Every company wishes it could offer its employees the total package. With unemployment down and the job-seeker to open position ratio nearly 1:1, attracting and retaining talent has never been harder. In addition to robust, affordable coverage, it’s believed that today’s employees expect perks—lots of them, from catered lunches to office meditation programs to everything in between.
Come open enrollment season, choosing benefits can be a complex, jargon-laden process. When you don’t know the difference between a PPO and HMO, who’re you going to call?
As the idea of the modern family evolves into a broad spectrum of two-income households, single parents, and a million variations in between, there is an increasing national need for benefits that support better work-life balance. Many cities have acted fast to pass comprehensive paid leave legislation, but for some localities, questions remain around exactly how these laws will be paid for, implemented, and enforced.
The world of benefits can seem vast and overwhelming. You want the best bang for your buck, to work with top carriers, and to find a broker who makes the process simple and comfortable. In the complex landscape of benefits, you might assume that changing your benefits broker comes with endless hurdles. But the truth is, switching your broker is often as simple as submitting a single form.
Developing leaders—especially new leaders—is crucial for your company’s success. Not only will the leaders attending your learning and development programs thank you, but their direct reports will too. Coaching is one of the most effective skills any leader can have in their wheelhouse, and it is the building-block upon which more advanced leadership development can be built.
Benefits fall among the top line items of any employer budget—up next to payroll and real estate. Plus, your benefits package can be a huge driver of company culture, recruiting, and acquisition. 76% of employees say that benefits are a very important factor in deciding whether or not they accept a job. At a time when attracting and retaining employees is harder than ever, a strong benefits package can be a powerful tool to help you along the way.
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Depending on what day of the week it is, “Obamacare” is either doomed or here to stay. Employers monitoring the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have every right to be puzzled by events in Washington. For HR professionals lost in the shuffle, here’s where we stand right now.
We all work to pay the bills—but is it OK to pay the bills at work? Enter the biggest HR buzzword you’ve never heard of: “homing,” or attending to everyday chores like paying the rent or scheduling doctors’ appointments, all while at the office.
Despite it’s false start in 2007, the state of Washington has passed a new paid family leave law, complete with a plan to fully fund and implement the law by 2020. The original 2007 bill, signed into law by former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, lacked an execution plan and was never put into action—not unlike the Washington D.C. paid law, which have yet to come to fruition.
In this HR for Humans story, Nikki Boehm—a Manager of Presales at Namely—reflects on her experience starting a family while also advancing her career. For more stories at the intersection of work and life, follow @namely_hr. You can also submit your stories here.