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How does Vacation Wellness wor ...

Posted on: Dec 12, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
It’s easy. Vacations help businesses reduce healthcare costs.  Not just a little.  A lot.  Learn more in a white paper here. Vacations help businesses keep employees happy and loyal.  Learn how vacations reduce employee turnover. But two out of three employees didn’t take all of their vacation time last year.  See a short video on how that cost businesses $532 billion last year alone. Vacation Wellness™ to the rescue. It’s a simple employee benefit that does three things: Demonstrates that businesses care ... Read More

Preventing Employee Burnout ...

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
There’s a very expensive ailment plaguing businesses. It’s difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to cure. There’s no pill, procedure, surgery, or diet that can cure it. And it affects a whopping 77% of employees at one point or another. It’s burnout. Talent Management’s Lois Melbourne provides a few employee burnout recognition clues, including: Avoiding/skipping meetings Absenteeism Irritability Lack of attention to details Once it affects a few employees, the malaise can spread faster than ... Read More

Helping Healers: HR Challenge ...

Posted on: Nov 04, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
We’re fortunate to serve a number of healthcare providers, which is interesting for two reasons. First, healthcare professionals understand the benefits of stress reduction. That’s not a surprise, as the medical research on the link between stress and adverse health outcomes is impressive and growing by the month (download a white paper here).  Stress plays a significant role in all five leading causes of employee death, and costs American businesses over $300 billion every year.  It makes sense that human resources ... Read More

Lose trust, lose talent. ...

Posted on: Sep 13, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
It’s funny how fast something new can become mainstream.  Such as the employee turnover crisis developing in major industry sectors across the US economy, for example.  Nine months ago, mentioning anything about a looming employee retention problem was certain to generate quizzical looks at best, outright derision at worst.  After all, employees were just happy to be getting a paycheck after all of the gloom, doom, layoffs, pay cuts, benefits reductions, and creative salary restructuring.  Right? Not really.  The workforce ... Read More

Top 3 Executive Delusions ...

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
We talk to hundreds of human resources managers and C-level executives across a very wide swath of industry sectors.  A few interesting and widespread executive delusions have become apparent recently, generally surrounding the topics of best practices for employee retention, current healthcare cost and wellness trends, and today’s employee engagement climate in the “post-meltdown” economy. Some of you will recognize these statements, because you say them.  You might even believe them.  My hope is that if you ... Read More

Workplace Stress Management th ...

Posted on: May 24, 2010 By: Steve | 2 Comments
Not to step on anybody’s toes, but seriously – this is stress management?!? I won’t name the source, but this tripe is sold and billed as “stress management” in someone’s world. Employees are overworked, underpaid, have had their benefits slashed, and feel relationship and financial pressures at home, and they’re supposed to “stand up and stretch” to relieve stress? Thanks, boss. Instead of patronizing your workforce, how about doing something about stress? No wonder ... Read More

News Your CFO Needs to Hear ...

Posted on: May 17, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
Rising healthcare costs, a looming retention crisis, and the slow pace of economic recovery all have CFOs burning midnight oil to bring company ledgers back in balance. If you’ll pardon a little shameless self-promotion, we have news your CFO can use: Vacation Wellness™ saves money. How much? Prepare to be pleasantly surprised. A few examples: A business services company with 36 employees and an average annual salary of $69,000 can save $141,130 every year with Vacation Wellness™. A 150-employee IT firm that pays an average ... Read More

‘Terrible Ten’ Cau ...

Posted on: May 14, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
In a recent cover story, Talent Management warned of what we’ve been predicting for a while: a looming employee turnover rate crisis. The “Great Recession,” as some have called the recent economic downturn, has kept employee turnover rates – and their prohibitive business costs – artificially low. But that time is ending. Employee turnover rates are expected to rebound this year, and far surpass their ten-year averages (see below). Ten-Year Avg Employee Turnover ... Read More

Spice Up Your Employee Benefit ...

Posted on: May 12, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
If your company is like most, your employee benefit plan has become a bit flaccid over the past couple of years. Where’s the first place most execs cut costs when the going gets a bit rough? Yep. Benefits. What’s the big deal? Every other human resources employee benefits shop has had to do the same thing, right? It’s not like you’re alone in this “Great Recession.” But the times are changing, again. While you might not be feeling it quite yet, the recovery has begun. Small businesses – ... Read More

HOT: Talent Management Talks T ...

Posted on: May 11, 2010 By: Steve | 0 Comments
We’ve been writing for a while about RIGHT NOW being the time to get back on board with best practices for employee retention. Today’s edition of Talent Management, the flagship HR resource, picks up the torch in their lead story: The economic upturn is driving new job opportunities, but low levels of employee trust and engagement, even lower levels of entry-level recruitment, and increasing demand for executive talent have created a crossroads. Companies must rethink their talent management strategies if they hope to retain ... Read More