Nicole Roder

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Nicole Roder

Nicole is a freelance writer specializing in health, mental health, and parenting issues. Her work has appeared in Today's Parent, Crixeo, Grok Nation, Chesapeake Family LIFE, and the Baltimore Sun, among others.

how to write a resignation letter

October 22, 2018

How to Write a Resignation Letter

When most people resign from a job, they’re often eager to move on to the next exciting step in their careers. Some might be tempted to hop from one place to the next without much attention to what lies between, or how to properly close the door on a current position in an amicable way. But […]

how to set goals with your employees

October 18, 2018

How to Effectively Set Goals With Your Direct Reports

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like summer would never end. Now it’s October. Halloween will be here in a few weeks. Then people will begin traveling for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays will creep up before you can say “After Christmas Sale.” In other words, the end of the year is quickly approaching. […]

open enrollment quick tips

October 4, 2018

Open Enrollment Quick Tips

For many, open enrollment starts in less than a month! Here are our best open enrollment quick tips in an at-a-glance FAQ sheet for employers. What Is Open Enrollment? Open enrollment is a period during which employees can freely enroll in or change their health insurance plan or other benefits programs. When Does Open Enrollment […]

51 gifts for coworkers

September 26, 2018

51 Practical Gifts for Coworkers That Won’t Dent Your Paycheck

Buying gifts for coworkers? Do you need some gift ideas that won’t break the bank? Maybe you’re thinking of small gifts for managers in your office. If you supervise staff, you might be looking for employee gift ideas. Sometimes the whole staff pitches in on group gifts for an employee retirement or wedding shower. But […]


September 20, 2018

So You Want to Change Your Vacation Policy

Many small businesses offer paid time off for vacations, sick leave, and other reasons. PTO is a popular benefit. In fact, you may have a hard time attracting qualified workers if you don’t have a vacation policy that incorporates at least some PTO and sick leave in your compensation package. But perhaps you already know […]

sunscreen is an FSA eligible expense

September 17, 2018

49 Surprisingly Eligible FSA Expenses

If your employer offers a flexible spending account (FSA) as a fringe benefit, you probably already know that it is an easy way to save a little money on healthcare. An FSA is a special account in which employees can deposit pre-tax dollars. You can then use that money to pay for certain out-of-pocket healthcare […]

do millennials expect 401k programs?

September 6, 2018

Do millennials Expect 401k Programs?

An astonishing two-thirds of millennials have no retirement savings, according to a recent study by the National Institute on Retirement Security. What’s more, even though 66 percent of millennials work for employers who offer 401k programs, only 34.3 percent participate in the plan. Of those who are contributing to a plan, most millennial employees aren’t saving enough. […]

nonprofits can offer employee benefits too!

September 5, 2018

Why Nonprofit Doesn’t Have to Mean No Employee Benefits

Nonprofit managers have a long list of jobs to do. You have clients to serve, administrative tasks to perform, and funds to raise. For all these tasks, you need talented workers who can devote time and attention to your agency. Perhaps you’ve heard that nonprofits can operate solely on the efforts of good-willed volunteers with […]

a woman practicing good communication in the workplace

August 14, 2018

How to Improve Communication in Your Workplace

When was the last time you opened your email inbox at work and found nothing but clear, useful messages? If you’re like most people, you probably can’t remember. Research shows that most people spend 13 hours of their workweek dealing with emails. But only 38% of the emails that end up in their inboxes are […]