Do Your Policies Make it too Hard for Employees to Use Their Benefits?

Do Your Policies Make It Too Hard For Employees To Use Their Benefits?

The employee benefits your company provides aren’t worth much if your employees can’t figure out how to use them or find the process you’ve established too onerous to bother with. Employees who don’t understand their benefits will express less satisfaction with them, and policies that make employees jump through a bunch of hoops to use those benefits will often discourage them from trying. Problematic policies may include requiring a doctor’s note to take a sick day, not communicating clearly about benefit enrollment deadlines, or requiring real-time monitoring or reporting requirements for employees to take advantage of flexible work arrangements. Here’s what you need to do to make it easier for employees to access their benefits. Shift Your Mindset Keep in mind that the benefits you offer are meant to attract and retain the top talent you need to build your business. Federal law doesn’t mandate paid time off for vacations, …

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CME Delivered to Doctors Means Better Care Delivered to Patients

CME Delivered to Doctors Means Better Care Delivered to Patients

Maui, Cancun, Aruba—opportunities for doctors to combine vacation while earning Continuing Medical Education (CME) abound! However, a survey by on24 and the MetaData Group of 971 physicians showed that 84% preferred earning credits online to attending conferences in person.  Why is this? While the notion of combining travel and CME may seem attractive, the reality is that it can take away from what’s important—caring for patients.  As doctors are required to know more than ever before and treat patients in less time than ever before, their time has become more valuable. Physicians, like other licensed occupations, are required to stay up-to-speed on the latest research and meet specified credit requirements through continuing education.  But as everything from banking to shopping has headed online, so too has the world of higher education and continuing education.  Online CME means doctors can take classes and earn credits using a computer, tablet or mobile …

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Why Employer-Sponsored Weight Management Programs Don’t Work

Why Employer-Sponsored Weight Management Programs Don’t Work

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight and 1 in 3 is obese. Employer-sponsored weight management programs can play an important role in the effort to get Americans to adopt healthier lifestyles that can lower the risk for a host of chronic diseases. But many workplace weight management programs fail when it comes to helping workers meet weight loss goals. The reason? Research from the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) indicates that the traditional approach organizations often follow when it comes to weight management interventions simply doesn’t work. Instead, a new report from NEBGH, “Weight Control and Employees: One Size Doesn’t Fit All,” concludes that to make workplace-sponsored weight control programs effective, organizations need to opt for innovative and individualized programs. Employer surveys were used for the NEBGH research project and 19 executives from employers, health plans and consulting organizations were queried in an in-depth …

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