Michele Bell

Strategic partnerships and business development leader with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare market, specializing in start-ups of medical fitness, wellness, lifestyle and health technology companies.

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Innovative Benefits for Caregivers

One in three employees in the workforce is also caring for a child. And employees with children are in demand because they’re experienced and skilled at prioritizing, context switching, multitasking, and people management.   

If your company wants to be competitive in recruiting and retaining caregivers, you need to be innovative with family-friendly benefits.  Here are a few ideas you might not have thought of:

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The Dollars and Sense of Hiring Parents

Raising children can be the highest reward in life, but parenting and working full time can also be a significant challenge.  One in three employees cares for a child and trying to juggle both roles comes with some real costs. In this blog, we’ll cover the impact of some of the most prevalent costs your company might be experiencing.

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How to Support Employees Caring for Young Children

Caring for young children is stressful for employees.  From day-to-day challenges likes sleep, tantrums and separation anxiety to more significant concerns like ADHD and autism, child development issues lead to worry, distraction and lost time at work.  And employees probably aren’t talking about their concerns for fear of being stigmatized as a less than committed employee. 

Chances are, you have an employee struggling with one of the scenarios below whether it's sleep deprivation or the stress that comes from balancing the competing demands of work and home. Read on to learn about the challenges your employees are facing and simple ways you can better support them.

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How to Foster Inclusivity by Supporting Caregivers

Supporting employees who are caring for children can create a culture of inclusivity.  Read on to find out why benefits that serve employees who have children are increasingly important.

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Autism At Work Summit 2018: Neurodiversity Programs Benefit All Employees

Employee Benefits, company benefits, Cognoa Updates

“I wouldn’t change my son for the world, but I would change the world for my son.”

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The Employee Benefit You Are Missing

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 When we think of benefits, what likely comes to mind is Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, maybe Vision Care, and financial benefits such as 401Ks and Disability. On top of that, employers might offer various health screenings, the most typical being for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, and possibly vision. These are all great! But if you really want to round-out your suite of benefits, support your working-parent population, and positively impact outcomes, read on.

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Are Working Parents at your Company Struggling?

Employee Benefits, Benefits for Working Parents, company benefits

Imagine yourself juggling your work schedule, your work-out schedule, and your various appointments, errands, and other obligations. Now imagine that same scenario, plus handling daycare or school drop-offs and pickups, kid’s appointments, and drop-off and pick-ups for sports or other activities. Multiply that by the number of children you have. Now, add to that a worrisome concern about your child’s development or behavior. How do you feel? Exhausted? Distracted? Stressed? Unsure what to do?

Read on to learn more about giving working parents tools to help manage when serious concerns about their children arise.

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How Working Parents Deal with Challenges

Child Development, Employee Benefits, Developmental Screening

Parenting a child with a developmental delay comes with a mix of stress, anxiety, self doubt, and worry, but empowering parents with online screening and parenting tools, customized to their child's particular developmental delay, can help ease the way. Working parents also have tight schedules, and are seeking ways to maximize their time. From seeking and starting early intervention, to working with children through play, discover new strategies that support your employees and positively impact their kids lives as they go through the journey. 

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How to Address Your Employees' Needs if Their Children Have Developmental Delay

Child Development

EAPs and Wellness Programs are a great way to support the employees in your organization. But are your EAP offerings helpful to the parents on your team in a truly meaningful way? Read on to find out what benefit you can add to your EAP program that can help working parents with an issue affecting 1 in 6 kids.

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How to Foster Inclusivity by Supporting Parents

Helping employees' children can help create a culture of inclusivity? How? Read on to find out why new benefits that serve working parents are increasingly important.

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