Though technology has drastically changed the landscape of remote work, employees still spend an average of 26 minutes on their daily commute into the office. Long and tiresome commutes decrease employee productivity and can even interfere with physical and mental wellbeing.
With a new law signed last week, Rhode Island became the first state in 2017 to expand its paid leave offerings. The Ocean State becomes the the eighth in the country to require employer-paid sick leave.
For today’s workforce, benefits are a driving force in how employees feel about their employer. 57% of employees say that benefits and perks are among their top considerations before accepting a job. When done well, benefits can drive employee engagement, increase retention, and help build the positive culture of HR professionals' dreams.
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.
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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.
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.