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Work / Life Issues

Do your obligations follow digital nomads?

Many employees who worked remotely through the pandemic will soon begin returning to work in person this fall. Before then, however, many of your pandemic teleworkers are likely planning to hit the road this summer—and taking their laptops with them as they can continue to work remotely from some location away from home. Here’s what to consider before giving them the green light.

Help hard-working staff recharge this summer

Last summer there was nowhere to go and no one to go with. Thanks to vaccinations, things are looking up this summer. Make it easy for your employees to disconnect, whether that’s to take a much-needed real vacation or just leave work on Friday afternoon so they can enjoy the weekend with friends and family.

Buried by burnout, employees plan long vacations this year

Fully 44% of professionals surveyed said they are more burned out on the job today than they were a year ago, up from 34% in a similar 2020 poll. Nearly half of employees—49%—experiencing increased fatigue blamed it on a heavier workload.

$150M reminder: Beware ‘predictive scheduling’ laws

A growing number of states and cities (including Oregon, New York City and Chicago) have new laws requiring employers to give workers advance notice of their upcoming schedules and any changes.

Employers, employees may clash over return-to-work

Employers continue to struggle with what post-pandemic work ought to look like, according to a new survey by the Littler Mendelson employment law firm. One of the most potentially significant problems: Employers and employees may disagree about plans for reopening workplaces after a year of working remotely.

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.