In Depth: The Future of Work Part 2 | Virginia Benefits Consultants

The future of work is now. You’ve probably heard that being said since the onset of COVID-19 and the growth of remote work. Well, it’s true and as the nature of how work gets done changes, so too does the way HR’s function plays out. In part 1, we took a look at current trends, … Continued

Employee Engagement in a Post-COVID Workplace | Virginia Employee Benefits Partners

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things. First, it has taught us that empathy and kindness goes a long way. We’ve learned that as individuals, communities, and as a nation, that we can do … Continued

How We Learn | Virginia Employee Benefits Team

“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

How Leaders Can Set an Example for Remote Employees | VA Employee Benefits Firm

For many of us, the experience of working entirely from home is a new one. It has required us to rethink the way we work and function as a team. Many of the routines, patterns, practices, and processes we have created over time are no longer effective, and we’ve had to institute new means of … 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