Seasons’ greetings from Businessolver! We’re wrapping up the 12 Days of Benefits, days 10 through 12:
On Donner, on Blitzen, on Businessolver! We’re happy to bring you days 7 through 9 of the 12 Days of Benefits:
We’re filled with holiday spirit at Businessolver! We’re continuing the 12 Days of Benefits,days 4 through 6:
Happy holidays from Businessolver! In the spirit of the season, we’re delighted to bring you the 12 Days of Benefits:
“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?!”
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.
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.
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.
The data is sad and shocking: More than two-thirds of Americans (76%) live paycheck to paycheck. Not saving, not setting goals for the future – merely surviving one Friday to another two weeks later. That’s no way to live. And of course as HR people, our first instinct is to want to help.
So, 100 percent raises for everyone, right?
I’m going to let you in on a secret: I wrote this blog post stationed at the island in my kitchen, wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants. And, if your company has remote workers like me, they’re probably spending at least part of their day the same way. The bad news: Their sweatpants may or may not be clean. The good news: Those workers still are productive and engaged.