The Source: Weekly Roundup – August 19th, 2019

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In this week's edition, we explore tips for putting telemedicine programs front and center, how AI can help with recruiting efforts, tips for supporting shift workers and more! Click To Tweet

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6 Tips for Changing the Telemedicine Conversation

Why in the world are we still talking about telemedicine the same way we have for the last five or so years? With 90 percent of large employers expected to offer it to their employees in 2019, I’m pretty sure clients get the gist and you may feel as though the box is checked. Yet, I still have conversations weekly that lead to a refreshed approach.

I propose we have a different conversation about telemedicine. Here are six ways to move the conversation from what telemedicine is and why your clients should offer it, to how to build an effective, successful program, via BenefitsPro.

3 Ways AI Can Make You A Better Recruiter

The struggle to find talent is real. 3 out of 4 companies report having a difficult time finding skilled candidates. With a record-high number of job openings, how are you supposed to get ahead of your competition and find the quality candidates you need? The pressure is on to recruit better. Technology like artificial intelligence (AI) is available to help you recruit better. But how in the world does AI help with recruiting? Find out with these tips from HR Technologist

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3 Charts that Explain Large Employers’ Healthcare Benefits Strategy in 2020

Shifts in the U.S. healthcare system have employers looking to new solutions in coming years, officials at the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) told reporters at a press briefing announcing the release of the organization’s annual survey of large employers Tuesday.

“Companies are making more investments in the health and well-being of their employees,” Brian Marcotte, NBGH’s president and CEO said. “They’re looking at investments in employee health and well-being much in the way that they look at investments in training and development and safety within their organization.” See what’s in store in this HR Dive review

6 Steps Clients Can Take to Enhance Financial Literacy Across Five Generations

Having a multi-generational workforce is a distinct advantage, but it poses a challenge to an organization’s benefits and compensation leadership team to understand the needs and wants of all of its employees.

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The University of Pittsburgh recently underwent a multi-year initiative to transform how we communicate about our retirement plan and boost financial literacy. Traditionally, they had placed an emphasis on those faculty and staff who were closer to retirement.

But with five generations within our workforce, they realized this initiative would provide an opportunity to demonstrate how the features of the retirement savings plan could help their faculty and staff address the financial needs and goals of their specific life stage and provide a meaningful and relevant financial educational experience for all.

Get the scoop on Employee Benefit Adviser.

7 Ways to Keep Shift Workers Healthy

For companies open for more than 10 hours a day, it’s likely that you have some sort of shift work, or a pattern of work involving rotation through different fixed periods across a working week or month. Employees who work in healthcare, call centers, manufacturing and in a warehouse all regularly work round-the-clock shifts, and these are some of the most common industries utilizing this type of model.

While shift work can have numerous positives for the company and even the workers, it also can have many negative impacts on health — both physical and mental. See seven tips on how to keep your shift workers in tip top shape on Employee Benefits News

Should I Get Certified? The Importance of HR Certification

Human resources professionals aren’t required to earn HR certifications, but in many cases, getting certified is a valuable investment in your long-term career. How do you determine whether an HR certification is the right choice for you? Learn more about HR Certifications programs and weight the pros and cons in this Ultimate Software review

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OE Week 2019 [Free Webinar]

It’s no secret that open enrollment is a lot of work for HR teams. From designing their benefits package to accounting for rising health care costs to planning employee communications, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything that has to get done. Get inspired, focused and motivated with PlanSource OE Week, five days of free 30-minute webinars held daily August 19-23 at 2pm ET (11am PT).

Each day during OE Week will feature a short webinar that’s packed with specific, actionable content that’s designed to help break down the process and focus employer efforts on planning and executing the best OE ever. If you can’t make it to all five webinars – don’t worry – we’ll send out recordings with the slides to all registrants afterwards.


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Thought Of The Week

90% of large employers offer a telemedicine program yet usage rates are still extremely low. – BenefitsPro

How are you engaging with and education employees on your telemedicine progam to increase utilization?

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