Kainos Blog

November 2020
Virtual Holiday Parties | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
in Company Culture, Custom Content, Employee Engagement

Virtual Holiday Parties | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

by admin

Building camaraderie between your employees is essential for employee engagement and retention. In fact, employees with close work friendships report 50% higher satisfaction with their work, according to Gallup. Hosting parties for your office this season may not be possible, yet they are still important. We’ve gathered some fun alternative ways to celebrate together while apart this holiday season. IT’S PARTY TIME! Gingerbread House Building...

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Nov
2020
Data Drop: Workforce Surveys Reveal Effects of Pandemic| Houston Benefits Firm
in HR, Work from home

Data Drop: Workforce Surveys Reveal Effects of Pandemic| Houston Benefits Firm

by admin

How 2020 will be remembered is largely going to be shaped by the pandemic, both for larger society and the workplace. There is no industry that hasn’t been impacted by COVID-19 and thus, no segment of the workforce that hasn’t felt its impact. We can see this playing out in the data we collect. Perhaps more than any other crisis before it, data is telling...

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Nov
2020
End of Year Healthcare | Texas Benefits Advisors
in Blog, Health Care

End of Year Healthcare | Texas Benefits Advisors

by admin

As the weather turns cooler and shopping centers get busier, it’s easy to surmise that it’s nearing the end of the year. Are we all ready for 2020 to be over?! Yes, please! Since we are closing in on 2021, it’s time for you to maximize your healthcare plan by taking advantage of end-of-year healthcare benefits. HAVE YOU MET YOUR DEDUCTIBLE YET? Before you continue...

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Nov
2020
October 2020
Three Surprising Benefits to a Virtual Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits
in Communication, open enrollment

Three Surprising Benefits to a Virtual Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits

by admin

With many enrollments being forced to go virtual this year, you may feel at a disadvantage. But, there are actually plenty of reasons to believe a virtual open enrollment could be even more effective for you and your clients. IMPROVED EDUCATION People only tend to remember 10% of what they hear and only 20% of what they read. However, people actually recall 80% of what...

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21

Oct
2020
Preventive Care is as Easy as 1-2-3 | Houston Benefits Group
in Custom Content, Health Care, Healthcare

Preventive Care is as Easy as 1-2-3 | Houston Benefits Group

by admin

In a world where viruses run rampant across the globe and healthcare costs are skyrocketing, there is an easy way for you and your family to stay healthy—preventive care services. Preventive is defined as “used to stop something bad from happening.” Preventive care is care that thwarts off illness or disease thanks to regular check-ups, counseling, and screenings. When you subscribe to a health plan—regardless...

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7

Oct
2020
September 2020
Telemedicine | Texas Employee Benefits Partners
in Custom Content, health

Telemedicine | Texas Employee Benefits Partners

by admin

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system in the US has changed. More and more, people are seeking out telemedicine services versus the traditional brick and mortar physician’s office. This trend also includes telemental health services as well. So what are the advantages of these services and how are they growing to meet the need? Pandemic Launch The COVID-19 pandemic definitely thrust the...

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Sep
2020
Key Tips For Conducting Virtual Interviews | Houston Benefits Agents
in Human Resources, Remote Work

Key Tips For Conducting Virtual Interviews | Houston Benefits Agents

by admin

When quarantine officially came into effect, thousands of businesses with no remote work policy in place scrambled to piece together teleworking procedures robust enough to handle the complications of COVID-19. For many it was a learning process, a time of continual adjustment to find the right solutions for their organizations. Quarantine has now been in effect for several months now, and many departments have gone from...

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23

Sep
2020
9 Books Every HR Pro Should Read in 2020 | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants
in Human Resources

9 Books Every HR Pro Should Read in 2020 | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants

by admin

Quarantine leaves us with a healthy chunk of time to reassess and spend time with the ones we love. But as quarantine goes on, the work must go on as well and for HR professionals, that means developing professionally as much as everyone else within the organization. With all this time on your hands, a nice relaxing read is not only good for your development,...

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14

Sep
2020
Tips to Maximize your HSA Benefits | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
in Custom Content, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

Tips to Maximize your HSA Benefits | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

by admin

Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are great ways to save tax-free money for medical expenses both in the current term, and for your retirement years. By making wise choices, you can maximize the benefit of these fantastic savings accounts. Let’s take a quick look at the basics and then explore some tips on how to make your HSA money grow. What is an HSA? According to...

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8

Sep
2020
What You Need to Know Before Disciplining or Terminating an Employee | Houston Employee Benefits Experts
in Human Resources

What You Need to Know Before Disciplining or Terminating an Employee | Houston Employee Benefits Experts

by admin

The prospect of corrective action or termination makes a lot of managers nervous. That’s understandable. For employees, being disciplined or losing their job can be anything from moderately embarrassing to financially devastating, but it’s rarely a happy occasion. For the employers, these actions always come with some risk, and there are plenty of legal danger zones an employer can end up in if corrective action...

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Sep
2020
August 2020
Gamification and Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits
in Custom Content, open enrollment

Gamification and Open Enrollment | Houston Employee Benefits

by admin

  Open enrollment season is upon us and many companies are choosing to host “virtual benefits fairs” instead of the traditional “walk and talk” fairs. Open enrollment meetings have turned into live streaming events or recorded webinars. Incentivizing employee participation in these areas can come in a variety of ways but the newest trend is gamification. Gamification has been defined as “behavior modification using technology.”...

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24

Aug
2020
Making the Workplace a Safe Place to Speak Up | Houston Benefits Group
in Communication, Company Culture, Uncategorized

Making the Workplace a Safe Place to Speak Up | Houston Benefits Group

by admin

  Right now, organizations across the country are asking themselves what they can do to make their workplaces more inclusive, diverse, and equitable, particularly for Black employees. They’re hosting conversations, acknowledging areas where they’ve fallen short, and identifying opportunities for improvement. For these efforts to be successful, employees need to be able to speak freely, offering critical and candid feedback about individual behaviors, workplace practices,...

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18

Aug
2020
Family Caregivers: 5 Tools to Avoid Burnout | Texas Employee Benefits Partners
in Custom Content, health, Wellness

Family Caregivers: 5 Tools to Avoid Burnout | Texas Employee Benefits Partners

by admin

  According to the National Center on Caregiving, a family caregiver (or informal caregiver) is “an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks.”  In the US, 85% of caregivers care for a relative or loved one with 42% of those caregivers supporting an aging parent. Since early 2020,...

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10

Aug
2020
July 2020
Employee Engagement in a Post-COVID Workplace | Houston Benefits Firm
in Custom Content, employees, HR

Employee Engagement in a Post-COVID Workplace | Houston Benefits Firm

by admin

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things. First, it has taught us that empathy and kindness goes a long way. We’ve learned that as individuals, communities, and as a nation, that we can do hard things when we work together. Finally, this pandemic has...

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28

Jul
2020
How We Learn | Texas Employee Benefits Partners
in Blog, Custom Content

How We Learn | Texas Employee Benefits Partners

by admin

“Everyone learns differently” is a phrase we have all heard at some time in our educational endeavors. It may have been overheard from your parents as they explained to your teacher why you have to get up and move all the time during class. You may have heard it said in high school as a communications teacher gave you examples of learning styles. This phrase...

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20

Jul
2020
How Leaders Can Set an Example for Remote Employees | Houston Benefits Agents
in Blog, Communication, Remote Work

How Leaders Can Set an Example for Remote Employees | Houston Benefits Agents

by admin

For many of us, the experience of working entirely from home is a new one. It has required us to rethink the way we work and function as a team. Many of the routines, patterns, practices, and processes we have created over time are no longer effective, and we’ve had to institute new means of collaborating, getting our work done, and elevating the people around...

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12

Jul
2020
In Depth: The Future of Work Part 1 | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
in Human Resources, Workforce

In Depth: The Future of Work Part 1 | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

by admin

The hardest thing about the future of work is defining the concept. The chief reason has to do with change. It’s constant with new technologies coming online at an increasing pace and changing the way people complete their work. If the data is to be believed, what HR knows about work is quickly disappearing. Korn Ferry predicts by 2030 a global human talent shortage of more than...

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2

Jul
2020
June 2020
4 Steps You Can Take to Feel More in Control Now | Houston Benefits Group
in Life Insurance

4 Steps You Can Take to Feel More in Control Now | Houston Benefits Group

by admin

COVID-19 has upended life as we know it for millions of people around the world. Many of us—including the young and healthy—are seriously contemplating our mortality for the first time. As the parent of a toddler, with a baby on the way, I’m definitely in this camp. It’s deeply unsettling to ponder how this virus has cut short so many lives in the span of...

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26

Jun
2020
Remaining ADA-Compliant Under COVID-19 | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants
in ADA, Blog

Remaining ADA-Compliant Under COVID-19 | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants

by admin

The coronavirus crisis has forced human resources teams to juggle more challenges than ever before, from employee benefits and sick leave to new teleworking policies. On top of this, the drastic change in the American workplace has spawned new laws and protocols, while raising questions about how these new regulations affect standing legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In order to remain fully...

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24

Jun
2020
Effective Leadership Begins with You | Houston Employee Benefits
in Custom Content, Leadership

Effective Leadership Begins with You | Houston Employee Benefits

by admin

If you search Merriam-Webster for the meaning of “leader,” you will find some interesting definitions: Something that leads: such as something that ranks first A person who leads: such as a person who has commanding authority or influence Now, think of those in leadership in your life. Do they line up with these definitions of a leader? What about you? Would others say you lined...

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17

Jun
2020
Mental Health Exercises for a Strong Mind | Houston Benefits Team
in Custom Content, mental health

Mental Health Exercises for a Strong Mind | Houston Benefits Team

by admin

When someone says they want to get healthy, you naturally think of physical health. However, we do have the ability to do a mind workout so that we are mentally fit. We’ve collected some exercises to help you build your mental-muscle-strength and, in turn, build a strong and healthy body. Anxiety disorders are the highest reported mental health issue in the US with 42.5 million...

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8

Jun
2020
Data Drop: The Latest Workforce Surveys for HR Professionals to Read | Texas Benefits Team
in Blog, Human Resources

Data Drop: The Latest Workforce Surveys for HR Professionals to Read | Texas Benefits Team

by admin

It’s an interesting time for the workforce as big changes are in store for everyone across the spectrum of the professional landscape. Every industry has been impacted COVID-19 and the continuous evolution of the situation, the economy and the workplace means that data and our understanding of all these things is shifting with it. More reliable than the data itself sometimes is people thirst for...

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3

Jun
2020
May 2020
How to Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19 | Houston Employee Benefits Experts
in Blog, mental health

How to Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19 | Houston Employee Benefits Experts

by admin

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced hours, sickness, and grief. The future is uncertain, and the present is extra stressful. And to make matters worse, many of the networks and practices that people use to support their mental health are currently unavailable due to social...

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May
2020
May 2020