By definition, Disruptive means “causing or tending to cause disruption”, but in business, it generally refers to “innovative or groundbreaking”. My 15-year son being disruptive in his classroom is not encouraged, but it takes guts to be a trailblazer in the business world. Also, if you’re successful, then the masses will follow. Who Said a Tiger Can’t Change Its Stripes? … Read More
10 Employee Benefit Plan Tips That Keep Employees and Employers Happy
10 Employee Benefit Plan Tips Usually, there is a disconnect between employers and employees as it relates to employee benefit plans. Employees want a comprehensive plan and employers need to be watchful of the bottom line. Pleasing both parties is not always easy to achieve. Here are 10 Employee Benefit Plan Tips that if incorporated into your plan, will satisfy … Read More
Want to Learn About the 9 Biggest Mistakes Made on Benefit Plans?
If you think the benefits industry is child’s play, you’re mistaken. I’ve listened to a number of benefits brokers “pitches” and if I find their approach confusing then chances are you will too! It’s not difficult to see that the biggest mistakes made on benefit plans are due to misinformation and the self-serving needs of the benefits consultant. Get … Read More
How will Educating Employees on Benefit Plans Create a More Sustainable Plan?
Educating employees on benefit plans means more than just explaining what their plan includes and how to make a claim. So how will educating employees on benefit plans create a more sustainable plan? Many of my clients know how much I emphasize this point with their plan sponsors. It probably is the single most important detail in ensuring that a plan … Read More
What are the 9 Obvious Signs You Should Be Firing Your Benefits Advisor?
It ceases to amaze me that in this day and age that some benefit advisors still have clients or are holding onto their clients using the same approach that they’ve used for the past decade or longer. So when is it that you should look at changing benefit advisors? A case in point. I had a meeting with a new … Read More
The 11 Key Elements that an Association Benefit Plan should provide its Membership
When does an Association benefit plan make sense? In short, the answer should always be. However, this is seldom the case. Many companies have experienced that there’s a premium to work through an Association benefit plan. Many companies have experienced high administration fees, one-size-fits-all approach, limited service capabilities, ineffective regional coverage and limited supporting technology platforms. Many feel it is great … Read More
How Much Should I Budget for my First Employee Benefits Plan?
So you’re challenged to get the best employees because you don’t offer a benefit plan. You run the risk of losing a valuable employee because you don’t have a benefit plan. You want to offer security to employees, but you don’t want to jeopardize your company’s bottom line in the process. What will a benefit plan cost my business? Whatever is … Read More
What are the Not So Obvious Factors That Impact Employee Benefits Cost?
Over the past couple of decades, employee benefits have increased in importance and have become a critical part of employee compensation programs. Employees are using their dental, prescription drug, paramedical and vision coverage at record levels. The three major factors contributing to the increases in benefits costs are: Aging: As we get older, we use more health care products and … Read More