Tips for Holding Fewer, More Effective Meetings

The announcement of an upcoming meeting can make employees’ eyes roll — after all, we’ve all been to meetings that feel like a waste of time. Holding effective meetings isn’t hard, though; it just takes a little discipline. Here are six tips to help you hold fewer meetings and make the ones you do have worth everyone’s time. Only Meet When You Have Something to Discuss Many managers and departments hold daily or weekly meetings to check in and see how everyone is doing. While holding a standing meeting can be useful, don’t be afraid to cancel one if you don’t have anything to say. “Meetings should only be held when there is something to talk about and should be as short as possible,” business coach Diane Helbig says. “I like the idea of 15-minute meetings where everyone has something they report on succinctly.” Create Agendas, Notes and Action Steps …

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How to Pick the Right Voluntary Benefits for Your Lifestyle

A recent survey from Towers Watson says more than 90 percent of employers expect voluntary benefits to be an important part of their value proposition to employees in the next three to five years, compared with 59 percent who said the same in 2013. As a result, chances are you’ll see an increase in the scope of voluntary benefits your employer offers. Voluntary benefits can be a great way to get coverage for a variety of issues at a reasonable cost, but it can be a challenge to determine which ones are right for you. Here’s how. Consider Your Needs Your voluntary benefits needs will rely on factors such as life stage, current income, plans for the future and dependents. Take stock of what’s at risk and what could be better served by purchasing voluntary benefits options. Entry-level workers, for example, are more likely to be single and have no …

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