Employee Benefit News' Audio Arena

Welcome to Employee Benefit News’s podcast channel. Here you’ll find audios of EBN editors interviewing the benefit field’s movers and shakers on the latest news, biggest issues and hottest trends -- as well as practical advice on how HR can overcome today’s most pressing challenges.

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September 26, 2014

Do workplace wellness programs adequately address stress?

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Dr. Leena Johns, senior global health care consultant with MetLife Global Employee Benefits, addresses why workplace culture is equally important in combating the effects of stress as reactive wellness programs.

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September 23, 2014

ACOs: 3 advantages, 1 risk

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Simeon Schindelman, CEO and chairman of private exchange provider Bloom Health, outlines why accountable care organizations are appealing and cautions employers to be very clear with employees about the tradeoffs.

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September 9, 2014

Early intervention is key in suicide prevention efforts

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September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day. Lucy Henry, vice president of stakeholder relations at First Sun EAP, discusses how benefit managers can help employees through the grieving process when they are faced with the death of a co-worker.

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August 25, 2014

3 ways to encourage family-friendly benefits utilization

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Nancy Grunnet, regional vice president for First Sun EAP, discusses challenges benefit managers face when it comes to educating employees about family-friendly benefits and offers three suggestions for encouraging their use.

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August 20, 2014

The downside of wellness incentives

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Alan Kohll, CEO and founder of Total Wellness, speaks to the importance of building intrinsic motivation in employees to participate in wellness programs.

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July 14, 2014

The role of employers in health care consumerism

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Ann Mond Johnson, chairman of the board of managers at ConnectedHealth, a private health care exchange, discusses two components of health care consumerism -- choice and transparency -- and how benefit managers can foster better health care consumerism among employees.

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July 10, 2014

How employers can use online resources to entice talent

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Will Staney, Glassdoor’s head talent warrior, talks to Senior Editor Michael Giardina about how HR and hiring managers can benefit from using resources such as Glassdoor, a transparent career community, and other online tools to revolutionize their hiring practices.

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June 19, 2014

Employers still focused on health care costs, despite 'distraction' of ACA

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The National Business Group on Health's new CEO, Brian Marcotte, discusses two issues employers are focused on right now besides ACA compliance, and warns that accountable care organizations run the risk of being stereotyped the same way managed care organizations were 20 years ago.

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May 30, 2014

Value-based insurance design gains momentum

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Mark Fendrick, M.D., director of the University of Michigan's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, discusses how a hybrid HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan that covers secondary prevention might increase the generosity of services covered while still creating a necessary level of employee responsibility for health care.

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May 29, 2014

HDHPs see continued growth

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Matthew Owenby, vice president of human resources at Aflac, shares results from the company's latest Workforces Report, including why cost-shifting in the form of high-deductible health plans is still growing.

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