Infographic: The Cost of Missed Work due to COVID-19

This infographic displays COVID-19 lost time costs for employers based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as of June 28, 2021. The assessment includes potential sick leave wages, short-term disability payments, and spending on employee benefits. The states with the highest lost work time costs are California, Texas, and New York. For more up-to-date [...]

Disability Diagnostics: Musculoskeletal Conditions (MSK)

Musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) are a group of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal systems: bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and the tissues that connect them. It often causes pain , loss of mobility, limitation of activities, and more. This snapshot provided by IBI's Disability Diagnosis Analyzer estimates the business costs and lost work time from employees entering [...]

Disability Diagnostics: Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, causing about one in four deaths. The impact of heart disease is significant, not only in terms of morbidity but also in terms of financial strain on individuals, businesses, and the overall economy. This snapshot provided by IBI's Disability Diagnosis Analyzer estimates the business [...]

Disability Diagnostics: Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US. In 2021, the American Cancer Society estimates 1.9 billion new cancer cases and over 600,000 cancer deaths will occur. This poses an enormous emotional, physical, and financial strain on individuals, business, and the global society. This snapshot provided by IBI's Disability Diagnosis Analyzer estimates [...]

Cost of Poor Health Infographic (2019 Data)

Every year, chronic illnesses and injuries among the U.S. workforce cost employers billions of dollars due to absences and lost productivity. How much exactly? IBI recently updated its Full Cost Estimator (FCE), a proprietary online tool that analyzes the costs of poor health in the workplace including absence, disability, presenteeism, and opportunity costs. For every [...]

U.S. Short-Term Disability (STD) and Sick Leave Cost Projections for Employee COVID-19 Cases Infographic

To provide insights into the financial burden of COVID-19 associated with lost work time costs, IBI reviewed employment, wage and leave benefit data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and lost workday experiences contained in IBI’s dataset of employer-sponsored short-term disability (STD) claims to estimate the incidence and absence compensation for employees who [...]

The Health and Productivity Impact of Chronic Conditions Infographic: Back Pain

Back pain is caused by conditions such as intervertebral disc disorders or ankylosing spondylitis not only degrades the quality of employees' lives -- it has business costs for employers and the economy at-large. The findings from IBIs series on the health and productivity impact of chronic conditions provide a scalable benchmark of what back pain [...]

Opioids, Pain and Absence: The Productivity Implications of Substance Use Among U.S. Workers – Guidance for Employers

The opioid epidemic has resulted in many analyses of the social and economic costs related to the problematic use of heroin and opioid pain relievers. The implications for employers as stakeholders often center on the risk of on-the-job accidents or difficulties in filling job vacancies in areas heavily affected by addiction and dependence. This may [...]

IBI Costs of Poor Health Infographic

Note: On December 8, 2020, we released an updated analysis based on 2019 data. The latest press release can be found here: US employers paid nearly $880 billion in health care benefits for employees and dependents, but how much does illness-related lost productivity cost employers? IBI uses data from IBI’s Full Cost Estimator, a [...]

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