Even among top talent, three words can flatline employees’ innovative mindset: Fear of failure.
In the U.S., only 14 percent of adults can correctly define common health insurance terms and more than half of enrollees do not know how HSAs work. This lack of health literacy leads 28 percent of people to say that reviewing their benefits during Annual Enrollment is worse than losing their cell phone – which is pretty bad, considering how much most of us love our phones!
Last week, we held our Horizon ‘17 series finale in Denver. With Annual Enrollment quickly approaching, we knew this event was the perfect opportunity to discuss the best ways to reach employees during this important time of year. Driving the conversation were industry leaders, including: Cam Marston, an expert on generations in the workplace; Kim Burgess, Statewide Chief Human Resources Officer for the State of Colorado; and Kelley Korte, Human Resources Director of Benefits at American Greetings.
This week, our team of Solvers visited Minneapolis for our penultimate Horizon ‘17 event. Joined by HR pros from across the region, we spent the day sharing ideas and best practices, and learning from industry leaders, including keynote speaker Mike Wagner, president of White Rabbit.
Employee engagement today is at an all-time low – a staggering 70 percent of U.S. workers say they’re not engaged at work. Research shows that engagement has to start at the top and leaders have some work to do.
We saved the biggest and best for last – our final stop on the Vision 20/17 Tour this week in Chicago was our highest attended event and featured our most exciting product launch so far this year. We covered important topics from empathy to engagement, new products to new national healthcare legislation, insightful keynotes to successful case studies – all in just two days!
Silicon Prairie met Silicon Valley last week, as we hit the road for the first stop in our Vision 20/17 Tour. More than 100 clients and partners joined us in San Francisco for a packed two-day schedule of key product updates and announcements, as well as engaging workshops and networking opportunities.
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.
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.
America’s Second City is our second home for the week – the Businessolver team is excited to be in Chicago for the 19th HR Technology Conference & Expo. At yesterday’s opening night reception, we launched our E Type Assessment Tool to help people better understand their personal level of empathy.
We’re just hours away from bringing HR professionals and the Businessolver community together for our second Vision 20/16 Tour of the year in the heart of Philadelphia. We have a packed agenda, with sessions surrounding ACA, voluntary benefits, employee education and engagement, all presented by a stellar lineup of speakers. Here’s a sneak peek at what are sure to be a few of the show’s highlights:
This week we hosted Vision 20/16 in Las Vegas, the first stop on our three city tour. It was a fantastic experience marked by exciting conversation and valuable learnings. A great group of Businessolver clients, partners, vendors and HR professionals came together to share their insights and ideas on some of the most pressing topics facing the industry. Here are my five biggest takeaways from the conference:
Yesterday, Seth Godin, a best-selling author and Businessolver favorite, shared an interesting blog post entitled, “More powerful than you know.” The post serves as a great reflection of what took place during day one of Vision 20/16, which kicked off yesterday. Seth’s blog reads:
Non-stop, always changing and full of excitement, Las Vegas is the perfect spot to launch this year's Vision 20/16 Tour and we’re just hours away from bringing HR professionals and the Businessolver community together to get things started. Our goal for this year’s tour is to surprise, delight and teach, so that attendees not only find the experience useful, but enjoyable too.
“We will continue having lots of meetings until we find out why no work is getting done.”
It’s easy to laugh at this joke because unfortunately, it resonates with many of us working professionals. We laugh because we’ve been there—a meeting that has unnecessary people. A meeting that took much longer than it needed to. A meeting where no decision was made. A meeting that could have easily been just a conversation instead.
It seems as if today’s meeting culture has gotten a little out of hand. Meetings have become a standard in today’s workforce. They’re our default answer to how we communicate, work on projects, make decisions and brainstorm. But many times, a meeting doesn’t have to be a meeting, and if it does, a little more intention and purpose can go a long way.
This year, we decided to do things a little differently the 18th Annual HR Technology Conference. Instead of spending money on wasteful giveaways, we decided to take a different approach. An approach with heart.
We called it #TechWithHeart.
We know there are a lot of big questions currently swirling around the world of HR, which is why we continuously offer free eBooks, webinars and thought leadership to help you stay informed and make wise choices when it comes to big decisions on ACA compliance or finding the right HR technology partner. It’s just one way we show heart. This year at #HRTechConf, we're offering our industry knowledge to attendees at no cost in the form of free, ask anything advice sessions.
When you issue an RFP, you want results that will help you accurately evaluate benefits technology and services providers. Providers, meanwhile, are eager to showcase their strengths. Ultimately, both of you want to establish whether you’re a good fit for each other.
While you are looking for information from the service provider in terms of capabilities, there is also key information that must be provided to them – a common oversight in the RFP process and one that is necessary to ensure accuracy.
In today's world, we are constantly being bombarded with daily news that distracts us from our goals and blurs our vision from what's truly important. A compelling vision has the power to inspire, clarify and focus your work to make a long-term impact. That’s why this year Businessolver's Vision 20/15 Tour is all about looking at the future differently.
Do you have a vision that will inspire your colleagues? We do—and we want to share it with you.