Last year, over 62,776,640 people searched “get healthy" on Google. Doing so is part of a familiar nationwide declaration that this will finally be the year to lose those five pounds, cook every night, cut out sugar, exercise four times a week, the list goes on. But more often than not, life gets in the way of the commitment it takes to execute on these goals. Let’s be honest—between work and family, it can be hard to find time to make healthier choices. But what if your workplace offered resources to make it easier? Fortunately, many HR teams are already on the case, introducing a variety of employee health and wellness initiatives and perks.
On December 3, in a move that could change the face of healthcare, CVS announced that they have agreed to buy insurance-provider Aetna for $69 billion. Leadership from both companies are expectedly optimistic. In Sunday’s press release, CVS President and CEO, Larry J. Merlo said, “We look forward to working with the talented people at Aetna to position the combined company as America's front door to quality health care, integrating more closely the work of doctors, pharmacists, other health care professionals and health benefits companies to create a platform that is easier to use and less expensive for consumers.”
Another month, another potential change to healthcare policy. Congressional lawmakers are inching closer to enacting sweeping tax reforms that could have a lasting impact on employers and individuals alike, including provisions that would eliminate the “individual mandate,” or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that Americans enroll in insurance.
Lost in the state and local patchwork of paid leave laws? Republican lawmakers might have a lifeline for you.
From job interviews to performance reviews, it often feels like employees are expected to be “perfect” at work. The workplace has traditionally been an environment where flaws are masked and images of professionalism abound.
Though technology has drastically changed the landscape of remote work, employees still spend an average of 26 minutes on their daily commute into the office. Long and tiresome commutes decrease employee productivity and can even interfere with physical and mental wellbeing.
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With a new law signed last week, Rhode Island became the first state in 2017 to expand its paid leave offerings. The Ocean State becomes the the eighth in the country to require employer-paid sick leave.
For today’s workforce, benefits are a driving force in how employees feel about their employer. 57% of employees say that benefits and perks are among their top considerations before accepting a job. When done well, benefits can drive employee engagement, increase retention, and help build the positive culture of HR professionals' dreams.
Every company wishes it could offer its employees the total package. With unemployment down and the job-seeker to open position ratio nearly 1:1, attracting and retaining talent has never been harder. In addition to robust, affordable coverage, it’s believed that today’s employees expect perks—lots of them, from catered lunches to office meditation programs to everything in between.
Come open enrollment season, choosing benefits can be a complex, jargon-laden process. When you don’t know the difference between a PPO and HMO, who’re you going to call?