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Work / Life Issues

Employers focus on wellbeing, caregiving benefits

Most employers know their efforts to support employees during the pandemic have fallen short, and they are adjusting benefits to do better this year, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson.

Meeting employee caregivers’ needs in post-COVID world

As employers nationwide prepare to meet a new normal, perhaps no subset of the workforce will be more affected than the over 40 million employees who double as caregivers to aging family members, many of whom struggled to find work-life balance even during better times.

Remote work could save U.S. employers $500B per year

“The Business Case for Remote Work” says a typical U.S. employer can save $11,000 per year for each employee who works remotely two to three days a week.

Employees want greater benefits security, lower costs

Roughly half of U.S. employees want more help from their employers to save for retirement, balance their work and life issues and get the most value from their employee benefits, according to new research from the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

Coronavirus drives shift in employer-provided benefits

The past year saw a significant increase in employer-offered telemedicine, paid and unpaid caregiver leave, tuition discounts and hazard pay, according to the WorldatWork association.

Jeff Bezos: Call it work/life harmony

I know if I am energized at work, happy at work, feeling like I’m adding value, part of a team, whatever energizes you, that makes me better at home. Likewise, if I’m happy at home, it makes me a better employee, a better boss.

Employees flock to virtual health care during pandemic

Employee use of virtual health care has surged during the pandemic, with most employees giving the level of care high marks, according to a new survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

Curb childless workers’ FFCRA resentment

Working parents can take as much as 12 weeks of partly paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. That’s causing resentment among employees who don’t have kids.

Benefits in a COVID world: 6 trends for 2021

As employees experience extraordinary uncertainty in the pandemic, they’re placing a higher value on their company-provided benefits—and they’re paying much more attention to the details of those perks. What does this mean for benefits in 2021?

‘A wake-up call on employee benefits’: COVID is driving more interest in open enrollment

While a vast majority of employees typically choose the same benefits year after year, that could be changing.