Category Archives: Employee benefits

3 steps to start closing the gender pay gap

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In a high-stakes race for talent, a gender pay gap can leave you sidelined. Understanding this gap requires a little sleuthing, and named executive officer pay is a good place to start. Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Optimizing and aligning the benefits experience (Part 7 in series)

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It’s important to go beyond programs alone to ensure that your employee experience is aligned with the organization's purpose and values. An optimal benefits experience delivers an employee experience that "meets them were they are" and helps them need make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Continue reading →

Why now is an opportune time to revisit your employee assistance program

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Despite their potential, EAPs have historically been under-used by employees, with observed utilization rates of about 3%-5% reported by some Willis Towers Watson clients. But employers can use the programs to enhance overall employee wellbeing. Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Creating an intentional subsidy strategy (Part 6 in series)

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Many companies are spending significant sums each year to provide employee benefits that may not be needed or valued by their employees. How can employers help ensure that their benefits contribute to the attraction, retention, wellbeing and engagement of employees? Continue reading →

Why your employee wellbeing program needs to include a focus on financial wellbeing

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I’ve spent my entire career in benefits – first with a medical carrier, then with ancillary benefits carriers, and now by helping clients design and implement programs for their employees. While I have learned to quote deductibles, coinsurance, and explain … Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Responding to employee expectations for choice and personalization (Part 4 in a series)

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Part 4 in an 8-part series: Evolving the Benefit Mindset In this series, experts from Willis Towers Watson identify areas of focus critical for the successful implementation of a benefits strategy in a time of increased automation, uncertainty and changing … Continue reading →

How employers can provide impactful financial wellbeing programs: Insights from the Employee Financial Wellbeing Conference

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“Why should we offer a financial wellbeing program? What’s in it for us?” For most large employers, that’s how the conversation started only a few years ago. It’s since evolved. We’re no longer talking about whether these efforts matter or … Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Using inclusion and diversity programs to attract and sustain human capital (Part 3 in series)

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Think you have the perfect formula for attracting, retaining and engaging a diverse and inclusive workforce? If you said yes, I’m likely to disagree. You may have a focus on pay equity, performance management and employee resource groups (or ERGs). … Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Aligning benefits with organizational purpose (Part 2 in series)

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With today’s unprecedented rate of change, low unemployment and continuous disruption, employees are looking for differentiated work experiences that offer personalization and choice, as well as stability. As organizations evolve their mindsets to this new way of thinking, they have … Continue reading →

Evolving the benefit mindset: Responding to the pace of change (Part 1 in series)

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Louis Pasteur famously observed that “fortune favors the prepared mind.” This seems particularly appropriate as we reflect on the pace of change in business and the challenge of designing and delivering a competitive and differentiated employer-sponsored benefits portfolio. Today, HR … Continue reading →