How We Learn | Michigan Employee Benefits

“Everyone learns differently” is a phrase we have all heard at some time in our educational endeavors. It may have been overheard from your parents as they explained to your teacher why you have to get up and move all the time during class. You may have heard it said in high school as a … Continued

In Depth: The Future of Work Part 1 | Virginia Benefits Advisors

The hardest thing about the future of work is defining the concept. The chief reason has to do with change. It’s constant with new technologies coming online at an increasing pace and changing the way people complete their work. If the data is to be believed, what HR knows about work is quickly disappearing. Korn Ferry predicts … Continued

4 Steps You Can Take to Feel More in Control Now | VA Employee Benefits Group

COVID-19 has upended life as we know it for millions of people around the world. Many of us—including the young and healthy—are seriously contemplating our mortality for the first time. As the parent of a toddler, with a baby on the way, I’m definitely in this camp. It’s deeply unsettling to ponder how this virus … Continued

Ask the Advisor: Can We Deny an Employee’s Use of Accrued Vacation Time? | Virginia Benefits Consultants

Question: Can we deny an employee’s use of accrued vacation time? Answer: Yes, the decision to approve or deny the use of accrued vacation time is up to you, assuming you do so in a consistent and non-discriminatory manner. It would be acceptable, for example, to deny a vacation request because approving it would leave … Continued

Effective Leadership Begins with You | VA Employee Benefits

If you search Merriam-Webster for the meaning of “leader,” you will find some interesting definitions: Something that leads: such as something that ranks firstA person who leads: such as a person who has commanding authority or influence Now, think of those in leadership in your life. Do they line up with these definitions of a … Continued

Mental Health Exercises for a Strong Mind | VA Benefits Team

When someone says they want to get healthy, you naturally think of physical health. However, we do have the ability to do a mind workout so that we are mentally fit. We’ve collected some exercises to help you build your mental-muscle-strength and, in turn, build a strong and healthy body. Anxiety disorders are the highest … Continued

Data Drop: The Latest Workforce Surveys for HR Professionals to Read | Virginia Employee Benefits Partners

It’s an interesting time for the workforce as big changes are in store for everyone across the spectrum of the professional landscape. Every industry has been impacted COVID-19 and the continuous evolution of the situation, the economy and the workplace means that data and our understanding of all these things is shifting with it. More … Continued

How to Support the Mental Health of Your Employees During COVID-19 | VA Benefits Agents

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. People have experienced financial hardship, additional challenges with childcare and school cancellations, job loss, reduced hours, sickness, and grief. The future is uncertain, and the present is extra stressful. And to make matters worse, many of the networks and practices that people use to … Continued

Tools for the Remote Workplace | Virginia Benefits Advisors

The traditional workplace of physical offices and desks has changed. The new normal we are all experiencing is the remote workplace. While some are adjusting to this change without any growing pains, some may find it difficult to transition. Follow these tips to help manage your time in this new space. SET UP A PHYSICAL … Continued

Vaping in the Workplace | Virginia Employee Benefits Team

The health of our businesses during these uncertain times may be called “sickly” but the health of your employees and your bottom line doesn’t have to be. While we know cigarettes are a danger to your health, we are just now learning the risks associated with vaping. This trendy new method of nicotine delivery may … Continued