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September 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

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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

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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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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“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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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25

May
2020
Tools for the Remote Workplace | Texas Employee Benefits Partners
in Blog, Custom Content, Remote Work, Time Management

Tools for the Remote Workplace | Texas Employee Benefits Partners

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The traditional workplace of physical offices and desks has changed. The new normal we are all experiencing is the remote workplace. While some are adjusting to this change without any growing pains, some may find it difficult to transition. Follow these tips to help manage your time in this new space. SET UP A PHYSICAL WORKSPACE You don’t need to have a home office with...

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19

May
2020
Vaping in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Firm
in Blog, Custom Content, Vaping

Vaping in the Workplace | Houston Benefits Firm

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The health of our businesses during these uncertain times may be called “sickly” but the health of your employees and your bottom line doesn’t have to be. While we know cigarettes are a danger to your health, we are just now learning the risks associated with vaping. This trendy new method of nicotine delivery may not only be affecting your employees who vape, but also...

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11

May
2020
5 Tips for Building Trust When Employees Return to Work | TX Benefits Advisors
in Blog, Employee Trust, Human Resources

5 Tips for Building Trust When Employees Return to Work | TX Benefits Advisors

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The day where people return to normal routines around work doesn’t seem as far off today as it did just a few weeks ago. As politicians itching to “re-open” the world look at ways to revive normalcy, companies now have to do the same as they consider operational needs and employee safety. As the work environment shifts back toward what it was, what HR teams...

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6

May
2020
April 2020
CBD: Fact or Fiction? | Houston Employee Benefits
in Blog, Custom Content, health

CBD: Fact or Fiction? | Houston Employee Benefits

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The cannabidiol (CBD) market in the United States has taken off like a rocket. Some projections have this market reaching $16 billion by 2025. After years of singing its praises for treating, albeit illegally, a myriad of health issues, supporters of cannabis have seen an uptick of mainstream support in the last 2 years with the legalization of this herb in many states. The exact...

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27

Apr
2020
A Financial Lifeline You May Have Forgotten About | Texas Employee Benefits Group
in Blog, Life Insurance

A Financial Lifeline You May Have Forgotten About | Texas Employee Benefits Group

by admin

So much has happened in the last few days and weeks that I feel like months have passed. Social distancing is now on everyone’s lips. And the goal is noble: flatten “the curve” and prevent more people from getting sick from the Coronavirus. The impact, though, is being felt in so many ways by so many people: Schools are closed and parents need to stay...

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22

Apr
2020
How to Support Your Employees During a Global Pandemic | Houston Employee Benefits Agency
in Blog, UBA, Work from home

How to Support Your Employees During a Global Pandemic | Houston Employee Benefits Agency

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As companies frantically try to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic, many HR teams find themselves with an alarmingly jam-packed workload. Employee interviews need to be postponed, telework policies implemented or adjusted, health and wellness protocols changed. And when everyone is in crisis mode, it’s easy to let a simple, but crucial, aspect of the job fall to the wayside: being there for your employees. While...

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13

Apr
2020
Stop – Stay Home – Start Something | Texas Benefits Team
in Blog, COVID-19, Custom Content

Stop – Stay Home – Start Something | Texas Benefits Team

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We are seeing so many changes to our work, personal, and social life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these changes can seem daunting and the obstacles they create insurmountable, this can be a time of healthy change. There is always the chance for good to happen when you stop, stay home, and start something.   STOP Are you someone that people would describe as...

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Apr
2020
March 2020
8 Creative Ways to Move More When You’re Stuck at Home | Houston Benefits Consultants
in Blog, COVID-19, Wellness

8 Creative Ways to Move More When You’re Stuck at Home | Houston Benefits Consultants

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The latest coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to be a major source of concern. Sports teams have cancelled seasons, companies are urging employees to work from home and social distancing is in full swing — all of which has anxiety at an all-time high. One way to help calm your nerves: exercise. “It can help reduce tension and elevate mood by releasing endorphins, as well as norepinephrine, serotonin and...

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Mar
2020
March 2020