When school closed last spring, I never imagined that we would still be facing difficult decisions around schooling come September.
But here we are. So much has changed, and yet, we are back to school as of last week and hoping for health, safety and dare I say, some semblance of normalcy.
While many parents face difficult decisions this fall on where, how and when to send their children back to school, employers have faced these hard choices all summer long. When do I bring my workforce back to the office? How do we continue production or productivity in a safe environment?
The answers aren’t simple and they certainly aren’t perfect. One thing we have found most helpful during this time is to lean on each other. Crowdsourcing during COVID-19 has taken on new meaning. There’s never been a time where we have counted on each other more in making decisions, seeking advice and learning from other’s trials and efforts.
It was in that vein that we implemented the Businessolver Benefits Pulse back at the start of May. We saw so many in the workforce with questions that we wanted to provide a resource to show what we are seeing in workplace benefits trends, through Benefitsolver data.
To level set, from March 30 to May 11, we saw a 245% increase in the number of people moved to a Leave of Absence status. That was a massive spike like nothing we have ever seen. It was data like this that helped inform employers’ decisions on how they would move forward.
I wanted to spend some time today reviewing what we are seeing this month in our workplace benefits data trends.
The Businessolver Benefits Pulse is updated weekly. I encourage you to subscribe so you can stay in the know on how this data continues to evolve as we as a country work through what’s next.