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Benefit Select - A Complimentary Member Service

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Feb 26, 2013

A Valuable, New Member Benefit

 Employers Group’s Free

Benefit Select RFP Process

Employers Group (EG) can help you identify your unique benefits requirements (both current and prospective needs) and quickly get your company competitive proposals from our trusted national network of top tier benefits brokers. Our process is completely transparent and will help you to eliminate time spent with sales organizations that do not offer the right solutions for your specific benefit needs.[*]

EG can conduct a complimentary Benefit Select process for your company in the following employee benefit areas:

General Benefits: Conducting a request for proposal on employee benefits can offer your company access to competitively priced employee benefit plans that are tailored to your industry and employee demographics. Our facilitated broker interview process allows you to compare and contrast broker service offerings in order to make an informed decision for your organization.

Supplemental Benefits: Offer your employees easy access to a range of supplemental and voluntary benefits for Dental plans, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, Term Life, Group Purchasing Programs and Vision plans.

Retirement Plans: Our network of professionals review, assess, and implement retirement plans, including 401(k), Executive Benefits, Traditional and Roth IRAs, SEP-IRA, SIMPLE Plans, Asset Allocation Strategies, Education Planning, 529 College Savings Plans, Fee-Based Financial Plans, Estate & Inheritance Planning, and Annuities. 

Take Advantage of this New & Easy Solution!

For more information, contact Ryan Farias at 213-709-4143 or our ServiceOne team at 800-748-8484 or serviceone@employersgroup.com .

Not a member of Employers Group?  No problem - we can still help you!  Contact us today to find out  how the Benefit Select process can work for your company.

[*] Must be a member in good standing and not place EG in conflict with existing relationships, which would be communicated immediately by EG.

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Topics: talent, process improvement, benefits, workplace benefits

2011 Banking Industry Executive Benefits Survey

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Nov 8, 2011

Employers Group announced today the launch of its 2011 Banking Industry Executive Benefits Survey. Co-produced with Employers Group alliance partner, Meyer-Chatfield Compensation Advisors, the goal of the ten-minute survey is to provide its participants with information to help drive improvements in key executive rewards, retention, and productivity.

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Topics: Employers Group, benefits, compensation, executive, best practices, workplace benefits, retaining employees, rewarding employees

California's New Laws for 2012 are Scaring Employers

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Thu, Oct 20, 2011


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Topics: Employers Group, benefits, event, online reputation, wage & hour, business

Strategic Employee Onboarding

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Sep 7, 2011

By: Sukanya Mitra

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Topics: motivating employees, workplace, human resources, benefits, employee relationship, employee

Employers Group Announces 2011 Healthcare Industry Executive Benefits Survey

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Aug 22, 2011

(LOS ANGELES, CA) -- Employers Group (www.employersgroup.com), a 114 year old human resources consultancy, announces today the wrapping up of its 2011 Healthcare Industry Executive Benefits Survey. 

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Topics: healthcare benefit, human resources, benefits, benefit package, executive, best practices

Random thoughts on great Human Resources practices…

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Aug 17, 2011

1. Are your managers well-versed in strong interview questioning and have you circulated some sample questions and do’s and don’ts?

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Topics: workplace, human resources, benefits, employee, workplace benefits, retaining employees, rewarding employees

Need to Build a Better Team?

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Jun 14, 2011

So, you have recruited the perfect team.  Well done!  The rising stars and coming contenders of your industry are all housed under a single roof.  You breath easy and take a well-deserved break. 

Ten minutes later, you look out through the fogged glass of your corner office to see the best minds of your generation destroyed by fighting, complaining, and petty politics.  Where you thought you had a well-oiled machine, suddenly you are stuck with a bowl of full betta fish.  Enter employee team-building.  Below are some ways to keep everyone on the same page. 

1)  Get Creative!

So maybe your office bends away from the "jock" side of the spectrum toward the "intellectual" side.  If you want to get the creative juices pumping, get the employees to work together to create something fun.  You could probably use a new video on your website anyway-bring a camera into the office, leave for a couple hours, then see what they come up with. 

PROTIP:  The video will be about you.  It may include questionable content.  Be prepared to have a sense of humor about yourself.  If that is too difficult, consider haveing them design  an in-office logo, a team mascot, a t-shirt design, or a new slogan.  They'll be working together to create something worthwhile. 

2)  Get Classic

Three-legged races, tug-of-war, trust falls, and about a hundred other employee team building practices may be horrible cliches, but they are horrible cliches for a good reason.  They are easy to set up, effective, inexpensive, and quick enough that employees who dislike horribly cliched employee team-building games won't have to deal with them for very long.  A personal recommendation:  find a high wall and have them work as a team to get everyone to the other side.  If you have once depended on a teammate outside of the office, you will likely feel better about depending on them inside the office.

PROTIP:  Use these exercises, but don't overdo it.  Some less enthusiastic employees may find being hoisted over a wall to be slightly "undigified". 

3)  Get Sporty

Sure, you've heard this one before, but there's a reason for that.  People will work better as a metaphorical team if they work together as a literal team.  Add to that the natural endorphins and good health that accompanies a solid workout, coupled with a good dose of cathartic competition.  Ask around and see what sport gets the most interest - some great options are:  softball, soccer, flag football, ultimate frisbee, or minigolf.  Whatever you choose, it all comes out to happier, healthier, team-ier employees.

PROTIP:  Want some super-practical, super-effective team biulding that employees will super-appreciate?  Schedule in an optional workout break just before lunch and go as a group.  Sign up your whole team through BetterWorks and revel in a steep discount on the best gyms nearby

4)  Get Talking

Give employees something they want to talk about.  Break everyone up into smaller groups and encourage them to share the craziest/most embarassing they have ever done.  Make it competitive so the really fun stuff comes out.  Then see which group has the single best story.  It will break down barriers and afterwards they might not take each quite so harshly. 

PROTIP:  Caution:  Now is not the time to talk about questionable trading practices or anything like that.  Set up some ground rules as how much sharing might be "too much".  We want to share, not scare!

5)  Get Some Food

Since the dawn of time, meals have been a social, recreational experience.  Allowing employees to eat a sack lunch behind their desk isn't just a missed opportunity for teamwork, it's against the natural order of things.  According to Kyle Ewing, Talent and Outreach Programs Manager at Google, "The [group] meals create an environment for you to have conversations you wouldn't have in your office.   That's how some of our best ideas have been born".  Bring your team together for a group meal and see what develops from their causal conversations.  Feeling ambitious?  Rent out a restaurant and send the chefs home - see what your employees can cook up in the kitchen!

PROTIP:  Encouraging group orders and social eating by giving out a food budget can be one of the simplest ways to encourage team-building (not to mention winning the undying love of one and all).  When you use employee perks, employees are able to place group orders wtih the budget that you give them at nearly any restaurant they like. 


Final words of wisdom:  Bond.  Have fun.  Be Safe.   Remember - this is employee team-building, not Spring Break! 


Visit BetterWorks for more information on employee perks & employee teambuilding. 

BetterWorks is a trusted vendor of Employers Group and is part of our EG Advantage program.  Please visit www.egadvantage.com for more information on this valuable Employers Group member benefit. 

by Jonathan Schoonhoven

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Topics: motivating employees, Employers Group, benefits, benefit package

2011 Workplace Benefits Study - Results Released!

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Fri, May 13, 2011
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Topics: healthcare benefit, attracting employees, motivating employees, Employers Group, benefits, benefit package, survey, workplace benefits, retaining employees, rewarding employees