Insuring Against Small Business Risks [Video Blog]

Posted on Dec 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

An optimistic attitude is a must-have for any business owner. But planning only for best-case scenarios can lead you into trouble. A single unfortunate incident can take away all you’ve worked to build. A fire…a flood…a wrongful termination lawsuit….an employee injury....the list goes on. The good news is that you can protect yourself and your company by carefully managing these risks.

A well-designed risk management program is key to the long-term security of your business. This often comes down to having the proper insurance coverage for specific risks.

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Meeting 1-on-1 to Discuss Benefits [Video Blog]

Posted on Nov 22, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Employee benefits programs are a big part of attracting and retaining top talent. You’ve likely worked hard to develop a competitive package that meets your employees’ needs. But you may be undermining your hard work by not communicating effectively with your employees about their benefits.

In many companies the annual benefits review meeting is a time-honored tradition. Groups of employees attend with colleagues to listen to a speaker and prepare to enroll. But group benefits meetings come with some serious drawbacks. Not every employee attends, and those who do may not participate fully. Employees may be uncomfortable asking personal questions in a crowd. Also, the needs of each employee and his or her family are unique, and may not be addressed in a general presentation.

Successfully educating employees about benefits comes down to effective communication. With this in mind, many employers are moving away from group benefits meetings and offering one-on-one guidance instead. These programs help employees better understand their options, and ultimately make smarter benefits decisions.

One-on-one benefits counseling is easy to administer. Employees simply sign up for a time slot to discuss offerings with HR, and perhaps even with financial professionals. The employee and these experts go over specific issues about medical care, retirement, and other needs that can be met with voluntary benefits.

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Planning an Effective Employee Training Program [Video Blog]

Posted on Nov 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Did you know that training boosts employee retention? Study after study shows that this is true. In addition to being more likely to stay at their jobs, properly trained employees are more effective than others, and less likely to expose your organization to unnecessary risks and liabilities. A comprehensive training program is a sound investment in both your employees and your company. 

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5 Steps To Successful Workforce Planning [Video Blog]

Posted on Oct 11, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Even the most talented minds in business need the support of committed, able employees to bring their ideas to life. Building an effective workforce can be a challenging proposition, but having a solid workforce plan can help smooth the path.

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Taming Productivity Killers [Video Blog]

Posted on Aug 6, 2018 7:00:00 AM

From water cooler gossip… to interminable meetings… to hours wasted scrolling social media, the modern workplace is teeming with threats to employee productivity. And those distractions are taking a toll: several recent surveys show U.S. employees spending a mere 40 to 50 percent of their workdays engaged in job-related tasks. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to help employees avoid common productivity pitfalls. 

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Retain Employees Through Training [Video Blog]

Posted on Jul 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM

With the daily demands of keeping a workplace productive and profitable, many managers may overlook one simple perk that's been proven to boost employee retention: professional training.

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Telephone Screening as a Hiring Tool [Video Blog]

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Face-to-face interviews are the best way to get to know job candidates, assess their ability to perform the job, and gauge whether they are a good fit for your organization. But before committing to an in-person interview, you may want to learn more about a candidate. This is where telephone screening comes in. 

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7 Steps for Writing an Effective Job Ad [Video Blog]

Posted on May 31, 2018 7:00:00 AM

When unemployment is low, you may find yourself having trouble attracting top candidates to open positions at your organization. If you’re a hiring manager in this situation, your first step is to ensure that the job salary, benefits, work environment, and potential for advancement are all as competitive as possible for your industry and location. With those items in place, there’s another piece to the puzzle that can make a huge difference in reaching your ideal applicant: a great job ad. 

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Job Ads and Job Descriptions [Video Blog]

Posted on Apr 27, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Even experienced managers and supervisors can find themselves confused by the differences between a job description and a job ad. The two are distinct entities… with each playing its own unique role in the recruitment process.

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When an Employee Gives Two Weeks’ Notice [Video Blog]

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM

It's a busy Monday morning, and half your team is out with the flu. While you're prepping for the afternoon's client presentation, one of your employees comes into your office to give you his two weeks' notice. Should you demand his company ID and tell him to leave right away, or let him continue to work for the two-week resignation period? 

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