Business Group Blog

Welcome to our blog.

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.

Live from Austin: It's the Workforce Strategy Conference
September 26, 2017

Live from Austin: It's the Workforce Strategy Conference

The NBGH team and hundreds of employers have convened in Austin, Texas for the nation’s premier event in employee health, productivity and well-being solutions—Workforce Strategy 2017.

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3 Strategies Employers Can Use to Reduce Overtreatment
September 12, 2017

3 Strategies Employers Can Use to Reduce Overtreatment

According to a study published this month, physicians estimate that 20.6% of overall medical care is unnecessary. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine interviewed 2,106 doctors from across the United States, asking them about the prevalence and causes of overtreatment.

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Employers Have Been Quick to Offer Aid after the Devastation of Hurricane Harvey
August 31, 2017

Employers Have Been Quick to Offer Aid after the Devastation of Hurricane Harvey

NBGH members, including Aetna, Amazon, Apple, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Google, GE, Home Depot, Humana, Lowe’s, JP Morgan Chase, PepsiCo, Starbucks, UPS, Walmart, and Wells Fargo, quickly stepped up to donate millions to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The emotional and physical recovery will take time, and many of us are looking for ways to sustain our support as affected communities heal and rebuild.

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The Battle of the Bulge: It Starts Earlier than You Think
August 22, 2017

The Battle of the Bulge: It Starts Earlier than You Think

What comes to mind when you think about the health and well-being needs of the young adults in your workforce? Assistance with student loan debt, ample paid time off and community service opportunities might immediately strike you as important, but what about preventing excessive weight gain? If helping millennials fight the battle of the bulge doesn’t immediately surface as a pressing need, you’re not alone. According to Dr. William Dietz, young adults have largely been ignored when it comes to the prevention of overweight and obesity. However, recent research shows that targeting this particular age group is critical to fighting the ongoing obesity epidemic. 

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It's Peak Season for Lyme Disease – What Should Employers Do?
August 14, 2017

It's Peak Season for Lyme Disease – What Should Employers Do?

Lyme disease, caused by a tick-borne bacterium, doesn’t typically affect a large amount of employees, however those who are suffering from Lyme disease often experience frustration in getting care to manage these symptoms. A small minority are even debilitated by the disease, preventing them from working and maintaining a good quality of life. Here are 5 strategies employers can use to help support employees to avoid or manage Lyme disease.

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August 10, 2017

"Leave the Crown in the Garage." A Message on Work-Life from PepsiCo's CEO

Success cannot be defined nor sustained by one dimension of our lives. Our physical health affects our work performance, and our job satisfaction affects our emotional well-being in and out of the office. The lessons we learn in one role make us stronger in another, but we oftentimes find ourselves in conflict between responsibilities. A workplace culture of health and flexibility can assist employees in achieving work-life harmony and position businesses as employers of choice.

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Workplace Friendships Increase Productivity
August 3, 2017

Workplace Friendships Increase Productivity

Do you have a best friend at work? If so, chances are you’re more engaged in your job than your peers without one.1 You may even be more successful at engaging your customers or clients and produce higher quality of work.2  While it may seem counter intuitive to some, research shows that having strong social bonds with coworkers is associated with a number of positive business outcomes, including those mentioned above. In fact, research also indicates that even minor increases in social cohesiveness among employees can lead to large gains in productivity.3

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