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Lowering Healthcare Costs
While wellness initiatives remain popular and continue to evolve, the question of whether such programs save money has never been convincingly answered. Experts, nonetheless, offer suggestions for HR leaders thinking about creating and implementing successful work-based programs.
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Can Benefits Drive Innovation?
Giving employees more autonomy can foster innovation as well as job satisfaction, according to a recent book. But is there a connection between autonomy and long-term wellness? Can organizations incent long-term, sustainable lifestyle-behavior change?
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Harmonizing Global Operations
Global employee-assistance programs offer HR leaders a way to respond to everyday concerns of expats and third-party nationals as well as crisis situations occurring abroad, such as the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Understanding the local culture, however, is crucial to successful implementation.
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Healthy, Despite Our Employers
With Hawaii as an example, the healthcare picture becomes fuzzier when it comes to employer wellness initiatives. That state's workers are among the healthiest in the nation, but their satisfaction with work is dead last. So, what are some of the lessons that can be learned from the Aloha State?
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Lessons from the Aloha State
Hawaii has mandated healthcare coverage for the past 35 years and its experiences offer some insight into the debate about national healthcare reform. Although the state's residents are among the healthiest in the nation, costs continue to rise while restricting services remains a concern.
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Benefits That Strike a Chord
In her first employee-benefits column, Carol Harnett highlights two innovative ways employers can combine imagination with good medical outcomes, decreased costs and increased employee satisfaction. Carol is a highly respected employee benefits consultant, speaker, writer and trendspotter.
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