March 2014--Health is a critical issue for the aging workforce, in part because age is correlated with the onset and worsening of some health conditions. Workers in poor health often retire earlier than they had planned. Workers with health conditions who do remain in the labor force may become less engaged in their jobs due to the strain associated with health limitations.
"What do we hope to learn? In the short-term, how to improve wellbeing, how to cultivate better leaders, how to keep Googlers engaged for longer periods of time, how happiness impacts work and how work impacts happiness."
"Not every office can function like a Silicon Valley tech company -- permitting staffers to work wherever and whenever they please, and lessening that daily sensation of teetering along a balance beam...or juggling plates...or insert work-life balance cliché here. But most workplaces can do better at creating flexible policies that allow employees to have a life separate from work. We recently asked a group of experts -- what's something that every company can do to make that work-life balance easier?"
Includes comments from WFRN members Leslie Hammer and Cali Williams Yost
The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to reconcile the two. -- Arianna Huffington
"Instead of simply providing health insurance, savvy employers are tackling health care costs by supporting the whole employee--everything from their finances to their career development to physical health. This is not just good for individuals; it's good for business."
"Despite the best efforts of some policymakers and health care innovators, it is unlikely that we will see a drop in the need for informal and unpaid caregivers anytime soon. Consequently, it is especially important for workers to have access to benefits such as workplace flexibility and paid family leave should they need to take time to care for themselves or a loved one. Supporting caregivers with these policies will go a long way toward recognizing our invaluable informal care community and increasing cost savings for taxpayers by reducing costly hospital and nursing home stays."