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New survey data from the Business Group and Optum reveal that 19 percent of employees say their employer supports them from getting burned out at work. Among those employees who don’t feel they get adequate support from their employer, 40 percent want help for “burnout at work.”
The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, only the fifth time the designation has been used. Currently there are 2612 reported cases and 1756 reported deaths, making the year-old epidemic the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history
Would you rather call in sick or disclose a mental health issue to your boss? For many, the stigma and bias associated with mental illness is the greatest barrier to treatment, but we can make that change. According to the 2019 Business Group/Optum Well-being Survey, one in four employees want more mental health supports from their employer.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued an “A” recommendation for the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, as well as HIV screening for individuals at risk for contracting HIV and all pregnant women. USPSTF “A” recommendations are the gold standard for evidence review for preventive health care services; this will expand access for your employees to valuable health care services and increase plan costs.
Having a global benefits strategy may include a country wide harmonized approach with plan design reflecting market prevalence and norms. The definition of market median varies greatly between countries, often creating equity differences in eligibility and access to coverage for employees from different countries but working for the same company. Some leading global companies are addressing these gaps by evolving their strategy to include an enterprise-wide minimum core benefits strategy.
In an interview for the Knowledge@Wharton radio show, chief talent scientist at Manpower Group and professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explains how personality traits typically thought of as feminine, despite not always being recognized in the workplace, may actually make for more effective leaders.
Not long ago, you couldn’t walk into an office building without it resembling an episode of Mad Men. Employees could light up a cigarette whenever or wherever and smoking was the norm.