diversity and inclusion

What Health Plan Sponsors Should Know About Social Determinants of Health

Kathy Bergstrom, CEBS
 

The events of the last two years, including the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, have increased awareness of the impact certain social determinants can have on people’s health. In their article, “Benefit Plan Design: Focusing on Social Determinants of Health” in the […]

How Gender Inclusivity Can Benefit Plan Sponsors and Members

How Gender Inclusivity Can Benefit Plan Sponsors and Members

Robbie Hartman, CEBS
 

Increasingly, U.S. and Canadian plan sponsors are offering gender affirmation and gender reassignment benefits as a way to attract and retain top talent, improve mental health outcomes, and foster a diverse and inclusive workforce. “Above all, [these benefits are] about removing barriers […]

With an Eye on the Future, Employers Shift Benefit Priorities

With an Eye on the Future, Employers Shift Benefit Priorities

Robbie Hartman, CEBS
 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have shifted their strategic benefit priorities toward workforce and business resilience. This has included adding or expanding employee benefits for remote work and virtual health care. In addition, employers looking to the future […]

Set—and Measure—Specific Goals to Improve Your Investments in DEI

Set—and Measure—Specific Goals to Improve Your Investments in DEI

Robbie Hartman, CEBS
 

Investments in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have consistently been mentioned as a top goal for companies in 2021—with studies to back up the relationship between improved DEI and improved business metrics—but a survey of 800-plus human resources (HR) professionals revealed that […]

Encourage Inclusivity and Flexibility With Proactive Employee Benefits

Encourage Inclusivity and Flexibility With Proactive Employee Benefits

Julie Stich, CEBS
 

The pandemic has brought new workforce situations requiring new solutions to the forefront of our daily lives. Innovative and proactive employee benefits can answer some of these current challenges. We’re all familiar with “core” benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, paid time […]