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  • 401(k) participation up, retirement health care savings still fall short

    October 29, 2014

    The number of employees participating in employer-based retirement plans increased in 2013 for the first time in several years, pointing to a national economy slowly mending itself and an increasing employment rate in the aftermath of the recession, the Employee Benefit Research Institute says.

  • Stalled career management programs damaging retention

    October 28, 2014

    Employers’ inability to provide clear and effective career management tracks may be forcing their more goal-oriented workers – the very employees they need to retain – to jump ship.

  • Understanding the national implications of CA's controversial Prop 45

    October 27, 2014

    A controversial ballot measure in California is getting national attention from the benefits industry. Here’s what it is and why it matters.

  • Electronic signatures gaining ground in hiring, onboarding process

    October 27, 2014

    One would expect technology companies such as Google and Twitter to be at the forefront of using electronic signatures when recruiting talent. But increasingly, other industries are realizing the potential time and cost savings of using esignatures to increase hiring efficiency.

  • Why employers should care about student loan debt

    PODCAST | October 27, 2014

    Dan Macklin, co-founder and VP of business development at SoFi, outlines how the issue of student loan debt affects employers and why helping employees refinance these loans can pay dividends by way of increased loyalty and retention.

  • 3M, Cisco employees offered solar power at discounts

    October 24, 2014

    The light is shining on 3M, Cisco, Kimberly-Clark and the National Geographical Society as the companies take steps to provide employees a first-of-its kind employee benefit: discounts on home solar power installation.

  • Brokerage hiring practices ‘troubling’

    October 23, 2014

    A huge majority of new employees come from within the insurance industry, and there is a wide discrepancy among firms, a recent study finds.

  • 5 things employees would rather do than enroll in benefits

    October 23, 2014

    Open enrollment is a stressful time for benefit managers and employees alike. More than half of U.S. employees say the traditional open enrollment process to sign up for health care benefits is a waste of time and a miserable experience. In fact, the enrollment process is so unpleasant for employees that 20% of them would rather watch a movie about the life of Lindsay Lohan than complete it.

  • 6 factors to consider when recruiting new brokers

    October 21, 2014

    A majority of insurance firms aren’t hiring enough new brokers/agents to grow their business. Reagan Consulting offers six factors to consider based on its recent recruiting and development study.

  • Why ex-employees are a data security menace

    October 20, 2014

    A new report from business applications cloud-hosting vendor Intermedia, which contracted with Osterman Research to survey employees who recently left companies, finds they commonly retain some degree of access to corporate information.

  • 6 dimensions of well-being in the workplace

    October 20, 2014

    Companies are waking up to the fact that supporting the emotional, physical and cognitive health of their employees makes sense — and affects their bottom line.

  • 4 ways to combat stress

    October 14, 2014

    Open enrollment is one of the busiest times of year for benefit managers. But don’t let the stress of the season get you down. Use these four strategies to fight back against the ill effects of stress.

  • Wearable devices: Future of wellness or just a fad?

    October 9, 2014

    Wearable wellness is here to stay, yet precisely how the devices will affect employer programs remains to be seen.

  • 3 ways to counsel employers through an employee's depression-related return to work

    October 7, 2014

    Commentary: October is National Depression Awareness Month. Jeff Guardalabene, a mental health case manager with Standard Insurance Company, offers these tips on how to help your employer clients navigate this important but often uncharted territory.

  • 10 ways to be more memorable

    October 6, 2014

    Tips to help benefit advisers, benefit managers, and other benefit professionals stand out (in a good way).

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