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Marcy Klipfel

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Unlimited PTO: Naughty or Nice?

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Dec 19, 2017 10:00:14 AM

Over the last several years, I’ve kept a close eye on the experiences of organizations that have tried – some successfully, some not so much – to implement an unlimited PTO policy. Especially now with the holidays here, I certainly can see the allure of the freedom that can come from administering PTO that way.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Safely Year Round

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Dec 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It wouldn’t be the holidays without the annual company holiday party, right? This year, maybe not so much.

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Treat Yourself: Tips to Spook Away AE Stress

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Oct 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Walk around Businessolver’s offices today and you may run into a monster, witch, or even one of your favorite TV characters. We encourage employees to get in the Halloween spirit each year by inviting them to wear a costume to work – we even hold a costume contest!

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#SolverSoul Goes Summer Finale

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Aug 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As summer comes to a close, it is time to bid farewell to our interns. We wish them all the best as they return to college this fall. In our last #SolverSoul Goes Summer blog post, meet Casey, Eric, and Michael. All three are proud Cyclones at Iowa State University.

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#SolverSoul Summer Series (4 of 5)

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Aug 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

#SolverSoul Goes Summer Begins its Sunset
It’s almost time to bid farewell to our summer interns, which means “#SolverSoul Goes Summer” is winding down as well. We hope you’re enjoying this summer blog series, which accompanies our #SolverSoul video series on Instagram. In part four of five, meet Caleb, Maggie, Cecilia, and Gregory.

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3 Tips for a Successful Annual Enrollment

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Jul 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

At Businessolver, we eat, sleep and breathe benefits. So, when Annual Enrollment arrives, we get more than a little excited! Since our team is dedicated to delivering delight and providing a seamless experience to clients during the traditional annual enrollment season in the fall, we hold our own enrollment during the summer. So, as you and your team get ready to surge toward AE, I bring you fun ideas and encouragement – plus the gift of hindsight – from the other side! Here are my three best tips as you finalize your AE plans:

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#SolverSoul Summer Series (3 of 5)

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Jul 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

#SolverSoul Goes Summer Continues 
We hope you’re enjoying “#SolverSoul Goes Summer,” a blog series to accompany our #SolverSoul video series on Instagram. In part three of five, meet three more of Businessolver’s summer interns: Andrew, Andrew, and Gunnar.

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#SolverSoul Summer Series (2 of 5)

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Jul 7, 2017 12:30:16 PM

#SolverSoul Goes Summer Continues
Welcome back to “#SolverSoul Goes Summer,” a blog series to accompany our #SolverSoul video series on Instagram. In part two of five, meet Ellie, Morgan, and Kendall!

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#SolverSoul Summer Series (1 of 5)

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Jun 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Connect with our Culture: #SolverSoul Goes Summer!
It’s summertime, which at Businessolver means new interns! We’re thrilled to welcome another class for the summer, and they’re ready to use their fresh ideas and perspectives to help Businessolver innovate.

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Are Smartphones the Secret to Driving Benefits Engagement?

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Jun 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Historically, access to mobile health meant that your doctor made house calls. Today, thanks to smartphone technology and more than 250,000 apps, mobile health access is unlimited – people can easily track their wellness goals and stay engaged throughout their health journeys, all without a healthcare provider.

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3 Ways Pets Spark Positivity in the Workplace

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Apr 11, 2017 12:49:00 PM

Today is National Pet Day and I know I’m biased, but I’m certain I have one of the cutest pups on the planet! 

Bailey Klipfel joined our family at a hectic time – my husband and I were working full-time and traveling a lot, and had two girls, both under age 5. Even though it was a huge commitment to take on the added responsibility of being a pet owner, we knew immediately it was the right choice. 

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ACA Anxiety: 3 Tips to Ease Employee Uncertainty

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Feb 3, 2017 9:17:57 AM

Since President Trump took office, there has been a lot of conversation about the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The president’s executive order on January 20, which directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to lessen the law’s economic burden, sent the dialogue into overdrive.

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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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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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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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Employers Have 18,000 Reasons to Stop Overlooking Working Parents

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Aug 17, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Today, U.S. families are spending more money than ever on care for their children, paying an average of $18,000 per year. For many families, the expense is a heavy but necessary burden, especially since nearly half of America’s two-parent households report that both parents work full-time.

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4 Strategies to Slay the Summer Slump

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Aug 11, 2016 10:44:30 AM

The dog days of summer are upon us: the sun is out, temperatures are up, and no one wants to be in the office. It’s one of those times of year when employees can start to lose focus and motivation – and companies can start to lose money. Disengaged employees cost U.S. companies an estimated $450 billion to $550 billion a year, so combatting the summer slump is important, but not always easy.

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Why User Experience Can Make or Break Your Benefits Process

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Apr 11, 2016 11:22:24 AM

Remember the mobile flip phones that were popular in the early 2000s? Writing a text message on them was such a chore – you typically had to click each key multiple times to get the letters you wanted. Since then, cell phones have been redesigned to not only be smarter, but also more innate to use. The sleek touchscreen keyboards and voice to text functions on today’s cell phones allow us to efficiently communicate in ways flip phones of the past never could.

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Is Your Relationship Bliss or a Miss? How to Assess If You Need a New Benefits Partner

Posted by Marcy Klipfel on Mar 28, 2016 3:32:42 PM

Breaking up is hard to do. It’s easy to get comfortable and accept the status quo in a relationship, but as the old saying goes, you should never settle for less than you deserve. This advice doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships, though – it’s an important adage to remember when thinking about your benefits partner relationships.

In past blog posts, we’ve talked about how to issue an effective Request for Proposal (RFP) and find the perfect vendor partner for your company. But there’s typically a step that comes before all of that – the break-up.

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