Today’s companies of all sizes are competing to win the best and brightest by providing benefit solutions to help them balance their responsibilities at home and at work. But how exactly does that happen … and where do you start? Not long ago, Joy Matthews, vice president of total rewards at insurance company QBE, was faced with that very question. “My goal was to make a stronger story for the QBE employee experience.”
Satisfying work is known to have a substantial impact on how well people do their jobs. But those same satisfying jobs can have converse effects on the work/life equation. At Biogen, that’s mean creating an evolving benefits strategy that’s gone from “need to play” to “need to win.”
Roughly 10% of the workforce currently supports a child with special needs. As part of Autism Awareness Month, we’re featuring weekly stories throughout April about what this means for employees and how employers can help. The following comes from Adam R. Goldberg, M.Ed, Founder & CEO of myEdGPS.
One in five children now struggles with special or exceptional needs, and about 50 percent of employees care for children or young adults, the impact is significant to any employer. When children have options, parents have peace of mind and everybody benefits.
The Institute of Education Science reported that about 13% of all public school children receive some sort of special education services, a statistic that certainly has ripple effects outside of school. Learn how one employee is using a work benefit to navigate the increasingly complex world of special needs.
The new law provides a lot of promise to those looking for ways to improve the quality of life of their children without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits. But it’s understandably confusing to many.
Few things are as complicated as helping a child with autism, ADHD, or other child development issues. Supporting employees in this area is both the right and the smart thing to do. Here’s why.
Employers are understandably concerned about controlling and reducing healthcare costs. They also want to support employees. Helping parents advocate for children with special needs does both.
Helping a child with special needs is an all-consuming job. By providing parents with a road map to services, employers help working parents perform better in all areas of their lives.
When my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), my entire world shifted. I learned quickly that special needs is a frighteningly complex world. I also learned that when you’re trying to figure it out, it’s hard to think about anything else.