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Benefits/Compliance Articles   Communication Articles

ACA Sign-ups Reach 8.8 Million
(Bloomberg) – Affordable Care Act sign-ups for 2017 coverage rose about 2.3% from the same time last year, even as efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform begin in Congress.

About 8.8 million people enrolled in individual insurance plans through the HealthCare.gov website as of Dec. 31, compared with 8.6 million last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in an e-mailed statement. The figures are the first to include automatic re-enrollments, providing the most complete picture to date of participation.
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Mindful Communication: My Number One Goal For 2016
Being a CEO means I need to communicate effectively with my team. This is a topic dear to my heart as, back in 2009, my co-founders and I launched Prezi squarely focused on improving communication across the world. History has taught me that conscious practice can help improve any skill, and with communication in mind, my biggest goal for 2016 is being less reactive and more proactive in my communication techniques.

Why is this so important?

  • Being reactionary is too easy.
  • Mindful communication is necessary in the workplace.
  • Idea-sharing should by fun.

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Employee Engagement Articles   Retention/Attraction Articles

Why Technology Isn’t Making Employees More Engaged
Prepare yourself. You will not hear this often from someone who works at an HR software company: Technology does not make employees more engaged.

It is well-accepted that engaged employees fuel productivity and drive a company’s growth and profitability. While engagement can have a negative side, as recently pointed out in a Harvard Business Review article, “The Dark Side of High Employee Engagement,” it is something that most companies strive for. Indeed, it has become the Holy Grail for many HR professionals, who spend countless hours concocting programs and initiatives to engage their employees.
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Employee Benefits: One Size No Longer Fits All
Across the developed world, leading businesses are facing new workforce productivity challenges. Many recent graduates lack the skills necessary to succeed in today’s quickly changing workplace, while economic uncertainty has forced many experienced workers to delay their retirement. Companies need to consider the impact of these trends and the ways they can differentiate themselves as they wage the battle to find and retain top talent.

Winning the battle for talent is about more than compensation. To remain attractive to multiple generations of current and future employees, businesses are shifting focus to a broader array of benefits. A healthy person at the beginning of their career, for example, is more likely to want flexible benefits that support an independent lifestyle. In contrast, a long-time employee that is nearing retirement is more likely to favor a more predictable structure weighted towards retirement savings.
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Wellness Articles   Miscellaneous Articles

Fewer Small Firms Offering Wellness Programs
Size matters when it comes to employee wellness program sponsorship, suggests United Benefit Advisors’ recent report, “2016 Trends: How Employers Use Wellness Programs.”

Les McPhearson, CEO of UBA, laments a continuing decline of wellness programs offered by smaller employers, particularly those with fewer than 25 employees that lack the time or resources to develop or promote these initiatives.
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4 Ways Big Data is Affecting Benefits Administration
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an increasingly popular topic of conversation across all industries. The byproduct of all of this connected stuff is a goldmine of data to be analyzed. In fact, a recent study by EMC found that 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet by 2020. From a 10,000 foot perspective, that information represents the ability to identify patterns that could have the potential to unlock previously unknown insights valuable to delivering new products and services.
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