Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

Professional writing can take benefit communications from “what” to “sign me up!”

When I consult with clients, I like to emphasize the value of well-written benefit communication materials, but I often wonder if they understand its importance. Though most people are not professional writers, they’re able to recognize “good” or “not so … Continue reading →

Use video to reach — And teach — Your employees

No doubt your workforce is unique in many ways. However, they’re probably just like everyone else in that they are short on time and want a great communication experience  — one that’s engaging, easy to understand, and accessible when they … Continue reading →

Employer priorities shaping demand for value-based care delivered by health systems

Health systems are facing a number of factors that are significantly changing the industry, including emerging consumerism, expanding use of technology, regulatory complexity and disruptive competition. Out of all of this, the issues with a fee-for-service model within health care … Continue reading →

It’s time to get personal about communicating the value of executive total rewards

When you hear executive compensation, what do you think about? Millionaires. Stock Options. Private jets. All of those are good possibilities. But what do you don’t probably think about are things like the 80 hour work weeks, constant business travel, … Continue reading →

Inflation’s effect on salaries: What does time tell us?

Contrary to popular belief, numbers can both lie or tell certain truths. It all depends on the question asked. For example, looking at long-term trends for key economic data over the past 20 years, the world appears to be in … Continue reading →

Global survey: Cost of employer-provided health care benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight

The cost of employer-provided health care benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight, according to insurers responding to the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Global Medical Trends Survey. The survey results, published this month, is the … Continue reading →

Employers take a variety of steps to stem health care cost increases and improve employee health

While the health care debate continues in Washington, U.S. employers recognize that no single change will radically transform the cost structure of health care programs. Instead, they are following a strategy of taking many concurrent steps to manage costs. According … Continue reading →

The accuracy illusion

The more things change… When I started my first job two and a half decades ago, I was told for the first six months (during “probation period”) my pay would be set at 90% of the starting salary. Following a … Continue reading →

How Cyber-smart is your organization?

I recently participated in a panel discussion about the current state of affairs in public-private information sharing, the Internet of Things, and whether data privacy is dead. For the risk managers and chief information security officers (CISO) attending, there was … Continue reading →

What we’re planning for SHRM17

In my 33 years as a rewards consultant, I’ve seen a gradual shift in HR from largely a transaction-based, tactical profession to one with experts who are focused on strategy. Practitioners today are far more tuned into – and savvy … Continue reading →