organizations are expanding the scope of their benefits offerings to attract and retain top talent.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Faced with increased competition for talent and a diverse labor pool, organizations are pressured to provide benefits programs that meet the needs of all their workers. While health and retirement benefits are still the norm, SHRM’s 2019 Employee Benefits survey reveals that today’s top employers are moving beyond standard offerings in order to attract and retain a competitive workforce.

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Are You Talking to Me?

An individualized approach to health and well-being benefits can drive engagement in a multigenerational workforce.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Facing rising costs of living and significant transformation in the world of work, today’s employees are more stressed than ever. According to Welltok’s Well-being Wake-Up Report, 64 percent of all employees say they feel stressed at work—including 63 percent of baby boomers and 57 percent of millennials. In fact, 35 percent of all employees and 50 percent of millennials have seriously considered switching jobs due to stress.

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