Our recent webinar, “Compliance Countdown: 5 ACA Tips So You Don’t Drop the Ball in 2017,” featured three expert speakers offering key strategies to help employers hit ACA compliance deadlines with confidence – and with their sanity still intact!
There’s an old saying, “Quality is the best business plan.” As the quality leader here at Businessolver, I couldn’t agree more. Over the past several months, we’ve been putting quality at the heart of everything we do. From more process documentation to embracing DMAIC methodology, we’ve been vigorously working toward organizational excellence and quality across all areas of our business. To help guide us, we have been leveraging the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.
When you think of empathetic workplaces, the first industry that comes to mind is the government, right? Yeah, didn’t think so.
You’re not alone: 70 percent of the Americans we surveyed agree with you. Just 31 percent of respondents in our Workplace Empathy Monitor view the government as an empathetic industry – the lowest-ranking sector across the six that we examined.
It’s Giving Tuesday, the unofficial kickoff of our national season of giving – time for giving back, giving thanks, and reflecting. Amid the craziness of the holidays, I finally found a few minutes to embrace the spirit of the season and look back on 2016. Let me tell you, it was a pretty incredible year!
“It ain’t time to worry yet.” This famous line from one of my favorite books, To Kill a Mockingbird, is relevant to so many situations in life and applies to where we benefits professionals find ourselves in the aftermath of the presidential election. After seeing the election results, many – myself included – wondered breathlessly, “What happens to ACA?!”
Wow. What a year.
It feels as if it’s been nothing but a relentless barrage of political attacks that the candidates have heaped on each other, and both sides seem to have lost focus that elections are not a two-person race with a gold medal at the end. Elections and their outcomes impact millions of people and businesses. People want leaders that are able to understand and feel what they are experiencing in their day to day lives. They want empathy.
Imagine working for a global company. You’re the same as any other employee – you do your job, enroll in benefits for yourself and your family, pay your taxes, and contribute to a 401(k) for the future. There’s one big difference, though: Your home base is in Antarctica, where the average annual temperature is -49 degrees and two weeks out of the year the sun doesn’t rise at all.
For HR professionals, there’s no better feeling than coming to the end of Annual Enrollment and knowing your team nailed it. It’s like getting a winning lottery ticket on your birthday – and makes all the hard work worth it!
Annual enrollment is right around the corner. If you’re like me, that statement probably has you a little spooked. Be warned – the content ahead is just as frightening.
As I shared in a previous post, the average American spends 19 minutes or less selecting benefits each year. That’s right – 19 minutes OR LESS! Scared yet?
One reason employees tend to spend so little time on enrollment is because they don’t understand their benefits options. As HR pros, we have the ability to make a difference by educating and supporting our workforce before, during, and especially after enrollment.
Nineteen. That’s how many times, in a recent 30-minute team meeting, I heard a woman say “just.”
“I just think we can …” “I’m just checking …” “I just want to be sure …”
Why was I doing all this counting? Because I recently learned that “just” undermines women’s expertise – and in turn, women’s advancement – at work. Using “just” implicitly conveys asking permission to express authority or an opinion, and can even be characterized as an apology for doing so. Realizing that I and many other smart, talented, accomplished women could be held back – even slightly – at work by a four-letter word made me want to scream, well … a few other four-letter words.