Benefits news you may have missed: July 19-23

From inside Momentive’s poll-reliant people strategy to how HR leaders can stay ahead on mental health support, here are some of this week’s top stories.
By: | July 23, 2021

How this survey company uses its own tool to support employees: For a company whose business is all about surveys, Momentive—formerly SurveyMonkey—has exactly the kind of strategy you might expect for an organization aiming to find out what employees want and what the company can do better to help them: surveying them. The chief people officer of Momentive, Becky Cantieri, explains the poll-reliant people strategy inside the tech company. Read more here.

‘Astounding’ number of workers looking for new jobs; What’s HR’s move? Evidence of the “Great Resignation” is picking up steam—and burnout is largely to blame. New data finds a whopping 95% of workers say they are considering changing jobs, according to data recently released by job search company Monster, which surveyed 649 workers in June. Meanwhile, 92% say they are willing to switch industries to do so. “As the head of HR, results such as these are astounding and eye-opening,” says Claire Barnes, chief human capital officer, Monster Worldwide, and global HR lead. Read more here.

Are you innovating with benefits? Submit to speak at our 2022 conference: The deadline to submit a speaking proposal for next year’s Health and Benefits Leadership Conference is being extended. Speakers now have until July 30 to submit a proposal to present at the annual benefits conference, which is scheduled for April 5-7, 2022, in Las Vegas. Read more here.

How HR leaders can stay ahead on mental health support: Pandemic-fueled trauma is continuing for employees, new research finds, a sign that employers must not slow down on their mental health efforts. According to the new Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition, post-traumatic stress disorder is driving stress levels up and hurting employee resilience and cognition, while risk of PTSD is up 56% when compared to pre-COVID-19 levels. That’s a slight increase from last month, when risk was up 55% from pre-pandemic levels. Read more here.

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Employers embracing hybrid work models: The vast majority of a group of 510 employers with flexible work programs in place since the pandemic began (meaning they have allowed workers to work both at home or in the office) say that post-pandemic they will adopt a hybrid work model—a blend of in-person and remote working (70%), according to data from HR consulting firm Mercer. Here’s what that means for HR leaders. Read more here.

2 must-haves for a strong hybrid work plan from a Stanford expert: Pre-COVID, remote work was embraced only by a handful of employers. Now, of course, that model has grown exponentially due to the pandemic—and it will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future. “Working from home completely exploded,” Nicholas Bloom, William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University and a remote work expert, said this week during an HRE webinar. As the country reopens and employers consider return-to-office plans, hybrid models of work—in which employees work part-time at home and part-time in the office—will be the most popular trend. Read more here.

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.

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