Many employers reduced their workforces to remain viable during the recession. As a result, they required high productivity and performance of their employees. Now employers need to retain their key contributors who possess important intellectual capital while attracting new talent to the organization to remain competitive as the job market provides more opportunities. Horizons Workforce Consulting, a division of Bright Horizons, in collaboration with Dr. Russell Matthews, from Bowling Green State University, completed a study in 2013 to demonstrate the impact on these critical business outcomes when employers provide child and elder care supports to their employees. Data will be shared regarding the impact of these supports on recruitment, retention, productivity, engagement, return to work after family leave, and well-being. Case studies will also be shared to bring the data to life.
Workplace grief costs U.S. businesses billions of dollars a year in reduced productivity and increased errors and accidents, yet the word grief rarely shows up in reports. In The Hidden Annual Cost of Grief in America’s Workplace 2003 report, the keyword in the title of this report is the word "hidden." It is just that factor that has caused the problem to escalate to now unimaginable proportions and it is the essential reason that it is getting worse rather than better. In this presentation we will address the definition of grief, the grief/workplace connection, the cost of "presenteeism" to corporations and we will discover how managers and other employees can support coworkers who have experienced personal loss.