Archive for October, 2018

Keys to Successful Open Enrollment

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For many, Fall is the season of bonfires, s’mores, and preparing for upcoming holidays. For many businesses, it’s also open enrollment season! This season comes with its own set of challenges and rewards, and at the forefront of those is employee engagement. Many employers cite employee engagement in the benefits enrollment process as one of their top challenges. While effective benefits enrollment correlates with their bottom line, employers struggle to engage their employees, creating a less than perfect benefits enrollment process. While we cannot avoid all the struggles of open enrollment, these eight steps will help to ensure your company…

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Don’t Discount Accountability

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The word ‘accountability’ is used a lot in the workplace.  Employees must take accountability for the successful completion of their their work, as well as their actions, and managers are accountable for ensuring that business operations run seamlessly. Most people seem to have at least a general understanding of what is intended when people refer to ‘accountability,’ but not necessarily an understanding of what it completely entails in an office setting. Accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions and/or being answerable for your actions (or lack of action).  Most employees are naturally going to claim that they…

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Lessons From the White House: What’s a Healthy Level of Turnover?

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The current presidential administration has the highest turnover the White House has seen in the last fifty years. At 37 percent (and much higher in senior-level positions), this administration has more than triple the turnover of the first two years of the previous administration.  While the American government is not meant to be run like a business, the effects of such rapid and high turnover are much the same as they would be in any organization. High turnover, particularly for high-responsibility positions, can cause disruptions and inefficiencies in an organization. In the case of the White House, these disruptions have…

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Is Domestic Violence Your Business?

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Many companies may feel that it’s best to stay as far away from being involved in their employees’ personal lives as possible. However, by doing so, they can leave themselves ill-prepared for an instance in which an employee truly needs their assistance regarding a personal problem. A prominent example: helping workers who are victims of domestic violence. With domestic violence being such a widely-discussed topic – much of it stemming from an uptick of high-profile domestic violence cases being reported in the news over the past few years – you would think that most companies are addressing the issue. But…

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