HRE’s number of the day: wellbeing focus

42: Percentage of employers who say their top priority is staying healthy and/or preventing employees from becoming sick.

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What it means to HR leaders

The data is the latest to indicate the emphasis being placed on employee health and wellbeing during COVID-19.

“The global pandemic has brought front-and-center the importance of physical and mental health and how quickly either or both can be taken away,” says Kara Hoogensen, senior vice president of specialty benefits at Principal Financial Group.

Principal’s research shows that employers are investing in their employees’ health in a variety of ways, from increasing sanitation and cleaning practices and changing benefit programs based on employees’ needs to offering more remote work options and allowing additional scheduling flexibility to manage work and life responsibilities. “These are just a few tangible ways employers are demonstrating their commitment to their employees–and, ultimately, investing in their business–as a way to help keep employees physically and mentally healthy,” Hoogensen says.

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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.