Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

5 guidelines for open enrollment communications

To help take the sting out of the open enrollment process (at least on the communication side), I offer these five simple guidelines. Continue reading →

Adjusting career-stage jobs and rewards

Today one in five the employees in the U.S. are 55 years old or older. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics this number will rise to one in four by 2022, outpacing employment growth by 500%. This is not … Continue reading →

Keeping the “H” in HR software for big workplace gains

Technology can be amazing – so amazing that sometimes it’s easy to forget why we use it in the first place. Continue reading →

The paid sick leave law wave continues across the U.S.

In the past two years, the number of paid sick leave laws has exploded to more than 30 laws, covering five states and more than 26 cities and counties. Continue reading →

Master trusts: The growing trend for outsourcing U.K. defined contribution pensions

Master trust defined contribution (DC) pension arrangements may have erupted in the U.K. in the last few years but with all the noise around the proliferation of small trusts that are aimed at small and medium enterprises, the bigger picture … Continue reading →

Living up to U.S. pay equity

It requires a deeper level of analysis to ensure your pay practices are truly equitable across your employee population. Continue reading →

Job roles that drive workforce productivity

Lackluster workforce productivity is causing a great deal of consternation among both economists and business leaders. In her June 6 speech, Janet Yellen, the chair of the Federal Reserve Board, again lamented the slowdown in productivity growth – a phenomenon … Continue reading →

Student loan assistance programs on the rise

As a member of the Baby-Boom generation, I was able to graduate from college debt-free thanks to reasonable tuition, part-time jobs, work-study and more than a little help from my father. For Millennials (those born between 1980 and 1995) and … Continue reading →

Are you listening? Putting the E in Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

A colleague recently attended a Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) conference on the link between employee wellbeing and performance, sharing some highlights afterwards. I was particularly interested in a presentation by Julian Yarr, Managing Partner at A&L Goodbody, … Continue reading →

Tackling short-term absence in the construction industry

Many organisations now collect absence statistics but few combine them with other data sets to explore trends and issues with a view to reducing absence. This not only limits outcomes but also helps ensure that people issues rarely make it … Continue reading →