Carol Harnett

Carol Harnett is HRE’s Benefits columnist. She is a widely respected consultant, speaker, writer and trendspotter in the fields of employee benefits, health and productivity management, health and performance innovation, and value-based health. Follow her on Twitter via @carolharnett and on her video blog, The Work.Love.Play.Daily. She can be emailed at hreletters@lrp.com.

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Innovative PTO programs can satisfy one of employees’ top needs: flexibility.

3 Ways to Bring Value to Healthcare Benefits

Here’s what you personally can do to improve both the quality and cost of healthcare for your workforce.

Do You Know What Caregiving is Costing You?

Companies must do a better job measuring the impact caregiving has on workers' performance.

What to Do About the Overtreatment Epidemic

A personal tale about navigating today’s “better-to-be-safe-than-sorry” world.

Outside-the-Box Mental-Health Strategies

Two new offerings use technology in novel ways to help workers overcome mental-health challenges.

Calculating an ROI From Healthcare

Vendors have long talked up their ability to deliver a return on investment, but here’s one that’s now backing it up with a guarantee.

Responding to the Needs of Low-Wage Workers

Here's why ongoing access to affordable healthcare services is vital to low-wage workers.

Why Disability Insurance Matters

Getting employers to see the benefits of this safety net is a difficult but worthwhile endeavor.

Genetic Testing at Work

Do the rewards of genetic testing of employees outweigh the possible risks it presents to their financial stability?

The Long Road to Value-Based Health

Our benefits columnist outlines four steps employers can take to ensure their health plans are designed to meet value-based standards.

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