Working from home is not a trend that will fade as the pandemic begins to ease; many workers have admitted they prefer working remotely rather than going into the office. In a new @BenefitsPro article, Todd Meier, disability and productivity consultant at The Standard, stresses the importance of factoring ergonomics into each and every at-home office.
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The effects of the pandemic are taking their toll on the workforce. Melissa Oliver-Janiak, 2nd vice president of Total Rewards at The Standard, encourages employers to cultivate a workplace culture that normalizes conversations around mental health and focus on providing workers with the assistance they may need.
“This Disability Insurance Awareness Month, let your clients know that even though they can’t predict the future, they can prepare for it. Individual disability insurance makes sure that they’ll receive steady income in the form of monthly benefits even if they can’t work due to an unexpected injury or sickness,” states Jill Frohardt, second vice president of IDI sales for The Standard. Read more in BenefitsPRO.
For those considering selling Individual Disability Insurance, Brian Lauber, a regional director of IDI Sales for The Standard, dives into how IDI is a practical and necessary coverage option for many. The America’s Benefit Specialist article also details the benefits of IDI versus common IDI misconceptions.
The number of employees wanting to continue remote work post-pandemic is higher than expected. Although working from home has its perks, mental health is a concern for employers. Read more in the latest ValuePenguin article, which includes data from The Standard’s Behavioral Health Study.
Getting a plan in action to proactively address workplace violence should be a top priority for employers HR teams. Dan Jolivet and Renae Hall share more with BenefitsPRO on how companies can support their employees, including harnessing an Employee Assistance Plan as a resource.
“When putting together a comprehensive retirement income plan, clients should consider their age, timeline to retirement, how much they have saved, how much they need based on their timeline and their retirement goals.” With retirement concerns on the rise because of the pandemic, annuities can provide a viable investment strategy for any retirement plan. John Williams, regional sales rirector, Individual Annuities at The Standard, writes in ThinkAdvisor about why annuities are a necessary part of a comprehensive retirement portfolio.
The correlation between work productivity and substance use has become more prominent since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan Jolivet, Workplace PossibilitiesSM practice consultant at The Standard, discusses the importance of companies to empower their employees to seek support for mental health and substance abuse issues. Read more in HR Dive's article.
“Rising yields mean more profit for carriers and they can reinvest in administration, the sales process and operations.” @LifeAnnuitySpecialist interviewed John Williams, regional sales director, Individual Annuities at The Standard, as part of its coverage about the effect interest rates are having on investment products. Also included in the article is news of The Standard raising its crediting rates on five- and seven-year multi-year guaranteed annuities, the 10-year fixed indexed annuity, and the cap rate on its seven- and eight-year fixed-indexed annuity, effective April 7. Read the full article on Life Annuity Specialist.
“Annuities are designed to build savings and provide income for retirement through guaranteed returns and tax deferrals. Fixed deferred annuities have some unique tax advantages for those just beginning to make a plan for retirement, or for people who are looking for ways to bolster their retirement income.” John Williams, regional sales director, Individual Annuities at The Standard, writes in Advisor Magazine about the tax advantages provided by annuities.