So congratulations are in order for Alfonso Ribiero and his wife, Angela Unkrich, who have welcomed their second child this past October and just released photos of the handsome lad in yesterday’s issue of In Touch magazine. You guys remember Alfonso Ribiero, right? I mean, just look at the picture over there of him in his most well-known role. The … Read More
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Hi, everyone. Are things calming down for you OE-wise? I sure hope so. Things were getting a little crazy for a lot of our friends back in October and November. But hopefully your workday is getting back to normal, and you can do important work-related internet things like checking sports scores, shopping for Christmas presents online, and participating in a … Read More
I have to ask—are your wellness communications feeling a little under the weather? A little sniffly perhaps? A bit of a fever? Maybe just a general sense of malaise? I ask because the research we conducted in our benefits communication survey—“ALEX Asks: What Employees Think About Your Benefits Communication”—shows that while employees generally like the ideas of wellness programs (77.6 … Read More
First things first—Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! All of us on the ALEX team hope you’re enjoying your turkey day traditions with loved ones right now. And don’t worry about us—we’re all spending the holiday with our families too. Thanks to the magic of the internet, this post was written earlier in the week. Thanks, internet! Oh, and speaking of holidays and … Read More
Last week the ALEX team released the results of our first-ever benefits communication survey. We’re pretty excited to share it, so if you haven’t had a chance to check out the “ALEX Asks: What Employees Think About Your Benefits Communication” survey report, you should give it a look today. In the report, we share all kinds of good information about … Read More
Well, folks, if you haven’t heard by now, you should know that a terrible blow has been issued to the folks who write end-of-the-year articles and blog posts on how to spend un-used health care Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) money before use-it-or-lose-it rules make it evaporate. As of last Thursday, FSA participants can carry over as much as $500 from … Read More
When I first started the benefits meme series, I introduced the “Cool Story, Bro” meme and explained how it usually appears as a sarcastic response to rambling, boring content. Today’s meme, “This Is Relevant to My Interests!” is the exact opposite of the Bro. It’s used to express approval or enthusiasm. Out in the wild it appears on media-sharing sites … Read More
This week on the benefits meme series, we’re going to talk about another positive benefits meme. Last week I introduced Shut Up and Take My Money, which captures that enthusiastic, “I’m sold!” feeling you want employees to feel when describing a benefits concept. Now, I’m going to talk about the Success Kid. Success Kid is a lot of fun. You’ll … Read More
This week I want to take our benefits meme series in a different direction. While I’ve been focusing on benefits communication downers like “Cool Story, Bro,” “TL;DR,” “Scumbag Steve,” and “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing,” I’m now going to lighten things up with a few positive memes. Let’s start with “Shut Up and Take My Money!” Consider this … Read More
We continue the benefits meme series this week with an examination of one of my favorite internet memes, I Have No Idea What I’m Doing. (By the way, if you’ve missed any of the preceding posts in this series, you can catch them here: Jargon, Brevity, Benefits Presentations.) “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing” is usually but not always … Read More