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How to Master the Benefits Technology Purchasing Process

Posted by Jon Shanahan on Feb 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Choosing the right HR technology partner can seem like a daunting prospect: What should the RFP entail? Will the vendor deliver on time? And most importantly, how will this solution help your employees? With 86% of employees reporting that they find the insurance purchase process confusing, it’s more important than ever for employers to offer solutions that provide their employees with the support they need during Annual Enrollment and beyond.

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Why using empathy with AI is necessary

Posted by Sony SungChu on Jan 18, 2018 11:14:52 AM

The uses of AI are deeper and wider than we may have imagined years ago. Past literature and film depicted AI as robots helping command a spaceship or as an iron superhero saving a city from evil. While AI today may not look like a Transformer or R2D2, its expanding list of use cases is changing our daily lives.

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Digital Disruption: 3 Ways AI Helps Your Bottom Line

Posted by Sony SungChu on Jan 11, 2018 12:00:00 PM

From Siri and Alexa answering our questions to Netflix recommending shows to watch, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a reliable feature in our everyday lives.

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Cybersecurity: It’s not just the CIO’s game anymore

Posted by Todd Seiffer on Dec 12, 2017 10:29:41 AM

“Don’t ask me about tech; I’m the money man/woman.” I’m willing to bet more than one CFO has deflected queries about their company’s technology strategy overall, let alone grittier details about data security and cyber risk.

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2018 Benefits Administration Predictions for Employers to Track

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Dec 8, 2017 12:09:04 PM

We may be wrapping up Annual Enrollment this month, but we are already looking to 2018 and what’s in store for the year ahead. A New Year brings renewed resolutions and updated calendars, but it’s also an opportunity to strategize for success in the coming year.

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Beyond Binary: Infusing Humanity into Innovation

Posted by Sony SungChu on Nov 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM

The rumors are true. Data scientists – particularly ones that work in tech-dominant Seattle, like I do – are pretty left-brained: logical, analytical, objective. We generally think in numbers and figures, and yes, we drink a lot of coffee. But that doesn’t mean we can’t create technology that is empathetic.

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From the VIC20 to VP of IT: Proof that STEAM Education Pays Off

Posted by Tom Pohl on Nov 8, 2017 10:33:32 AM

Happy National STEAM Day! Today is meant to inspire children to explore and pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

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Meet the CTO: Sean McMurray

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Aug 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

We are happy to share that Sean McMurray, a Businessolver co-founder, left our Board of Directors to join us in June as Chief Technology Officer. Sean brings to our team more than 20 years of tech experience and a wealth of institutional knowledge: After all, he’s one of the original builders and designers of the Benefitsolver platform. I sat down with Sean to talk more about his role and his goals for Businessolver’s future.

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Why Hiring a Hacker is Good for Business

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Mar 2, 2017 2:51:22 PM

Cyberattacks are a major threat to businesses today, with a single attack potentially costing a company hundreds of millions of dollars and permanently deflating customer trust. With hackers growing more sophisticated all the time, the risk has never been greater and companies need leaders focused daily on shielding customer data.

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3 Trends Hitting the Benefits Landscape in 2017

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Dec 29, 2016 9:32:09 AM

2016 is coming to a close, and we’re on the brink of ringing in a new year that will undoubtedly bring new complexities and challenges to employee benefits. In 2017, it will be more important than ever to stay informed of the latest trends and issues emerging from the benefits landscape, and though January hasn’t begun, it’s never too early to start. Here are three benefits trends to look for in the year ahead.

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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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How to Sell Your Benefits Strategy to the C-Suite

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Aug 9, 2016 3:54:27 PM

Months of planning go into the most important time of the year for us HR pros – annual enrollment. After all of the research, planning, negotiating, and preparation, one last hurdle remains before enrollment begins: Presenting the benefits strategy to the C-suite. The presentation is a big moment – a time to shine and highlight HR’s role at the table with senior leaders.

To help you nail it and get unanimous C-suite support, we recently held a webinar session about how to sell your benefits strategy to the C-suite, featuring two experts who shared techniques to ensure a successful meeting. If you missed the live session, don’t worry! The entire presentation is available now for on-demand viewing. Too busy prepping for AE for an hour webinar? Here are our experts’ five best tips and tricks:

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Checking the Forecast: A Midyear Look at Our 2016 Predictions

Posted by Natalie McLinden on Jul 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Can you believe it’s already mid-July? ACA deadlines made the first half of 2016 fly by and before we know it, annual enrollment will make the second half fly even faster. As we mark the halfway point of the year, we wanted to take a look back on some of the predictions that we made late last year in our “7 Trends for 2016 in the Wild World of Benefits Administration” eBook. Have our predictions held true? Take a look!

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The Advice From Mom That Every Benefits Admin Should Know

Posted by Rae Shanahan on May 10, 2016 11:30:34 AM

We all know the saying of mother knows best. As a mom of two, I can verify this is true...(I wish!). I certainly don’t have all the answers, but there’s something to be said for a mother’s intuition – it seems like moms always know what to do. This past weekend many of our team members were lucky enough to celebrate Mother’s Day with their moms and hear some of their best, tried and true words of wisdom. Back in the office we were reflecting on our moms’ advice and I realized it’s not only sage guidance for life, but for the world of benefits administration too.

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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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How to Successfully Navigate the RFP Process and Find the Perfect Partner

Posted by Ronnie Bushnell on Mar 11, 2016 1:14:22 PM

The right vendor partner can be an incredible advantage in the world of benefits administration. However, finding the perfect match is not easy and getting started is challenging, to say the least.

Recently, we partnered with Employee Benefits News and RFP365 to share our expert insight on how to master the RFP process and find the right benefits administration partner for you and your organization. If you weren’t able to join, have no fear. Here are a few of our top tips on how to successfully navigate the complex journey of issuing an RFP and finding a new vendor partner.

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The path less traveled: Why the easy way isn’t always the best way for benefits administration

Posted by Rae Shanahan on Feb 24, 2016 3:31:40 PM

It’s safe to say most people want their lives to be easier. The “easy way” can be enormously beneficial – it’s hard to remember life before GPS when maps were the only navigational tool – however, it isn’t always the best approach. My favorite example of the “easy way” gone wrong is when building a piece of furniture. Most people’s instinct is to ignore the 30-page instruction manual and start putting nuts and bolts wherever they seem to fit.

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Costs and Compliance Driving More Companies to Benefits Outsourcing

Posted by Businessolver on Jan 15, 2016 8:16:25 AM

Over the past few years, an increasing number of companies have been turning to outsourcing partners for benefits administration and compliance management. Why? Companies today want — and need — the more specialized expertise that those vendors have, particularly when it comes to complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other workplace regulations.

That’s the one of the top-level findings in a trends report, Corporate Benefits Departments: Staffing and Operations, released last month by the nonprofit International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).

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7 Trends for 2016 in the Wild World of Benefits Administration

Posted by Natalie McLinden on Jan 11, 2016 9:38:06 AM

Without a doubt, 2015 was chock-full of milestones for the world of benefits administration (new technologies, new legislation, etc.). There were so many changes in 2015 that HR professionals might feel as if they’re doing business in the Wild West. It can sometimes seem like the industry is becoming a world full of unexplored boundaries, new territory to be claimed and new rules to live by.

The bad news for those who aren’t on-board with 2015’s changes?

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