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Can the Gig Economy Actually Improve Employee Well-Being and Company Culture?

The term “gig economy” has been thrown around a lot lately, especially with so many employers growing concerned about how it might affect retention, engagement, competition, and overall employee well-being. 

But what if the “gig economy” could actually improve those things and effectively enhance employee well-being?

From Burnout to Trauma: 7 Things Health Care Systems Need to Triage Employee Well-Being

As employee burnout continues to intensify throughout the country, nowhere else is it more severely experienced than in the health care industry.

From overworked nursing staff to overly strained cafeteria employees, health care workers are tasked with juggling multiple roles to accommodate systemic deficiencies that leave them feeling stressed, under-appreciated, and depleted. A certain amount of turnover is to be expected in this work environment, but across the country, hospitals have been seeing health care staff reshuffling or leaving in droves.

Between 2019 and 2021, turnover grew by 34% among health care workers, and as we transition out of the pandemic, they're either leaving unmanageable work environments or renouncing their professions altogether.

As such, describing this phenomenon as “burnout” doesn’t do justice to the structural shortcomings at play within hospitals and organizations. Feeling stressed or burned out is, unfortunately, the new normal among employees across industries, particularly health care, and it no longer makes sense to call it a passing fad stemming from pandemic-related stressors.

Burnout has officially evolved into a systemic crisis that wellness benefits like health insurance or a gym stipend can’t solely reverse.

Supporting Employees With Chronic Illness

If the past two years have taught us anything, it's that companies need to make employee well-being a top priority. That goes double when talking about chronic illness, which impacts 60% of adults in the United States.

Employees with chronic illness face the demands of two jobs: their paying job … and the job of managing their illness.

Fortunately, employers who help fill the support gap can make a big difference. And it’s a win-win, for the employees and your company.

Who Should Be Responsible for Remote Onboarding? (It’s Not Who You Think.)

It seems the days of herding every new employee to the same location for onboarding is a relic of the past. Remote onboarding has become the new Welcome Wagon.

That isn’t because remote onboarding is easier—in fact, it’s just the opposite.

Keeping your new hires engaged throughout the process and beyond is no cakewalk. And it’s not a job that should be tasked solely to HR.

Onboarding Remote Employees: What’s Changed, How to Do it Right

Your onboarding process can set employees up for success right out of the gate, or leave them stumbling—and unsure if your company is the right fit for them.

But even if you already have a well-established onboarding process, it probably wasn’t designed with remote work in mind.

When your new employees are on the other side of a video chat, how can you give them a great onboarding experience?

How to Create a Successful Employee Resource Group (ERG)

Employee resource groups (ERGs) create a safe space for underrepresented employees to network and brainstorm ways to make their organizations more inclusive.

This can go a long way toward creating a corporate culture of belonging and inclusiveness. Not only will this help your people bring their complete, best selves to work, but it can support your business goals.

How Your Wellness Program Can Improve Nursing Retention

Nurses are burning out.

The already-high stress of the job combined with the massive emotional and physical strain caused by the pandemic has pushed nurses to the brink—and beyond. Many are saying “enough,” and are not only quitting their jobs, but leaving the profession altogether.

We talked to Kym Ali MSN, RN, a workplace wellness consultant who specializes in helping health care companies alleviate employee burnout and increase retention.

7 Ways Wellness Programs Help Employees Reignite Their Physical Fitness

Making a habit of prioritizing physical fitness can be hard. Just when you’ve got yourself in a groove, life happens … and your schedule, motivation, or ability to stick with your habits are tossed out the window.

We’ve all been thrown a little off track lately. And for many of us, our physical fitness has suffered as a result.

This is where your wellness program and platform can really shine.

COVID-19 Update: Employer Guide to EEOC Vaccine Guidance

In May 2021, updated EEOC vaccine guidance was published to help employers navigate how to address COVID in the workplace and their limitations for promoting vaccination.

Given the sensitive nature of this subject, we reached out to Barbara Zabawa, founder and president of the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC, whose article, “Are Wellness Practitioners Subject to OSHA’s COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS)?” provides a thorough legal assessment of the guidelines.

Zabawa addressed questions related to incentives, mandates, and other wellness-related topics that our clients are anxious to answer.

6 Ways to Celebrate National Employee Wellness Month

Editor's Note: We recently updated this previously published post with new insights. Enjoy!

June is National Employee Wellness Month, and what a difference a year makes! Pandemic-related restrictions are slowly being lifted and life seems to be returning to some semblance of normalcy. There’s no better time to celebrate than this month when employees can once again get outside, resume their routines, and reconnect with friends and family.