August 2014

Monthly Archives

  • This is Not Your Grandfather’s Retirement

    Gerontologist Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. is a gerontologist, author of 16 books on aging-related issues, and CEO of research company Age Wave. His survey “Work in Retirement: Myths and Motivations,” conducted with Merrill Lynch, found a new retirement landscape that isn’t the traditional picture of staying home all day or moving into a nursing home. Retirement […]

  • Demographics Drive Voluntary Product Offerings

    Demographics Drive Voluntary Product Offerings With a more global workforce and changing economy, competition for qualified candidates is more competitive than ever. Employers looking for an edge in candidate attraction are turning to perks and voluntary benefits to add to their benefits offerings. Eastbridge Consulting Group, the voluntary industry researcher that tracks voluntary benefits sales each […]

  • Enforcing Your Company Policies

    Enforcing Your Company Policies Your company policies give employees a clear directive of what conduct and behavior is expected and what is not tolerated. Policies can be company-specific or based on legal regulatory compliance, and most companies have both. Employers may expect their employees to follow their policies at all times, especially if they work […]

  • Working Families Looking For New Benefits

    Working Families Looking for Work/Life Benefits Leah Shepherd, writing for Employee Benefit News, reports that employers across the country face changes in their workforce due to shifting demographics and a new economic reality. The Council of Economic Advisers report “Nine Facts About American Families and Work” explains the changes, including the fact that most workers have […]

  • Employer Shared Responsibility Provision

    The Affordable Care Act, also called Obama Care, ACA, PPACA (for Patient Protectionand Affordable Care Act), and health care reform, has caused a lot of frustration and confusion for employers. Shifting implementation timelines, the employer shared responsibility provision, and serious processing backlogs have left a lot of people with questions. What is the Employer Shared […]

  • Don’t Neglect Culture in Mergers

    Just because a company can buy another company doesn’t mean the acquisition will work. With the recovering economy creating a whole new job market and war for talent, companies are buying intellectual resources along with market share and corporate assets. While company culture is increasingly important in recruiting and retention, Mercer’s 2013 Global M&A Ready Survey […]

  • Should Your Performance Management Go Social?

    Edie Goldberg, Ph.D., the principal of E.L. Goldberg & Associates and chair for HR People & Strategy, cites a study by McKinsey Global Institute that found that most of the value in social technologies comes from improved communication and collaboration. She estimates that using social technologies to talk about goals and collaboration would help companies improve productivity by […]

  • Ever Had A Bad Boss?

    Dori Meinert, writing for SHRM, the Society of Resource Management, says that having a bad boss causes stress, anger, low morale, and even health problems. Michelle McQuaid, positive psychologist and expert in workplace interventions, agrees, saying bad bosses negatively affect the health of their employees, undermine their success, and cost companies money. She cites Swedish […]

  • Restaurant Turnover Costs Money – 3 Retention Tips to Implement Today

    With $683 billion dollars in sales, 990,000 locations across the United States, and a workforce that makes up 10 percent of the overall U.S. workforce according to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry is a major economic force. Although turnover rates are down since 2007’s 80.9 percent, they were still high at 62.6 percent […]