Ken Waineo, The Standard's senior director of business development and operations, retirement plans, Pacific Northwest region, provides insight into the role of plan administrators and fiduciaries, and the level of responsibility that can be assumed by external providers. Read the Employee Benefit News article, When Retirement Plan Administrators Make an Error.
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Not all employees have the same benefits needs, whether it's due to lifestyle, age or personal buying preference. Persona-based decision support tools can help encourage better benefits selection. Assigning employees to a persona can help ensure benefits information is presented in a way that makes sense to them, says Jackie Waller, senior research program manager at The Standard. Read the SHRM.orgarticle, 2018 Open Enrollment: Targeted Communications Address Differing Needs.
Clients have the opportunity to differentiate themselves with customized voluntary benefits, but communicating these offerings is essential for successful enrollment. Read the Employee Benefit News article, Customization, Communication Key to Optimizing Voluntary Benefits, that summarizes a session on the future of voluntary benefits at last week's Benefits Forum & Expo. Greg Hammonds, vice president, specialty market sales, at The Standard, participated in the panel discussion.
One-third of employers offer paid family leave. Our survey findings show this trend isn't slowing down. Read the HR Dive brief, “A Third of Employers Offer Paid Family Leave, and More Plan to Do So Soon.”
Charitable giving can be a strong employee engagement tool. Read how The Standard and its employees are supporting community organizations in the Employee Benefit News article, Charitable Giving Builds Strong Ties Between Employer, Community.
Remote employees are becoming a workplace reality. Consider these 10 questions to help ensure the ergonomic needs of remote workers are met. Read the Employee Benefit News article, “10 Questions to Ask Before Allowing Employees to Work From Home” with some tips provided by Brian Kost, senior director of the Workplace PossibilitiesSM program at The Standard.
An integrated disability management approach can help employees return to work quicker and prevent future claims. Jeff Smith, a disability and productivity consultant with The Standard's Workplace PossibilitiesSM program, mentions that the concept of integrated disability management programs isn't new, but the amount of cooperation and partnership among vendors has grown. Read why more employers are moving towards this benefits concept in the Business Insurance article, “Integrated Disability Makes a Comeback” (accessed May 4, 2017).
Did you know, employees working through health conditions can cost businesses the equivalent of three months per year in lost productivity? To help minimize presenteeism in the workplace, Jeff Smith, Workplace PossibilitiesSM Practice Consultant with The Standard, offers four tips in his Talent Economy article, “4 Ways to Deal With Employee Presenteeism” (accessed April 3, 2017).
Too much of a good thing can often be overwhelming. Kevin McNamara, senior enrollment strategist for employee benefits at The Standard, has a few ideas about how you can help employees better understand their benefit choices. Read the Society for Human Resource Management article, “Missing the Mark: Employees Don't Appreciate Benefits Spending” and his sidebar, “Meeting the Benefits Enrollment Challenge” (accessed Oct. 10, 2016).
When dealing with a potential disability leave, there are do's and don'ts for helping employees stay at work. Brian Kost, Workplace PossibilitiesSM program manager, gives a comprehensive look at what makes a stay-at-work accommodation a success in his Employee Benefit News article, “The Do's and Don'ts of a Successful Stay-at-Work Accommodation” (accessed July 8, 2016).