Despite Healthcare Changes, Physicians Remain Happy

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Even with the ICD-10 coding transition looming, the rules governing “meaningful use” of their EHRs in a state of flux, and the constant shift in their reimbursement from volume to value, U.S. physicians are still happy in their careers. That’s according to the 2015 Great American Physician Survey, Sponsored by Kareo, conducted by Physicians Practice. In this year’s survey, 1,001 physicians nationwide shared thoughts on their medical careers, their personal lives, and the politics affecting the healthcare industry. When asked to characterize their happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, the average rating was a 7.3. It was the same average when physicians were polled on how healthy they were. When asked to what extent they agree with the statement, “I like being a physician,” 84 percent of physicians selected either a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 as their reply.

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Three in Five US Workers May Need to Work Past Age 65


Most Workers Will Likely Need to Work Longer or Save More to Meet their Financial Needs in Retirement A new analysis from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc, reveals that most workers will likely be working longer to save enough to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Aon Hewitt’s analysis of 77 large U.S. employers, representing 2.1 million employees, projects the average worker will need to save 11 times their final pay at retirement (age 65) to keep their preretirement lifestyle. Exact income replacement depends on the unique situation of each worker including age, income, anticipated retirement age and Social Security. Aon Hewitt finds most workers are coming up short when it comes to preparing for retirement. Only one-in-five are on track to meet or exceed their needs in retirement at age 65. An additional 20 percent may be close to having reasonably adequate savings with some lifestyle adjustments. This leaves 60 percent of workers unable to afford to retire at age 65. Aon Hewitt projects that age 68 is the median age U.S. workers will be able to retire with sound financial security, while 16 percent are not expected to have …

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New Survey Paints a Picture of the 21st Century Broker

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Aflac study highlights broker shift from “old-school” ways, rethinking traditional benefits packages and exploring new channels like private exchanges. After several years of uncertainty about the effects health care reform would have on their business, brokers’ fears about the negative impact of new legislation do not seem to have materialized. According to the 2015 Aflac WorkForces Report for Brokers released today by Aflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States, more than half of brokers say they are confident about the future of their firms and their industry, while 41 percent agree that health care reform represents an opportunity for their business, up 14 percent from 2014.

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First Day Follies: More Than Half of Workers Have Experienced Mishaps When Starting a New Job

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It’s important for new employees to make a good first impression, but many companies don’t realize they also need to put their best foot forward, recent research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. More than half (54 percent) of workers interviewed said they’ve experienced at least one mishap when starting a new job. For one-third (33 percent) of those surveyed, their computer, phone or security access wasn’t properly set up when they arrived. Another 22 percent said necessary supplies were not provided at the outset.

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The Lonesome Lunch Break: Employees Prefer Lunch with a Colleague but More Commonly Dine Solo

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The “lunch bunch” isn’t a reality for most workers, a new survey from Accountemps suggests. When asked how they spend their lunch hour, nearly half (49 percent) of accounting and finance professionals said they typically spend it eating alone. Yet almost as many (46 percent) people said they would rather have a coworker join them for the meal. 

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Survey Finds Majority of Teachers Do Not Feel Prepared to Use Technology in Classrooms


Although 90 percent of teachers believe that technology in the classroom is important to student success, 60 percent of teachers feel they are inadequately prepared to use technology in classrooms, according to research released today by Samsung Electronics America and GfK. A nationwide survey of K-12 teachers revealed that while schools are taking steps to bridge the digital divide by putting more technology into classrooms, more action must be taken to ensure that teachers know how to integrate it into their lessons.

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Employee Engagement Study Reveals How Bosses Can Become Workplace Heroes

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When Striving for Work-Life Balance, Workers Often Need Bosses to Come to the Rescue. Employees’ ongoing struggle to balance work with time off is significantly impacted by their boss, according to Randstad US’ latest Employee Engagement Study. Randstad’s survey found more than one-third of U.S. employees (39%) don’t believe their bosses encourage them to take allotted vacation days, and almost half (45%) say their bosses don’t help them disconnect from work while on vacation.

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CIOs Reveal the Strangest Help Desk Requests

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“Are you running your computer under Windows?” “No, it’s by the door!” This is not the punchline from a movie, but it is a real conversation with a help desk professional. Recently, Robert Half Technology took a look at the lighter side of technical travails by asking chief information officers (CIOs), “What is the strangest or most unusual request you or a member of your help desk or technical support team has ever received?” From social media struggles to cleaning conundrums, the responses show the diversity of inquiries to which help desk professionals must respond.

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Gamification Improves Work Experience for 91% of Employees, Increases Productivity Across U.S. Companies

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Survey Reveals 69% are Motivated More By Non-Monetary Factors Less than one-third (31.5%) of U.S. workers were engaged in their jobs in 2014, according to a 2015 Gallup poll. Today Badgeville, the global leader in business gamification, released the results of an independent survey of over 500 business workers, ranging from entry-level employees to C-level executives, to prove the mass-adoption and success of gamification across U.S. organizations. The results were staggering—78% of workers are utilizing games-based motivation at work and nearly all (91%) say these systems improve their work experience by increasing engagement, awareness and productivity.

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Administrative Professionals Gain Clout

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Research Reveals Support Staff More Valued Today Than 10 Years Ago. Many of us already recognize the importance of administrative staff, but new research suggests that their influence is growing. Three in five (60 percent) senior managers surveyed by staffing firm OfficeTeam and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) as part of the Office of the Future project said support staff are more valued now by their companies than they were 10 years ago. Sixty-two percent of administrative workers who were polled agreed.

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