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As more companies move to a consumerism strategy, increasing employee engagement on all fronts—from decision support and concierge services to telehealth, transparency and health improvement—is a top priority. Employers are introducing innovative new benefits, programs and technologies in an effort to engage employees to be better health care consumers.
Encouraging employees to take all of their allotted time-off (PTO) each year is a cost effective way to improve overall employee well-being.
According to a recent report by Project: Time Off, 55% of surveyed American workers did not use all of their vacation or PTO days in 2015. This translates to 658 million unused days.1 While the impact this has on employees and their stress level, job satisfaction and overall well-being has been widely publicized, employers are also negatively affected by PTO/vacation carryover.
While health care is not a top priority on the campaign trail and not top of voters’ minds this year, who wins on November 8 will impact the health care agenda in Washington in 2017. According to analysis presented in the Business Group’s special election year webinar earlier this week, even though Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t offer many details about their health policy priorities, we can glean enough information from them and from Congress to make some predictions.
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Saturday, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme is Connect. Communicate. Care.
Over the last half century, suicide rates have increased by 60% in some areas of the world, particularly in developing countries. The causes of suicide are complex and varied. Risk factors include depression, substance abuse, previous suicide attempt(s), self-harm, abuse, violence, chronic pain, stressful life events and loss, as well as social, biological, environmental and cultural influences.
Simply adding new well-being programs at your organization is often not enough to increase the health and well-being of your employees. Often times, low engagement rates can become a barrier to creating a culture of well-being at your organization.
Controlling health benefits costs remains a high priority for large employers. While increases are expected to hold steady at 6% in 2017, costs are still running at more than twice the rate of inflation and general wage increases, thereby threatening affordability.