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Demand for well-being benefits has increased

Most HR leaders—61%—say demand for well-being programs has increased in recent months, and 63% say employee utilization of the programs is increasing, according to the WorldatWork total rewards association.

Wellness perks evolving to reflect today’s concerns

Smart employers are looking to beef up wellness programs as they shop for next year’s plan. Three wellness trends are attracting employer attention in the run-up to open enrollment this fall: mental health services, telehealth and workplace safety.

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.