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Modern Times Call for Modern Benefits

We’ve all been here... It’s 10pm on a Saturday and you start to feel sick. Your options are limited: you can wait until Monday morning when your doctor’s office opens, but you know you will have to wait quite a while before being seen. Plus you’ll have to take at least a couple hours off work to

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Battle of the Bulge: 3 Creative Ways to Combat Employee Obesity

America’s obesity epidemic is weighing heavily on our healthcare system, and employers are paying the hefty price. More than half (57%) of American workers now classify themselves as overweight, up from 55% last year[1]. To make matters worse, obesity can lead to costly healthcare issues, from

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The Workforce is A-Changin’

Bob Dylan hit the nail on the head when he sang, “The times they are a-changin’.” Even though that was written decades ago, it still applies, especially to today’s workforce. And brokers need to adapt if they want to survive.

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4 Clever Ways to Help Employees Stretch Healthcare Dollars

In today’s health care climate, employers are searching for new ways to help employees stretch their health care dollars. Self-insured employers in particular have every reason to encourage workers to tap into their HSA and HRA plans whenever possible.

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I Wish You Knew How to Quit Me

We’ve all heard the saying, “Quitters never win and winners never quit.” I used to buy into this theory, but something changed my mind. I learned quitting isn’t always a bad thing—and there is a healthy way to do it.

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Hitting a “Home Run” with Your Exchange

In my March blog, I wrote about the increasing popularity of exchanges and suggested some essential research steps to providing the right benefit mix in your exchange. (Hint: It’s not a cookie-cutter solution.)

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Bueller? Bueller? How Much Do Absent Workers Cost Employers?

I'm assuming most of you have seen the 1980’s classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In this popular movie, the mischievous main character feigns illness to skip high school and enjoy an epic day off with his girlfriend and best friend. (Ever wonder how many absent employees are pulling a Ferris?)

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READY, Set, Fail!

I was recently duped into giving too much credit during a conversation with an employee.  They had a suggestion from which staff and the company could benefit (I later learned it was actually just to benefit them personally) and they wanted to present a formal “proposal.” I probed a little

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The Benefits of Not Being Traditional

3 Surprising Answers to 3 Broker FAQs

Call it a habit or an ice-breaker. Call it a way for a normally quiet individual to participate in a meeting. Without fail, every new sales call with a broker seems to generate these three common questions… and it isn’t surprising. These are the standard

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Superior Customer Service Is No Longer a Luxury

These days, every company’s livelihood depends on its level of customer service. Did you know U.S. brands lose approximately $41 billion each year due to poor customer service [1]? To make matters worse, 65% of surveyed consumers said they've cut ties with a brand over a single poor customer

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