Kainos Blog

March 2020
Remote Work Challenges for HR | TX Employee Benefits Advisors
in Blog, Human Resources, Work from home

Remote Work Challenges for HR | TX Employee Benefits Advisors

by admin

It’s been said the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has created the largest remote work experiment ever devised.  In fact, there are many recently documented cases where companies have asked at least some of their employees to work from home.  Three of those companies are Amazon, Twitter and Microsoft. Remote work, of course, is not something new.  In the past, remote work has been largely reserved...

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Mar
2020
Dental Health Benefits You Can’t Afford to Lose | Texas Benefits Firm
in Blog, Custom Content, dental health, Wellness

Dental Health Benefits You Can’t Afford to Lose | Texas Benefits Firm

by admin

Did you know that a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene can actually reduce your likelihood of other serious diseases? Your mouth is more than just a gateway to enjoying delicious food. Your mouth is an indicator of your overall health. Let’s chew on the facts about dental health and what it can mean for the rest of your body. Gum Disease = Warning Sign...

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16

Mar
2020
Employee Burnout in 2020 | Houston Employee Benefits Agents
in Blog, Human Resources, Wellness

Employee Burnout in 2020 | Houston Employee Benefits Agents

by admin

For a long time, employee burnout has been dismissed. In some instances, it’s been written off as employee laziness or simply an employee being contrary. That, however, is no longer the case. In 2020, HR professionals are going to have to deal with it as a realized syndrome and one that is becoming more prevalent in the workplace. By going unmanaged, it has become an...

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10

Mar
2020
March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | Texas Benefits Consultants
in Blog, Human Resources, Productivity

March Madness 2020: The Ball is in Your Court | Texas Benefits Consultants

by admin

March Madness is upon us, and there is no avoiding it. Selection Sunday, when the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Committee announces which 68 teams made the 2020 tournament, is March 15th. Games begin with the First Four on March 17th and 18th and culminate with the Final Four April 4th and the 2020 NCAA championship game on April 6th. While this annual event can impact...

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2

Mar
2020
February 2020
Service Animals in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Agency
in ADA, Human Resources

Service Animals in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Agency

by admin

In 2020, many people with disabilities use the emotional and physical support provided by a service animal. This means that the workplace has seen an increase of these service animals over the last decade and therefore the workforce needs to be educated on this changing environment. Let’s take a look at what constitutes a service animal and the accommodation of such in the workplace. Americans...

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25

Feb
2020
No Gym Required for These (Financial) Fitness Tips | Texas Employee Benefits Group
in Blog, Insurance, Life Insurance

No Gym Required for These (Financial) Fitness Tips | Texas Employee Benefits Group

by admin

If you’re like me, your social-media feeds are jammed with headlines about getting “healthy and fit” in the new year. Of course, they’re referring to diet and exercise and common resolutions to drop pounds and work out more often. But it’s just as important to be concerned about your financial fitness—where you can also drop some baggage and get some strength training without going near...

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21

Feb
2020
January 2020
The Importance of Sleep | Texas Employee Benefit Advisors
in Custom Content, health, Wellness

The Importance of Sleep | Texas Employee Benefit Advisors

by admin

Everyone knows that eating healthy, getting exercise, limiting alcohol intake, and not smoking leads to a healthy lifestyle. Did you know that sleep is also an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle? With 1/3 of our lifetime being spent sleeping, this part of our life must take importance. Let’s delve into why sleep is important and what you can do to improve this area...

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29

Jan
2020
International Hiring Strategy | Houston Employee Benefits Agents
in Blog, Business Strategy, International Business

International Hiring Strategy | Houston Employee Benefits Agents

by admin

In today’s business world, there is more pressure than ever to maintain a high rate of growth and reach new revenue goals. And growth usually means hiring. The work of HR is an important part of that work, especially where fast-growing companies are concerned. There are many reasons why going beyond borders and hiring talent internationally can help a company reach its objectives. Why International...

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15

Jan
2020
Communication in the Workplace | Texas Employee Benefits Team
in Blog, Communication, Custom Content, Technology

Communication in the Workplace | Texas Employee Benefits Team

by admin

Today’s workforce looks markedly different than it did just 10 years ago. 1 in 3 workers in the US are millennials and this makes them the largest generation in our current workforce. The way this generation communicates makes it necessary for the office to adjust its messaging strategy. What was seen as top-notch communication tech in the early 2000’s has been replaced by new options....

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7

Jan
2020
December 2019
Celebrate the Season Safely | Houston Benefits Consultants
in Blog

Celebrate the Season Safely | Houston Benefits Consultants

by admin

Last year’s 2018 Holiday Party Survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that just 65 percent of companies were holding holiday festivities last year, the lowest rate since the 2009 recession, and this trend is expected to continue into the 2019 holiday season (the 2019 report has not yet been released). While in 2009, holiday parties were skipped for financial reasons, today’s causes are more complex. Andrew...

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16

Dec
2019
Holiday Travel Safety Tips | Texas Benefits Team
in Blog, Custom Content, Holiday Travel, Travel Safety

Holiday Travel Safety Tips | Texas Benefits Team

by admin

Having just wrapped up Thanksgiving, we are now only 2 ½ weeks out from Christmas! While we start planning the perfect gifts for everyone special in our lives, we are also thinking of traveling to visit family and friends. Whether you go by car, bus, or plane, traveling during the holidays needs to be safe. Follow these tips to help you get to your holiday...

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9

Dec
2019
November 2019
Men’s Health Awareness is Lifelong | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors
in Blog, health, wellness

Men’s Health Awareness is Lifelong | Houston Employee Benefits Advisors

by admin

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and the Movember Foundation uses the month to bring awareness to and support of those tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide. June is Men’s Health Month; the purpose is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. The following are recommendations that are supported...

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25

Nov
2019
Pet Insurance | Texas Benefits Consultants
in Blog, Custom Content, Employee Benefits, Insurance, Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance | Texas Benefits Consultants

by admin

We’ve all heard the saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” and we know it’s true! Pets give us unconditional love, companionship, and joy. But, are we willing to pay the price when a hefty vet bill comes along? Pet insurance may help you stomach that unexpected emergency room charge due to Fluffy’s uncanny ability to eat anything within reach—even if it’s rotten! In...

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20

Nov
2019
What Diversity Looks Like in the Workplace | Houston Employee Benefits Group
in Company Culture, Human Resources

What Diversity Looks Like in the Workplace | Houston Employee Benefits Group

by admin

Diversity isn’t just a moral issue.  There is a business case that can be made for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  From recruitment to mentoring, human resources has a main role in the strategy. Defining Diversity What is diversity?  That’s a two pronged answer.  There is inherent diversity.  It involves traits a person is born with… gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation for instance.  Then there...

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13

Nov
2019
Diabetes Education and Prevention | Texas Benefits Team
in health, wellness

Diabetes Education and Prevention | Texas Benefits Team

by admin

Diabetes is a long-lasting health condition that affects how your body converts food to energy. Diabetes patients are unable to make enough of the hormone called insulin or cannot use the insulin that is made in their body efficiently.  When this happens, your body can respond in some serious ways that include liver damage, heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. There are two types...

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6

Nov
2019
October 2019
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Life Insurance | Houston Benefits Agency
in Financial Planning, Life Insurance

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Life Insurance | Houston Benefits Agency

by admin

Life insurance blah blah blah. Is that what you hear when someone mentions it as part of your new job’s employee benefits round-up or when you see something about it on TV or social media? Not to worry: we’ve got the low-down on what you need to know. And it’s really not as overwhelming (or underwhelming) as you might think. 1. It’s part of a...

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31

Oct
2019
How to be an Open Enrollment Rockstar | Texas Benefits Consultants
in Custom Content, Employee Benefits, open enrollment

How to be an Open Enrollment Rockstar | Texas Benefits Consultants

by admin

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas—it’s Open Enrollment!! When the autumn leaves fall and the weather turns cooler, we know it’s time to start thinking of open enrollment hype and meetings and meetings and meetings. So how do you change normal and ordinary communication about employee benefits and change them into rockstar communication? We have some tips that may...

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22

Oct
2019
Don’t Leave Your FSA Money on the Table This Year! | Houston Benefits Team
in Custom Content, FSA, Health Care

Don’t Leave Your FSA Money on the Table This Year! | Houston Benefits Team

by admin

As 2019 is nearing an end, many people are looking at this year’s medical expenses to plan for how much they should set back for next year. In investigating these expenditures, you may notice that you still have money in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2019. FSAs are unique in that any unused money from this plan year is forfeited once the new year...

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15

Oct
2019
AI in HR | Houston Benefits Advisors
in Human Resources, Technology

AI in HR | Houston Benefits Advisors

by admin

Artificial intelligence is pushing humans and machines closer together.  It’s exciting!  AI’s influences are being felt across the HR space… being used to automate business processes, enhance efficiency, and reduce bias among other things.  In fact, McKinsey’s latest forecast of AI’s impact on the global economy is that it will generate $13 trillion in economic activity across the globe by 2030. But, there is room...

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2

Oct
2019
September 2019
Nutrition Tips for Busy Families | Texas Employee Benefits Agency
in Custom Content, Nutrition

Nutrition Tips for Busy Families | Texas Employee Benefits Agency

by admin

The typical family in the US looks quite different today than it did 30 years ago. School, sports, church, clubs and activities, and longer work hours have changed the way we allocate our time as well as how we eat. With families getting busier and busier, how do you make healthy eating a priority? It’s actually pretty easy! New Look/Old Concept Do you remember the...

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25

Sep
2019
How to Implement an Employee Training Program | Houston Employee Benefits Group
in Human Resources, Training

How to Implement an Employee Training Program | Houston Employee Benefits Group

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Employee training programs are beneficial to organizations of varying sizes. Even small companies can improve customer service skills. Large organizations often need training programs specifically targeted to employee development and changing technologies. The Society for Human Resource Management says that offering training programs to employees helps the employee feel more engaged and committed to the organization. Implement an employee training program in your organization to...

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19

Sep
2019
Volunteering Time Off, Part Two | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants
in Custom Content, Employee Benefits, Volunteer

Volunteering Time Off, Part Two | Texas Employee Benefits Consultants

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Right now our national unemployment rate is 3.7%–edging towards a 50-year low. With this low rate, companies are actually finding it increasingly harder to hire and retain great talent. One way to combat this issue is by increasing employee engagement through volunteering. In survey after survey, employees state that they want to work for companies who care for others.  In fact, “71% of employees surveyed...

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9

Sep
2019
Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room | Houston Benefits Agency
in Custom Content, Health Care Cost

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room | Houston Benefits Agency

by admin

Let’s say you are getting ready to make your favorite breakfast—avocado toast. You’ve toasted the bread, cut the avocado in half, and are ready to remove the dreaded pit. Of course, your knife slips and you end up slicing your hand—making you the latest victim of “avocado hand.” It seems you cannot stop the bleeding with a simple bandage so now you need to make...

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5

Sep
2019
August 2019
10 Tips to Excellent Company Culture | TX Benefits Advisors
in corporate culture, Human Resources

10 Tips to Excellent Company Culture | TX Benefits Advisors

by admin

When it comes to culture, companies have to walk the walk and talk the talk. HR professionals have all been there.  A potential new employee comes in for an interview.  Company representatives question the prospect and then ask if the candidate has any questions.  With surety, the first question uttered will be about the company’s culture.  The response has to be real and backed-up with...

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Aug
2019
August 2019