Client Communication

  • 5 social media mistakes that cost you customers every day

    August 13, 2014

    It’s important for benefit agencies and businesses of all kinds to build a social media presence as a means to attract and retain clients. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid with social media and your company.

  • Play or Pay in 2015 — so many requirements, so little time

    August 6, 2014

    Commentary; 2015 is getting close and the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate (“Play or Pay”) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost here. So what does this mean for your organization?

  • As job market grows, employers are beginning to put more emphasis on talent when hiring

    August 5, 2014

    After a booming jobs growth spurt in June, hiring slowed, but still grew overall in July. The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. And with that growth, many employees are becoming just as selective as employers have been in choosing their next career path.

  • Debunking the myths of health assessments with worksite wellness

    July 31, 2014

    Today’s best health assessments leverage sophisticated computer algorithms to identify individual health risk and measure motivation to change unhealthy behaviors. Across an employer population, health assessment aggregate data can inform the program choices for employer-based health management efforts. But not all health assessments are created equal. As health assessments gain broader use among not only employers but also health plans and in clinical settings, separating the myths from reality can help potential users focus on their true value. HealthFitness has identified several myths of health assessments and identified the best practices for worksite wellness.

  • Why an employer’s self-evaluation can be key to retaining top talent

    July 29, 2014

    Hiring and fast turnover are on the rise in offices around the world, including in the U.S., and experts say employers need to look at what it is their employees value most if they want to retain their current talent.

  • 4 things left out of the ACA that you can capitalize on

    July 24, 2014

    Road to Workplace Benefits Mania: Ahead of next week’s conference, speaker Reid Rasmussen talks about new employee needs that are likely to erupt in the coming years and how brokers might be able to create an opportunity out of them.

  • 5 ideas for a positive open enrollment season

    July 23, 2014

    Benefit advisers and employers should follow these suggestions from Mercer on ways to make open enrollment 2015 successful for companies and employers alike.

  • How Manchester United’s methods can help all employers

    July 23, 2014

    For some employer groups, setting high standards starts with hiring the right people, and from Manchester United Foundation’s mindset, as one of the most popular and successful sports teams on Earth, strong leadership and culture is “imperative” to high performance among employees.

  • Education heightens employee satisfaction with benefits, employers

    July 23, 2014

    Employees are increasingly dissatisfied with their benefits, and therefore dissatisfied with their employers, but new research shows better benefits education can help.

  • Targeting niches: How one adviser’s focus on specific markets pays off

    July 21, 2014

    Founded by his father on the principle of specialty servicing in 1956, Mike Lewer’s business model is set to distinguish his brokerage team with post-ACA success for years to come.

  • Beating benefits bewilderment

    July 16, 2014

    Road to Workplace Benefits Mania: Ahead of the July conference, speaker Harry Gottlieb discusses the need for stronger benefits communication including the problems that arise when it’s not present, and how to fix this crucial element for the benefit of your clients’ employees.

  • CDHP confusion exposes need for adviser assistance, educational tools

    July 11, 2014

    An increase in the offering of consumer-driven health care products has not translated into increased understanding on the part of consumers — exposing a need for more assistance from benefit professionals and educational tools.

  • Health insurers to refocus marketing efforts to reach uninsured

    July 10, 2014

    As media interest in health insurance exchanges decreases over time, the insurance industry may need to develop more effective communications to reach the uninsured.

  • How to leverage ESOP uptick, despite increased scrutiny

    July 8, 2014

    A recent increase in formations of employee stock ownership plans, known as ESOPs, has put the spotlight on the combined employee benefit and small business management succession tool that has been in existence since 1956.

  • Why worry about ERISA?

    July 2, 2014

    If it “smells like a benefit plan,” you likely have to follow ERISA, said one speaker at the National Association of Health Underwriters annual convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. Here are some general tips benefit advisers need to know about complying with this law, for your clients and their employees alike.

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