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  • Dealing with Employee Conflict

    Throughout my career I’ve often heard, “conflict is a good thing for an organization”. I agree with this. Conflict has the wonderful effect of challenging our ideas and beliefs. Being comfortable with conflict has a powerful role in our growth as leaders. Imagine a leader unable to be vulnerable when being challenged, or strong with conviction when they need to offer an alternative position. This ...

Assurance

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Generated 1 week ago

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  • ACA Trumped Webinar Q&A

    Last week, I gave an important status update on the ACA during an Assurance University webinar. If you missed the webinar, you can check out the recording here. I discussed some of the changes made in the first few weeks of the Trump Presidency and how these changes affect you now, and what to look forward to in the coming months and years as we transition to new rules and regulations. The webinar...

  • Meet People Where They Are

    Multi-Generational Workforce Communications  Articles and blog posts about navigating a multi-generational workforce are pretty popular these days. Yes, it’s true, most companies have four or even five generations that make up the workforce. It’s also true that certain preferences or other generational factors are important to keep in mind when creating new programs, structuring benefit offerings ...

Assurance

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Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • Crime Insurance vs. Social Engineering Claim - Is There Coverage?

    I’m often asked by clients why their crime policy may not respond to a social engineering attack, specifically the computer fraud and funds transfer fraud coverage. First, it’s important to understand what social engineering fraud (SEF) is. A SEF occurs when employees, acting in good faith, comply with instructions sent via email to make a wire transfer or another type of transfer, to a fraudulent...

  • Trump Takes First Administrative Step to Repeal and Replace the ACA

    President Trump acted swiftly on January 20 to fulfill, at least in part, a promise he made repeatedly on the campaign trail by signing an executive order that both outlines his administration’s position on the ACA (obviously supporting full repeal) and what his directives are with respect to the ACA until it's repealed (do everything to reduce its fiscal impact on Americans). Looking at the execu...

  • Authenticity Is Hard Work

    Who doesn’t want to appear authentic? There are hundreds of books available about “authentic leadership” and discovering one’s own “authentic self.” It’s hard to find anyone who will tell you that authenticity isn’t a trait worth striving towards. And just so we’re clear, I won’t be the first. I’m a huge fan. In fact, authenticity is one of the key reasons I believe our company is routinely awarde...

  • 5 Things I Learned from the 2016 Chicago Cubs

    I’ve had the wonderful fortune and blessing to be able to lead a successful company for almost 20 years. We’ve grown from 40 people to 450 over that time period. To better myself as a leader along the way, I’ve read many books, attended seminars and become a devoted follower of Warren Buffet. Even with all of this, the 2016 Chicago Cubs demonstrated some of the simplest but most profound leadershi...

  • Case Study: Jellyvision Saves the Day

    With the encouragement of Assurance, a manufacturing company located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin decided to roll out a High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA), in addition to their Preferred Provider Organization Plan, for their employees. Assurance recommended adding the HSA plan to help stabilize the company’s health insurance costs, with the long-term goal of consumerism c...

  • Back to The Future: ACA Edition

    I don’t know about you, but it sure feels like it’s 2012 all over again to me. Why? After all the talk and all the votes, we’re finally going to find out how healthcare reform is going to operate in the U.S. Déjà vu? After his inauguration on January 20, Donald Trump will officially be the next president of the United States. As you’ve no doubt heard or read, Congress and President-elect Trump hav...

  • Voluntary Benefits for Temporary Employees

    Almost all of my clients and prospective clients say the same thing when it comes to providing health benefits for their temporary staff, “We want to offer something good, without the cost forcing us out of business.” In our current landscape where a MEC/MVP health plan is the affordable and compliant alternative most companies turn to, it just makes sense to offer voluntary benefits to help shore...

  • E-Books on Deck

    Digital E-Books to Help Minimize Risk and Maximize Health In case you missed it, Assurance released not one, not two, but seven complimentary, downloadable e-books this year! These aren’t boring books, collecting dust bunnies on the top shelf of your office. These e-books are stacked with clickable links to webinars, videos, white papers and more.   Don’t believe us? Check them out for yourself: ...

  • Voluntary Benefits are a Win-Win

    Employees seek jobs that offer good pay, benefits, experience and more. So how can you make sure your organization is getting and retaining the most talented employees? Begin with offering a comprehensive benefits package. This serves as an effective strategy to attract and retain the best employees. However, due to rising healthcare costs, employers are rethinking the way their benefit packages a...

  • The Perfect Duo: Finance and Wellness

    You’ve probably heard of the significant benefits associated with workplace wellness programs; perhaps you’ve even implemented a program in your organization. What many employers don’t realize is financial wellness is just as important as physical wellness. Incorporating a financial component to your wellness program can be a strategic move both your budget and employees will appreciate. Connectio...

  • MEC & MVP- What They Mean for You

    ACA Minimum Coverages The insurance biz loves to use acronyms! While convenient for our everyday use, these three letter words hold a lot of meaning. If you’re navigating the ACA (another fun acronym), you must know the information below and how it applies to your business. As of right now (we'll see what changes come in 2017 given the election results), the ACA mandates for an employer to stay co...

  • Watch Now: Post-Election ACA Webinar

    On November 10, I conducted a webinar discussing the election results and possible implications for healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I also looked ahead to ACA reporting in January. Although the results of this election promise to bring change to the ACA, nothing is set in stone yet. President-elect Trump has promised to repeal and replace the ACA, but how he’ll do so is yet to...

  • Minimize Your Risk: Liability E-Book

    We’re excited to share our Liability E-Book with you. This e-book will help you understand several different liability coverages and follow lawsuit prevention best practices. To give you a sneak peek at what’s in store, here are seven ways your organization can help minimize the risk of an employment practices claim: Review any loss exposures with your insurance broker and purchase adequate EPL i...

  • IL Snow Removal Legislation Facts

    It’s that time of year, and if you live in the northern part of Illinois, you’re accustomed to snow during winter. Soon we’ll encounter the sights of snow plows removing snow and ice on streets, parking lots and sidewalks. During the winter, you likely fall into one of two categories: property owner/manager who hires someone to remove snow, or company hired to remove snow for others. If either of ...

  • A Home Run for Employee Benefits

    4 Tips to Reach Employee and Employer Satisfied Benefits Based upon perceptions and assumptions, whether accurate or not, many employers have historically not offered health insurance coverage to all of their full-time employee populations. In many instances, coverage has been extended to only select groups of employees (e.g. management, salary, etc.). In the past, this strategy was fairly common ...

  • Perfect Sandwich, Perfect Benefit Plan?

    The peanut butter and jelly sandwich may be the simplest, but greatest sandwich in history. Kids love ‘em, and adults (or at least myself) love to sneak them. The PB&J is a reliable favorite. Especially, my son, who once said when learning numbers, that he could eat 100 of them. The reason I bring up the great sandwich is that there are two newer companies to the benefit scene, Peanut Butter and J...

  • MRMH Award Video: Over $240K in WC Cost Savings

    Painters USA is the latest recipient of Assurance’s Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Health (MRMH) Award for their dedication to minimizing risk and improving the lives of their employees. A client for years, Painters USA is a leading Midwest commercial and industrial painting company. Painters USA always had a safety program, but safety was not as deeply ingrained within the culture. As a result, thei...

  • Out With the Old, In With the New!

    Employee Benefit Trends Anyone who has been involved in an employee benefits renewal process is familiar with the old tricks. A little increase here, a little decrease there… and viola!... a number we almost can afford. Employers and employees have played this game tirelessly for the last handful of decades. The reality is we’ve about exhausted our “cost-shifting” opportunities. With the combinati...

  • Maddonisms: A Lesson in Leadership

    Our friends – the Chicago Cubs – are headed to the World Series for the first time in 71 years. A solid roster, great front office – and, well quirky, renowned Manager, Joe Maddon, is to thank for that. Joe’s well-known “Maddonisms” – or unique words of encouragement – used from spring training to playoffs are filled with simple leadership philosophies any executive or manager can easily adopt. Ou...

  • Communication – A Year-Round Pastime

    Communicating Your Benefits During Open Enrollment During the open enrollment season, employers tend to communicate a ton about benefit programs. Employees may feel inundated at that time, but they’re better for it in the long run, even if they don’t realize it. It’s the months that follow open enrollment where we tend to see communication dissipate and employees start to disengage from this extre...

Assurance

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 months ago

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  • The Stock Market of Healthcare

    Level Funding Explained For some crazy reason, I love the stock market! I love watching the price of one of my stock picks go up and down. I enjoy the anxiety and pain of when to buy the winners and when to sell the loser stocks. The idea of investing in bonds, and receiving a steady income, is just plain boring. Maybe I ‘m crazy, but for me, the thrill of the victory in the stock market outweighs...

  • Hustling at 65

    Options For Those Working at 65 I’m turning 65 and still working, what should I do? This is a question I get asked almost every single day. I’ll try my best to answer the most common situations, but as always, there are exceptions and situations that I can’t fully address in a blog post. In short, the answer depends on your unique situation. Each person’s circumstances will ultimately determine wh...

Assurance

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • MRMH Award Video: Enjoying a 25% Reduction in WC Costs

    Assurance is proud to award a well-deserving, Buck Services, the Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Health (MRMH) Award for their dedication to minimizing risk and improving the lives of their employees. An Assurance client for the past four years, Buck Services is a cleaning and maintenance service company based in West Chicago, Illinois. After the company experienced a sharp increase in workers’ compen...

  • Disaster E-Book- A Smooth Recovery

    You can only do so much to prepare for a disaster – and no, we’re not only talking about the natural ones. From cyber breaches and terrorism, to fires and system outages, all crises are unpredictable and can leave your business turned upside down. To prepare you for the unknown, we’ve published our Disaster Recovery E-Book, straight from the experts themselves! You’ll find topics on business conti...

Assurance

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • We Can Be Heroes

    A successful wellness program for employees encourages a healthy lifestyle not only while at work, but outside of the office, too.  To promote wellness amongst Assurance employees, we’re hosting our annual 5K – but this time with a spin: dress in your best superhero apparel.  Why? “We Can Be Heroes” is already a motto our employees live by though their volunteer efforts with Assurance Caring Toget...

  • What's Special About a Specialist?

    Having had thousands conversations with clients and prospects, I can confidently say insurance sales are best done by a specialist. More so today, “specialists” are what most insurance agents and brokers are selling themselves as. However, I find it interesting that we aren’t all speaking about specialization in the same way. Many times, the agent or broker is referring to their own specialization...

Assurance

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

Assurance

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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