Benefits news you may have missed: March 1-5

From wellness programs missing the mark to employers’ biggest vaccine concerns, here are some of the week’s top stories.
By: | March 5, 2021 • 2 min read

Employers say their wellness, caregiving programs are falling short during COVID-19: Fewer than three in 10 employers say their wellbeing and caregiving programs have been effective at supporting employees during the pandemic, new research finds, signaling that organizations have significant work to do in revamping resources to help their workforce. Read more here.

This is small businesses’ biggest COVID vaccine concern: The slow rollout of the vaccine and how it will impede business operations is the biggest concern about COVID-19 vaccination for small and mid-size business owners, according to a Paychex survey of 300 principals of U.S. companies with two to 500 employees. Read more here.

Mayer: What did we get right—and wrong—during COVID-19? This is the most important time in recent history for benefits and how employers support their workers. So, what are you doing about it? I’m excited to dive into this extremely important era in benefits at HRE’s upcoming Health & Benefits Leadership Conference, to be held virtually May 11-13. Read more here.

Why wellness needs to be personalized and holistic: Personalization is everywhere—our apps, our wearable tech, social media, even targeted marketing. So it’s no wonder that employees expect that same experience at work, says Leapgen co-founder and CEO Jason Averbook, one of the keynoters at this month’s Spring HR Tech. Read more here.

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Women in our workforce are struggling: 4 ways HR leaders can help: Many employers, including my own, have rolled out new benefits and resources to help their workforce during the pandemic. But some organizations may not be aware of just how much this group is struggling and that there’s an opportunity to do more. Read more here.

This CHRO approaches health and wellness with a legal mindset: With 23 hospitals and 700 outpatient centers across New York City, Long Island and Westchester—areas hard hit by COVID-19 early on—and a workforce in the trenches of the pandemic every day, keeping employees safe, motivated and engaged is an ongoing struggle, says Maxine Carrington, manager of labor relations at Northwell Health. 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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