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Announcing IBI’s 2021 Research Agenda

Feb 16, 2021|

Announcing IBI’s 2021 Research Agenda Kelly McDevitt, IBI President The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost everything about how we work and do business. It has removed the boundaries between office and home life, shifted working arrangements and programs online, and greatly altered the kind of support employees need to stay healthy and engaged. Throughout [...]

Another Way to Measure Employee Productivity Could Benefit Employers

Jan 25, 2021|

Another Way to Measure Employee Productivity Could Benefit Employers Nicole Nicksic, PhD, MPH Research Lead IBI is based on the premise that “productive, healthy employees promote healthy business”. If that looks familiar, it should be—it is the slogan on our website homepage. We recognize that high productivity is critical to business success, and good [...]

We All Have a Part to Play in Reducing Health Inequities in the Workforce

Jan 19, 2021|

We All Have a Part to Play in Reducing Health Inequities in the WorkforceBrian Gifford Ph.D.Director, Research and AnalyticsIn a Health Affairs Blog article, Dr. Bruce Sherman and several co-authors at IBM Watson Health issued an important call to action titled “Race and Ethnicity Must Be Included In Employee Health Data Analyses.” They not only [...]

Navigating the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout will Require Thoughtfulness and Patience

Jan 11, 2021|

Navigating the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout will Require Thoughtfulness and Patience Erin Peterson Researcher By now we’ve all heard about the two vaccines that are making their way into the US healthcare system, albeit slowly. While promising, we can’t expect them to be a cure for the pandemic – at least not yet.  Vaccines: Who [...]

Bringing Preventive Care Back to the Forefront of Employee Health Priorities

Aug 25, 2020|

Bringing Preventive Care Back to the Forefront of Employee Health Priorities Erin Peterson Researcher Continued measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus have led to disruptions and delays in health care—especially in preventive care where missed or later diagnosis will likely result in poorer clinical outcomes. Preventive screenings help to identify the onset [...]

Improving Care and Support for Employees who are Caring for Others

Jul 30, 2020|

Improving Care and Support for Employees who are Caring for Others Nicole Nicksic, PhD, MPH Research Lead The aging population, changing workforce demographics, and soaring health care costs place enormous burdens upon U.S. employees who juggle work responsibilities with providing care for an elderly or ill family member. A study published in Health Affairs [...]

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Informal Caregiving: A Preview of IBI Research

Jul 13, 2020|

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Informal Caregiving: A Preview of IBI Research By: IBI Research Team In October 2019, when members of IBI’s Research Committee proposed a study of employees who provide informal care to an elderly or seriously ill family member, the intent was to draw attention to the health and productivity implications [...]

Considerations for Employers as Social Distancing Recommendations Continue

May 11, 2020|

Considerations for Employers as Social Distancing Recommendations Continue Nicole Nicksic Researcher A century has passed since a pandemic with the magnitude of COVID-19 has occurred. As of this writing, COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. are predicted to surpass 100,000 by the beginning of June. After weeks of shelter-in-place mandates and social distancing, state and [...]

World Immunization Week: Making Vaccines Part of Your Workforce Health Strategy

Apr 30, 2020|

World Immunization Week: Making Vaccines Part of Your Workforce Health Strategy Carolyn Ho, IBI Communications Lead The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on how increasingly interconnected the world is and how important immunization is in protecting against infectious diseases. According to the World Health Organization, immunizations are estimated to prevent two to three million [...]

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