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When you write about topics as broad as benefits and wellness, it’s easy to have too many ideas and want to write about a million things at once. But that’s impossible. So these are some topics in the health and benefits space that have intrigued me these past few weeks. They relate to employee wellbeing based on compensation; the employer mandate; days off; and a wellness conference.

We get it. You’re busy running a business, your team’s under pressure and there’s a gap that desperately needs filling. But with up to 20 per cent of employee turnover occurring within six weeks of starting a role, recruitment doesn't stop when your new starter signs on the dotted line.

Human resources departments across all industries have tried to find or build effective employee benefits communications systems to help their workers navigate the confusing and exhausting world of insurance coverage, retirement and other common healthcare and voluntary benefits options. The goal of this investment and effort is to give workers the information they need to make the right decisions for themselves without spending excess time, money and brainpower on benefits enrollment.

Stereotypes about millennials abound. Read the popular press or reports of employee surveys and you will come away with the view that millennials differ substantially from their older counterparts—and even previous generations of younger workers—in what they value and expect from work.

Employee engagement videos have revolutionized the way human resource departments conduct business. If part of HR’s job is to ensure all employees have the ability to collaborate and communicate with each other and their superiors, then employee engagement software is a vital tool to open employee communication lines and build expectations.

Company culture refers to employees’ shared norms and expectations. It’s the “how we do things” of your workplace. Your dress code, office noise level and desk layout all reflect your culture. So do more intangible qualities, like how comfortable lower-level employees feel when talking to their supervisors or whether employees spend time together outside of work.

Successful organizations view their multigenerational workforce not as a bane, but as a blessing. It is imperative, not just for individual organizations but for the entire working world, to embrace the benefits of an age-diverse workforce.

Working on your most important tasks first thing in the morning is all the rage nowadays – probably because most articles say mornings are the best time for productivity.

The thing about change management is that it involves a lot of invisible work that’s hard to follow from the outside. The two things that people see in change management are the change (toward the end, if they are paying attention) and when it goes (sometimes horribly) wrong.

Leaders do all sorts of things to try to get “engagement” out of their employees, from benefits plans to foosball tables. But they may not have given much thought to what “engagement” actually means, which is why they might be scratching their heads when employees still aren’t performing well, or leave outright.

Onboarding can be make-or-break time for companies when it comes to keeping and retaining employees. But a new survey indicates there’s a lot of room for improvement - enough that one in three workers say an awkward first date is preferable to attending onboarding orientation for a new job, according to a survey by cloud computing company ServiceNow and reported by Ladders.

To truly embrace diversity and inclusion in your workplace, you must build employee communications that create an understanding.

Truly embracing diversity and inclusion in your workplace is more than allowing everyone the chance to speak and provide input for all situations and projects.

A video communications system is no longer just a tool for big companies. Welcome to 2019.

It's a new year, and that means a new beginning. We resolve to lose weight, exercise more, drink less and countless other things in our personal lives. But, it's also an opportune time to focus on organizational resolutions.

New-hire onboarding is not something you can do with one tool or program. No one manager can successfully onboard and welcome new employees by him or herself. It takes a team effort and aligning messages and goals from the top of your organization down to the new hires.

It’s no mystery that with the new era of workers, human resources is challenged with redefining their skillset. The new generation of workers is transforming the workforce forcing businesses to create new strategies creating a more personalized connection between employers and employees and a more automated approach to the routine tasks.

Advertisers will tell you your brand is everything. Branding and content are essential for selling products—and social media has to play a part in any digital marketing strategy these days—but they’re also crucial for hiring talent and helping your organization grow.

Blockbuster movie and TV producers and songwriters know what grabs their audiences by the heartstrings. So do great marketers.

Despite underinvestment, L&D is more important than ever.

One of the most exciting aspects of employment law is the inexhaustible list of ways that employees find to get themselves—and their employers—into trouble. Recently, we’ve observed an uptick in electronic security breaches, which makes the close of 2018 a perfect time to refresh ourselves on the “do’s” and “don’ts” of cybersecurity.

Taking the Measure of Good Corporate Culture

Tools to gauge organisational health are only part of the solution

The talent market is incredibly competitive right now. Job openings are at a high not seen since the early 2000s, and the unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 1969. As we move toward 2019, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining the talent we’ve worked so hard to recruit for our organizations.

A few years ago, business leaders and Human Resources professionals found an answer to rising workplace stress, increased incivility, and lowered productivity: mindfulness. Since then, many HR tools and apps are making mindfulness an employee benefit with measurable results.

From editing tips and filler phrases to ditch, here are the most-popular stories on Ragan.com.

From healthcare to retirement, employers stepped up their game as some perks rose in popularity while others faded. For the past year, editors at Employee Benefit News have compiled lists aiding employers in strategizing their benefit offerings. Based on page views, below are the top lists of 2018.

There are a slew of important figures companies and employees need to know regarding health savings accounts, 401(k)s and flexible spending accounts. While the IRS announced HSA changes in May, the agency only recently announced annual changes to FSAs and 401(k)s. From contribution limits to out-of-pocket amounts, here are the figures employers need to know — all of which take effect in January.

Today's new-hires expect their employers to lay out the job expectations right at the start. Performance expectations are highly significant and important to employees, as well as a key factor in the success of employee onboarding and employee communications initiatives.

Artificial intelligence (AI) can have a profound effect on making businesses more productive, and HR teams are uniquely poised to benefit from it. But actually adopting and implementing AI can be a daunting task, and many teams aren’t quite sure where to begin. It’s easy to get overwhelmed (and confused) by the volume of literature out there. But the fact of the matter is that the workplace is shifting at an extremely rapid rate and business leaders need to be asking themselves how, not if, they are going to implement AI.

In a business landscape characterized by critical and sustained skill shortages, human capital has grown to become a key differentiator for organizations in every industry. In the US, these trends have been exasperated further by record-low unemployment rates, which have made it even more difficult to attract and secure top-tier talent.

A hologram is only as important as what it has to say. The writers of science fiction seemed to know that fact, and if you’re a fan of Star Trek or Star Wars you’ll know that holograms weren’t used for social chatting, they delivered important information.

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