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The Advantages and Disadvantages of an Open Plan Office

As companies look for ways to improve employee satisfaction, camaraderie, and productivity, one tactic many have pursued is moving to an open plan office concept. While this approach has often been celebrated, it also comes with its fair share of challenges. To help your company assess whether an open office layout is right for you, […]

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Preparing for Open Enrollment: Managing Health Care Costs with Consumer-Driven Health Plans

With the fall season soon approaching, the thoughts of many employers have turned towards their employee benefits open enrollment period. According to a report, one significant way employers will seek to manage health care costs in 2015 is through consumer-driven health plans. The article, which highlights a recent survey from the National Business Group on Health, […]

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Health Care Reform News: Federal Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Subsidies in Federal Exchanges

Within a period of a few hours on July 22nd, 2014, a pair of conflicting court rulings regarding the Affordable Care Act grabbed the attention of many employers, insurance companies, and others. The rulings had to do with the ability of the federal government to provide tax credits to individuals in states that did not […]

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Turn Healthcare Data into Bottom-Line Savings

Due to the ever-growing prevalence of mobile devices, online technology, and other digital transactions, companies seemingly have more data available to them than ever before. But while many discussions center on how data can be used to improve marketing efforts and generate more sales, we’d like to highlight another way that data can help your […]

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Should Your Company Be Afraid of Self-Funding Employee Benefits?

Last week, I highlighted four advantages companies may achieve by self-funding employee benefits. While the advantages do hit on important goals, including finances, control, and flexibility, many employers still fear the self-funded option. To help companies ignore the hype and truly understand what level of risk is brought about by self-funding, I’m happy to make […]

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4 Reasons Why Self-Funding Employee Benefits Might Be Right For You

To deal with rising healthcare costs, it’s important that employers explore alternative, creative solutions. One option that may fall into that category is partially self-funding the employee benefits program. Depending on your company’s makeup, needs, and goals, there are a few potential reasons and benefits why self-funding might work for you. Here are four of […]

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Help for Growth-Conscious CFOs: Talent and Technology

A recent article from CGMA Magazine highlighted a survey of CFOs that was released earlier this year. According to the study, seventy-five per cent of CFOs expect to see higher revenue in 2014. Well, as the number of months remaining on the calendar dwindle,  it’s certainly critical to analyze how your company is doing when it […]

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401(k) Plan Loans: Are they right for your business?

Is your company considering whether to offer, or continue offering, a loan feature in its 401(k) plans? I recently had the opportunity to contribute a few thoughts on that topic for an article that was published by SHRM. The article, entitled “Explain 401(k) Plan Loans’ Upsides and Downsides“, highlights a number of the pros and […]

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