In this podcast series, Willis Towers Watson interviews entrepreneurs who created technology companies that are changing the way healthcare and employee benefits are delivered.
Health care transformation in a pandemic
Given this year’s pandemic and economic uncertainty, it’s natural to expect a dip in venture capital investments in health care-related startups, but that hasn’t been the case. In fact, the first six months of 2020 revealed some of the highest investment levels. Venture capitalists Lynne Chou O’Keefe and Steve Kraus join Steve Blumenfield to discuss the future of health care and how they see it transforming to the benefit of both employees and employers.
The role of resilience in employee wellbeing
As organizations regain their footing from the COVID-19 pandemic, employees’ emotional wellbeing has become a focal point. meQuilibrium’s Jan Bruce talks with Willis Towers Watson’s Steve Blumenfield, Suzanne McAndrew and Julie Stone about the value of resilience in a time of uncertainty and the importance of helping employees cope with their stress and get control of their lives to be more successful — both at work and at home.
Paid time off and paid leave during the crisis, COVID-19 edition.
COVID-19 forced employers to think about and make changes to paid leave, paid time off and disability programs and policies — employee benefits that haven’t changed very much in the past decade. Willis Towers Watson experts Alex Henry and Rob McGee talk with Steve Blumenfield and Julie Stone to address the challenges and opportunities employers must consider regarding these programs both today as well as for the future.
Testing and contact tracing as part of your workplace strategy, COVID-19 edition
As employers move toward reopening the workplace, vendors in the testing and contact tracing space are emerging every day. Steve Blumenfield and Julie Stone talk with Paul Matthews about what employers should look for in testing options, which vendor offerings may be on the horizon, and the best way to manage the overall employee experience as workforces emerge from stay-at-home orders.
The pandemic’s impact on behavioral health care and delivery, COVID-19 edition
The pandemic, sheltering in place, social distancing, feelings of isolation: all have had an impact on the emotional and mental health of employees at every level of the organization. Willis Towers Watson’s Mandie Conforti and Steve Blumenfield talk about how employers can address what employees are feeling while working within the limits of the current behavioral health marketplace. Hear real-world examples and get ideas for how you can support the mental wellbeing of your talent.
Chronic condition management for vulnerable populations, COVID-19 edition
COVID-19 has added a new layer of vulnerability for employees and dependents who are managing chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and other health issues. Willis Towers Watson thought leaders Jan Wuorenma, Kara Speer, Julie Stone and host Steve Blumenfield discuss the specialized issues these populations face and share ideas about the support systems and tools employers can provide to help these populations keep their health issues in check.