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  • 2014 benefit trends: 3 standout strategies

    July 9, 2014

    Commentary: Addressing bswift’s 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.


  • Brokers are best ACA exchange resource, survey says

    June 9, 2014

    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.


  • Maximizing the dollars being spent on benefits technology

    June 9, 2014

    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.


  • State laws ban employer access to workforce’s social media

    May 29, 2014

    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.


  • Increasing number of employers want total compensation statements

    PODCAST | May 22, 2014

    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.


  • This start-up could ‘disrupt’ the wellness game

    May 7, 2014

    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.


  • Improve employee retirement outcomes with new technology

    PODCAST | May 6, 2014

    Transamerica Retirement Solutions' Jeremy Hersch discusses trends in new retirement technologies, including how benefit advisers can position these options to clients and employees alike.


  • Use technology to boost voluntary sales

    April 30, 2014

    Commentary: How brokers can select the right decision support tool to enhance voluntary sales, according to guest blogger Steve Adams.


  • Why benefits admin, private exchange capabilities should be merged

    April 29, 2014

    Commentary: Guest blogger Veer Gidwaney discusses the intersection of these two types of technologies that some believe are the future of the business.


  • Health care data security: It’s about more than money

    March 28, 2014

    Who should be concerned about health care data security?


  • Cloud-based recruiting software streamlines small business hiring

    March 20, 2014

    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.


  • Tap technology to connect with millennial employees

    March 6, 2014

    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 doesn’t understand voluntary options, it could result in lower enrollment and hurt your clients financially. Learn how to harness the millennial’s demand for information to your advantage.


  • Foursquare increases HR efficiency with cloud-based onboarding

    March 5, 2014

    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.


  • Strategic partnerships give small brokers the competitive edge

    January 24, 2014

    Through strategic partnerships, small brokerages can compete on a national level.


  • Making a strategic partnership work

    PODCAST | January 23, 2014

    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.


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