Benefits news you may have missed: June 28-July 2

Inside Mailchimp’s burnout strategy: collective PTO, summer hours: Like most companies, Mailchimp was aware of the many struggles its employees had experienced over the past year due to the pandemic: work/life balance concerns, a shift to remote working, caregiving issues, COVID-19 diagnoses, medical problems, isolation and more. In recognition of those employee challenges, last year, Mailchimp decided to do something it never had before: close the company for a full week between Christmas and New Year’s to give its 1,200 employees a collective break. Read more here.

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As offices reopen, employees still want masks; what can HR do? Despite relaxed COVID-19 health guidance and more widespread vaccination, the majority of workers say they want their employers to require masks at on-site offices. Nearly six in 10 U.S. adults (57%) believe employees should be required to wear a mask when working at an on-site work location, even after being vaccinated for COVID-19, according to results from an†¯American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey. The survey was conducted from June 10—14 by The Harris Poll among 2,066 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. Read more here.

HRE seeks speakers for 2022 Health & Benefits Leadership Conference: Are you an innovative HR leader relying on benefits to retain, help and develop employees? Then you might want to consider submitting a proposal to speak at next year’s Health and Benefits Leadership Conference. Organizers of HRE’s annual event are seeking speaker proposals to present at the conference, which will be April 5-7, 2022, at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The deadline for submissions is July 22. Read more here.

Workers say they would leave their jobs if compensated less for working remotely: Employees want to maintain the option to work remotely post-pandemic and will not tolerate being compensated less for remote work, according to new survey data from The compensation management company surveyed 743 employers and 549 employees for results. Read more here.

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Kathryn Mayer
Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s former 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.