Sick Leave

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, [...]

Employees describe the productivity benefits of sick leave

Jan 23, 2019|

After a New York Times article proclaimed "The Death of the Sick Day," many readers described their own experiences of working while sick. While not a scientifically collected sample, the responses give important insights into the reasons why employees don't take time off from work:  they don’t want to burden their colleagues, be perceived as [...]

Should You Insource, Co-Source or Outsource Your Leave Management?

Apr 22, 2016|

The world of Leave and Absence Management is continually changing, due the complexity of managing leaves, legal and compliance requirements, and organizations’ desire to better track leaves and understand leave usage. Employers are seeking new ways to proactively manage leaves and absences, and stay ahead of this changing leave landscape. There are many ways to [...]

Health-Related Lost Productivity: Causes and Solutions

Feb 10, 2016|

HR managers, brokers and consultants have an opportunity to view disability carrier products and services in a different light. In the past, the focus was primarily on how one could obtain STD, LTD and absence management services at the lowest price. Often, the relationship between these services and the Health-Related Lost Productivity has been overlooked. [...]

Unmanaged Diabetes in the Workplace – Higher Worker Absence, Lower Performance

May 26, 2015|

This IBI report features the productivity implications of poorly managed diabetes drawing upon IBI’s 2013 Benchmarking data, prior IBI studies and others’ research. Together these findings suggest that when diabetes is managed well work-disruptive symptoms and events -- such as attendance problems, fatigue-related performance issues and work disability episodes -- are likely to diminish. Value-based [...]

Diabetes Management and Work-related Outcomes

Oct 24, 2014|

At a consensus conference of the American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE/ACE) in Washington, D.C., IBI Executive Vice President Kim Jinnett presented an overview of research that connects investments in health to work outcomes – with a specific emphasis on the productivity implications of diabetes management. Her slide presentation is now available as an annotated [...]

How Often Do Employees Work When They Get Sick? And Why?

Feb 11, 2014|

Spotlight on article published in Journal of 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 [...]

Multi-Study Spotlight: Workplace Interventions to Reduce Sickness Absence

Jul 23, 2013|

h2. Spotlight on article published in h2. "+Occupational Medicine+":http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/63/1/7.short _IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work by external researchers. Unless otherwise stated, the authors are not affiliated with IBI, nor was the research executed on IBI’s behalf. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the copyright [...]

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul? STD Plan Design, Sick Days and the Total Costs of Disability Absence

May 31, 2013|

The Issue: Many employers attempt to save short-term disability (STD) costs by implementing plans with longer elimination periods (EPs) and shorter maximum benefit durations (MBDs). Evidence: Regression models and cost simulations using 550,000 STD claims from 6,200 employers in IBI’s 2011 Health & Productivity Benchmarking data show: Longer EPs generate fewer claims, but also longer [...]