Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

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 →

Top five compensation and benefits trends right now

There’s a lot going on in the world of compensation and benefits. We’ve seen some long-anticipated trends materialise, including the need for more flexible work arrangements and stronger health and wellness programs, to name a few. We expect to see … Continue reading →

The future of work: The opportunity to think differently about talent

I was recently at a conference co-presenting with colleagues on the topic of the future of work. During the post-session meet and greet, one of the attendees physically handed me his business card – the printed information with name, title, … Continue reading →

Job disaggregation — On the front lines

A key feature of the future of work is the concept of the “democratisation” of work: Work that was traditionally the domain of intact jobs of skilled, full-time employees, is being separated into parts and being done by alternate means. … Continue reading →

Are you ready for negative proxy season votes? Consider these four steps.

The 2017 proxy season is here, and annual meeting volume is about to accelerate. Support for say-on-pay resolutions, at over 90% on average, is strong, right? Isn’t a favorable say-on-pay vote sufficient to avoid the microscope with shareholders, proxy advisors … Continue reading →

Addressing the human element in cyber risk: The HR/risk management partnership

According to the latest research by Willis Towers Watson, cyber security continues to be widely viewed as a fundamental challenge (66%) and a top priority for organizations (85%). What’s more, the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Cyber Risk Employer Survey shows … Continue reading →

Spotlight on a National Living Wage market

The past two years have seen a big shift in the U.K. pay landscape for low earners. Back in 2015, George Osborne, a member of the British Parliament and former chancellor, announced the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW). … Continue reading →