The Source: Weekly Roundup – July 29th, 2019

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In this week's edition, we highlight important questions to ask wellness providers, the biggest benefits mistakes that cost employers, companies that are innovating health care and more! Click To Tweet

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5 Benefits Mistakes That Cost Employees

You can have the best benefits package in the world, but if your employees aren’t well-informed about its strengths, then it’s virtually useless. Offering and promoting telemedicine tools, customizing communications based on demographic groups, and emphasizing the importance of HSA engagement are just some of the strategies employers can use to ensure employees are saving money on their benefits. Check out the full list from Bob Armour, CMO at Jellyvision in BenefitsPro.

Employees Want the Human Touch with Benefits Help

A new Colonial Life survey found that across all generations, employees prefer talking to an actual person about their benefits over the internet. Just over three-quarters of respondents said they turn to HR professionals, family members, friends or colleagues to learn about their benefits. More companies are looking at their employees as they would their customers, treating them with a more service-oriented approach. Get the full analysis from HR Dive. 

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Companies Offering LGBTQ-Friendly Policies at Record High

Over half of LGBTQ workers are still in the closet at their job, feeling pressure to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity at work. The number of U.S. companies putting policies in place to protect LGBTQ employees reached a record high in 2018, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Get the full rundown from Employee Benefit News.

3 Questions to Ask Wellness Program Providers

Not all wellness programs are created equal, and you definitely don’t want to be using your benefits spend on something that may not even be effective in improving employee health and wellness. Many vendors claim their program will increase productivity, lower absenteeism, reduce medical claims and vastly improve employees’ health, but how do you determine which ones actually work? 

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The short answer is: data speaks for itself. Get the full rundown from SHRM on what questions to ask wellness program vendors to get the true picture of their program’s ROI.

HR Tech Weekly: Episode #226: Stacey Harris and John Sumser

“Watch out for these guys. They seem to be on a roll!” In this week’s episode of HR Tech Weekly, hosts Stacey Harris John Sumser catch up on the week’s biggest stories, including news on Microsoft active daily users, the announcement of TMP Worldwide acquiring Perengo, and a recap of the PlanSource Eclipse conference. Listen to the full episode here.

5 Ways Companies Are Innovating in Health Care

Employees are universally worried about the cost of health care and access to quality care services, and the responsibility to ease these problems falls on employers providing benefits. Premise Health hosted 132 clients from 80 large employers in Nashville to connect them with their peers, share success stories and strategies, and discuss the evolving health care industry. Check out Employee Benefit Advisor for five key takeaways from some of the world’s largest employers. 

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Sustainable Benefits: How Strategic Materials Saves Time & Resources with Outsourcing

Join us for a free HRCI– and SHRM-approved webinar with Regional HR Business Partner Courtney Scardino and Employee Benefits Specialist Isabel Martinez in which they tell the Strategic Materials story – why they decided to outsource their benefits, the challenges they were facing that PlanSource was able to help them solve, and the roadmap for the future of their benefits strategy. You’ll learn about how they were able to revamp their trust in their benefits data with a dependable benefits partner and transform their employee service model from reactive to proactive.

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Thought Of The Week

64% of millennials say benefits are extremely or very important to employer loyalty – Qualtrics 2017

What are you doing to recruit and retain top millennial talent? 

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