Insights about work and wellness
Comparing pre-tax and taxable wellness benefits
Wellness benefits – from HSAs to gym reimbursements and everything in between – are an increasingly popular aspect of compensation packages. In order to compete effectively, People Teams and Finance Teams must understand how wellness benefits work from a compliance and implementation standpoint. Generally speaking when it comes...
Guide to tax withholdings, payroll, and expense reporting on wellness and fringe benefits
As People Teams seek cutting-edge ways to achieve higher workforce retention and satisfaction, wellness benefits have become an increasingly popular initiative. But like any HR program, there’s always a risk of contributing more manual work, room for error, and tax implications. The term wellness benefit itself is vague, and can...
OLIPOP’s mission to make the world healthier and more bubbly starts with wellness for its workforce
OLIPOP is the new, prebiotic soda that is disrupting the soft drinks market. With flavors ranging from Vintage Cola to Strawberry Vanilla, OLIPOP achieves a familiar taste without being packed with sugar. But it’s rapid success hasn’t only depended on wholesome ingredients – the company also takes a forward-thinking approach to...
JOON raises $2.3M to power HR wellness benefits that employees actually use and appreciate
JOON, the turnkey corporate wellness solution replacing one-size-fits-all perks and manual expense reporting with flexible and individualized benefits, today announced that it has raised a $2.3M Series Seed. The round was led by Alpha Edison with participation from Rock Health, Sweetgreen Co-Founder Jonathan Neman, Livongo Co-Founder...
How to design wellness benefits that your workforce actually uses and appreciates
As an increasing number of employees experience stress and burnout, many organizations determined that investing in wellness is a top priority for improving their overall compensation and retention strategies. Unfortunately, some well-intentioned People Teams have been frustrated by trying to design a generous and inclusive wellness...
How to budget and calculate the ROI for wellness benefits
People Teams seeking to budget for and invest in wellness benefits must know how to make a compelling case internally. Fortunately, there’s now overwhelming evidence for the ROI of wellness benefits along with a number of other initiatives that can be safely scaled back for cost-savings due to remote work. Salary isn’t enough...
Spot bonuses or wellness benefits? How to create better compensation and win the war for talent
People Teams frequently ask us for recommendations for attracting and retaining top talent. Should they initiate Summer Fridays or a #kudos channel on Slack? How about spot bonuses and wellness benefits? A record number of employees are quitting their jobs. Combine that with the long-term “skills mismatch” problem and it’s no...
Optimizing your company’s wellness benefits program on JOON
At JOON, we frequently work with forward-thinking People Teams administering wellness and fringe benefits programs and lifestyle spending accounts that lead to better workplaces and increased workforce engagement and retention. As the account manager for many of these companies, I have a front row seat to what works and what...
Customizing and optimizing smart benefits categories and merchants on JOON
One of the benefits of using a card-connected wellness benefits solution like JOON is that People Teams can give their workforces much more freedom and flexibility. “Choose your own benefit” is a refreshing and flexible alternative to restrictive bundles that are only appealing to a small segment of any workforce. Instead of...
The key to a successful wellness benefit is a card-connected experience
One of the most frustrating challenges for People Teams creating great employee experiences is when initiatives fail despite being exactly what employees asked for. Employees criticize their employer for not prioritizing their wellbeing, but then no one uses the generous wellness benefits offered (okay, 24% of employees according to...
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