Benefits Communication

  • 3 ways employee financial stress affects your company

    April 17, 2014

    With April being National Financial Literacy Month, it’s an ideal time for employers to encourage healthy financial habits among employees. According to a Harris poll, 44% of employees worry about personal finances while at work.

  • Zero copay program achieves better patient adherence

    April 8, 2014

    Employees enrolled in a zero copay program for their diabetes and high cholesterol drugs had better adherence to those medications than employees not enrolled in the program, according to a recent retrospective case comparison study from Walgreens.


    April 8, 2014

    View on demand as the speakers reveal key findings from the fifth-annual bswift Benefits Study, an analysis of a recent survey of employee benefits decision makers. Our panel of industry experts gives you an inside look at trends and best practices in wellness programs, defined contribution funding strategies and benefits automation.

    Discussion topics will include:

    • The use of wellness programs, including meeting biometric thresholds and new incentive types, to control health care costs
    • ACA-related changes for wellness programs
    • A view into how employers are measuring wellness program success
    • The transition to a defined contribution model and the prevalence of consumer tools
    • How employers continue to leave money on the table when it comes to automation

    Learn about recent shifts in wellness and benefits administration, and see how your company stacks up.

    Don Garlitz
    , Executive Director, Exchange Solutions, bswift
    Brad Wolfsen, Executive Director, Exchange Solutions, bswift
    J. Michael Vittoria, Vice President, Corporate Benefit Services, Maine Medical Center/MaineHealth
    Steve Cyboran, Vice President, Consulting Actuary, Healthy Enterprise Initiative Leader, Sibson Consulting

  • 4 questions your employees should ask about benefits

    April 2, 2014

    Benefits contribute up to an additional one-third to employees’ total compensation, according to research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. As the industry celebrates National Employee Benefits Day on April 2, employers can encourage workers to make the most of their benefits.

  • HR management platform drives parking company to easy street

    March 28, 2014

    Making sure payroll and benefits enrollment are up to par was not a concern back in 1922 when Diamond Parking Service was first established in Seattle, Wash. Diamond Parking turned to well-known industry source known for its ability to automate data processing.

  • Northwestern football players can form a labor union, NLRB rules

    March 27, 2014

    Northwestern University football players were given the right to form college sports’ first labor union in a ruling that could seismically change the $16 billion business of top-level university athletics.

  • Tips for using wellness champions to motivate employees

    March 4, 2014

    Wellness champion networks can help customize wellness communication and programs to smaller worksites.

  • Social media, new technology drive healthy behaviors

    March 4, 2014

    It's Facebook for your health: How new technologies are helping to drive employee behavior change, using employees' love of social media to help provide an encouraging and accountable environment to reach their health goals.

  • Exit interview: Helen Darling

    February 18, 2014

    The president of the NBGH, who is retiring this spring, shares her thoughts about health reform and the future of employer-sponsored health coverage.

  • ADP: Employees want benefits content on mobile devices

    February 18, 2014

    Employees with ready access to mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, prefer accessing employee benefit and pay information using mobile apps rather than using their desktops and laptop computers, an ADP Research Institute Study shows.

  • Top 10 employee training mistakes

    February 4, 2014

    Employee training can be a valuable benefit, yet much of the money and time companies spend on training programs is wasted, contends John Tschohl, president of Service Quality Institute, a customer service training company. Here are the main reasons group training fails: [Images: Shutterstock]

  • Five predictions for 2014: revolutionizing employee engagement

    January 29, 2014

    As we begin the New Year, educating employees about new benefit programs through innovative, digital communication will be absolutely crucial. Here are five predictions for what 2014 will bring.

  • Cloud-based HR revolutionizes employee engagement, innovation in 3 new ways

    January 27, 2014

    It’s undeniable – cloud-based technologies have fundamentally changed how businesses operate. As employers transition from on- to off-premise for HRIS, they are seeing increased productivity and profitability in the obvious ways: lower up-front costs, faster innovation, easier integration, and no nasty upgrade hassles. It’s quite possible, however, that a less-obvious HR cloud revolution may prove to be even more meaningful – one that is more about people and culture.

  • Prepare for 2015's play-or-pay penalties today: 3 places to start

    January 16, 2014

    Employers should already be focusing on getting ready for 2015 and it’s an adviser’s job to tell them this. The play-or-pay penalties will be enforced next January. Benefits lawyer Peter Marathas, of the firm Proskauer Rose and its Health Care Reform Task Force team, says there are three areas advisers need to sit down to prepare their clients for today. [Images: Fotolia]

  • Right-to-request-flex ordinance goes into effect in San Francisco

    January 14, 2014

    Workers in San Francisco who have caregiving responsibilities now have the right to request changes to their working conditions, thanks to the Family Friendly Work Ordinance. A similar right-to-request law was also passed in Vermont last spring.

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