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Weights, water bottle and wellness plan HR leaders need to think about sustained wellbeing—how to keep employees engaged with their health care regularly, long after they’ve submitted their benefits choices for the year. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The pandemic has caused many employers to focus more of their attention on the holistic health and wellbeing of their workforces, ultimately placing health benefits strategy at the core of their workforce strategy.

However, achieving a healthier, more productive workforce is not easy. The U.S. health care system can be intimidatingly complex, making it tough for consumers to navigate, sometimes deterring them from using it at all. Furthermore, the exploding ecosystem of digital health and virtual care options have made it even more overwhelming—both for employers, who need to manage an average of 14 health benefits vendors (with some juggling more than 20) and for employees, who are trying to determine the best care options for their unique health needs.

 

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