Archive for February, 2017

Managing Remote Workers

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It’s no secret that increasingly employees are working outside the office. Whether full-time, part-time, or on an ad-hoc basis, this option can be beneficial to both employees and companies. However, overseeing remote workers often requires an extra level of effort and attention from supervisors, so here are some tips on how to best collaborate with your remote workers. Communicate, communicate, communicate.  Communication is the most crucial factor in managing remote workers. If there is not a regular cadence of communication, as well as many different channels for communication, your employees may feel out of the loop. In addition to establishing…

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Live and Learn: Developing Your Employees

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Every manager wants their employees to grow and live up to their potential, but it doesn’t happen overnight.  Enter employee development — a top-notch manager will actively instigate development of their employees by pushing them to grow and learn. Here are six ways to spur on your team. Education/training opportunities Even the most astute and consistent employees can benefit from attaining new information and skills. And, employees are the most engaged when they are learning and growing, which is a key reason they will choose to stay with your company. By encouraging training and education opportunities, you send the message…

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The Benefits of Hiring the Right Broker

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Employee benefits plans can be intimidating for those responsible for managing them. There are many options from which to choose, the language of benefits plans is not simple to understand, and navigating the complexity of the plans and claims process can be daunting for even those well versed in benefits.  Enter benefits brokers – those with professional knowledge in the benefits space who help companies assess their needs, shop for the best value, assist in the event of claims, and help maintain compliance with state and federal regulations, including ERISA and the Affordable Care Act. Unless you have a comprehensive…

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Get with the Program: Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are not just the wave of the future. They are here and already being are being used by companies to simplify and automate work processes.  The trend will only increase, so it’s important as business leaders to be prepared for what lies ahead. Here are four ways that artificial intelligence will change how we work in the not-too-distant future. Automation The advancement of artificial intelligence in the workplace means that a variety of tasks once performed by humans will be taken over by digital brains. Obviously, this means that some jobs will be rendered…

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