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Number of the Day: barriers to virtual work

65%: Percentage of business leaders who said relationship-building is the biggest obstacle to the virtual work environmentNow more than a year into the remote-work experiment prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are still figuring out the most effective way to operate a distributed workplace. While some may have been concerned about employee productivity at the start, that worry largely didn’t pan out—but instead has been...

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COVID-19 PPE is now HSA, FSA eligible

Employers have welcome benefits guidance to share with employees: Workers can now use their health savings account, flexible spending account or health reimbursement arrangement for face masks and other personal protective equipment used to prevent COVID-19.PPE used for “the primary purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19”—including face masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and sanitizing wipes—can be treated as medical expenses,...

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Number of the day: mental health risk

70: Percentage of employees who are identified as being at risk for mental health conditionsSeven in 10 employees are at risk for mental health conditions, according to research from Emvitals, a mental health technology company, in partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, BHS and Quest Diagnostics. Risk was identified through an online screening of 344 participants. The study also found that 80% of at-risk employees had no history of...