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The ongoing turmoil surrounding our nation’s health care has exposed some of the issues facing both employers and benefits consultants today. In fact, these issues are complicating the benefits landscape so much, that a recent Forbes Magazine article, said the number of benefits brokers will decrease by 50 percent in the coming years. Over the […]
*Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore Last Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that, according to the Washington Post, is “intended to circumvent the ACA by making it easier to buy different types of health plans with lower prices but also fewer benefits and protections.” There are three key highlights at the heart of […]
As we learn more and more about mental health, it has become more evident just how big of an impact it can have on your employees’ performance. Mental health is just as important of a factor on productivity as physical health. And, like physical health, it’s beneficial for your company to track and promote your […]
The health care industry is stuffed to the gills with seemingly meaningless acronyms and complicated jargon that obfuscate the meaning of, what should be, a straightforward industry. This idea is especially prominent when discussing the different types of health insurance plans. The two biggest of these types are Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and Preferred Provider […]
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela Recovering from addiction is a fight that, for many, may seem impossible. Yet, it’s also a battle that many win every year. As an employer, it may seem like these battles over addiction are securely out of your purview. But this line of thinking could […]
For many HR representatives, open enrollment is similar to the doors of Walmart opening on Black Friday: pure chaos (and the occasional tasing). In 2017, this period will be especially hectic, as health care reform and political turmoil swirl. These eleven steps can be used to improve your company’s open enrollment process. 1. Plan […]
“Inform, Educate, and Empower your employees to make the best benefits decisions for themselves and their families.” The above sentence is our mission statement here at The Olson Group. We believe that the more information and education employees get, the more empowered they are. They say that knowledge is power, and this sentiment holds true […]
If you’ve spent any amount of time, at almost anywhere in the world, outside rural Siberia, you’ve most likely know about social media. Social media has now reached a point of ubiquity that has previous technologies such as TV, or the Internet took decades to achieve. So, as a business or HR leader, how do […]
Unlike your name, DNA, and family members, you can actually have a say in what voluntary benefits you get (duh, they’re voluntary). Therefore, one of the largest advantages of voluntary employee benefits is the amount of customization they afford your employees. This customization allows your staff to choose a benefits plan that fits their needs, […]
Much like a firefighter, tutor, or party planner employee benefits can be voluntary. What’s more, these voluntary benefits are vital to elevating your total employee benefits package. Voluntary benefits provide a business with the ability to offer compelling benefits to their employees with little or no cost to the company itself. This trait makes voluntary […]
As Congress and President Trump recently found out, health care policy is difficult to understand, and next-to-impossible to change. This recent article from The New York Times delved into some of the reasons why health care policy is so complicated. The author of the article detailed several different factors that have a large, complicating, effect […]
Five years ago the first Hunger Games movie premiered, Barak Obama was elected to his second term as President, and a bunch of people thought a Mayan-predicted apocalypse was nigh. Also five years ago, was the last time that employees had felt the levels of financial pressure they are facing now. According to PwC’s 2016 Employee Financial Wellness Survey, employees […]
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