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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 [...]

What can Businesses Learn from the 1918 Spanish Flu and Apply to The COVID-19 Response Today

Apr 13, 2020|

What can Businesses Learn from the 1918 Spanish Flu and Apply to the COVID-19 Response Today Erin Peterson Researcher Although there is a great deal of speculation surrounding the social and economic outcomes of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, examining prior public health emergencies can provide some insight into these questions. A recent NBER [...]

IBI Board Chairman Speaks to Members

Apr 10, 2020|

Update on IBI's Focus and Operations Dear Members & Friends, As the coronavirus pandemic continues to compel businesses to re-evaluate their future focus, investments and needs, we are making sure that IBI remains a responsive, valuable and engaged organization during these challenging times. To reaffirm IBI’s mission and agenda for the remainder of the [...]

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

Mar 24, 2020|

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 [...]

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

Mar 10, 2020|

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|

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|

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|

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|

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 [...]