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COVID-19 has resulted in the most extensive case study on remote work. When the pandemic began affecting the U.S. workforce in mid-March, only 31% of employed Americans had worked from home. As of April 2, 2020, 62% of employed Americans were working from home (Gallup). These statistics clearly show that remote work has not been the norm for most. But as Americans adjust to working from home, this trend has the potential to become the new normal and broadly replace in-office work.

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Amid the current Coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. (and much of the world) has been asked to practice social distancing. Many employers are doing their part by encouraging or mandating remote work. While some employees have experience working from home and will transition easily, many will need guidance.

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The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has quickly become a global emergency. Within the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported over 3,400 cases. That number is growing each day, prompting a mass response to contain the spread. Experts are urging people to avoid unnecessary outings and work from home when possible. As a result, organizations across the country are implementing remote work policies. For some managers, however, this is their first experience with virtual team management. Many might feel unprepared for this sudden format change.

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SilverStone Group is serious about Associate wellness. So serious, in fact, that we have an entire volunteer committee that develops and executes programs to support Associate well-being – all backed by our executive leadership team. Our Wellness Activities Group (WAG) is excited to announce our partnership with Virgin Pulse (VP) beginning in 2019. VP is a total employee well-being solution that drives sustainable, long-term behavior change, strengthens workforce cultures and increases productivity.

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‘Tis the season for giving thanks. Every year for Thanksgiving, millions of Americans gather around their family tables to feast and give thanks. It’s a beautiful tradition, but it shouldn’t just be seasonal.

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The American Heart Association (AHA) recently awarded its 2018 Workplace Health Achievement Index winners and SilverStone Group received Silver-level recognition for implementing quality workplace health programs and fostering a health-minded culture.

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Keeping up with the latest employee benefit news can be a job in itself. Benefit trends and regulations are constantly changing. Because they play such a vital role in attracting and retaining quality employees, it is crucial to stay on top of the most recent developments in this field.

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Does your workplace safety program include an incentive structure? Employers have been using them for years to encourage safe behaviors and reduce violations, injuries and accidents, but recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) memos have left employers confused about the compliance points related to these programs.

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Company culture and employer branding go hand in hand. But which is which? Are they the same? Company culture can be defined as the shared beliefs, values and practices of an organization. Employer brand is how a company is perceived as an employer and what value it provides to attract and retain employees.

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When it comes to healthcare, we understand that you often get what you pay for, but there is a thin line between accepting price hikes and being a diligent consumer. Fighting the rising costs associated with group medical plans often feels like an uphill battle.

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