2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference

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  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: Ask the Experts - Winning in the Post-Pandemic Future

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Submit your most challenging questions to our panel of distinguished absence and leave management experts. You provide the uncensored questions, and they provide the unfiltered answers. This interactive discussion between attendees and panelists allows audience members to have their “real-world” questions answered by the specialists. Come prepared with your toughest questions and the most perplexing challenges faced by your company. And best of all, there will be no consulting fees incurred!

    Submit your most challenging questions to our panel of distinguished absence and leave management experts. You provide the uncensored questions, and they provide the unfiltered answers. This interactive discussion between attendees and panelists allows audience members to have their “real-world” questions answered by the specialists. Come prepared with your toughest questions and the most perplexing challenges faced by your company. And best of all, there will be no consulting fees incurred!

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: Breaking Down Silos and Harnessing the Powers of Integrated Health & Productivity Data - COVID-19 and Beyond

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    COVID-19 has raised the awareness of how swiftly things can change and how the ability to capitalize quickly on data can enhance decision making. In our fast-paced, high-performance work environments, employers are searching for strategies to increase employee productivity, and although most research reflects a strong correlation between health and productivity, many large organizations continue to manage their workforce’s health and productivity separately. Employers leverage health data to understand aggregate healthcare costs, as well as absence data for operations and compliance purposes. But what if we could break down departmental silos, obtain and integrate relevant health, absence, and productivity data, and interpret it to measure health’s impact on productivity? This session will discuss the business case for integration, identify barriers and opportunities to effectively arrive at the intersection of health and productivity, and provide tools to help you measure and improve outcomes.

    COVID-19 has raised the awareness of how swiftly things can change and how the ability to capitalize quickly on data can enhance decision making. In our fast-paced, high-performance work environments, employers are searching for strategies to increase employee productivity, and although most research reflects a strong correlation between health and productivity, many large organizations continue to manage their workforce’s health and productivity separately.

    Employers leverage health data to understand aggregate healthcare costs, as well as absence data for operations and compliance purposes. But what if we could break down departmental silos, obtain and integrate relevant health, absence, and productivity data, and interpret it to measure health’s impact on productivity? This session will discuss the business case for integration, identify barriers and opportunities to effectively arrive at the intersection of health and productivity, and provide tools to help you measure and improve outcomes.

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: Innovative and Effective HR Programs for the Post-Pandemic World

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge employers and employees alike on a daily basis. It’s more important than ever to design innovative and effective HR programs to communicate, engage and educate your organization’s employees. We’ll explore how to better understand the differences between technology and innovation, review the foundations of innovation research, and expose multiple avenues for developing empathy and insights into stakeholders. You’ll leave this session ready to apply these best practices to a better post-pandemic future.

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge employers and employees alike on a daily basis. It’s more important than ever to design innovative and effective HR programs to communicate, engage and educate your organization’s employees. We’ll explore how to better understand the differences between technology and innovation, review the foundations of innovation research, and expose multiple avenues for developing empathy and insights into stakeholders. You’ll leave this session ready to apply these best practices to a better post-pandemic future.

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: Is Your Workforce Ready for the New Normal?

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The best practices for managing employee absence have been rewritten in 2020. No one was fully prepared for what it has meant to operate a business in this year’s economy, and as we resume some semblance of normal — albeit a new normal — it’s not enough to simply look back with relief that we navigated the previous months. We must refocus our planning around what the future holds for our operations and how we can be prepared for what is yet to come. This session will explore top-of-mind elements related to business continuity, crisis management, and disaster recovery to ensure you can position your team for ongoing success. We’ll discuss how to prepare your absence management policies and operations for the unknown and create solutions to overcome the current situation at hand to return to a new normal. No matter the size, industry, and geographical location of your team, this session will prepare you for the future of business and readiness for the next wave of the unknown.

    The best practices for managing employee absence have been rewritten in 2020. No one was fully prepared for what it has meant to operate a business in this year’s economy, and as we resume some semblance of normal — albeit a new normal — it’s not enough to simply look back with relief that we navigated the previous months. We must refocus our planning around what the future holds for our operations and how we can be prepared for what is yet to come.

    This session will explore top-of-mind elements related to business continuity, crisis management, and disaster recovery to ensure you can position your team for ongoing success. We’ll discuss how to prepare your absence management policies and operations for the unknown and create solutions to overcome the current situation at hand to return to a new normal. No matter the size, industry, and geographical location of your team, this session will prepare you for the future of business and readiness for the next wave of the unknown.

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: The Post-Pandemic Workplace - Adjusting to the New Normal

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    We’ve all seen firsthand how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business. As we begin to move back to the office, what actions must we take, as employers and benefits administrators, to support employees and restore business while navigating this ‘New Normal’? ClaimVantage and Matrix Absence Management have undertaken a research study to examine the impact the pandemic has had on both employers’ and employees’ attitudes and concerns about returning to the workplace, and policy changes being considered in the wake of the pandemic. Considering both perspectives, this session will share findings from the research, outlining key areas of focus and considerations employers and benefits administrators should take as we all work together to adjust to the post-pandemic workplace.

    We’ve all seen firsthand how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business. As we begin to move back to the office, what actions must we take, as employers and benefits administrators, to support employees and restore business while navigating this ‘New Normal’?

    ClaimVantage and Matrix Absence Management have undertaken a research study to examine the impact the pandemic has had on both employers’ and employees’ attitudes and concerns about returning to the workplace, and policy changes being considered in the wake of the pandemic. Considering both perspectives, this session will share findings from the research, outlining key areas of focus and considerations employers and benefits administrators should take as we all work together to adjust to the post-pandemic workplace.

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: Did We Set a Precedent During COVID-19?

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The COVID-19 pandemic prompted employers worldwide to make hurried, necessary changes to their business operations. Employees were broadly affected; for example, Gallup found that in early April, 62% of employed Americans worked from home during the crisis, compared to less than 25% a couple of years ago. What precedents did employers set during this extraordinary time, and how could those precedents affect the way we work, think about benefits, and make accommodations in the future? Must employers continue with practices established during the pandemic? If they don’t, what are some possible risks? During this session, we’ll explore these questions and best practices for moving forward.

    The COVID-19 pandemic prompted employers worldwide to make hurried, necessary changes to their business operations. Employees were broadly affected; for example, Gallup found that in early April, 62% of employed Americans worked from home during the crisis, compared to less than 25% a couple of years ago. What precedents did employers set during this extraordinary time, and how could those precedents affect the way we work, think about benefits, and make accommodations in the future? Must employers continue with practices established during the pandemic? If they don’t, what are some possible risks? During this session, we’ll explore these questions and best practices for moving forward.

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: COVID-19 - (What a) Year in Review!

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this 90-minute session, our experts will review the many leave and accommodation laws and court cases that have been adopted or modified as a result of COVID-19 as well as the many other laws that are implicated in the emerging post-pandemic world. This session will review the new federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides temporary federal paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for certain COVID-19 related reasons. We’ll also discuss state, city, and county paid leave laws providing benefits for leaves related to COVID-19, public health emergencies, and/or quarantine, and discuss common theses among the laws, executive orders, and agency guidance relating to reopening the workforce. And finally, we’ll discuss emerging and expected employee lawsuits in the wake of COVID-19.

    In this 90-minute session, our experts will review the many leave and accommodation laws and court cases that have been adopted or modified as a result of COVID-19 as well as the many other laws that are implicated in the emerging post-pandemic world. This session will review the new federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides temporary federal paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for certain COVID-19 related reasons. We’ll also discuss state, city, and county paid leave laws providing benefits for leaves related to COVID-19, public health emergencies, and/or quarantine, and discuss common theses among the laws, executive orders, and agency guidance relating to reopening the workforce. And finally, we’ll discuss emerging and expected employee lawsuits in the wake of COVID-19.

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: Ask the Experts - Women in the Workplace

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Submit your most challenging questions to our panel of distinguished absence and leave management experts. You provide the uncensored questions, and they provide the unfiltered answers. This interactive discussion between attendees and panelists allows audience members to have their “real-world” questions answered by the specialists. Come prepared with your toughest questions and the most perplexing challenges faced by your company. And best of all, there will be no consulting fees incurred!

    Submit your most challenging questions to our panel of distinguished absence and leave management experts. You provide the uncensored questions, and they provide the unfiltered answers. This interactive discussion between attendees and panelists allows audience members to have their “real-world” questions answered by the specialists. Come prepared with your toughest questions and the most perplexing challenges faced by your company. And best of all, there will be no consulting fees incurred!

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: COVID-19 - The Pandemic's Impact on Women in the Workplace

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Pressure and stress from work responsibilities and home obligations isn’t new for anyone in the workplace, men or women. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of workers working remotely and has further upset an already precarious work-life balance. The most consistent family characteristic predicting work-life imbalance is being a parent or family caregiver. The most consistent work characteristic predicting work-life imbalance is hours worked. Many women are often responsible for ensuring the home is taken care of and are the primary caretakers of children or aging parents. Now with children at home, women are expressing increased stress and strain with home schooling, parenting, and trying to maintain their careers. What will the additional impact be if schools do not reopen in the fall? We will explore the struggle of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and discuss what employers can do to help lessen this burden. What does the future of women in the workplace look like in the wake of COVID-19?

    Pressure and stress from work responsibilities and home obligations isn’t new for anyone in the workplace, men or women. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of workers working remotely and has further upset an already precarious work-life balance. The most consistent family characteristic predicting work-life imbalance is being a parent or family caregiver. The most consistent work characteristic predicting work-life imbalance is hours worked. Many women are often responsible for ensuring the home is taken care of and are the primary caretakers of children or aging parents. Now with children at home, women are expressing increased stress and strain with home schooling, parenting, and trying to maintain their careers. What will the additional impact be if schools do not reopen in the fall? We will explore the struggle of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and discuss what employers can do to help lessen this burden. What does the future of women in the workplace look like in the wake of COVID-19?

  • 2020 DMEC Virtual Annual Conference: From Bad to Worse - The Impact of Behavioral Health Conditions on Today's Workplace

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Behavioral health — mental health and substance abuse — conditions have been in the spotlight for the last few years as diseases of despair have become more prevalent. Research confirms that behavioral health conditions also have a serious impact on U.S. workplaces, now with the COVID-19 pandemic making a bad situation worse. Recent evidence indicates increases in anxiety, depression, PTSD, and alcohol use conditions which are all likely to have a significant impact on the workplace, both during government-sanctioned safer at home orders and following businesses reopening. During this session, we’ll explore the wide-ranging effects behavioral health issues have on your organization and effective strategies you can implement to reduce employee presenteeism and absenteeism related to them.

    Behavioral health — mental health and substance abuse — conditions have been in the spotlight for the last few years as diseases of despair have become more prevalent. Research confirms that behavioral health conditions also have a serious impact on U.S. workplaces, now with the COVID-19 pandemic making a bad situation worse. Recent evidence indicates increases in anxiety, depression, PTSD, and alcohol use conditions which are all likely to have a significant impact on the workplace, both during government-sanctioned safer at home orders and following businesses reopening. During this session, we’ll explore the wide-ranging effects behavioral health issues have on your organization and effective strategies you can implement to reduce employee presenteeism and absenteeism related to them.