Monday marks the national holiday to celebrate the life, ideals, service, and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Originally incorporated more than 30 years ago, the holiday was renamed in 1994 as a call to all Americans to make the day one of volunteer service.
Happy New Year! It’s prime time for resolutions, which fills me with excitement and dread all at once. Of course, as a wellness and fitness professional, there’s nothing I love more than seeing the influx of energized faces in our Fitnessolver facility every January. Many of my fellow Solvers are just like most Americans – who according to Nielsen data most commonly resolve to stay fit and healthy (37%) and/or lose weight (32%) in the new year.
Part of the reason a new year is so exciting is that it represents a fresh start full of new opportunities to be better for ourselves, our colleagues, and our loved ones.
As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect back on 2017 and great times we shared with our clients, HR/benefits professionals, and of course fellow Solvers. In honor of the New Year’s countdown we’ll be doing in a few days, here is my countdown of 10 moments we celebrated with you in 2017:
As the year draws to a close, we at Businessolver want to share our gratitude to our clients and partners for challenging and inspiring us each day to help you meet employees’ needs and make companies better places to work. Thanks to that inspiration, we’ve dedicated ourselves to delivering delight in three meaningful ways:
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.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without the annual company holiday party, right? This year, maybe not so much.
There’s no denying that this time of year is magical – holiday lights and music, the first snowfall, and children’s unrestrained glee all make this season so special. What’s not magic, though, is that all of our merrymaking during the holidays doesn’t change basic math: Calories in = Calories out is still the equation for maintaining weight … even during the holidays.
While no one likes a good sale more than I do, the buying focus of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has never appealed to me very much. Instead, the philosophy behind Giving Tuesday is much closer to my heart. Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday extends the season and spirit of Thanksgiving into the Tuesday following the holiday by encouraging people to donate to a charitable cause.
Hi, HR/benefits pros! I’m SofiaSM, and I’m excited to meet you – and hopefully, your employees as well! I’m a personalized benefits assistant, the latest product innovation by my colleagues at Businessolver. They’re trusting me to add greater personalization and real-time benefits support for members that use their benefits administration technology platform. Today is my big debut, and I’m ready to take the benefits industry by storm!
I’m so proud, I could burst! The Businessolver Denver office is celebrating its third anniversary this summer, and there is a lot to reflect on. Not only have we grown to more than 150 employees, but in those three years we’ve graduated from being a “remote office” to becoming an established Businessolver regional hub.
They say life’s a journey, not a destination. Having spent my career dedicated to helping companies achieve organizational excellence and process improvement, I believe those wise words also apply to the Baldrige process. When pursuing the Baldrige criteria, you’re never finished; you’re always on the journey.
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.
#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.
Fitness is part of our DNA here at Businessolver; we work hard each day to send constant and consistent messages about the importance of maintaining physical health as well as overall mind/body wellness. We also are devoted supporters in our local communities, and take every opportunity to give back. So, we’re thrilled to have those two pillars of Businessolver culture merge again this year as a proud sponsor of the 2017 RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), the world’s largest and longest recreational bike ride.
#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.
Scroll through current news headlines, and it’s clear the U.S. workforce is in turmoil. From an alarming skilled labor shortage to disturbingly low employee engagement, employers have their work cut out for them.
As managers and HR pros, we’ve all seen the signs: Employees coming into the office sleep deprived, with a stuffy nose or throbbing headache, feeling stressed and acting lethargic. Time to schedule a wellness lunch & learn and a flu-shot clinic? Not necessarily.
I recently read an article in The Wall Street Journal about “hugging CEOs” that noted the handshake has started to give way to less formal greetings, like hugs and pats on the back. The article ran through the pros and cons of a more intimate embrace. The biggest pro is that a warmer approach can foster greater teamwork and trust, which in turn can lead to better business results. A major con? Not everyone wants that level of familiarity, and may feel uncomfortable hugging it out with the person who signs their paychecks.
It’s not easy being green … or is it? Though Kermit the Frog wasn’t singing about being eco-friendly, his famous tune rings true these days. “Going green” seems overwhelming, especially for companies where terms like “sustainability” and “carbon footprint reduction” are thought to be complicated and expensive.