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When You Tell an Employee 'Family Comes First,' Do You Mean It?

Dean Debnam | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Dean Debnam

This phrase is used so commonly by companies recruiting employees that its weight and meaning have almost disappeared. Don't get me wrong. The words carry the most noble of intentions. But this is one of those claims that's often uttered and rarely embraced.

Does This Restaurant Go Too Far Against the Customer?

Diana Grycan | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Diana Grycan

When my husband and I go to a restaurant we enjoy all of the things I mentioned; however, when the customer becomes second fiddle to the owner, I object.

The Price Tag for Employee Loyalty

Mindy Crary | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Mindy Crary

Women tend to recognize the investment their employer made in them and they want to repay it. In Jody's case, she didn't realize that she had long ago repaid her boss just by doing a stellar job during the previous 10 years.

This Year's Must-Have Benefit: The 401(k)

Catherine Golladay | Posted 11.23.2014 | Money
Catherine Golladay

We know the 401(k) is crucial to retirement for most people, but knowing how to make the most of it is just as important.

Why Workplace Leadership Is About To Get Its First Major Makeover In Over A Century

Mark C. Crowley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Business
Mark C. Crowley

As workers have become increasingly more critical to the overall success of their companies, what they need and expect in exchange for their work has also profoundly changed.

Food at Work: Setting the Table for a Healthy Workforce

William Rosenzweig | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
William Rosenzweig

It is important for companies to utilize proven techniques -- such as cafeterias designed to support healthy choices through environment cues, as well as reduced portion sizes, effective labeling schemes, and other innovations -- that make it easy for employees to eat healthy food on a daily basis, and maintain a healthy weight over time.

New Grads Aren't Looking for the Right Jobs for the Right Reasons -- Perks Are Earned!

Sandy Malone | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Sandy Malone

Herein lies the basic disconnect: The young, new graduates are suffering from the grand misconception that merely graduating entitles them to a fabulous career. You do not graduate and get a CAREER. You get a job.

The Profitability of Good Health

Mark Chasan | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Mark Chasan

Despite the groundswell of evidence supporting the profitability of health and sustainability programs, many executives today are stuck in an old mindset that categorically views such programs as "fluffy" cost centers not profit centers.

Report: Obamacare 'Cadillac Tax' Comes With Unintended Consequences

Leah Binder | Posted 05.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Slated to go into effect in 2018, the mere threat of the Cadillac Tax has already decreased the income of millions of American workers, according to the Towers Watson/NBGH report.

How Obamacare Impacts Small Business Transactions

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

While small businesses are exempt from many of the most rigorous requirements of the Affordable Care Act -- most notably, the Employer Mandate -- there are still some requirements and even some opportunities that small business owners should be aware of.

4 Incentives Obamacare Provides Small Businesses

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.06.2014 | Small Business
Avi Sinensky

While it is true that the dominant provisions of the ACA (particularly, the Employer Mandate) apply only to "large" employers with more than 50 employees, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

4 Requirements Obamacare Places on Small Businesses

Avi Sinensky | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business
Avi Sinensky

While it is true that the dominant provisions of the Affordable Care Act apply only to so-called "medium" and "large" employers, there are still several provisions that affect all employers, including small businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

Why Your HR Strategy is Failing

Dan Henry | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Dan Henry

Like selling products and services, successful HR initiatives require a game plan. Done right, it's a strategic part of your business with measurable returns. Done wrong and it's just another line item written off on an expense report.

Go Red Today -- And I'm Not Talking Cornhuskers!

Rose Stanley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Rose Stanley

February is American Heart month, with a particular focus on women's heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and is more deadly tha...

Startup Health Insurance: Choose Your Own Adventure

Veer Gidwaney | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Veer Gidwaney

For you startup founders and benefits administrators, here's the good news: you have options. In this brave new world of defined contributions, private exchanges and the individual mandate, there are plenty of ways for you and your employees to get good coverage at an affordable price.

Let's Celebrate Working Families and Put Partisan Bickering in a Timeout

Cara Woodson Welch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Cara Woodson Welch

How do we get elected leaders and business leaders to work together towards supporting workplace policies that empower employees to succeed at work and at home?

Work-Life Effectiveness Could Use a Common Definition

Rose Stanley | Posted 12.17.2013 | Business
Rose Stanley

We're moving into open enrollment season for many organizations. What better time than right now when there is already a lot of communication going on regarding the benefits the organization will be offering in the new year.

Newlywed? How To Maximize Your Insurance For Every Stage of Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.09.2013 | Business

Getting married, having kids and buying a house are a few of the major milestones that you may experience in your life. And while many of these life s...

Stop Looking for the Best Employees

Dan Henry | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Dan Henry

Progressive organizations and their HR people spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to attract "the best" employees. Here's the secret: you can't.

Financial Planner Q&A: How Do I Maximize My Employee Benefits?

SaveUp | Posted 10.16.2013 | Business

To get the most out of what your employer offers, start by asking human resources for a benefit plan summary. They usually have a document they can email you or can provide you a company benefits website with personal login information.

Walmart and the Mayoral Field Give D.C. the Bait-and-Switch

Sam Jewler | Posted 10.06.2013 | DC
Sam Jewler

The real bait-and-switch is happening right now, as politicians who once called for city-wide agreements and reasonable wages at local Walmart stores -- including the mayor and two mayoral candidates -- switch their rhetoric and their votes.

38 Percent Of U.S. Workers Have No Paid Sick Leave

CNBC | Mark Koba | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business

CNBC: Just last month, New York joined the short list of cities—Portland, San Francisco, Washington and Seattle—and the state of Connecticut...

9 Job Perks That Pay Off Big

Posted 05.09.2013 | OWN

By Amy Shearn Just because your company has a salary freeze doesn't mean you can't score some lucrative employee perks....

What's Behind the Momentum for Paid Sick Days?

Ellen Bravo | Posted 06.01.2013 | Business
Ellen Bravo

In just two weeks, the movement for paid sick days has seen three victories -- in Portland, Ore., Philadelphia, and most recently, New York City. Local coalitions in each place encountered fierce opposition, and yet the wave of wins continues. Why now?

5 Employee Costs Founders Often Forget

Bryce Maddock | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Bryce Maddock

Major acquisitions aside, startups are often blind to the actual costs associated with full-time employees. As you celebrate and toast to your latest round of funding, please take heed of five employee costs often forgotten by founders.