Building a collaborative workplace

The team to get the job doneCollaboration is becoming the norm in many workplaces, thanks to technology. More than just cooperation, collaboration is a true group effort of working towards a common goal for the good of the organization.  Continue reading

Preparing your workforce for a natural disaster

Sharing reform news with your clientsAs we’ve seen over the past few months, natural disasters can arrive unexpectedly or with merely a few days’ notice. When evaluating their preparedness programs, companies need to be sure to ask the right questions to ensure the safety of employees and the continuity of business operations. Continue reading

Health Net is reaching out to California members about mental health

ThinkstockPhotos-612661038_jpgHealth Net is reaching out by phone, email and text message to many of our Commercial and Medi-Cal members to promote the awareness of, and reduce the stigma around, mental health topics. Continue reading

Health Net offers assistance for California fire victims and evacuees

Residents of a neighborhood sit by and watch a fire threaten their homes.

Health Net, Inc. is helping ensure that members of its subsidiaries who have lost their homes or been evacuated due to current wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Orange, Solano and Yuba counties have access to essential prescription medications, critical Health Net information and other services to help them cope with grief, loss, stress or trauma. Continue reading

Mental Illness Awareness Week

woman thinking Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 1-7, 2017. Each year, the first week of October provides an opportunity to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

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Addressing workplace bullying

Businesspeople bullying a colleague at officeBullies are not just found in the school yard or playground. Sadly, childhood bullies often grow into adult bullies, bringing their destructive tendencies into the workplace. In fact, 60 million Americans are affected by workplace bullying, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). Continue reading

Helping create a culture supporting mental health

biz meeting iStock_000022976091XSmallWe all know that many workers choose to take a “mental health day” from time to time – often for reasons that have very little to do with the state of their mental health. Conversely, some who genuinely need time off to deal with mental health concerns have to hide the reason for fear of jeopardizing their careers. Continue reading

Managing a multigenerational workforce

Group of business people at the officeThe following information may be of use to your commercial clients:

There’s a lot of discussion now about the Millennial generation in the workplace, as members of this group form a growing percentage of the employee base. Smart businesses learn how to bring out the best in their people across all generational lines.

While generational differences can pose business challenges, they may provide opportunity as well. Diversity of thought leads to a more innovative work environment and new approaches and ideas. Consider these suggestions for recruiting and retaining talent in a workplace that can now span up to five generations. Continue reading

Is job insecurity making employees sick?

Horizontal view of stressful situation at work

Job-related stress is causing the American workforce to suffer from both physical and mental ailments, according to new research from Ball State University.1 This study indicates that heart disease, loss of sleep and psychological distress are common among employees who feel their jobs are not secure.

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Absenteeism: When it’s more than calling in sick

Sick LeaveOccasional absences from work are unavoidable; people get sick or injured, have to take care of others, or need time during business hours to handle personal business. Excessive absenteeism, however, can present a real challenge to employers.

Absenteeism is defined as the habitual pattern of absence from the workplace. It costs U.S. companies billions of dollars each year. 1 Continue reading