Geek Pride Day—have you heard of it? No? That’s OK. Geek Pride Day is somewhat new. The holiday, celebrated each year on May 25, was started in Spain back in 2006. The original Geek Pride Day—Día del Orgullo Friki if we’re being technical about it—was started as a way to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars movie. Star … Read More
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OK—big update on health insurance marketplaces and the deadline for providing employees a notice of coverage options. According to the latest announcement from the US Department of Labor, employers must tell their employees about the new marketplaces no later than October 1, 2013 That’s less than six months away! Back up. What do I have to do? Basically, you have … Read More
May is the month for fitness, and I think that’s a good thing. According to the White House, it’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, 2013, and the folks over at Active Life will tell you that it’s Employee Health & Fitness Month. Not that there’s any controversy. I just noticed the fitness month abundance when I was following up … Read More
Graduation season is here! Personally, it’s one of my favorite times of year (I have a soft spot for recent grads), but I know it can be stressful for those of us who work in HR. Even if you have nothing to do with recruiting, I’m sure you’ll be fielding plenty of inquiries from family members, friends, and acquaintances who … Read More
I saw something in the news today—a new study on prescription drug attitudes—that may have changed my point of view about people who have a hard time taking their meds. Although I know plenty of people in my personal life who have groused about taking their prescribed medications to manage chronic conditions, I’ve never understood the behavior. Even after I … Read More
We need to talk about health care reform education again. I know I was just writing about this the other day, but I got an email this morning from the Kaiser Family Foundation that compels me to bring this up a second time. So what’s the big deal? Well, last week I wrote about the dismal results of the latest … Read More
We call it “Consumer-Driven Health Care,” but are consumers actually the ones behind the wheel? A new survey from Aflac shows that employees are poorly prepared for the coming changes of health care reform. Ok, so what does that mean? Well, let me put it this way—the study reports that nearly three-quarters (72%) of the workforce have never even heard … Read More
I was reading the always-awesome Fistful of Talent blog today and saw a post by R.J. Morris on the topic of humor in HR that really got me thinking. Morris’s post, titled “When Can HR Be Funny? Rarely,” asks whether it’s really ever appropriate for formal HR communications to be funny. He says the answer is no. What a bummer. … Read More
Have you had a chance to check out our newest ALEX case study? It’s a real beaut! In it, we basically show how ALEX helps the APi Group, one of the largest union subcontractors and fire protection companies in the United States, with its complicated benefits communication needs. Of course, since this is a case study (a tool for making … Read More
A few months ago we invited HR communications consultant Fran Melmed to contribute a guest post on the topic of wellness programs. She did not disappoint. Her article, a response to Bob Merberg blog post on the concept of wellness program engagement, considers the value of half-hearted, nominal “participation” in a company’s wellness program. She says this “technically, I’m participating” … Read More