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FAQs Regarding Return-to-Work Guidelines

As our nation continues to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, many business leaders are assembling teams and task forces to determine the best way to safely return their employees from home to the physical workplace. Naturally, employees and employers alike are concerned about safety, and many organizations are seeking answers for what they can and cannot do regarding return-to-work concerns.

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Crucial Benefits Communication Strategies

As a business leader, you spend a lot of time and effort—not to mention expense—to provide the best possible benefits for your employees. After all, ensuring that the members of your workforce are happy and healthy helps ensure that they are effective and productive at work. According to a recent study, “Satisfied and workers who feel well provide better customer service and are more productive each day, leading to a 12% spike in productivity for your business and higher profits.”1

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Increasing Adoption of Healthcare Benefits Among Hispanic Employees

There’s no doubt about it—the American workforce and overall population is becoming increasingly diverse, and Hispanics account for a large part of this growth:

Latinos are the country’s second largest racial or ethnic group, behind white non-Hispanics. Between 2010 and 2019, the Latino share of the total U.S. population increased from 16% to 18%. Latinos accounted for about half (52%) of all U.S. population growth over this period.1

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How COVID- 19 Has Impacted Mental Health Spending

There’s no way around it—2020 has been a stressful year. Between increased health anxieties over the global coronavirus pandemic, adjusting to shelter-in-place orders, transitioning to work-from-home and learning to navigate remote learning while schools are shut down, major civil rights protests, and an uncertain economic future, it’s no wonder that Americans’ mental health is suffering.

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Fostering Employee Wellness With Your Remote Workforce

The popularity of workplace wellness programs has skyrocketed over the last several years. In fact, nearly half of U.S. workplaces offer some type of health and wellness program.1 Wellness programs are vast in nature and include various programs including nutrition and weight management, physical fitness and mobility support, smoking-cessation programs, and mental-health support, to name a few.

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Managing Symptoms of Stress

Our overall wellness is important to maintain a functioning balance in our lives––and our mental wellness is a part of that. We all encounter stress, and at times, our level of stress can increase as a result of personal and/or workplace circumstances. But what do we do when that happens and how do we manage it?

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How Social Determinants of Health Impact Wellness Programs

There are many factors that affect our health. We know that eating well, exercising, and seeing a doctor when we are sick are simple steps that we can take to keep ourselves healthy, but our health is also affected by access to social and economic opportunities. Social determinants of health include the following factors:

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A Guide to Communicating Effectively with Remote Employees

Since the nationwide implementation of social distancing measures put in place to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, many companies have shifted to operating a remote workforce. Since mid-February, Forbes reports that almost half of all American companies have asked their employees to work from home. For many business leaders, this has resulted in major disruptions to daily operations, and while there are many benefits to working from home for both employers and individuals, not having the opportunity for face-to-face interactions creates practical challenges for effective communication that many leadership teams are grappling with for the first time.

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5 Tips for Creating a Culture of Learning in the Workplace

There are a lot of things in today’s workplace that can make employees feel happy and more engaged—money, rewards, or something as simple as a thank you card. The list could go on and on, but one of the ways that many companies are fulfilling this need is through developing a culture of learning in their organization that supports their employees’ professional and personal development. Companies that promote a culture of learning in their workplace have a system of organizational practices and processes that encourage employees to develop their professional expertise.

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Maximizing the Value of Your Employee Benefits Broker Relationship

Most small business owners are focused on long-term success and business growth, but it can be easy to lose sight of these goals when tasks like managing daily operations with very limited resources come into play. Unlike large-scale businesses, most small business owners juggle everything from administrative duties, payroll, HR, and staying on top of compliance regulations.

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