Employee Benefits – The Key to Employee Loyalty?

Employee Benefits - The Key To Employee Loyalty?

Many companies spend more than 25% of their compensation budget on benefits such as medical, dental, insurance and retirement plans, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Yet they may be skipping the simple steps that ensure they get the full value from that investment. That’s because employers underestimate just how important benefits are to creating and maintaining employee loyalty. Only 25% of people who aren’t satisfied with their benefits have a strong sense of loyalty to their job, according to a recent MetLife study. However 70% of employees who like their benefits have a strong sense of loyalty. According to Prudential, 81% of workers rate a company’s benefits package as highly important to their decision to change employers or remain with their current company. It might be easy to dismiss these statistics – employees should be lucky to even have a job, right? That is the wrong attitude. In …

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5 Tips for Improving Employee Communications

5 Tips For Improving Employee Communications

Human resources professionals are often called upon to deliver information to employees at all levels of their organizations. Whether it’s a serious message or something less important, poor employee communication can lead to people missing out on benefits they could use, company programs or extracurriculars they would have enjoyed, policies they must follow or other essential news about the organization. Employee communications can be a challenge, and there’s always room for improvement. Here are 5 ways you can make yours more effective for the benefit of your organization and all of its people. 1. Practice Transparency “Fostering a culture of transparency is one of the most effective ways to communicate with employees,” says Leigh Steere, co-founder of Managing People Better. Too many employers curate information by deciding what employees should hear based on what they can handle instead of talking about the whole story. Instead, commit to providing clear and appropriate …

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Hypertension: The Hidden Threat to Employees and Companies

Hypertension: The Hidden Threat To Employees And Companies

According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), about 76.4 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Although the condition, also known as hypertension, usually doesn’t produce any noticeable symptoms, it wreaks havoc within the body over time by increasing pressure inside of blood vessels. The American Heart Association (AHA) warns that hypertension stretches the vessels past their healthy limit, causing microscopic tears and scar tissue that can lead to blockages, blood clots and hardened arteries. That’s why untreated high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading causes of death in this country. It can damage the kidneys and eyes, too. In an interview with USA Today, Tom Frieden, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that hypertension leads to nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the U.S. While the toll of hypertension-linked illness and death is enormous …

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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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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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