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  • 5 ways to deepen client relationships

    April 16, 2014

    Viewpoint: The advising business can be deeply personal when it comes to engagement with clients, says one industry communications professional. Here are some tips to strengthen those ties.

  • Why sleep is crucial to any wellness plan

    April 15, 2014

    It’s no surprise Americans are tired. That’s why benefit advisers working with employers to build a wellness program should not ignore sleep solutions.

  • No ‘true reform’ on ACA will get done in 2014

    April 10, 2014

    At a legislative conference for the Big “I” agent advocacy group in Washington on Thursday, the ACA was noticeably missing from everything from legislators’ talks to the group’s lobbying agenda for the year.

  • HR downsizing seen as potentially dangerous trend

    April 10, 2014

    While many companies are reaping benefits from outsourcing their benefits management, recent media reports have indicated that companies that have opted to limit or entirely scale back their HR departments in favor of cost or other reasons may be limiting their organization’s potential.

  • Reap the rewards of a solid business plan

    April 9, 2014

    Commentary: A written business plan is important to thrive in the changing benefits landscape, says columnist Jack Kwicien. Here are some of the uses for such a document.

  • Diversity efforts maintains vital role in recruitment

    April 9, 2014

    Recruitment techniques – aimed at promoting a diverse workforce – have maintained a high stature among the HR professionals, where more than half report using these strategies, according to a new survey from the Society for Human Resource Management.

  • Innovative employers abandoning outdated management structure

    April 8, 2014

    The ability for staff to incorporate innovative new ideas that bring changes to dilapidated processes can only be fostered in a workplace that allows for an open communicative culture across organizational lines.

  • Selling wellness that works

    April 8, 2014

    Incentives or disincentives? Carrot or stick? The answer: it depends…

  • 20 most popular work-from-home jobs

    April 7, 2014

    As the use of cloud computing and mobile devices continues to make remote work more convenient than ever, the number of employees that telecommute multiple days per week increased almost 80% from 2005 to 2012, according Here are the most popular jobs offering telecommuting possibilities, according to FlexJobs.

  • Mars family preaches benefits of an egalitarian management style

    April 4, 2014

    Victoria B. Mars, chairman of the board for the global candy making firm, sat down with Employee Benefit News at this week’s Great Place to Work Conference to discuss her passion for people and how Mars’ talent management techniques, often seen as being more inclusive than many other workplaces, can be applicable to other employers.

  • Payrolls in U.S. rose 192,000 in March, unemployment 6.7%

    April 4, 2014

    Employers in the U.S. boosted payrolls in March and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent even as more Americans entered the labor force, showing steady progress that may prompt Federal Reserve policy makers to continue reducing stimulus while keeping interest rates low.

  • The Nordstrom story: Traditional management and workplace culture is dead

    April 3, 2014

    Both Nordstrom, Inc., proclaimed as America’s leading fashion specialty retailer, and software company Infusionsoft, share values in management. And both strive to empower employees with support and to manage at the ground level.

  • Engaging the invincible millennial

    April 3, 2014

    Advisers and employers can use education to boost the enrollment of millennials in voluntary disability programs

  • Stress woes pack a punch: Keas survey

    April 2, 2014

    It’s no secret that abnormal levels of stress can worsen, or perhaps even cause, a myriad health issues from depression to obesity and diabetes. According to a new survey from Keas, up to 41% of your workforce may be suffering from above average levels of stress.

  • A football lover’s guide to perfect insurance execution

    April 1, 2014

    Commentary: Every single play in football is designed to score, to get into that end zone, says blogger Vinnie Daboul. Here’s how insurance consultants can take a play right out of every football coaches’ book to win the game.

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