Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

Living up to U.S. pay equity

It requires a deeper level of analysis to ensure your pay practices are truly equitable across your employee population. Continue reading →

Job roles that drive workforce productivity

Lackluster workforce productivity is causing a great deal of consternation among both economists and business leaders. In her June 6 speech, Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve Board, again lamented the slowdown in productivity growth – a phenomenon … Continue reading →

Student loan assistance programs on the rise

As a member of the Baby-Boom generation, I was able to graduate from college debt-free thanks to reasonable tuition, part-time jobs, work-study and more than a little help from my father. For Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995) and … Continue reading →

Are you listening? Putting the E in Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

A colleague recently attended a Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) conference on the link between employee wellbeing and performance, sharing some highlights afterwards. I was particularly interested in a presentation by Julian Yarr, Managing Partner at A&L Goodbody, … Continue reading →

Tackling short-term absence in the construction industry

Many organisations now collect absence statistics but few combine them with other data sets to explore trends and issues with a view to reducing absence. This not only limits outcomes but also helps ensure that people issues rarely make it … Continue reading →

Your workforce is modernizing — now how about your benefit delivery process?

Employers are now hiring multiple generations, all of which have diverse needs. The one-size-fits-all benefits of the past (or even two or three options) no longer works for these distinctly different employee groups. If you expect to keep up, how … Continue reading →

Should our workers compensation system join a wellness program?

Can the strength of the 20th century workers compensation framework support the weight of 21st century demands? Wellness programs and the aging workforce are agenda items at most workers compensation conferences, but what about our aging worker compensation system itself … Continue reading →

The health care macro-trends employers need to understand

Employer-provided health care is in the midst of the most dynamic change in over two decades, fueled by a convergence of trends that have created new opportunities and also new challenges as organizations craft their health benefit and workforce health … Continue reading →

Increase employee engagement by communicating beyond open enrollment

Those “quiet” months between enrollment periods present a tremendous opportunity to deepen your employees’ knowledge of and appreciation for their benefits. Continue reading →

Failing (and flailing) co-ops: the canary in the mine?

canary in the coal mine

The Wall Street Journal is no fan of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or the ACA and as some brand it, Obamacare).  However, recent news about health insurers  pulling out of co-ops does rightly raise concerns about … Continue reading →