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Fringe benefits include free food for employees

August 8, 2018

What Are Fringe Benefits? A Small Business Explainer Guide

When the market for talent shrinks, many employers review their benefits and perks in an effort to attract talent. The range of benefits companies offer can be vast – from basics like sick and vacation pay, to more specialized like health and wellness coverage. Most employers offer two types: essential benefits such as healthcare and fringe […]

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Critical dates Open Enrollment 2018

August 7, 2018

The Most Important Dates for Open Enrollment 2018

As you prepare for the upcoming Open Enrollment for reviewing your health care benefits, there are several important dates to remember and some changes to the plans you may want to consider. For many small businesses and the self-employed, healthcare options and requirements has been a quagmire of choices and penalties over the past few […]

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No-cost fringe benefits

August 7, 2018

20 Low to No Cost Fringe Benefits that Engage and Retain

Offering benefits can be key to attract and retain talent in today’s tight labor market. But for small businesses, competing with the big players is tough. While on-site massages, fully stocked juice bars and nap pods may be off the table, there are a host of no-cost fringe benefits you can provide to boost employee […]

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how to give feedback

August 6, 2018

5 Tips for Delivering Feedback Effectively

When it comes to researching workplace best practices, one theme that continuously tops our list is clear communication. At face value, communication in the office sounds simple. Coworkers chat day in and day out, ping one and other on Slack, send emails back and forth, so what’s the big deal? Communicating at work is easy! […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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the remote workforce

July 31, 2018

Can You Grow with a Remote Workforce? These Startups Are Doing It

We’ve all heard the employer objections to remote workers – how do I know anyone is actually working? Meetings are impossible when people aren’t all in the same room. How can we have a company culture and a cohesive workforce if there’s no office? The back and forth between the “yes” crowd and the “no” […]

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what does employee engagement mean?

July 31, 2018

What is Employee Engagement?

Managers have been talking about employee satisfaction for what feels like ages, but what’s this new topic called employee engagement that’s entered the HR lexicon in recent years? Even if you’re not entirely sure about what it is, there’s a chance you’ve heard about how low the numbers associated with it are—according to Gallup, “only […]

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what is open enrollment?

July 31, 2018

What is Open Enrollment? Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to thinking about health care in the United States, it can be pretty overwhelming. One of the biggest grey areas that comes to mind is open enrollment and the details surrounding it. Most people don’t know what it means and if they do, the times when they can and can’t enroll in […]

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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 […]

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employee-free-meal-policy

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 […]

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