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Life Insurance May Not Cost as Much as Your Employees Think

Life Insurance May Not Cost as Much as Your Employees Think

Life insurance can help protect people from the most devastating effects of a tragedy, and yet many Americans don’t know the basics, according to the Insurance Barometer, a study by Life Happens, a nonprofit that promotes understanding of life insurance and related products, and LIMRA, a life insurance and financial services trade association. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, and the perfect time to educate your employees about the benefits of purchasing it — especially if you’re heading into open enrollment season.

Engage Employees with Entertaining, Success-Driven Workplace Wellness Programs

Engage Employees with Entertaining, Success-Driven Workplace Wellness Programs

Wellness programs are popular in corporate America these days — especially after the Affordable Care Act allowed employers to reward employees for their participation. Still, there’s a lot of debate surrounding the programs’ effectiveness.

How to Make Open Enrollment Easy on All Your Employees

How to Make Open Enrollment Easy on All Your Employees

Open enrollment can be stressful for employees. Faced with a firm deadline to make decisions that will affect their families for the following year, employees may feel pressured and confused about how make the right choices. Preparing in advance, communicating early and often, and using a Web-based benefits enrollment platform can help you make open enrollment easier on your employees.

Better Employee Benefits Mean Better Talent for Small Businesses

Better Employee Benefits Mean Better Talent for Small Businesses

Many small businesses have trouble competing for top talent with big name companies. The secret often lies with offering better employee benefits. One recent Aflac study found that 49 percent of small-business employees who were already hunting for a new job would stay at their old one if the benefits package was improved.

Compliance Corner: Lawsuit Alleges Reducing Employee Hours to Avoid ACA Provision Violates ERISA

Compliance Corner: Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Reducing Employee Hours to Avoid ACA Provision on Offering Health Insurance Violates ERISA

This is a guest post with employee benefits compliance advice from Winston Benefits partner Joe Lazzarotti, a benefits attorney and practice group leader at Jackson Lewis P.C. He specializes in employee benefits counseling, with a heavy emphasis on health benefits and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Investing in Community Health Means A Healthier Workforce

Investing in Community Health Means A Healthier Workforce

For businesses that draw on their own communities for employees, investing in community health can mean saving big money down the road. Especially in areas with low overall health scores, engaging in health efforts such as non-smoking campaigns can help cut wellness costs when the people of the community later become your employees.

5 Steps Every Employer Should Take Now to Prepare for Open Enrollment

5 Steps Every Employer Should Take Now to Prepare for Open Enrollment

Fall is fast approaching and with it open enrollment season at many companies. Open enrollment can be stressful for human resources staff members and employees alike, but it doesn’t have to be. With plenty of advance preparation, you can have a smooth, effective open enrollment season this year.

The Power of an Effective Employee Benefits Communications Strategy

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Benefits can be confusing and overwhelming to employees, but they don’t have to be that way. By creating and executing an effective year-round benefits communications strategy, you can remove the mystery, help employees make the best benefits choices for their needs and boost their satisfaction with the benefits you provide.

3 Tips for Effective Open Enrollment Communications

3 Tips for Effective Open Enrollment Communications

A 2014 MetLife study found workers who are “very satisfied” with the employee benefits they receive are more likely to feel loyal to their employers and are more likely to report being “very satisfied” with their jobs. That’s great news if you’re an employer that’s taken the time to build a strong employee benefits package, but you can’t stop there. If your employees don’t know about the great benefits you’re offering or don’t understand how those benefits can work for them, they’re going to have a hard time feeling satisfied with their benefits.

Natural Light, Greenery Provide Employees With Mental and Physical Wellness Benefits

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The office environment you create for your employees has a direct effect on their health and wellness. Studies show exposure to natural light, green space, gardens and other forms of nature help with both mental and physical wellness — and can boost productivity during the workday. And by improving employees’ overall health with exposure to the outdoors, you can reduce the cost of health insurance and other common health-related employee benefits.

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