Fran Melmed

About the Author

Fran Melmed is an award-winning HR communications consultant specializing in workplace wellness and health care consumerism. Prior to founding context communication consulting llc context communication, Fran worked at Hewitt Associates in their Talent and Organizational Change and Communication practices in the U.S. and U.K. Contact her at fran@contextcommunication.com, and follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/femelmed.

What to Tell Workers About That New Health Care Costs Line on the W-2

Whoa! What’s that new line item on my W-2? Is that taxable? Employers are starting to field questions like these from their employees. That’s because employees are having their eyes opened to the actual cost of their employer-provided health care…

Pew Study Shows That Employees Are Turning Into Health Care Consumers

Employees have heard you loud and clear, Ms. and Mr. Employer. They got the message that it’s time to become a savvy health care consumer. They’re out there researching medical ailments and specific diseases, trying to understand medical procedures, and…

13 Easy and (Mostly) Low-Cost Employee Wellness Changes for 2013

Right about now, your employees are wondering whether they’ll keep their new resolutions or dust off the old ones and give them one more go. Even your employees who didn’t make resolutions are likely stewing over possible ones as they…

Why You Need a Few Silicon Valley-Style Perks for Your Employees

Companies in California’s Silicon Valley are sending employees home with dinner and the cleaners to wash up afterward. These perks aren’t reserved for the C-suite, either. At Evernote, every single employee gets their home cleaned twice a month for free….

Don’t Go Into a Communications Hibernation When Open Enrollment Ends

Right now many companies are deep in the throes of annual enrollment. They’ve spent countless hours with benefits consultants determining the changes to their benefits plans, followed by countless additional hours figuring out how to communicate these changes to employees…

Survey: How Innovative Employers Use Technology to Improve Health

ShapeUp and context released the findings from our first annual Technology + Employee Wellness Survey this week. Over the past six months, we’ve collaborated on the development, administration and analysis of an annual survey that will track employer adoption and…

5 Tools to Help Get Employees Up and Out of Their Desks

We know prolonged sitting is detrimental to individual and business health. Prolonged sitting decreases productivity and creativity and ratchets up stress. Research now links prolonged sitting to more extreme health risks, such as obesity, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease, and…