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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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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, 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 extended to the American people, and…

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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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Quick Tips for Taking Your Small Business to the Next Level

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This article was written by guest author, Jim McKinley of Money With Jim, retired banker providing free financial counsel.  Being a small business leader comes with a great deal of responsibility. Likely, you are the person responsible for meeting objectives, handling administrative tasks and keeping finances in order. With all these responsibilities it’s no wonder business owners work upwards of 50 hours or more per week. The sheer volume of work combined with the immense responsibility of leadership can cause a great deal of stress. While you may have accepted stress and long hours as a “cost of doing business,”…

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