Benefits

  • Employers Expect Health Benefit Costs To Rise 3.9% in 2020
    Employers Expect Health Benefit Costs To Rise 3.9% in 2020

    Cost management efforts focus on improving health outcomes over cost-shifting

    Health benefit costs will grow by nearly 4% in 2020, according to early results from the latest Mercer National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans. Based on responses from 1,511 US employers1, Mercer projects that the average total health benefits cost per employee will rise by 3.9% in 2020.
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  • Decoding The Modern Workplace
    Decoding The Modern Workplace

    Companies Who Place Employees at the Heart of Their Digital Strategy Yield Even Greater Returns

    Research findings released today by NTT DATA reveal organizations are yielding positive and unexpected returns investing in their digital workplace by keeping employees at the center of their strategy.
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  • Causes of Mortality: Our Perceptions vs. Reality
    Causes of Mortality: Our Perceptions vs. Reality

    Understanding health risks can help us feel empowered

    Death, as the old adage goes, is one of only two certainties in life (the second being taxes). But when it comes to what actually kills us, are we really correct in our assumptions? As it turns out, no.
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  • One in Three U.S. Employees Would Rather Talk About Their Weight Than Their Employer-Offered Benefits
    One in Three U.S. Employees Would Rather Talk About Their Weight Than Their Employer-Offered Benefits

    Workers feel overwhelmed by open enrollment process

    One-third of American workers would rather talk about their weight than their employee benefits, and nearly half dread the benefits enrollment process as much as asking for a raise, according to a new survey released today. In fact, U.S. workers say they dread the open enrollment process only marginally less than renewing their driver’s license…
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  • Understanding Worker Personality Types
    Understanding Worker Personality Types

    Generation and gender are no longer the singularly defining characteristics of employment

    LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute (SRI) has identified four distinct worker personalities based on how their workplace perceptions influence their experiences and mindsets. The four worker personalities are: Satisfied, Settled, Resigned and Restless.
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  • 5 Social Security Myths Debunked
    5 Social Security Myths Debunked

    Why your clients should focus on the facts before claiming

    Getting your arms around Social Security can be pretty complicated. Misinformation, partially informed opinions, and complex benefits formulas can easily lead one down an incorrect—and costly—path. That's why it is important to work with your financial advisor to develop a Social Security claiming strategy that can serve as the foundation of your overall retirement income…
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  • Premiums Through Paychecks
    Premiums Through Paychecks

    Why insurers should modernize their benefits capabilities Take advantage of the growing demand for digitally-driven group/voluntary products

    by Denise Garth

    It’s a compelling case. Whether you look at trends among employers or trends among employees, you will come to the same conclusion. Group/Voluntary products are simply going to keep growing in appeal. The challenge is in preparing for the opportunity.
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  • Got Employees? Find out How Your Benefits Stack Up
    Got Employees? Find out How Your Benefits Stack Up

    Online resource helps employers stay competitive in fight for top talent

    Principal today announced updates to the Principal Benefit Design ToolSM to give business owners the knowledge needed to help build competitive benefits packages.
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  • 40% of Plan Sponsors Are Very Interested in Pension Risk Transfer Transactions
    40% of Plan Sponsors Are Very Interested in Pension Risk Transfer Transactions

    LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute finds employers hard pressed to fund their benefits programs

    LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute finds employers hard pressed to fund their benefits programs Today’s employers are faced with increasing challenges to fund their benefits programs. According to LIMRA research, the number one concern for benefits plan sponsors is managing benefits cost – 75% of employers consider this a critical issue . One of the ways…
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  • 5 Critical Steps to Better Meetings
    5 Critical Steps to Better Meetings

    Marvels of multi-tasking... or just monotonous monologues?

    by Rich Horwath

    Are your meetings creating valuable new insights for the business or are they a series of multitasking-filled monologues? Are they productive conversations about key business issues or a rehashing of the same stuff you’ve been talking about for months? Are your meetings getting better or worse?
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