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Getting Insights on Employee Mental Health Starts with Organizational Culture

Aug 23, 2021|

Getting Insights on Employee Mental Health Starts with Organizational Culture Dr. Joe Aller, DHA, MBA, CPA Director, Analytics and Research, IBI Upcoming IBI research evaluating how employees’ mental health is impacted by the pandemic begs the question - how can employers proactively gather information on potentially deteriorating mental health while promoting activities supportive of [...]

It’s Time to Take a Vacation and Get Out of the Office – For Productivity’s Sake!

Jul 26, 2021|

It’s Time to Take a Vacation and Get Out of the Office – For Productivity’s Sake!Dr. Joe Aller, DHA, MBA, CPADirector, Analytics and Research, IBIIt’s the summer, and one of the hallmarks of the summer are family vacations, beach trips, road trips, and international travel. But what about during a pandemic?A lot of us haven’t [...]

Uncovering Gender Differences in the Mental Health Toll of COVID-19

May 28, 2021|

Uncovering Gender Differences in the Mental Health Toll of COVID-19 A Preview into IBI’s Research on Mental Health Dr. Joe Aller, DHA, MBA, CPA Director, Analytics and Research, IBI Recent data from the CDC shows the number of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depression has quadrupled from pre-pandemic levels. Information for employers on [...]

Patients as Experts: The Evidence for Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders and Pain

Apr 1, 2021|

Patients as Experts: The Evidence for Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders and Pain Brian Gifford , Ph.D., Director, Research and Analytics, IBI The workforce burden of musculoskeletal disorders and pain In 2018, one in four working-age Americans sought care for musculoskeletal disorders (MSK) such as back pain and arthritis. MSK disorders account for one in five short-term disability [...]

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 [...]

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