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IBI Research Director Dr. Gifford Speaks at a Congressional Briefing on the Prevention of Migraines

Jun 21, 2017|Categories: Research|Tags: , , |

Research!America hosted a congressional briefing on migraines, Thursday, June 15 in Washington DC. IBI Research Director Dr. Brian Gifford participated in this moderated panel alongside speakers representing the patient community, providers, government, and the research sector. The briefing focused on the debilitating impact of migraines on health, the economy and society, highlighting developments in research, prevention [...]

Work, Stress and Health Conference

Jun 12, 2017|Categories: Research|Tags: , |

IBI Research Director Dr. Brian Gifford and Research Associate Betty Zong presented at the International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, Work, Stress and Health 2017: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minnesota, June 7-10, 2017. This conference was convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and [...]

Planning for the Future Workforce: Leave Patterns Across Generations

Dec 8, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: |

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 [...]

Connecting Wellbeing to Business Performance

Dec 2, 2016|Categories: Article, Research|Tags: , , , , |

Two forces are converging in the management of employer‐based health and related benefits. As benefits professionals recognize the need to treat workforce health as something more than simply healthcare costs, they are expanding their focus to include dimensions such as absence from work, disability, employee performance and productivity. This broader view is influencing how these [...]

Making a Business Case for a Healthy Workforce

Oct 17, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , |

What is the C-suite trying to accomplish with its benefits strategy? What do senior leaders want to know? What do they need to know? IBI’s recent presentation for health care employers used research findings to drive home the message that recognizing the costs of illness is just the beginning. Understanding how health creates value is [...]

Health Risk Factors as Predictors of Workers’ Compensation Claim Occurrence and Cost

Aug 30, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , |

Spotlight on article published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work. The research described in this particular Spotlight is authored or co-authored by an IBI researcher. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the copyright holder._ What is the Issue? Millions [...]

And a Baby Makes Three (Months Off): Paid Parental Leave at 15 High Tech Firms

Aug 5, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , |

As of 2015, only 12% of U.S. workers had access to paid family leave. However, recent announcements of generous paid leave benefits by some high tech and financial services firms, followed by legislative actions on their home turfs of San Francisco and New York, have pushed the discussion into the national spotlight. To learn why [...]

Get the Watch Working: Integration Across Benefits Purchasing, Health Promotion & Health Protection

Jul 20, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

To deepen understanding around employers’ thinking on integration, how their approach functions in practice and the consequences for employee health and business value, IBI conducted interviews with senior-level health officials from nine different employers. In each of the nine organizations, there were three basic functions related to integrated employee health investments: benefits purchasing, health promotion [...]

Resources for Mental Health Awareness: Supporting Employee Wellbeing and Performance

May 11, 2016|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the right time to learn how mental illness and job stress may affect your employees, their performance and your business. One in four Americans is affected by mental illness each year, and the World Health Organization says depression will be the costliest disease burden by 2020. When it comes [...]

FMLA: What are the Real Opportunities for Improvement?

Dec 16, 2015|Categories: Research|Tags: , , |

Background 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 [...]