How voluntary benefits can save you money

Every workplace is unique. So is every person who works in it. And each employee has different wants, needs and ambitions. See how offering Voluntary Benefits can meet those needs, without breaking a company's budget.

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Sustainable health care cost containment: What works best?

There are obvious benefits of offering health insurance to employees. The most obvious? If you don’t offer health insurance, you won’t be as attractive to the employees you want to attract. Learn about the solutions to combat this problem, without breaking the bank to do so. 

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5 low cost ways to empower employees' education

One of the most moving commercials on television right now is for McDonald’s. It’s the one where a young worker brings in a letter, which his manager snatches and reads aloud to the staff. When he gets to the words “…we are pleased…”, everyone bursts into applause. He’s going to college, and McDonald’s is helping him through its corporate educational grants.

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Want workplace wellness? Face your workers' mental health issues head-on

With regards to Mental Health Awareness Week, it's time to put a spotlight on an often overlooked issue in the workplace: Mental Health. In July, social media exploded after a software developer who suffers from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder shared an exchange with her boss on Twitter. She had emailed him to say that she was taking a day or two off “to focus on my mental health.” In a response that went viral, her boss thanked her for her openness and wished her well. ...

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Use inspiration: challenge your team

The HR industry’s been telling us for a while that money alone isn’t enough to motivate and engage employees. What works, then? In my experience, it’s about giving your employees a challenge, engaging and empowering them.

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5 tough conversations to have with employees

There are lots of amazing things about being the boss, but it does occasionally come with some downsides and, for me, these include having to have tough conversations with my employees. Normally I’m pretty informal and like to think that I get on with my team really well, which makes it even harder when I have to put on my ‘boss’ hat and have an official conversation with someone.

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The one, big lesson Serena Williams can teach business owners

I’m a huge sports fan. Since I was a kid I’ve loved watching and playing sports. I love the drama, the unpredictability, and the escape from the daily grind it gives me. There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing your team win a big match or being part of a successful side and feeling like you’re part of a larger, shared experience. Every year I look forward to the important tournament dates in the calendar – Super Bowl Sunday, the NBA Finals, the World Series or the final round of the US Open.

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Top tips for graduate recruitment on a budget

I’m always on the lookout for new talent and this can come in a number of different forms – experienced industry professionals, those looking for a career change (bringing with them a wealth of experience from other industries) and more recently I’ve started to recruit college graduates.

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5 things you do that cause high employee turnover

For me and, after talking to other small businesses, for others too, employee turnover is a huge issue. When you only employ a handful of people, if one of them leaves it creates a real hole. And that’s before you even get started on the cost of replacing them and the productivity issues and lower morale caused by others having to cover their work. So the more we, as businesses, can do to keep our top talent, the better, right? But how? 

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