Monthly Archives: December 2012

CONSIDERING OBAMACARE

An interesting dialogue sponsored by AFLAC on how today’s agents and brokers can help their clients navigate healthcare reform offered these pointers: Carriers and brokers will be supplying a Summary of Benefits Coverage in 2013. Payroll companies will help with reporting benefit payments to the IRS. In 2014 we’ll have to worry about obtaining insurance… Read more »

MOST EMPLOYEES FACE HEALTH CHALLENGES

I’ve come across a few surveys recently that really got my attention. According to a Gallup – Healthways Wellbeing Index, here’s the health status of full-time employees: 13.9% are normal weight and without chronic conditions 17.9% are overweight or obese without chronic conditions 30.2% are overweight or obese with one or two chronic conditions 17.8%… Read more »

LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES WITH MILLENNIALS

I’ve read numerous books and watched webinars about managing younger workers. Here’s a summary of the key points to remember: Don’t micromanage them. A better approach is to be very clear about the outcomes you’re looking for and allow these employees to play a part in figuring out how to get there. Get them to define… Read more »

THREE QUESTIONS JOB APPLICANTS SHOULD BE ASKING YOU

The October 2012 issue of Inc. Magazine posted three great questions that applicants should ask you and, in turn, you should be prepared to answer What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days? What are the common attributes to your top performers? What are the major factors that drive results… Read more »

SPOTTING SCOUNDRELS

A recent issue of Scientific Mind discussed studies of truthfulness and physical signals. The bottom line: Opportunists or liars tend to display a cluster of four cues: hand touching, face touching, crossing arms, and leaning away. Although none of these individual clues in itself indicated deceitfulness, taken together they provided a highly accurate indicator. How can you benefit from this… Read more »

IMPROVING PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

I don’t like the idea of traditional performance evaluations. Most managers don’t like to give performance evaluations – and most employees don’t like to get them – because they seldom identify the real issues. For example, poor performance can be caused by a number of factors beyond the employee’s control. They have a poor boss. Remember,… Read more »

WHY WORKERS DON’T USE VACATION TIME

A survey by Harris Interactive, Inc., found that by the end of 2012 Americans will leave an average of 9.2 vacation days unused, up from 6.2 days in 2011. According to a survey by Expedia, here are the top five reasons why U.S. employees don’t use all of their vacation time: I can’t afford a… Read more »

THREE KEYS TO EFFECTIVE WELLNESS PROGRAMS

A consensus of six healthcare organizations have released a Joint Consensus Statement entitled “Guidance for a Reasonably Designed, Employer-Sponsored Wellness Program Using Outcomes-Based Incentives.” Anyone in HR, benefits, or who cares about wellness or productivity should read this article. Here are three major conclusions I gleaned from the paper: Evidence suggests that long-term lifestyle modification and… Read more »

DATA RETENTION VS. DATA DESTRUCTION

An excellent article in the September 2012 issue of Corporate Counsel Magazinefocuses on the tradeoffs between data management (storage, security, speed, and storage space), information management (storage, organization, and rapid access to information ), and data retention (creating a defensible policy to avoid litigation and regulatory sanctions if certain information is destroyed). According to the author, just because a business can keep… Read more »

HAVE YOU EVER PROMOTED THE WRONG PERSON INTO MANAGEMENT?

When we asked Webinar participants this question, 76% replied yes. Please take advantage of the Webinar First Time Supervisors and Managers and the White Paper:Critical Transition: From Employee to Manager, program. Here are some pointers that these tools set forth: Promotion into management is a hiring decision. Make sure they want the promotion more than you do…. Read more »