health

November 28, 2023

Why Holiday Stress Doesn’t Need to Derail Productivity

While the holidays should be a time of festivities and fun, high expectations paired with the end-of-year work push can cause many employees to feel burned out before the new year even starts.  Forty-five percent of employees are worried about their stress levels during the holiday season, according to mental health platform, BetterHelp. Finances, shorter deadlines,...

November 20, 2023

Fostering a Culture of Workplace Safety

Fostering a strong safety culture provides many benefits. In addition to reducing the risk of workplace accidents, such a culture can also help improve employee morale, enhance a business’s reputation and minimize related costs and liabilities. This article explains what it means to have a strong safety culture, outlines associated benefits and provides strategies companies...

November 9, 2023

Employer-reported Nonfatal Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Up 7.5% From 2021

Private industry employers reported a 7.5% increase in nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2022 compared to 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The incidence rate of total recordable cases was 2.7 cases per 100 workers who are full-time equivalent (FTE). In 2022, the rate of injury cases remained at 2.3 cases...

November 1, 2023

More Individuals Downgrading Insurance Plans Due to Rising Health Care Costs

The most recent Nationwide Retirement Institute Health Care Costs in Retirement survey found that many Americans are not confident in their ability to pay health care costs as they age. According to the survey, over half of respondents said they’d be unable to pay off an unexpected $5,000 health care expense, and a similar number...

October 30, 2023

Report Finds Health Care Spending Expected to Exceed Overall Economic Growth

A recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) predicted that the average growth in national health expenditures would outpace average gross domestic product (GDP) growth from 2022 to 2031, at 5.4% and 4.6%, respectively. Per person spending is also expected to increase to an annual rate of 4.8% from 2022 to...

October 23, 2023

Report Shows Top Priorities and Challenges for 2024 Open Enrollment

New research from digital media company Arizent revealed employee benefits leaders’ biggest challenges and strategies for increasing benefits utilization. These findings can help shape employers’ 2024 open enrollment plans. While employers already invest significant time and resources researching and designing their benefits plans, many feel like there is still work to be done to ensure...

September 27, 2023

Inclusive Mental Health Initiatives: A Powerful Differentiator for Employers

Mental health is not just a public health issue. It is also a workplace issue. Employers who cultivate a company culture that proactively supports mental wellness can gain a competitive edge in their ability to attract and retain talent. “An employer’s support of mental health in the workplace can be a differentiator in today’s challenging...

September 12, 2023

Employer Tips for Dealing with Illness in the Office

With all the attention on return to office policies, employers should reassure workers that they can stay home if need be, especially as cold and flu season approaches.  Despite an increase in attention to wellness, the majority of employees are still struggling with the notion of taking time off for an illness, according to a...

August 30, 2023

How Voluntary Benefits Help to Expect the Unexpected

In life, we need to expect the unexpected. One could argue that this is an apt description for voluntary benefits, which were long viewed by brokers and employers as a labor-intensive afterthought.  Individually underwritten policies like accident, critical illness, hospital indemnity, identity theft, pet protection and numerous other coverages offered through payroll deduction weren’t seen as strategic...

August 3, 2023

Preventing Falls Due to Extreme Heat

Extreme heat creates many risks in construction. As an employee in this industry, not only should you be aware of illnesses caused by the heat, but you also need to be mindful of how high temperatures can cause physical and mental impairments that can lead to falls and know how to prevent this hazard. How...