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The Business Group Blog was created to share and discuss information about challenges and solutions to the health care benefits issues that large employers face today and tomorrow — such as controlling health care costs, reforming the health care delivery system, and engaging employees in their health and benefits — and will provide insight into national health policy issues. We hope you find this information useful and will consider subscribing to the blog and sharing any thoughts or ideas with us at blog@businessgrouphealth.org.

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There are 7 item(s) tagged with the keyword "emotional health".

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1. Natural Disaster Response: Stepping Up, Giving Back and Leading Forward

We can’t always predict a natural disaster and the damage it will cause, but we can take steps to be prepared and extend assistance and support to those affected.

Tags: communications, EAPs, emotional health, flexible work, leave, stress
2. Important Employer Considerations for Therapies and Supports for Autism

The CDC estimates1 that one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and diagnoses continue to rise. Whether that’s due to increasing prevalence or more accurate diagnosing, large employers must have a strategy for supporting plan members with ASD and the employee caregivers who assist them. 

Tags: plan design, well-being, emotional health, caregivers, autism, flexible work
3. Managing Emotional Culture is Key to Organizational Performance

“In managing a company… with more than 150,000 employees and millions of customers…you of course need to be rational. But I’m gradually learning to be less rational and more emotional. Motivating people and generating a sense of spirit inside a company are essential…we need to appeal to our employees’ emotions to help create an environment where they can innovate.”

                                                                                                                         -Pablo Isla, CEO Inditex

Tags: well-being, emotional health, corporate culture
4. Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers

Across the health care system, treatment of mental health conditions has traditionally taken a back seat to physical health. The same is true for emotional well-being; for years, wellness programs have focused on behaviors like healthy eating, exercise and smoking cessation, and less so on improving the emotional state of the employee. But in recent years, mental health and emotional well-being have become increasingly important to health care providers, employers, health plans and, of course, employees.

Tags: mental health, stress, emotional health
5. 5 Ways Employers Can Combat the Opioid Epidemic

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an opioid “epidemic” in the U.S. in 2011, and concern about this issue continues to grow. Employees that misuse or abuse prescription opioids are more likely to miss work, incur higher health care costs, file disability claims, and get demoted or fired. Sadly, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and more than 60% of these deaths involved an opioid.

Employers can take several steps to stem the misuse of these drugs and provide assistance to employees and dependents in need of assistance to treat pain and addiction.

Tags: Opioids, emotional health, well-being, Rx
6. Americans Really ARE Workaholics

Americans really are workaholics, according to a new poll of employed adults, with consequences for their own health, the health of others, and maybe the health and sustainable performance of their employers.

Tags: emotional health, job satisfaction, performance, productivity, stress, work-life balance, leave, flexible work, resilience
7. Seeing the Bigger Picture: Beyond Wellness to Well-being

Leading employers are changing their focus from offering benefits and programs centered on improving employees’ physical health to deploying holistic wellbeing strategies whose purpose is to enhance all the various facets of employees’ lives. This shift is taking place as evidence mounts that physical health is only one of a number of factors contributing to outcomes valued by employers. These include improved health, greater productivity and higher performance, accompanied by decreased health care costs and a lower turnover rate.

Tags: well-being, productivity, performance, physical health, emotional health, financial security, social connectedness, job satisfaction

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