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September 2021

Delta variant ruining your return-to-office plans?

  • How to be an ally at work. When considering job offers, a diverse and inclusive workplace is a top priority for Millennials and Gen Z adults. To ensure your workplace culture is inclusive and diverse, encourage your employees at every level of your organization to be an ally.
  • How the Delta variant is likely affecting your return-to-office planning. Remember all the effort you put into your return-to-office plans? As the U.S. struggles through yet another wave of the pandemic, the Delta variant might be making you rethink those plans..
  • Accommodating Alzheimer's disease in your workplace. With Alzheimer's diagnoses rapidly increasing, and only one potentially, effective treatment on the horizon, bringing awareness to Alzheimer's in the workplace is crucial.
  • Embracing your LGBTQ+ employees. With nearly 10 percent of millennials identifying as LGBTQ+, it's time to do more for these employees. Why? It will help you attract and retain top talent and ensure everyone can bring their best selves to work.

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August 2021

Ready to be your employee’s Medicare expert?

  • Do your employees suffer from substance abuse? The stress and isolation, mostly caused by the pandemic, that many Americans experience — including your employees — has created a substance abuse problem. Smoking has made a comeback, misuse of opioids is growing, and alcohol abuse is common. Here’s how you can help your workforce.
  • 6 Medicare questions to know now. Did you know — your employees would rather get a colonoscopy or shop for cable and internet plans than discuss Medicare or retirement? That’s a problem. We’ve done the heavy lifting to make you the ‘health plan hero’ of Medicare in your workplace.
  • How open enrollment and an employee’s health history go hand-in-hand. As the human resource and benefit administrator of your company – you’re gearing up to ensure each employee decides on a health insurance plan that matches their individual needs. It’s no easy task — that’s why your health insurance plan is here with resources available at your fingertips.
  • 5 ways to create a resilient workforce. Now more than ever, employees are spending more time at work, which means less time with their loved ones. When employers improve workplace culture and foster resiliency, they can help employees improve stress and mental health. Resilient employees can positively impact your workplace.

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July 2021

Is your workplace going back to hot desking?

  • Making hot desking possible post-coronavirus. We know hybrid office spaces are growing in popularity — especially among millennial employees — causing more employers to shift to a hot desking approach. We dive into how you can continue the hot desking approach, but with proper safety and health precautions in mind.
  • 4 reasons to offer an executive physical program. When it comes to your executive team, they spend a lot of time at work and are an essential function to running your business. That’s why they deserve the very best in health care to ensure your company is in good hands for the long haul.
  • Vision coverage could be your competitive advantage. Vision coverage has become one of the fastest-growing benefits offered by employers. Why? For starters, good eye health is critical to overall well-being. One vision exam can catch more than 30 health conditions.
  • 4 benefits of encouraging social connections at work. The average employee spends 90,000 hours at work within their lifetime. That’s time away from family, friends, and hobbies or passions. It’s why social connectedness in the workplace is so important among your employee population.

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June 2021

What’s the health status of the men in your workplace?

  • Eager to return to the office? Here's how to do it safely. With a vaccine rollout in action, you might be wondering when you can bring employees back into the office. With careful planning, you can start brining workers back while also mitigating risk and preventing further transmission.
  • Get more done and do it faster. You deserve to lighten your administrative load whenever possible so you can focus on the other parts of your job. Employer Connection is your one-stop-shop to save you time, while getting the information you need.
  • The health status of millennial men. While millennial women may be 20 percent less healthy than men, it’s important to know that men face different health challenges than women. And, not to mention their approach to health care is much different.
  • How employee brain power = healthy business. The average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes per day. Distractions are everywhere which can lead to lost focus, and creativity. We’ve rounded up ways you can keep your employees focused, creative and productive in their weeks ahead.

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May 2021

How you can support your seriously stressed (and burnt out) employees

  • A real conversation about mental health in the workplace. May is Mental Health Month. 1 in 5 adults in America are living with a mental illness. Find ways you can prioritize mental health within your workplace.
  • The most effective tool to end the pandemic Opens in a new window. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield worked with Des Moines-area community leaders to highlight the importance and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch videos from Alba Perez, Bo James, Izaah Knox and Nu Huynh. Share these videos with your employees to continue encouraging the safety and importance of the vaccine.
  • Why are millennial women so unhealthy? In a nutshell, most millennial women are working more hours, while still being expected to carry the brunt of unpaid labor at home. In turn, this leads to less time focused on annual checkups, mental health care, exercise, and more.
  • Understanding ADHD and your employees. Over the last decade, there has been an uptick in ADHD diagnosis — specifically among millennials. With millennials soon to make up 75 percent of the workforce, this behavioral condition can come at a cost to your business.

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April 2021

Stop the stigma: mental and financial health in your workplace

  • A financial solution that makes cents for your employees. Did you know 78 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck? Even if your company is offering competitive salaries and benefit packages, bills and debts are constant for many — placing your employees in stressful financial situations.
  • In case you missed it: The COVID-19 vaccination and your employees. We know this new way of life can be daunting to navigate. That’s why as your health insurer, we’ve done the heavy lifting for everything you need to know about the COVID vaccine and your workplace.
  • How to spot (and stop) employee burnout. Burnout isn’t just the latest trending topic — it’s an occupational phenomenon that needs to be addressed. A whopping 2 out of 3 full-time workers are experiencing burnout on the job — and yes, it’s happening in your own workplace.

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March 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine and your employees: What you need to know

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February 2021

Roses are red, violets are blue, we’ve got COVID-19 vaccination information for you.

  • Keeping your employees healthy during a pandemic. From the masks we wear, reduced level of social interactions — the challenges of COVID-19 are too many to count. And, we’re starting to see there are grim statistics associated with you and your employees’ overall health and well-being.
  • The COVID-19 vaccination and your workforce. COVID-19 has not only claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, interrupted daily routines, events and social gatherings — we’ve seen COVID-19 take its toll on businesses of all sizes. The good news? There’s a light at the end of this dark tunnel with the FDA authorized vaccination.
  • Part I: Rethink your employees first day, culture edition. You only have one chance to make a good first impression. Once formed, a negative opinion is quite difficult to change. Likewise, an employee’s first day can make — or break — a new job.
  • Join us: Workplace well-being conversational series. You only have one chance to make a good first impression. Once formed, a negative opinion is quite difficult to change. Likewise, an employee’s first day can make — or break — a new job.

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January 2021

Goodbye 2020, hello 2021. Let's talk pandemic impact on behavioral health, millennials and more.

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