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Rae Shanahan

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'My Why:' Making a Difference

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Apr 26, 2018 12:34:48 PM

Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.  

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Why Baldrige Matters to Our Business

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Apr 25, 2018 10:41:31 AM

You may not know that Businessolver is the only benefits administration company, and the first technology company in the U.S., participating in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award journey.

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What Diversity Really Means: How Employers Can Embrace Empathy And Demonstrate It Through Representative Leadership

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Apr 23, 2018 4:19:04 PM

From social movements to political polarization, the American workforce has experienced a confluence of events resulting in companies taking the mantle of social responsibility. Employees are increasingly seeking to work for corporations or organizations that align with their personal values, and organizations are recognizing the growing role of social consciousness.

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The Time is Now: Three Ways to Champion a Diverse Leadership Team

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Apr 19, 2018 8:56:24 AM

The past few years have brought an increased focus on diversity in the workplace. From the call for equal gender pay to an intolerance for prejudice in the hiring process, there has never been a stronger push to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Avoid a Benefits Communication Breakdown with These 3 Tips

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Apr 16, 2018 4:44:17 PM

Did you make year-round benefits communications one of your New Year’s resolutions only to realize it’s already April…and you haven’t started yet?

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Latest Study Reveals The Empathy Revolution is Here

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Apr 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

What values matter in today’s workplaces? Employees care about honesty, as well as responsibility. And in 2018, they overwhelmingly responded with one word: empathy—the ability to understand and experience the feelings of another. The empathy revolution is here, is your business ready?

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No Crystal Ball Necessary – Here’s What Employees are Thinking, but Not Saying

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Apr 2, 2018 1:40:44 PM

It’s no secret that employees today aren’t as engaged as we need them to be. They face distractions with drama, with stress, with lack of empathy in the workplace, and with just plain life.

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Spring Ahead: Planning for Annual Enrollment

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 26, 2018 11:21:16 AM

The days are getting longer, new shoots are sprouting—spring is finally arriving! Who would want to think about autumn at this time of year? Well, if you’re an HR professional, you’re always thinking about Annual Enrollment season, even now when we’ve just moved our clocks forward. And that’s a good thing; the more preparation you put into AE, the better equipped you and your organization will be to ensure your employees enroll in the benefits they need. No matter where you are in the planning phase, there are steps you can take now to set your organization up for success when AE season gets here: 

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Stuck in an RFP Rut? Here are 6 Ways you Can Build a Better RFP

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 22, 2018 12:42:43 PM

If you’re considering starting an RFP process for your benefits administration, you are already aware of the amount of time and effort that goes into the decision. It’s a long journey, but a worthwhile one, as working with the right vendor is crucial in creating a positive benefits experience for your employees.  Whether it be price point, technology, or culture fit, there are many factors that go into choosing a vendor. Rather than diving in headfirst, you need to put together a plan and compile best practices for a smooth, effective, and successful RFP process. Following our webinar, 5 RFP questions you aren’t asking – but should, we’re sharing additional details on how HR pros can make the process more effective with these six tips:

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5 Ways Southwest Airlines Built an Unstoppable Culture (and How You Can Too)

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 19, 2018 2:44:01 PM

With unemployment numbers at record lows, and the addition of 313,000 jobs in February, companies are battling for talented and qualified employees to join their teams. Creating a solid cultural atmosphere is key to a successful business and essential to recruiting and retaining employees. Plus, developing your unique company culture can also set you apart from your competitors and enhance your brand.

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'My Why' - It's Way More than Work Life Balance

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 16, 2018 4:46:03 PM

Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.  

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3 Things You’re Not Asking (but Should) When Writing Your RFP

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 15, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As HR professionals know all too well, the RFP process can seem a bit overwhelming. Requesting proposals for a benefits administration system involves all sorts of factors, from identifying what your employees need to evaluating technical capabilities, not to mention determining the right price range.

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3 Easy Ways to Increase Employee Happiness and Productivity    

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 8, 2018 2:03:40 PM

The first Friday of March is national Employee Appreciation Day, which is often celebrated with offerings such as catered lunches, platters of cookies or brownies, perhaps a balloon in the corner – an hour-long break in the day. Despite these annual efforts, employees may still feel underappreciated or uninspired at their job. This dispassionate attitude about work can cost you more than a plate of brownies or a stray balloon – consider almost $600 billion in lost productivity according to Gallup estimates.

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It’s More than Women in the Workplace

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 5, 2018 4:06:19 PM

For Women’s History Month, we are celebrating the inspiring and hard-working women at Businessover who are helping to create the success of the company each and every day, including our Chief Strategy Office, Rae Shanahan.

Rae has worked tirelessly to not only improve how Businessolver operates, but she has become a thought leader in the HR/benefits realm as a whole, modeling empathetic leadership tactics that have been proven to increase employee retention, work production, and overall wellness in the workplace.

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‘My Why:’ Learning from Passion 

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 2, 2018 2:31:48 PM

Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. 

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3 Lessons from Past Presidents about Empathetic Leadership

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Feb 20, 2018 12:21:49 PM

Yesterday, as we honored our nation’s presidents, I was struck to learn that even in the midst of building our fledgling and fragile democracy, our earliest leaders showed great empathy. Fast forward more than two centuries; studies have shown that the willingness to listen and empower others to achieve their goals is one of the key aspects to becoming a great leader. Further, our 2017 Workplace Empathy Monitor reveals that 90% of employees think empathy should be modeled at the top of an organization.

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Chicken or Egg: Are Machines Learning Like Humans or Vice Versa?

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Feb 13, 2018 12:44:00 PM

In our latest webinar, we explored the ways artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are making a positive real-life impact on the HR/benefits industry – including making work easier, more effective, and more empathetic. I was thrilled to moderate the session with our incredibly talented and intelligent guest speakers: John C. Havens, the author of “Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines,” and our own Sony Sung-Chu, AVP of Applied Data Science at Businessolver.

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Hello, Old Friend: Create an Offboarding Program that’s Boomerang Friendly

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Feb 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Cars, fashion, and music all have evolved over the years – and so has the typical career journey for today’s employees. While our grandparents may have started and finished their careers at one company, it’s hard to imagine an industry where that is the norm today.

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AARP vs. EEOC: What Happened, and What’s Next?

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Jan 31, 2018 6:00:00 AM

I recently moderated Businessolver’s latest webinar, “AARP vs. EEOC: 4 Things You Need to Know,” a lively discussion with three experts in benefits and workplace wellness. While the session had great engagement and participation, we also heard from many HR/benefits pros who weren’t able to attend. So here’s a quick recap of what happened and what happens next for workplace wellness.

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‘My Why:’ Connecting Purpose and Productivity

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Jan 24, 2018 1:52:32 PM

Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

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