Healthcare Advisor

New Year, New Broker. How a Great Insurance Broker Can Make All the Difference This Year

As we ring in the New Year, it’s time to be resolute about making healthy changes in our lives and our relationships – even our professional ones.  Is it time to reconsider the current relationship you have with your broker? The fact is, a subpar relationship with a benefits broker can cause employers to overlook opportunities to manage costs and improve employees’ satisfaction with their benefits package. If you decide to hire a new broker, preparation is key. An employer that understands the needs of their workforce and has a... Read More

How Paying It Forward is Good for You and Your Business

The altruistic act of paying it forward – performing a good deed for someone, without any expectation of repayment — long ago became something more significant in the corporate realm. The idea of a community-minded company, of a company with a conscience, dates back to at least the 1950s, when business started looking for ways to live up to their responsibilities and do good deeds for society. By the 1990s the idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR) became universally recognized, but it wasn’t until the 2000s that it was an important strategic... Read More

What You Need to Know About 2019 Affordable Care Act Reporting

Winter is here, which means it’s time for plaid, twinkle lights and figgy pudding. But there’s something else on HR managers’ minds this time of year: The Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whether it’s open enrollment, tax forms, or benefits eligibility, ACA compliance is probably on your radar. As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by the president in December 2017, the individual mandate penalty will reduce to $0 for the first time in 2019. The Affordable Care Act consists of two mandates: the individual mandate and the... Read More

How Wearable Technology Is Having A Profound Impact On Workplace Safety

Work related injuries account for about $250 million in the United States, across several industries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2016. Each incident can lead to lost work, low morale, workers’ compensation claims and other problems for both the workers and their employers. Keeping workers safe is of the utmost priority. However, while many organizations understand the importance of occupational health and safety practices, a lot of them still struggle to maintain it. Even though there are a number... Read More

‘Tis the Season to Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday

“Tis the season for merriment”—but isn’t that always easier said than done? While the holidays of afford us many joys — quality time spent with family, good food, thoughtful and generous gifts — they also entail an incredible amount of stress: the good food often requires lots of careful preparation, and holiday shopping can be a nightmare, not to mention the financial stress we put on ourselves to ensure a perfect experience for our loved ones. So how can we stay grounded and present and truly let ourselves enjoy the... Read More

8 Things To Be Grateful For At Work

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, vying for that the last slice of pumpkin pie or fending off a well-earned food coma. It’s about celebrating all of the wonderful things that we are thankful for in our lives. Your job is no exception. We spend a great deal of time at work – collaborating with colleagues, building client relationships, growing our skill set and hopefully doing what we love. Figuring out what you’re grateful for at your job not only provides clarity and vision on... Read More

Health Care Literacy: What You Need to Know

Health Care Literacy What You Need to Know

The American health care system is one of the most complex and confusing health care systems in the world. Excellent medical care is available here, but to get the most out of your healthcare resources, you need to understand the terms and language used by not only your doctors and nurses, but also your insurance company, your health plan and other health providers. Knowing and understanding these terms will help you make the most of your insurance coverage and help you get the right care. The difference between being health... Read More

How to Manage Job Stress for a Healthier Life

How to Manage Job Stress for a Healthier Life

Job stress is a fact of life. Whether you love your job or aren’t so happy with it, all jobs create some degree of stress, at least periodically. While it’s rarely possible to eliminate job stress completely, there are many things you can do to help reduce and manage the amount of stress you deal with every day on the job. Unmanaged job stress is a common health complaint, and work is often ranked as a higher stressor than financial troubles and family problems, according to the National Institute of... Read More

5 Bonus Benefits of Workplace Wellness Programs

5 Bonus Benefits of a Workplace Wellness Program

Workplace wellness programs have become increasingly popular in recent years. It is well known that workplace wellness programs can help lower workers’ compensation costs. But there are also other benefits of these programs that can benefit both employees and employers. Great workplace wellness programs include more than just safety initiatives. Not only can these programs help reduce work-related injuries and possibly lower work comp costs, but a well-executed program can also help increase employee morale, lead to better health, and improve quality of life—both at work and away—for all participants.... Read More