How to Educate Employees Getting Health Insurance For The First Time

How to Educate Employees Who Are Getting  Health Insurance For The First Time

As a result of the Affordable Care Act — also known as “Obamacare” or the ACA — many people are now getting health insurance for the first time. If your company has extended health insurance to employees who’ve never had it before, you’ll be working with people who need to learn the basics. Here’s how to educate them about their new coverage. Remind Them About Compliance “The ACA is packed with rules and regulations, and employers should let employees know that the company is compliant with the health care reform law,” says Jeannie Wilcox, assistant vice president and director of communications at the Lockton Cos. That’s important because non-compliant employers are subject to fines, and employees without health insurance may face fees. Communicate Before Open Enrollment “As with employees who have had insurance before, it’s important to hold introductory meetings before open enrollment to outline plan basics,” says HR expert Jennifer Brown. She recommends holding an in-person or online …

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Studies Confirm Screening And Healthy Lifestyles Can Prevent Cancer

Studies Confirm Screening And Healthy Lifestyles Can Prevent Cancer

A recent report by the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2016 there will be about 167,650 cancer deaths caused by tobacco use. What’s more, 25-33% of all the approximately 1,685,210 cancer cases that occur in 2016 can be attributed to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight, and obesity. Bottom line: Much of the suffering and death from cancer can be prevented through lifestyle changes and screening. Over the past few years, new research has mounted that shows how effective these strategies can be in the battle against cancer. In fact, lifestyle changes and screening appear to be some of the most powerful weapons to prevent some of the most common types of malignancies – colon, breast and prostate cancer. Colon Cancer Screening Two large studies recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed the positive long-term effects of colon cancer screening. One study followed over 33,000 people who participated in the Minnesota Colon Cancer Control Study trial for about …

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Ending The Cycle Of Fear-Based Leadership

Ending the Cycle of Fear-Based Leadership

The reason there are so many articles about the fear-based leadership style is because it’s so prevalent in the workplace.  Many managers may not realize they are using fear-based tactics in some instances due to a lack of self-awareness and/or experience as a seasoned leader.  Other managers may have learned the style from their bosses and are now modeling the same behavior.  The culture of the organization comes into play as well based on their tolerance.  Keep in mind that geographical locations can influence the tolerance of fear-based tactics based on societal pressures.   Here in lies the issue of allowing the repetitive cycle of using fear-based leadership in the workplace to continue. On the Receiving End For the employee on the receiving end of fear-based leadership it can be a very unsettling and troubling time.  Additionally, this type of leadership style can exist for extraordinarily long periods of time because …

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Why Stress Is Bad For Your Body (And Mind) And What To Do About It

Stress Management

We’ve all heard people talk about being stressed out and most of us acknowledge feeling that way from time to time. Up to a point, stress is a normal part of life. But when stress becomes chronic, it can contribute to, and even cause, a host of health problems. In some situations stress can be an appropriate and even lifesaving response to events, according to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). For example, if you are faced with a car accident up ahead and have to quickly swerve to miss it, your body releases chemicals and hormones causing your pulse to quicken. You breathe faster, your muscles tense and your blood pressure goes up, too. Your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity so you react as fast as possible, with every part of your being aimed at survival. In less dramatic situations, such as being called upon to present a speech, you can also feel stress reactions in your body …

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How To Create A Competitive Benefits Package

How To Create A Competitive Benefits Package

As the war for top talent heats up, companies will have to work harder to recruit and retain the most desirable new hires. A strong benefits package can make the difference for job candidates trying to decide between your company and your competitor. But do you know what it takes to create a competitive benefits package? Do Your Homework Creating a competitive benefits package starts with information gathering: Survey your current employees to see if you’re offering the kind of benefits they want. Research your industry and competitors to find out what types of benefit offerings you’re up against. Look at your company culture and staffing needs to determine what kinds of employees you want to hire. Then explore what type of benefits those types of candidates are looking for. “Your benefits broker is a good place to start looking for information on what your competitors might be offering,” says Chris Costello, principal and founder of …

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