Executive Summaries

Making a Culture of Health Actionable for Employers

Efforts to improve workforce health and productivity by emphasizing a corporate “culture of health” may bolster efforts to improve participation in workplace health and wellbeing programs. IBI reviewed the existing peer-reviewed research literature on the topic of organizational culture and program participation – giving additional attention to studies that provide insights into the impact on [...]

Employers Top Information Needs

IBI’s Annual Forum is the premiere professional gathering for business intelligence about workforce health and productivity. The March 2017 Forum in San Francisco once again showcased thought leadership, expert guidance, and rigorous analysis focused on how investments in workforce health can improve employers’ business performance. The success of the Forum does not happen by accident—everything [...]

Planning for the Future Workforce Leave Patterns Across Generations – Executive Summary

While most “Baby Boomers” will leave the workforce in the next decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that by 2024, one in five American workers will be age 55 or older. The aging workforce will pose a challenge for employers’ human capital management strategies as well as their efforts to support their employees’ [...]

The Value of Disability Return To Work Executive Summary

IBI surveyed 256 human resources and benefits managers about their company’s return-to-work (RTW) resource and matched responses to their company’s short-term disability (STD) claims outcomes in IBI’s Health and Productivity Benchmarking system. This executive summary briefly provides an overview of the findings: The good news: Companies with RTW resources saw bigger year-over-year declines in their [...]

And Baby Makes Three (Months Off) Executive Summary

As of 2015, only 12% of U.S. workers had access to paid family leave. However, announcements of generous paid leave benefits by some high tech and financial services firms, followed by legislative actions in areas of San Francisco and New York, pushed the discussion into the national spotlight. IBI conducted in-depth interviews with human resources [...]

Putting the Pieces Together: Linking Health and Business Performance Measures – Executive Summary

Organizations know they need high-performing human capital in order to achieve business objectives, but investments like recruitment and training can't produce value when illness keeps employees away or prevents them from putting in their best performance. In a pilot survey of 86 participants, IBI found that two-thirds of their organizations have information on human capital [...]

FMLA: What are the Real Opportunities for Improvement? – Executive Summary

Employers face challenges in managing lost work time under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – particularly leave days that are taken intermittently and without prior notice. An employee’s request for FMLA leave also is an early indicator of an elevated risk for a later short-term disability claim. Adding to the complexity, employers that are [...]

Linking Workforce Health to Business Performance – Executive Summary

Most benefits professionals know the costs of illness in their workforce, but are unprepared to communicate the value that healthy workers bring to their company’s corporate strategy. The executive summary summarizes how the issue paper makes the case that health is an essential component of high-performing human capital and provides step-by-step guidance for linking health [...]

Avoiding the Traps of Consumer Driven Health Strategies – Cummins & Kraft (Highlights)

There are traps for both employers and employees if new consumer-driven health plans (CDHP) focus solely on short-term healthcare costs at the expense of health improvement and gains in absence, performance and productivity. New IBI case studies of Cummins and Kraft Foods illustrate how two employers are looking both to employee health and to business [...]