Bob Queyrouze is the former manager of compensation, benefits, health and productivity management and an internal HR consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Prior to that he held various human resource positions within local government, consulting and nonprofit groups and the federal government. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University and his master’s degree at the University of Hawaii. Queyrouze co-wrote “The Invisible Costs Of Presenteeism: A Study of Health & Productivity in the Work Place”, published by the Institute for Health and Productivity Management.

Three New Year’s Resolutions for Benefits Managers

How can benefits managers make a contribution that adds value to more than the parochial corporate bottom line? Answering that question and providing the rationale for an answer may empower those managers and employers to focus on collaborating with other community members to create and maintain a healthy workforce (community) that will aid preservation of our national and global competitive advantage. Healthcare costs and the health of our workforce (active and retired) are inextricably tied to GNP and our competitive position nationally and in the world economy. Historically, employers have been all about creating a competitive advantage by advancing their… Full Story

What Employers Should Do

Dare I be presumptuous enough to address the issue of “what employers should do?” You decide, but note, from working with my peers at many Dallas-Fort Worth companies over the past 25 years I have some insight into employer attitudes and the dynamics between employers and the healthcare community. In my last narrative, titled “What Employers Want,” I remarked that there is a veil separating employers and the healthcare community. To be more direct, employers and the healthcare community have each historically functioned within their own silos, neither reaching out to the other to address the common goal of improving… Full Story

What Employers Want

Several years ago, more than I can specifically recall, I was at a dinner meeting with fellow Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health board members and physicians from a local physician group. We were discussing the state of healthcare and looking for ways to partner with the physician community to improve the care being delivered to our employees. This was way before the concepts that form the dialogue about improving healthcare today. One of the physicians asked “What do employers want?”  Without so much as a blink of an eye, I replied, “Reduced death, reduced disability, and early return to… Full Story