We’ve had no shortage of king cakes in the ALEX offices this year. Friends from the Big Easy sent a delicious king cake from famous New Orleans bakery Sucré, and ALEX sales guy David Daskal flew in a king cake from Pollman’s Bakery in Mobile, Alabama, in order to delight Mobile original Helen Calvin (who is quick to mention that Mobile … Read More
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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Yuri’s amazing girlfriend. Wait. Scratch that. Saying “it’s been a while” makes us sound ungrateful. Yuri’s girlfriend, we are not ungrateful! Yuri’s girlfriend, we love getting treats from you—treats like the incredibly tasty banana chocolate chip muffins you sent to us today. Yuri’s girlfriend, your delicious surprise treats always make our day.
I’ve written about HSA confusion in the past, but the topic has come up again. I’m sure I could spend all day writing about the various things that confuse employees about health savings account, but I want to focus on the top three misconceptions I’ve observed. They are: Misconception 1: HSAs Are Use-It-Or-Lose-It Affairs Employees need to understand that they … Read More
If you haven’t see the latest CareerBuilder survey on Memorable Employee Excuses for Being Late, you really should go check it out. It has runaway zebras, cats stuck in toilets, and an assortment of other whopper excuses that would make even the most laid back of managers facepalm the pain away. According to CareerBuilder’s survey, nearly a quarter (23%) of … Read More
Today I want to talk about applying the marketing concept of creative disruption to the world of benefits communication. But first, I’ve got to let you know that today is a very special day for me. It’s true. In addition to this creative disruption thing, I get to talk about benefits communication, action figures, and keg stands—all at the same … Read More
So tell me, when did you first feel that you were a grown up? Was it when you signed your first apartment lease? When you got your first job? When that first car payment came due? Personally, I think I first felt like an adult when, at the tender age of 22, I wrote my first check to the phone … Read More
This post was inspired by a January 22 article I saw in The Atlantic titled Newly Insured Americans Don’t Understand Basic Healthcare Terms. The article’s basic gist? Thanks to low health literacy, people who are new to health insurance are having a bear of time figuring out the proper health insurance coverage to buy because they don’t understand what they’re … Read More
Let’s take a moment to talk about summary plan descriptions (SPDs). I saw an interesting employer survey today from benefits plan management and compliance firm HighRoads that says most employers (84% of those surveyed) consider this important document to be both a benefits communication and a compliance tool. I don’t know why, but that surprised me. Perhaps it’s because of … Read More
On Forbes today, Scott Gottlieb (dig the surname, Scott!) writes a terrific post on the perils of buying gold and platinum varieties of most insurance plans offered on the public health care exchanges. Gottlieb’s point? Going for the gold (or platinum) can be a waste of money for a lot of people. And that’s because, apart from the structure of … Read More
It happened again. Yuri’s Girlfriend has once again delighted the office with another batch of baked goods. Because it’s so very cold in Chicago today, she made not one but two bourbon bundt cakes for everyone to enjoy. Yuri’s Girlfriend, you spoil us.