Companies need to care for their caregivers

November 1, 2017

To help employers get a jump start on creating caregiver-friendly workplaces, AARP and the Northeast Business Group on Health have produced a free online tool kit, chock-full of ideas and examples, expert resources and an assessment tool to gauge how well they're doing in providing assistance. Employers can find the tool at workandcaregiving.org.

Wellness, robo-advisors, dental, texting: Benefits products & tools

October 26, 2017

Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) and AARP launched a free guide called “Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace:  A Practical Guide for Employers.” The guide, the human resources industry’s first publication of its kind, contains tools, resources, and guidance to help employers of all sizes create workplace policies to help support employees who are family caregivers.

Caregiver’s guide

October 25, 2017

The [Northeast Business] Group on Health has teamed up with AARP to offer businesses a new guide to help them support employees with family caregiving duties. One in six U.S. employees is a caregiver today for a relative or friend, according to research by Family Caregiver Alliance, and U.S. businesses face more than $25 billion annually in lost productivity due to absenteeism among full-time working caregivers, according to the AARP. Click here to access the free guide.

Report focuses on employer strategies for easing MSD costs, health burdens

October 9, 2017

Employers can use several strategies to mitigate cost and health issues associated with workers’ musculoskeletal disorders, the Northeast Business Group on Health suggests in a report issued Sept. 21. A March 2016 study released by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative estimated that half of all Americans have a musculoskeletal condition, including arthritis and back pain. The annual costs for treatment, care and lost wages total $213 billion.

New High-Value Approaches to Musculoskeletal Disorders Can Pay Off for Employers

October 5, 2017

Employers can better manage the health and cost burdens of musculoskeletal disorders by implementing prevention strategies such as ergonomics training and movement-friendly workplace design, providing onsite physical therapy for those with acute or chronic pain, and paying for surgery with bundled pricing, says a new report from Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH).

Prevention is key to reducing the cost of employee back pain, arthritis

September 21, 2017

The Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) says employers can help curb costs associated with musculoskeletal disorders through both prevention and proper treatment. Ergonomics, joint-friendly workplace design, onsite physical therapy and value-based surgical approaches can improve workplace health, boost productivity and cut healthcare costs, according to the group's new report, Preventing and Treating Musculoskeletal Disorders: New Strategies for Employers.

Tech platform identifies caregiver resources

September 15, 2017

A recent survey by Northeast Business Group on Health and AARP included caregiving on a list of 10 top priorities for employee health and wellness benefits. Most employers predict that it will become an increasingly important issue among employees in the next five years, according to the research.

Benefits Professional of the Year creates a balance for Akamai employees

September 10, 2017

Historically, the tech industry hasn’t been synonymous with female employees. Akamai shares the same situation: Men make up 76.5% of the company’s workforce, Sardella says, and diversity and inclusion has been a struggle. Balancing childcare responsibilities with work priorities has often been identified as a major cause of the gender imbalance in tech. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 90% of people have missed work due to family responsibilities, for what the Northeast Business Group on Health estimates to be an average of six missed days a year.

Caregiving benefits moving to forefront

August 7, 2017

Employees stretched thin by providing care to relatives — whether ill or elderly — could be getting some help from employers going forward. A Society for Human Resource Management report says that more than 75 percent of employers believe that caregiving benefits will become more important to their companies over the next five years. Why? Increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and reduced health care costs, in that order, are the reasons more employers are considering investing in caregiving benefits, programs and services. Benefits managers at 129 employers throughout the U.S. were polled by the Northeast Business Group on Health in collaboration with AARP for the report Caregiving and the Workplace: Employer Benchmarking Survey, which was released last month.

Employers See Opportunity to Help Workers Take Care of Others

August 7, 2017

More than three-quarters of employers say caregiving benefits will grow in importance to their companies over the next five years, especially when it comes to caring for elderly or ailing family members.

Employers cite increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and reduced health care costs—in that order—as the top drivers that would make a compelling case for investment in caregiving benefits, programs and services, according to responses from benefits managers at 129 mostly large employers throughout the U.S., polled earlier this year by the Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) in collaboration with AARP. The findings were reported in a July 2017 report, Caregiving and the Workplace: Employer Benchmarking Survey.