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  • Credit unions gain ground among millennials

    August 28, 2014

    Millennials took a big financial hit during the recession, with wounds that are still fresh and unlikely to heal quickly, and a growing, under-utilized industry is hoping to build some new momentum.


  • 5 factors to help employees target their retirement savings goals

    August 28, 2014

    With such a wide range of opinions about how much money employees need to save for retirement – estimates vary from eight to 25 times final pay – it can be hard for participants to know what to aim for.


  • Employers partner with academic institutions to create specialized programs

    August 27, 2014

    Employers from Starbucks to ConAgra have begun partnering directly with academic institutions to create specialized programs for their employees. It’s a new spin on an older system, as benefit managers are trying to evaluate the long-term benefits of helping to pay for their workers’ education.


  • Reducing benefit costs while still valuing employees

    August 26, 2014

    Commentary: Financial services company BOK Financial enlists the help of a benefits communication vendor to boost participation in its consumer-directed health plan.


  • 3 ways to encourage family-friendly benefits utilization

    PODCAST | August 25, 2014

    Nancy Grunnet, regional vice president for First Sun EAP, discusses challenges benefit managers face when it comes to educating employees about family-friendly benefits and offers three suggestions for encouraging their use.


  • The rising threat of medical identity theft

    August 22, 2014

    Commentary: In this digital information age, it’s imperative to closely guard personal information. If you pay attention to the news, you’re familiar with the concept of identity theft, the potential loss of financial information. However, there’s a new emerging type of identity theft — medical identity theft — and it can literally kill you. Here’s how your employees can protect themselves.


  • 6 bad habits holding you back from success

    August 21, 2014

    Do you feel stuck in a rut? Expected to be shooting up the HR/benefit career ladder at this stage in the game? We all have bad habits, but bringing your baggage to the office can be the difference between soaring or stalling in your career. Ilya Pozin, an entrepreneur and founder of Pluto.TV, Open Me and Ciplex, offers six common workplace bad habits to break if you want to continue moving up the career ladder.


  • New report calls for updating employer e-cigarette policies

    August 21, 2014

    While use of electronic cigarettes is growing in popularity, employers are starting to take a look at adopting policies on use of the device at work, and how to protect workers from coming into contact with second-hand vapors.


  • The retirement readiness battle: Baby boomers vs. Gen X

    August 20, 2014

    When they leave the workforce, Generation X may be in a similar, not worse, retirement situation than baby boomers given their access to automatic enrollment in defined contribution plans and the growth of their future plan contributions, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.


  • 5 must-haves for life insurance enrollment meetings

    August 20, 2014

    Open enrollment season is a busy and important time of year for employers. Many employees are underinsured or unaware of the reasons they need life insurance. John West, director of product marketing at Standard Insurance Company, provides five focus areas for open enrollment meetings this year to ensure employees understand the need for the benefits and, ultimately, enroll in them.


  • The downside of wellness incentives

    PODCAST | August 20, 2014

    Alan Kohll, CEO and founder of Total Wellness, speaks to the importance of building intrinsic motivation in employees to participate in wellness programs.


  • Helping employers close the communication gap

    August 15, 2014

    Employers and employees more than ever need the help of their trusted adviser to communicate in plain language the complexities of today’s health care landscape.


  • 10 ways to design better wellness incentive programs

    August 14, 2014

    With the average wellness incentive reaching nearly $600 this year according to some estimates, it’s no wonder employers are looking to get more bang for their buck. The right incentive program depends on a host of factors and requires thoughtful consultation with your wellness vendor. Here are 10 best practices from Provant to guide the development of effective incentives.


  • 5 reasons to reconsider active management

    August 12, 2014

    We all know how markets have traded most of the time since the 2008 crash. One day everything is moving up in value, the next everything is falling. But things are changing.


  • Gaming company bets on social media for recruitment

    August 7, 2014

    In an effort to boost its profile and visibility among job candidates, gaming company Penn National Gaming is betting on a new recruiting strategy designed to actively promote job listings on social media sites.



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