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'Tis the Season: 3 Ways to Make Philanthropy a Part of Your Workplace Culture

Posted by Brooke Knight on Nov 29, 2016 2:15:37 PM

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!

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With ACA, the More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

Posted by Kelley Butler on Nov 21, 2016 12:50:37 PM

“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?!”

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In Empathy We Trust: Why America Needs an Empathetic Leader

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Nov 7, 2016 10:00:30 AM

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.

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Boost Global Employees’ Benefits Engagement 2X with This One Investment

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Nov 3, 2016 10:00:27 AM

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.

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The AE Pep Talk Every HR Pro Needs

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Nov 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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!

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Three Scary Benefits Trends Haunting HR Pros

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Oct 27, 2016 9:15:00 AM

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.

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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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