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The Four-Letter Word That Could Be Killing Your Career

Posted by Kelley Butler on Oct 19, 2016 12:09:37 PM

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.

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Words of Wisdom from an HR Pro on Enrolling a Segmented Workforce

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Oct 13, 2016 11:49:45 AM

To all my fellow benefits pros out there – are you stressed? Trust me, I feel you. Without a doubt, annual enrollment is the busiest time of year for us. There are so many complexities to manage that it can feel like a never-ending uphill battle. But take a deep breath, step away from your mountain of to-dos, and rest assured! We’re here to help with expert tips from a benefits pro who has already conquered the annual beast that is enrollment.

Susan Lowe is the Director of Benefits at Sephora. With 10 years of experience in benefits and compensation, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to her words of wisdom.

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HR Tech Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Posted by Natalie McLinden on Oct 10, 2016 12:58:15 PM

After a full and exciting week, the 19th HR Technology Conference & Expo is officially over. Last week’s event was packed with great sessions, advice, networking, and – if you stepped foot in the expo hall – confusion. I saw countless HR pros at the start of the show excited because there were so many vendors, but then quickly panic because there were so many vendors. Without a doubt, the amount of solutions in the market today easily becomes overwhelming, especially when decision stakes are high.

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With Benefits, ‘One Size Fits One’

Posted by Kelley Butler on Oct 6, 2016 12:11:24 PM

This morning’s general session at the 19th HR Technology Conference & Expo focused on engaging and retaining employees. Moderated by CEO of Starfish Media Group and former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, a panel featuring leading C-level HR pros had an insightful and candid discussion about how to find and keep talented and engaged workers.   

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Empathy Experts Dominate Opening Night of HR Technology Conference

Posted by Kelley Butler on Oct 5, 2016 11:12:18 AM

America’s Second City is our second home for the week – the Businessolver team is excited to be in Chicago for the 19th HR Technology Conference & Expo. At yesterday’s opening night reception, we launched our E Type Assessment Tool to help people better understand their personal level of empathy.  

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3 Tips to Throwing the Perfect Hail Mary During Annual Enrollment

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Oct 3, 2016 10:06:12 AM

It’s fall in America, which means one thing: Football. This time of year, it seems the only thing we like better than all things pumpkin spice is all things pigskin.

For proof, you don’t need to look any further than our devotion to fantasy football. The average fantasy player spends three hours per week managing their team, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. The regular NFL season lasts 17 weeks, which equals an average 50 hours on fantasy football each season.

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Use Discovery to Erase Disconnects in Your Benefits Strategy

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Sep 27, 2016 10:13:29 AM

In the 21st century, benefits professionals can feel like David working to overcome Goliath-like concerns around rising costs, employee engagement, regulatory compliance, data security – all while meeting business objectives.

With so much to do, it’s easy to take charge and make executive decisions based on what our employees want … or, rather, what we think they want. It’s with the best intentions, of course. However, many times, leaders are so committed to what they think is right for their organization, a project, or customer that they become resistant to persuasive arguments – or hard evidence – otherwise, to the detriment of the group they’re leading. We’re all guilty of doing it at some point right? I know I am. 

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It’s Time to Break the ‘Ramen Rule’

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Sep 15, 2016 10:14:26 AM

I recently received my copy of the newest issue of Leader’s Edge magazine. The publication is a thought leader that not only measures the pulse of the insurance marketplace, but may even quicken the pulse for some. One of the lead stories this month is “The Ramen Noodle Effect.” I knew immediately that the article would be about college debt.

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With Benefits for All: Doing Our Part to Support the Mission

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Sep 8, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Late last year, we were thrilled to sign on as a client a global contractor that’s providing critical mission support to the U.S. and its allied partners. While I can’t mention the contractor’s name or the specific missions it supports here at home and around the globe, trust me when I say that for these employees, Businessolver’s mission is clear: Make understanding and choosing their benefits as engaging, simple, and intuitive as possible so they can get back to their important work around national security.

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Technology or People: What’s Your Biggest Security Risk?

Posted by Natalie McLinden on Aug 31, 2016 9:48:45 AM

Security might not be a popular topic around the office, but it is an important one—especially if you’re in the benefits industry. By nature, the PHI that is handled—from Social Security numbers to medical information—makes HR and healthcare extremely attractive targets for cyber hackers. Handling this sensitive data means HR administrators need to ensure they’re making data security a priority within their organization. It’s HR’s job to protect your people – that includes protecting their most personal information.

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