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  • 5 reasons wearable wellness is here to stay

    October 16, 2014

    Whether it’s Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Apple Watch or even Google Glass, consumer demand for wearable technology is at an all-time high. Amy McDonough, Fitbit’s director of wellness, shares five reasons wearable fitness technology is not just a fad and what each trend means for employers and employees.


  • 4 ways to combat stress

    October 14, 2014

    Open enrollment is one of the busiest times of year for benefit managers. But don’t let the stress of the season get you down. Use these four strategies to fight back against the ill effects of stress.


  • 8 flu shot myths debunked

    October 10, 2014

    A study conducted by the Trust for America’s Health found that one in five Americans (62 million) get the flu each year. Despite the numbers, fewer than half of Americans (45%) got a flu shot during the 2012-2013 flu season.


  • What benefits do your employees really want?

    October 9, 2014

    The features and services that you think workers will appreciate and use may be completely different than what employees actually desire, so communication is key - maybe even in the form of a company survey. Easy access is also key to better utilization.


  • Walmart health care coverage move not surprising

    October 8, 2014

    Randy Hargrove, a Walmart spokesperson, tells EBN that the company's decision to end health coverage for a small portion of its workforce will enable these employees to "decide for themselves what makes the most sense for them."


  • Are gaming apps just a wellness quick-fix?

    October 8, 2014

    Encouraging the use of video game-styled features on smartphones to boost participation in your wellness program might get employees off to a good start, but these tools might not be the best long-term solution to building engagement.


  • 3 ways to counsel employers through an employee's depression-related return to work

    October 7, 2014

    Commentary: October is National Depression Awareness Month. Jeff Guardalabene, a mental health case manager with Standard Insurance Company, offers these tips on how to help your employer clients navigate this important but often uncharted territory.


  • EEOC sues second employer over wellness program

    October 7, 2014

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s new focus on employer wellness programs has many health and benefit managers scratching their heads on what is acceptable when it comes to voluntary health screenings and incentive rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


  • 10 tips for better communication during open enrollment

    October 7, 2014

    Most employers think they are doing a better job communicating about the company’s employee benefits than their employees think they are. Benefit and payment solutions provider Alegeus Technologies offers tips for better communication during open enrollment.


  • Advisers key to creating better informed employees when it comes to benefits

    October 6, 2014

    Employers and employees have different perspectives when it comes to discussing benefits, and benefit advisers can help close that gap.


  • How to make the most of your narrow network

    October 6, 2014

    Narrow networks of health care providers offer new ways for employers and health plans to control the costs of care. But many of these networks are being constructed without regard to the value they deliver, says Scott Wallace, visiting professor at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.


  • Workforce participation: Entering later, staying longer

    October 3, 2014

    Retirement patterns are changing globally. As a result, providing employees greater retirement security and financial literacy can help employers cultivate a less stressed, healthier and more engaged workforce.


  • Trick or treat: Boost engagement and loyalty with creative perks

    October 2, 2014

    What tricks and treats do you have lined up for your employees to help them manage the frequently conflicting personal and professional priorities that arise during the holiday season?


  • 5 root causes of disengagement

    October 1, 2014

    The one-size-fits-all communications approach is ending, but employee engagement is still an issue for many employers. Alison Davis, of employee communication firm Davis & Company, identified five root causes of deteriorating engagement, which she shared with attendees at this year’s Benefits Forum & Expo.


  • Benefits innovation ‘stuck in neutral’

    September 30, 2014

    In a world where instant gratification and customization are a way of life, workplace wellness programs haven’t kept pace, says Scott Haverlock, senior manager, talent & total rewards with Niagara Bottling, Inc. and a keynote speaker at this year’s Benefits Forum & Expo.



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