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August 2, 2018

3 Tips for Open Enrollment Success

As the beautiful summer weeks begin to Sunset and Autumn quickly approaches, the season for open enrollment comes right along with the foliage. While open enrollment can occur at any time of year (according to the employer’s discretion), most companies host their window for health benefits plan modifications before the end of the calendar year. […]

offer letter templates

August 2, 2018

What Goes In an Offer Letter from Employer to Employee

Unless you’re a sole proprietor and determined to stay that way, every small business eventually gets to the point of needing to hire staff. If you use an offer letter you’ve received in the past, that strategy really only works if you’re still in the same industry and even then it might be a stretch. […]

Marriage as a qualifying life event

August 1, 2018

What’s a Qualifying Life Event?

As open enrollment season quickly approaches, there’s a lot on the minds of your employees. New plans, dates, deadlines, out of pocket expenses and other unfamiliar jargon are all up for reexamination. Benefits enrollment can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be. To help your employees through a smooth enrollment process, provide them […]


July 31, 2018

What Do Employees Want? Here are the Most Popular Employee Benefits in the Biz

Freud’s infamous question, “What do women want?” still remains somewhat of an unsolved mystery. Similar to this query is one that employers are constantly trying to debunk: “What do employees want?”. As the workplace landscape has changed, today’s employees seek different benefits than those of generations past. While today’s technology has eased so many workplace […]


July 30, 2018

Just How Popular are Free Employee Meal Policies?

It’s said that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. If that’s true, then many employees in the Bay Area of California might be in for a rude awakening. News came this week that an upcoming change by Facebook to a perk in their Menlo Park office would mean tighter restrictions around their legendary […]

HMo vs. PPO

July 24, 2018

HMO vs. PPO: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to selecting employee health benefits, there are a lot of choices and a lot of acronyms. The biggest decision for medical coverage is often whether to pick a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan. So, what’s the difference between these two? HMO vs. PPO: An Overview By […]

reducing stress in the workplace

July 17, 2018

How Experts Say You Can Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Work is pervasive in many aspects of our lives, from health insurance to retirement savings and even friendships. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that stress in the workplace can leak into the rest of our lives. While there’s some small level of workplace stress that might never entirely dissipate, there are ways to drastically reduce the inevitable […]


July 16, 2018

Understanding and Planning for the Upcoming Safe Harbor 401(k) Deadline

When you’re growing a business, one of the most pressing concerns that owners report is around retaining and attracting great talent. A surefire way to surpass this worry? By offering great benefits that your employees want and need. For many, planning for retirement is a priority, and by offering a 401(k) (one of the most […]

graphic of rural remote work

July 16, 2018

Rural Economies Have a Labor Problem. Are Remote Workers the Solution?

Vermont sparked plenty of buzz when it announced it would give $10,000 to organizations who hire remote workers stationed in the state (or are willing to move there). The move grabbed headlines — including here — and online chatter. But it will take time to see if it nets the desired result: young, working residents. […]

teammates celebrating company core values

July 10, 2018

How to Choose the Best Company Core Values

These days it’s pretty easy to figure out the company core values behind any given organization. Just a glimpse at their website will likely show you a section dedicated to the company’s core values. However, just because core values have become a necessity doesn’t mean the construction behind them is easy. Values can sometimes seem […]

remote work

July 6, 2018

Is the Remote Workforce On the Rise?

America is having a love affair with remote work, and according to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce, remote work is slated to continue in boisterous growth. Throughout 2015 and 2016, over 31 million people responded to the Gallup Q Client Database. The results? Both businesses and employees are loving remote work. Unsurprisingly, technology is […]

man using a flexible work policy

July 5, 2018

It’s Time to Reconsider Your Flexible Work Policy

Is your flexible work policy a little too flexible? Gauging the effectiveness of your current flexible work policy (or lack thereof) can be challenging because there are many confounding factors, and it requires testing of all kinds. Turning employees into guinea pigs can be dangerous because they may not care for the new policy—or they […]