Why Too Much Sodium Can Impact Productivity

Why Too Much Sodium Can Impact Productivity

Avoiding tobacco products, exercise and eating a healthy diet are all well-known strategies that can improve health and, in turn, disability and health care costs. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released earlier this year concludes it’s time to encourage people to consume less salt (sodium chloride). Almost 90% of Americans eat too much sodium daily, even if they never pick up a saltshaker. That’s because most excess sodium is hidden in fast and processed foods. However it gets into food, too much of it is putting the health of millions at risk, according to the CDC. About 70 million American adults have high blood pressure and only half have it under control. That raises their risk for heart disease, stroke and other ills that take the lives of more than 800,000 Americans each year. The economic toll, as well as the personal suffering, is enormous. Cardiovascular disease …

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What Your Company Needs To Know About Offering Paternity Leave

What Your Company Needs To Know About Offering Paternity Leave

In 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidelines on pregnancy discrimination and related issues, including paternity leave. The regulations specify that the same bonding time must be given to new fathers as is given to new mothers. Specifically, the EEOC regulation states: For purposes of determining Title VII’s requirements, employers should carefully distinguish between leave related to any physical limitations imposed by pregnancy or childbirth (described in this document as pregnancy-related medical leave) and leave for purposes of bonding with a child and/or providing care for a child (described in this document as parental leave). Leave related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions can be limited to women affected by those conditions. However, parental leave must be provided to similarly situated men and women on the same terms. If, for example, an employer extends leave to new mothers beyond the period of recuperation from childbirth (e.g. to provide the mothers time to bond with and/or care …

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Baby Boomers Boom Into Retirement – How This Impacts Your Investments

Baby Boomers Boom Into Retirement

The Baby Boomers are booming into retirement and the major economic effects they have generated have already begun. As of July 1 of this year, retired baby boomers age 70.5 (born in the first 6 months of 1946) are subject to Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). So what does this mean? Let’s start by explaining what an RMD is. The tax-deferred benefits of many retirement plans you may have become familiar with over the years (like traditional IRAs and 401(k)s) have a time limit for how long you can defer (70.5 years to be exact). To make sure taxpayers were using the defined contribution plans as a means to secure an adequate retirement income and not simply as a way of securing tax-free wealth, the Tax Reform Act was adopted in 1986. This means that once an investor reaches age 70.5 they are required to withdrawal a percentage of their retirement …

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Innovating Your Sales Approach In A Value-Based Care Environment

Innovating Your Sales Approach- How To Navigate A VBC Environment

The glory days of selling primarily on the clinical value of a product are long gone!  The rising awareness and push of evidence based medicine and the increasing pressure to reduce healthcare costs has led the life sciences industry to contemplate a new sales approach to how healthcare systems purchase their products and services.  Instead of vetting a list of targeted physicians, we find ourselves meeting with lean six sigma consultants, purchasing and financial officers who only want to know what category your product fits into and how much it costs without focusing much of their analysis on the weight of your differentiating clinical features.  With this evolution of selling to targeted, sophisticated buyers the sales teams are finding themselves in forced sales cycles based on contracts and spreadsheet analytics.  The question soon becomes “How do we innovate our sales approach to navigate a value-based care (VBC) environment?” Changing times …

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Is Your Company Prepared For The Aging Workforce?

Is Your Company Prepared For The Aging  Workforce?

  U.S. employers aren’t getting ready for the effects the country’s aging population will have on the workforce. According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, less than half of respondents are preparing to manage a larger proportion of older workers by reviewing their management practices and internal policies. Nearly 20% said their organization was only tarting to realize the effect the larger ratio of older employees will have on the entire workforce. Baby Boomers are only beginning to retire, and while some are ready to move on and start the next chapter of their lives, others would like to keep working. Are you ready for what both of these scenarios will mean for your organization? Here are several ways you can help your organization prepare to effectively manage its aging workforce. Create Succession Plans and Transfer Knowledge “Older employees possess a storehouse of knowledge and experience, and when they retire, it can be a tough …

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