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  • 25 oddball interview questions for 2014

    August 26, 2014

    Interviewing for a job is not what it used to be. These days, employers, including benefit agencies, are often looking for applicants with creative-thinking skills and those that stand apart from the crowd. Here are 25 of the most oddball interview questions posed to recent interviewees, according to career-site

  • 6 bad behaviors brokers, employers engage in and how to fix them

    August 25, 2014

    Brokers, employers, consultants and service providers are all sometimes guilty (knowingly or unknowingly) of bad behavior when it comes to dealing with each other. Here are six common scenarios and suggestions for ways to improve your working relationships with providers and clients from Rhonda Marcucci, CPA, partner and consultant with Gruppo Marcucci, an HR and benefits administration technology and outsourcing consulting firm.

  • 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.

  • Institute for Wellness Education launches new certification program

    August 19, 2014

    Benefit managers looking to get more training in wellness have a new option with an online program from the Institute for Wellness Education.

  • 10 fastest growing states for technology jobs

    August 15, 2014 published a list of the 10 fastest growing states for technology jobs. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Establishment Survey, Business and Professional Services, Computer Systems Design and Related Services,” this list represents the growth for the first six months of 2014.

  • eHarmony launches career matchmaking site

    August 15, 2014

    Online dating site eHarmony is venturing into the hiring and recruiting world with the launch of a new careers platform.

  • NLRB rulings pit employer policies against worker rights

    August 14, 2014

    Recent National Labor Relations Board rulings involving renowned jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co. and a Verizon subsidiary point to a new challenge to employer policies meant to protect confidential and proprietary company information.

  • 5 social media mistakes that cost you customers every day

    August 13, 2014

    It’s important for benefit agencies and businesses of all kinds to build a social media presence as a means to attract and retain clients. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid with social media and your company.

  • Employers asked to justify pay and performance

    August 12, 2014

    Senior leaders and boards of directors are being asked more than ever before to justify the biggest line item on their budgets: executive payroll and compensation.

  • 7 signs you’re too smart for your job

    August 11, 2014

    If you’re bored at work, it can really be getting in your way and making it more difficult to be productive. When you have a lot to bring to a job, you want your muscles exercised. You want your brain to be busy. You want to solve hard problems yourself and with other smart people. Human Workplace, a coaching and consulting firm, has created this list of seven signs you might be too smart for your job. (Image credit: Fotolia)

  • Enforcing employer policies outside the workplace

    August 7, 2014

    All employers adopt and enforce policies regulating conduct at the workplace. Many employers expect that employees will follow their employment polices at all times regardless of whether the employee is working or at work.

  • Offering inside look to benefits can aid hiring, retention

    August 6, 2014

    Glassdoor, the online reference point where employees are able to dish out reviews of their current employers, has revamped its jobs and career community to include more information on company benefit packages and perks.

  • Most unusual things employees were caught doing when they should have been working

    August 5, 2014

    Productivity can be a big problem, even at benefit brokerages and agencies and other types of businesses. Employers recently shared some real-life examples with the staffing company CareerBuilders of some of the more unusual things they've seen employees doing when they should have been busy working.

  • Minimum-wage activists see opportunity in McDonald’s decision

    July 30, 2014

    Minimum-wage activists seized on a decision against McDonald’s by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel Tuesday, saying the move may make it easier to unionize workers and ultimately raise wages.

  • Paid medical leave bills to incentivize employer participation

    July 29, 2014

    A new national bipartisan legislative effort is using an incentivized approach to push more employers to offer paid family and medical leave to their employees.

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