Commentary: Addressing bswifts annual benefits study, CEO Rich Gallun identifies trends and provides insight into how organizations are using wellness initiatives, consumerism and technology to shift responsibility for benefit decision-making and management from employer to employee.
Despite all the technical glitches with Healthcare.gov and state-run exchanges during open enrollment, a large majority of Americans researching health plan options relied on websites for information, but supplemented their research with other outlets for answers, including brokers and advisers.
A major increase in the amount spent on HR tech is leading many employers to reexamine the ways they handle their entire HR workflow, and allowing many benefits managers a greatly expanded range of tools for personnel management.
Employers, including private companies and educational institutions, are being forcibly shut out of their employees social media accounts as privacy advocates push for more action from legislators.
Advisers should expect more employers asking for ways to facilitate and innovate around these reports. Don Garlitz, executive director of bswift Exchange Solutions, talks trends in transparency and flexibility in this space so brokers can be up to date.
A new app has hit the streets of New York, looking to maximize the gym reimbursements that are available but underutilized on many insurance plans.
Transamerica Retirement Solutions' Jeremy Hersch discusses trends in new retirement technologies, including how benefit advisers can position these options to clients and employees alike.
Commentary: How brokers can select the right decision support tool to enhance voluntary sales, according to guest blogger Steve Adams.
Commentary: Guest blogger Veer Gidwaney discusses the intersection of these two types of technologies that some believe are the future of the business.
Who should be concerned about health care data security?
The 2013-2014 winter season has dumped record snow amounts on the northeastern United States, which has made it a rough go for public works agencies and employers to clean up. It also presented an opportunity for snowplow contracting service Xtreme Snow Pros to bulldoze its competition; however, the company was feeling increasingly hampered by its management and recruiting practices.
Commentary: Although your customers may be placing a greater emphasis on voluntary plans, their millennial employees often are unaware of the reasons to elect coverage. If this younger employee base doesnt understand voluntary options, it could result in lower enrollment and hurt your clients financially. Learn how to harness the millennials demand for information to your advantage.
Foursquare helps people discover new places, restaurants and experiences nearby with their mobile phone. For the talent team at Foursquare, employee procedures like onboarding didn't have the same ease and connectivity that their products allowed consumers to enjoy. Onboarding and other procedures were time-consuming, manual processes that resulted in redundant records and tons of wasted paper.
Through strategic partnerships, small brokerages can compete on a national level.
Partnering with an outside company can have big payoffs, but it can also fail big time. Monique Reece, founder and CEO of MarketSmarter and author of *Real-Time Marketing for Business Growth, discusses some of the most overlooked considerations when selecting the right business partner.