Engaging Today’s Workforce: Flexible, Enhanced Leave and Disability Programs

DMEC Staff@Work

Providing Flexible, Enhanced Leave and Disability Programs in an Era of Automation

By Bradd Chignoli, MBA

SVP, Head of National Accounts

While automation has long impacted industries such as manufacturing and retail, new technologies are poised to radically change other areas of labor and workforce, including disability programs and absence management.

According to MetLife’s recently-released 16th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study,1 employers and employees aren’t afraid of automation technologies such as artificial intelligence, analytics, collaboration tools, and robotics. In fact, they’re embracing these technologies. However, employers and employees alike are afraid of losing a sense of human connection in the workplace.

About half of both groups worry that the workplace is becoming less human, indicating that now is a pivotal time for employers to engage the human workforce by meeting their personal needs. For some employers, this means offering increased flexible work arrangements and enhanced leave and disability programs.

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