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Gear up for New Year’s resolutions

Now that your Thanksgiving turkey is digested, it’s a good time for employers to consider how they can motivate employees to begin thinking about New Year’s Resolutions with an emphasis on wellness. The start of a new year is the ...

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U.S. employers successful in controlling health care costs

Employers are getting serious about data-driven health plan design. They understand that in the age of health care reform, they must actively manage their health plans in order to control costs. And their efforts are paying off. A recent study ...

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Workplace lessons from the election

We live in a country that includes 37 percent minorities. Many political watchers say tapping into that diversity is what led President Obama to victory on Nov. 6. The Obama campaign understood that empowering the nation’s growing minority populations, instead ...

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Managing the hidden cost of sick days

Do you know how much employee absences are costing you? In the U.S., the average employer cost for unplanned absences is $1,000 per employee each year. This is the second-highest benefit cost to employers after medical benefits. Employers should be ...

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Promoting wellness in the workplace

Now that companies have finished planning their insurance programs for 2013, many are focusing their attention on how to better engage their workforce in wellness programs. There are many ways a thoughtful and well-communicated wellness program contributes to your company’s ...

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Fostering a healthy democracy at work

Negative rhetoric is already off the Richter scale in this year’s presidential campaign. As the Nov. 6 election nears, employers want to be prepared in case the negative tone of this year’s campaign carries into the workplace. Most employers want ...

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Sometimes swearing at work works

Cursing and cursing abbreviations are everywhere these days. The guys who sing “Sexy and I Know It,” a song used in an M&M’s commercial, are in a band called LMFAO – a name their grandmother recommended. (If you don’t know ...

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Naming a pregnant CEO is smart ‘womenomics’

It appears the good folks at Yahoo may have been paying attention when Pepperdine researchers showed putting woman at the top can bolster a company’s bottom line. Not only did they name a woman, Marissa Mayer, as CEO, but they ...

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Supreme Court decision means lots of work for employers this summer

Many employers were holding their breath for the Supreme Court decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The decision to uphold the law means that employers who provide health insurance have some very specific rules they must adhere ...

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Newsletters can be valuable to company culture (access required)

After a couple of years of nonstop acquisition activity, a company I’ve been working with is stopping to ask, “Are we doing all we can to make new employees feel welcome? Do these folks feel comfortable in the new company ...

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