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Category: Employee Engagement

Small Business Summit

Our first Small Business Summit was a terrific success! Those in attendance were treated to not only a delicious lunch, but speakers addressing common challenges and presenting actionable solutions in areas such as payroll, benefits, retirement, #level funding, compliance, and performance development. Download the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation HERE.

Corporate Culture – Defining & Cultivating Yours

In case you missed it, Olympic Crest hosted a fun and interactive seminar this week on Corporate Culture.  We discussed the following topics: Building Safety Sharing Vulnerability Establishing Purpose Our panel consisted of three HR professionals.  From left to right they are: Nancy Maki, LMHC, SPHR – Open Gate Consulting Suzanne Campbell, SPHR – Wrangler+Co Lynn Ferrari, Chief Talent Strategist, Vettd If you would like to see what you missed, here is the private link to the recording:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cc4phrDq2k&feature=youtu.be  You may need to adjust the volume for best results. Don’t miss out on these quarterly Lunch & Learn opportunities.  They are presented at no cost to attendees and provide valuable information on timely topics and include a delicious meal.  Use the “Contact Us” page to be added to the invitation list.

It Takes a Team

I am a huge fan of the Tour de France. My husband introduced me to it many years ago, so we always look forward to the beginning of July and the three weeks of cycling that follows. My very favorite part of the Tour is the Team Time Trial, which might surprise most people as it is not the most exciting stage. There aren’t any dramatic sprint finishes or punishing mountaintop pursuits, but it is a beauty unto itself. The Team Time Trial doesn’t happen every year, so it is always a special treat for me when it does. Yesterday was the Team TT in the 2018 Tour. Team BMC, which is an American team, won the stage and they were able to do it as a result of beautiful… Read more »

Broker, Consultant or Advisor?

Broker, Consultant, Advisor – which should you choose?  It isn’t the title that matters as much as the approach, expertise, advise and willingness to listen that separates the superior advisors from the merely average.   To get the most value out of your employee benefit program, it is important that you invest as much time in finding the right partner as you do in selecting your benefit plans. For the sake of this article, I am going to use the term “partner” because the title really doesn’t matter.  You want a partner that is focused on your company and your needs, not just meeting a sales quota and checking in with you once a year.  Your partner will want to understand how your company operates, what value it places on the… Read more »

The Value of Worksite Products

I have a confession to make – I was never a fan of selling worksite products!  Voluntary products (or more traditional group platform) were fine, but I always shied away from worksite due to the high-pressure tactics of some of the sales representatives or “overselling” of these products. Here is the problem, I ended shortchanging both employers and employees.  Employees love to have options and choices when it comes to the benefits they can purchase through their employer.  Employers love offering additional products and services to their employees at no additional cost.  When surveyed, employees consistently rank their employee benefits package higher when it includes worksite products. Nowadays, there isn’t much difference between voluntary benefits or worksite plans other than the chassis they are offered on.   Worksite or voluntary plans… Read more »

Employee Engagement & Communication Strategies

For any employer, attracting and retaining the best talent is a key objective of their organization.  Employee engagement is key to achieving this but the first step is making sure your message is being received by all members of the workforce.  Different generations receive information via different methods, but one thing is clear, visual communication is becoming more important than ever across all generations. Because the younger generations are more technology driven, self-directed and resourceful, this is impacting all generations as they are often the creative drivers in our society.  They like to communicate with images, text and across multiple screens.  Communications via symbols, emojis and emoticons is becoming more common place.  There is even a new Emoji movie.  But don’t think this is confined to just those under thirty… Read more »