What’s one of the top challenges facing employers today? Unemployment rates nearing a record low.
Your groups need to keep top talent from competitors and attract new team members. This is one of the main reasons they look to you, as an employee benefits consultant. A strong benefits program, competitive pay, vacation, and flex time might be the minimum to get a candidate interested. But, how can the employer really stand out?
When is the last time you communicated an important piece of information that no one remembered? It’s frustrating and many times, the effects can be significant.
As a former HR Director, sometimes I felt my communication style was the rapid transit blasting info at people as fast as possible. Other times it was like a steam engine, huffing and puffing along. I often wondered if either method was actually working, but I can tell you this: creative help from one of my vendors was ALWAYS appreciated.
What new technologies are you investing in for 2019?
Technology has created new habits in all of us - including our clients. Just consider how you use the internet, apps, social media, or text messaging each day.
As a professional, you have a choice: to ignore what’s going on or keep up! I say keep up! But, be strategic. Not everything that’s “new and shiny” serves your goals and objectives.
How do you decide when to adopt new technology and when to say, “No, thank you!” At freshbenies, we consider the following 5 questions before deciding to invest…
“What are you doing for employees that don’t qualify for benefits or didn’t elect health insurance coverage?” If you aren’t already asking your clients and prospects this question, I’m urging you to start!
Although rising health insurance premiums may make the question challenging for employers to answer, it’s also become increasingly important to ask. I see that there are two distinct ways to serve the unbenefited…
1) benefits the employer can provide
2) benefits the employer can offer
Remember the Amazon Fire Phone? Did anyone besides me own one?
I anxiously awaited my new phone’s arrival in July of 2014 – excited to be an early adopter of new, cool innovations. My excitement quickly turned to frustration once the phone arrived.
Six months later, it went back in the box and I went back to owning an iPhone.
How many companies do you work with that have Millennial decision-makers?
Whatever your answer, it will certainly increase. “Mature Millennials” are in their mid-30’s and are beginning to take on leadership and management roles in their organizations. By 2025 they’ll represent a whopping 75% of the workforce. In just a few years, the majority of business leaders will be Millennials.
How does this impact you as a broker? How will this generation function as leaders of companies and managers of the generation coming behind them?
Now that we’re through the Q4 crunch, are you getting to know your family and friends again (kidding, not kidding)? A big part of my “off-season” is spent learning and planning and books are key in this process.
I read (or re-read) books from successful business owners, marketers, and entrepreneurs. Reid Rasmussen, the CEO of freshbenies, encourages our entire team to read constantly (check out his 5 tips to maintain the habit).
I was camping several hours from civilization and fell several feet, and was quite injured. I couldn't get evacuated... At that time, I called the freshbenies Telehealth service.
Although I needed immediate care, the physician was VERY reassuring and he stayed on the phone with me... I eventually got help and his advice was not only excellent, but made me feel safe.