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Remote in: Productivity and health while working from home during COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Remote in: Productivity and health while working from home during COVID-19 Nicole Nicksic Researcher Experts have been instituting social distancing policies across the country in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As an epidemiologist, this is important to implement nationwide in order to flatten the curve, or slow the rate of infection to [...]

Managing Health and Productivity in the Age of Coronavirus: The Professional Healthcare, Wellbeing and Absence Management View

Mar 19, 2020|Categories: Article, Blog, Practical Guidance|Tags: |

Managing Health and Productivity in the Age of Coronavirus: The Professional Healthcare, Wellbeing and Absence Management View Originally posted: March 19, 2020 Last updated: March 27, 2020 To download a pdf version of the guidance, click here. The Coronavirus Pandemic The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak beginning late in 2019 has reached pandemic proportions, affecting [...]

Survey Results Find that Benefit Managers are Patient-Centric in their Decisions around Benefit Design

Mar 10, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Survey Finds that Benefit Managers are Patient-Centric in their Decisions around Benefit Design Tom Parry President Patient-centeredness is moving to the forefront of healthcare delivery. What is patient-centeredness? It focuses on ensuring a patient’s specific preferences, needs, and values are taken into account in healthcare decisions. Open communications, empathy, and mutual respect between the [...]

World Obesity Day 2020: Researchers Play Role in Ending Stigma of Obesity

Mar 4, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

World Obesity Day 2020: Researchers Play Role in Ending the Stigma of Obesity Brian Gifford Director, Research and Analytics A recent consensus statement by an international panel of 36 experts reports that stigmatization of obesity is pervasive and damaging. The panel points to the stigmatizing role of several social institutions—including research. Health and productivity [...]

How Businesses Can Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus: The CDC Releases Guidelines for Employers

Feb 11, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

How Businesses Can Prevent the Spread of Novel Coronavirus: The CDC Releases Guidelines for Employers The novel coronavirus is currently making headlines for its spread throughout China. Although the virus is not currently spreading in the US, there are steps that businesses can take to help control infection in their own workforce. Most often, [...]

Don’t Get Surprised by (Some) Disappointing Paid Leave Outcomes

Nov 14, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Don't Get Surprised by (Some) Disappointing Paid Leave Outcomes One of the most important insights from IBI’s interviews with benefits managers at 15 high tech firms was that many companies are ill-equipped to reintegrate new parents back from leave. The implication was that even the best-designed leave policy could be counterproductive if returning parents [...]

Research Review October 2019

Nov 8, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Research review keeps you up to date with the latest peer-reviewed work on health and productivity. Here’s a sample of what caught our attention that you may have missed in October. In This Issue: Family Leave and Return-to-Work Experiences of Physician Mothers Productivity loss due to overweight and obesity: a systematic review of [...]

When More is Less: the Limits of Extreme Productivity

Jul 31, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Japanese employees put in more time at work than perhaps anyone else in the world. The most extreme risk of this phenomena is “karoshi,” literally translated as “death by overwork,” which might account for thousands of deaths per year. A new analysis examines a less extreme toll on both Japanese employees and businesses: lost work [...]

New IRS Guidelines for High Deductible Plans Could Give Employers a Productivity Boost

Jul 25, 2019|Categories: Blog|

High deductible health plans (HDHPs) are a popular way for those who don’t expect to have expensive medical services in a year pay lower premiums. The danger is that enrollees may not seek medical care when it’s needed or to manage chronic conditions because they can’t afford to meet the deductible. IBI recently released a [...]

New Resource to Help Employees Manage Migraines

Jul 9, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

Migraines disrupt the social and working lives of millions of Americans. The financial losses attributable to migraines fall on both patients and their employers. By IBI’s estimation, migraine costs U.S. businesses nearly $12B per year. Per employee per year, migraine adds $61 medical and pharmacy treatments and $23 in lost work time. The good news [...]