In 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal opportunity to people with disabilities. It goes without saying that everyone should have access to employment, transportation, facilities, and more. Thirty years ago, this legislation safeguarded those rights. But times have changed a lot in thirty years, where we used to run to the store to pick up groceries, now we order them online to have them delivered; where we used to mail in a check for our many bills, now we automatically withdraw the amount each month from our online banking.
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:
For Women’s History Month, we are celebrating the inspiring and hard-working women at Businessolver who are helping to create the success of the company each and every day. For our next entry, we interviewed Bridget Lind, the Director of Product Marketing and Operations.
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:
It’s every tech company’s worst nightmare, a data breach that then becomes a PR disaster. With so much private information gathered in HR and benefits technology, it can be way more than a nightmare for HR professionals. Facebook’s recent data drama was essentially caused by a user error – which should be a wakeup call for HR professionals as most data breaches result from employee blunders. Let’s take a closer look at the recent news about the 50 million users’ data Facebook let fly out the window.
Turnover is an inevitable fact in today’s workforce. Gone are the days when you could expect an employee to earn their 30-year gold watch for continued service and dedication to one company. And while some may be nostalgic for those days of old, it’s time to move forward and prepare for your changing workforce. As Millennials become the largest portion of our workforce, we are seeing a lot of significant statistics for employee retention.
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.
The economy is growing, unemployment is low, and the stock market shows no signs of slowing down. On the surface, things seem pretty rosy.
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.
One of the “big things” in HR and benefits is AI (artificial intelligence). You’ve likely been hearing a lot about the promise to increase engagement and productivity, and how AI will make your job easier and your position more impactful. Truth is, AI is already here, and it’s likely to become a larger part of your professional life in the future.
This past October we launched Sofia, our machine-learning, personal benefits assistant who, during annual enrollment, demonstrated how artificial intelligence can improve, quicken, and streamline the benefits process. When assisting employees with their benefits questions, Sofia uses machine learning which evolves and expands as she answers more questions. We were excited to see that Sofia is providing valuable information to employees, helping them enroll in or manage their benefits – she is even active right now, 24/7 – 365!
Welcome to “The One Thing,” a new Businessolver blog series that takes a closer look at our approach to client service. A major part of our mission is to delight our clients, and Solvers recommit each day to doing so. “The One Thing” shares insights from Solvers on how they stay true to the mission and motivated to bring it to life in their daily work.
Last week, we kicked off Horizon 2018 with events in Atlanta and Charlotte. As the first two stops in our Horizon 2018 tour, both events saw numerous HR professionals come out to learn all the latest news and updates in the HR/benefits technology realm.
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.
I am very excited to announce the long awaited strategic collaboration between Businessolver and Transamerica. Transamerica is a leading provider of insurance, retirement and investment solutions – and we are thrilled to work in tandem to deliver an industry-first direct integration of wealth and health. The advanced integration enables users of the Benefitsolver platform to make holistic decisions for medical, voluntary and retirement benefits.
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.
Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
With tax time approaching, employers and HR professionals are fully immersed in ACA reporting activities. Recent executive orders and the passage of a large tax reform bill last year have resulted in ongoing uncertainty about the future of the ACA and employers’ responsibilities—yet previous tax years still require reporting and compliance.