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  • 3 ways to counsel employers through an employee's depression-related return to work

    October 7, 2014

    Commentary: October is National Depression Awareness Month. Jeff Guardalabene, a mental health case manager with Standard Insurance Company, offers these tips on how to help your employer clients navigate this important but often uncharted territory.


  • 10 ways to be more memorable

    October 6, 2014

    Tips to help benefit advisers, benefit managers, and other benefit professionals stand out (in a good way).


  • Employee engagement: The missing piece of your marketing strategy

    October 6, 2014

    How offering employers solutions to employee engagement can earn you an agent of record letter.


  • Trick or treat: Boost engagement and loyalty with creative perks

    October 2, 2014

    What tricks and treats do you have lined up for your employees to help them manage the frequently conflicting personal and professional priorities that arise during the holiday season?


  • How online shopping has changed the way advisers must sell

    October 1, 2014

    With consumers shopping online for nearly everything nowadays, benefit advisers should be rethinking their approach to selling insurance.


  • 5 root causes of disengagement

    October 1, 2014

    The one-size-fits-all communications approach is ending, but employee engagement is still an issue for many employers. Alison Davis, of employee communication firm Davis & Company, identified five root causes of deteriorating engagement, which she shared with attendees at this year’s Benefits Forum & Expo.


  • From the ocean to the office: Never, ever give up

    October 1, 2014

    As the obesity epidemic and overall sedentary lifestyle continue to cripple the American workforce – drastically increasing health care costs – consider the inspirational words of Diana Nyad. The record-holding swimmer, who accomplished a near-impossible swim from Cuba to Key West, Fla., centers on one key message to help jump start the population: "Never, ever give up."


  • How data analytics will change the way you sell voluntary products

    September 30, 2014

    Targeting employee needs and purchasing preferences can boost engagement and enrollment with voluntary benefits. The way to personalize that message, experts say, is through the use of data analytics.


  • 7 ways to keep your sanity during open enrollment

    September 30, 2014

    ‘Tis the open enrollment season in the benefits world. For many benefit managers, that means stress, panic and very long days (and nights). But there are ways to make this time of year less frantic and more productive.


  • Brokers need optimism, proactive leadership and targeted education

    September 29, 2014

    More than two dozen industry experts to share where employee benefit advising is heading and how to succeed during this time of change at EBA's Workplace Benefits Summit.


  • How advisers can build powerful business networks

    September 26, 2014

    The Japanese have a business philosophy called the keiretsu. Here's how it could improve the way you operate.


  • Top 10 companies for working parents

    September 25, 2014

    The organizations on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies nurture employees’ careers with benefits such as flex time, advancement programs and paid leave to new parents.


  • 5 ways to make a private exchange successful

    September 23, 2014

    What components go into a well-run private exchange? Don Garlitz, SVP at exchange provider bswift, shares the five 'C's to look for when considering a private exchange platform.


  • New-age challenges for employee privacy

    September 23, 2014

    This year, New Hampshire became the 18th state to enact laws that promote employee and student privacy when it comes to employer access to personal online account information.


  • 5 habits of data-driven people

    September 22, 2014

    We all know that using data to make decisions is better than relying on assumptions and opinions. But we also know that exercise is better for us than kicking back with a stiff drink and watching television. Is that knowledge enough to make us choose exercise? Not usually -- unless we make a conscious effort to work it into our daily lives. People who exercise regularly tend to adopt habits such as putting their running shoes next to their bed or always working out at the same time, and data-driven people do the same thing. Here are five habits common among data-driven people. (Photo credit: iStock)


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