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Strive For Work-Life Blend, Not Balance

Michael Coates | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Michael Coates

While making sure to give time for yourself and family is the right motivation behind the division, this strict differentiation between "work" and "life" wrongly treats them as separate entities.

Real-Life Dream Boss Actually Wants You To Work Less, Sleep More And Travel The World

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business

Tech companies are notorious for offering job "perks" that function like gilded handcuffs: fancy benefits like free meals and laundry that keep you t...

Jesus and the Gig Economy

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

It's common across cultures as the year turns to wish people not only a "happy" new year, but also a "prosperous" one. You certainly don't need to b...

Why Smart Employers Promote Workplace Wellness and Paid Time Off

Parker Beauchamp | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Parker Beauchamp

43 million Americans do not have paid time off (PTO). In fact, the U.S. is the only developed nation that doesn't require employers to provide this benefit. But does limiting sick time help or harm employers and their employees?

The Medically Uninsured Are Working Folk Too

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

We need to stop thinking about the uninsured as "unemployed people without insurance" and see them instead as our working neighbors, colleagues, and employees who can get health care only when their problems become extreme or catastrophic.

5 Reasons You Should Ask Your Boss About Tuition Reimbursement

Julie Stich | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Julie Stich

Educational assistance programs continue to gain steam as a popular employee benefit offering. With several large companies (McDonald's, Starbucks, an...

How to Ace Your Company's Open Enrollment This Year

Julie Stich | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Julie Stich

Every year around this time, you're asked to make health care and other employee benefit selections for the upcoming year. Your employer may give you a booklet, invite you to an all-staff meeting or send you to a special website.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balance

Marissa Lepor | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Marissa Lepor

Work-life balance: the portmanteau once used in casual conversations has now become an integral component of companies' mission statements and employee interactions. It's like the gluten-free of the health food world -- many claim to value it, but few can describe what it actually means.

5 Steps to Employee Financial Security

Julie Stich | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
Julie Stich

Benefits staff and practitioners have long walked a tightrope -- providing benefits that appeal to and best meet the needs of employees and, at the same time, are cost-effective and deliver value to the employer.

An HDHP Is My Only Option Next Year -- How Should I Prepare?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

This Q&A column addresses questions from real patients about health care costs. Have your own question? Get your answer here. Question: My employe...

In the Face of Complexity

Dante Disparte | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

SME Competitiveness and Healthcare Reform The central tenant of the insurance industry is that the law of large numbers drives down the average price...

Under Fire, Netflix Defends Lopsided Parental Leave Policy

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 09.02.2015 | Business

It may seem unfair for Netflix to give some employees 12 months of paid maternity or paternity leave while others (many of them hourly) get just 12 w...

Have Courage and Steady the Course!

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

Since there will always be things threatening the market, it is important that employees focus on the items they can control, such as how much they are saving and their asset allocation, based on their time horizon and tolerance of risk.

Plugged in at the Beach

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

Maybe a so-called 'workcation" is the answer for some people and some organizations? Employees only use half of their eligible paid time off, and according to a Harris Interactive Poll, 61% of Americans work while they're on vacation.

Fringe Benefits Challenge New York School Budgets

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.21.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

As the State Legislature debates its role in public education, employee benefits should be part of the conversation. Until these high growth rates are curbed, benefits will consume an ever greater share of school budgets, and schools will be unable to fund investments essential to improving quality and outcomes for students.

Will Domestic Partner Benefits Stay or Go After the Supreme Court Decision?

Julie Stich | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Julie Stich

Despite the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal, many employers are deciding to continue offering benefits to unmarried domestic partners. They see providing benefits--to both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners--as a way to ensure employees and their loved ones are happy and healthy.

How Will the Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Impact Employers?

Julie Stich | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Julie Stich

The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, a composite of four lower-court cases involving four states--Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky--has ramifications for employers and employees in all states.

The Seven Habits of Organizations Who Truly Value People

TJ Trent | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
TJ Trent

Studies show that top organizations are successful because they make their employees feel valued. Thriving organizations make their people feel valued by practicing these seven habits.

Dan Price, Don Quixote and the Surprising Intelligence of a $70,000 Minimum Wage

Marcy Syms | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Marcy Syms

We share Rush Limbaugh's fantasy that one day Dan Price's decision to drastically cut his own pay will be written up as a case study for MBA students. The difference is that we hope that it will be taught as an example of visionary leadership in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

3 Steps Boomers Can Take To Narrow The Employment Gap

John Tarnoff | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Boomers are sending a signal to the new economy: we aren't 'moving over' to cede our careers to younger generations. Retirement at 65 is either unaffordable or irrelevant to a generation that either must keep working to survive, and/or wants to keep working to serve a meaningful and purposeful life.

Ditch the Workplace Uniform

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Robin Cassady

Being relaxed truly allows me to get the most out of my workday and strive for greater success. I am happier to do more for my employer because I am comfortable at work.

What Business Owners Need to Know About the PPACA

Miranda Marquit | Posted 06.23.2015 | Small Business
Miranda Marquit

It's been five years since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also called Obamacare) was signed into law. Implementation has occurred in stages over the last few years, but many business owners still have questions about how the law will continue to affect them.

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Maureen Conway | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Maureen Conway

Co-authored by Judith Samuelson Inside of a few weeks, business has shifted the national dialogue about what constitutes a fair wage. Aetna CEO Mark B...

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Inequality is a problem for everyone -- for business, for the health of the democracy and for society at large. Our free-enterprise system is the driver of income and wealth. Business leaders don't have to wait for government solutions to the inequality problem. They have the tools at hand -- they just need the courage to step away from the pack and use them.

Why We're All Becoming Independent Contractors

Robert Reich | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The rise of "independent contractors" Is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce -- contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours, and job insecurity. It's become a race to the bottom.