We Know Next Weekly Recap, March 12th- March 16th

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

Most U.S. companies plan to increase the dollar value of the incentives they offer employees to participate in health improvement programs in 2012, according to an employer survey conducted by Fidelity Investments and the not-for-profit, National Business Group on Health. Also, Talent Anarchy speaker Jason Lauritsen weighs in on how to utilize and sustain your company's best talent in We Know Next's latest Thought Leader Q&A. In part of a two-part series of SHRM survey findings on workplace bullying and violence, it was reported that One-half (51%) of organizations reported that there had been incidents of bullying in their workplace.

Check your calendar. Synchronize watches. Draw up the brackets. March Madness is here! The 67 games of the annual NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament begin March 13 and conclude April 2, 2012. In response to the “Madness” Kathy Gurchiek writes on how this will affect workplace productivity and how embracing the tournament’s presence in the workplace can improve employee relations while promoting an active lifestyle. Meanwhile, it seems that while more of us are thinking about retiring early lately but today’s economic realities put them a little further out of reach than we originally planned. More than four out of five respondents to a February 2012 survey by Towers Watson said that their employer has curbed their pay and/or benefits during the past three years and nearly half are worried about possible reductions to their retirement benefits. At the 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Employment Law & Legislative Conference held March 4-7 in Washington, D.C., speaker Amy Bergner, a partner with HR consultancy Mercer, spoke on how implementing the requirements of the sweeping health care reform law means moving forward in the face of uncertainty.

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